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INSTITUTIONALIZING THE CLERY ACT AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION Findings of a Focus Group of College and University Compliance Executives Sponsored by the

National Center for Campus Public Safety May 2016





Institutionalizing the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990 at Institutions of Higher Education

Contents Executive Summary .................................................................................................................................. 3 Background .............................................................................................................................................. 4 Participants .........................................................................................................................................................................6 Discussion................................................................................................................................................. 7 The Culture of Clery Compliance ...................................................................................................................................7 Solutions: From Ideas to Execution ...............................................................................................................................8 Buy-In and Support Solutions .........................................................................................................................................9 Structural Solutions ........................................................................................................................................................ 10 Communications and Public Information Solutions ................................................................................................ 13 Sharing the Messages Effectively ................................................................................................................................. 15 Next Steps ........................................................................................................................................................................ 15 Recommendations and Conclusions ....................................................................................................... 17

This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.



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Institutionalizing the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990 at Institutions of Higher Education

Executive Summary Under the Clery Act, all colleges and universities receiving federal funding must share information about crime on and around campus and their efforts to improve campus safety. They must also provide support for certain crime victims and disclose certain crime-related policies and procedures. However, the complexity of the legislation, resource limitations, and changes in the Act have created considerable compliance challenges for many institutions of higher education (IHEs). On January 12, 2016, nineteen public safety and compliance executives from eight IHEs and nine professional associations, with support from the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) and the Clery Center for Security On Campus, gathered at the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C. for a one-day focus group. Their goal was to help IHEs develop their cultures to manage compliance with the Clery Act from an institution-wide team approach