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Requirements of the Clery Act

All public and private institutions of postsecondary education participating in federal financial aid programs are subject to the Clery Act.

The Clery Act requires that colleges and universities:

  • Keep a public crime log
  • Provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees
  • Ensure certain basic rights for victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking
  • Publish an annual security report (Clery Report) that includes crime statistics and security policies

Clery Act compliance is monitored by the U.S. Department of Education and includes stiff penalties for those found to be in violation of the law. Violators can be fined up to $35,000 per violation. Along with monetary penalties, the Department of Education can suspend institutions from participating in federal financial aid programs.