The goal of the Clery Act is to ensure students, prospective students, parents, employees, and prospective employees have access to accurate information about crimes committed on campus and campus security procedures.
Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman, was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. There were other incidents that occurred on campus that were not reported to the community. It is believed that if students knew of previous incidents they would be more cautious.
The backlash against unreported crimes on numerous campuses across the country led to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. After the suspect of Jeanne’s rape and murder was arrested, Jeanne’s family started to fight for reform to improve college and university safety. In 1990, Congress approved the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act. Later renamed in Jeanne’s memory, the federal Jeanne Clery Act took effect in 1991.
This act requires colleges and universities, who receive federal financial aid, to keep their campus communities informed by sharing select crime statistics required under the Clery Act, which are included in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report every October 1.
Rights, Options and Resources
You have the right to live, learn, and/or work in a safe and welcoming environment. Violence is unacceptable.
Unsure of where to start? You may want more information or to talk to someone confidentially as you decide what you’d like to do moving forward. You can access crisis counseling, information, and support by connecting with the resources listed below.
Brochures and crime prevention pamphlets are available at Student Affairs Offices, Title IX Office, and the Department of Public Safety and Transportation.
Bill of Rights
Complainants of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking are entitled to many rights.
SUNY Sexual Assault and Violence Response (SAVR) Resources
Access the SUNY Sexual Assault and Violence Response (SUNY SAVR) Resources. This provides you with information you can use to seek resources and support, and to report the crime to law enforcement and campus.