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What is the Clery Act?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (known as the Clery Act) is a federal law requiring United States colleges and universities who receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus, as well as efforts to improve campus safety. The law is classified as a consumer protections law, and is intended to inform the public of crime on and around campuses.

Under the Act, institutions must provide survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking with resources, options for reporting, and interim measures. Additionally, colleges and universities must outline specific policies and procedures in addition to educational efforts, in order to address and promote awareness regarding potential crimes on and around campus. The Jeanne Clery Act was passed in 1990 and is enforced by the United States Department of Education.