Originally known as the Campus Security Act prior to 1998, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is a federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The law is tied to an institution's participation in federal student financial aid programs and it applies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. The Clery Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education.
The law has been amended over the years to add a requirement that schools afford the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights, and to expand the reporting requirements. Other amendments added provisions dealing with registered sex offender notification and campus emergency response, as well as provisions to protect crime victims, "whistleblowers", and others from retaliation.
Campus SaVE (VAWA) Act:
On October 20, 2014 the US Department of Education published the final regulations which amended the Jeanne Clery Act to afford additional rights to campus victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act represents a turning point in our nation's handling of sexual misconduct on college campuses and universities.
The Campus SaVE Act seeks to address the violence women face on campus, the highest rates of stalking, nonfatal intimate partner violence and 20-25% of female students experiencing rape or attempted rape. The legislation will update the Clery Act to create:
- Transparency in reporting these crimes that occur on or around the campus
- Accountability which sets minimum standards for institutional disciplinary procedures covering crimes of sexual assault
- Education to provide for students and employees
- Collaboration between the US Department of Ed to publish best practices for preventing and responding to these incidents