The Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of postsecondary education participating in federal student aid programs are subject to the act. Violators can be "fined" up to $27,500 by the U.S. Department of Education, the agency charged with enforcement of the Act and where complaints of alleged violations should be made, or face other enforcement action.
The Clery Act, originally enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, was championed by Howard & Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. They also founded the non-profit Security On Campus, Inc. in 1987. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery.
Annual Report Requirement
Georgia Perimeter College publishes an annual report every year by October 1 that contains three years worth of campus crime statistics and certain security policy statements including sexual assault policies that assure basic victims' rights, the law enforcement authority of campus police and where students should go to report crimes. The report is made available automatically to all current students and employees while prospective students and employees are notified of its existence and afforded an opportunity to request a copy. A copy of the Campus Crime Report may be obtained in person at Public Safety Headquarters, or by accessing the electronic version at http://www.gpc.edu/gpcpd/. Campus crime data and disclosures are also provided to the U.S. Department of Education as required by law.
Georgia Perimeter College must disclose crime statistics for the campus, unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities including Greek housing and remote classrooms. The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enforcement, and other school officials who have "significant responsibility for student and campus activities," such as student judicial affairs directors. Professional mental health and religious counselors are exempt from reporting obligations but may refer patients to a confidential reporting system, which the school has to indicate whether or not it has. Campus crime logs containing student right to know data are updated each business day and are located at http://www.gpc.edu/gpcpd/.