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Clery Compliance

What is the Jeanne Clery Act?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), as part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, 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 this requirement.

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to:

  • Publish an annual report disclosing campus security policies and documenting three calendar years of select campus crime statistics.
  • Provide crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes that pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees.
  • Keep a public crime log accessible to the public.
  • Uphold basic rights for survivors of sexual assault.

Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to the University of Washington Police Department, those designated as campus security authorities, and law enforcement agencies who provide services to University of Washington owned and leased properties.

The Clery Act is named in memory of 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery, who was raped and murdered on April 5, 1986, while asleep in her residence hall room. Her parents, Connie and Howard Clery, later discovered that students hadn’t been told about 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.” A 1998 amendment formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.

Additional Clery Resources 

What is a Campus Security Authority (CSA)?

A Campus Security Authority (CSA) is:

(1) An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. This broad category includes deans, coaches, faculty advisors to student groups, resident advisors, monitors who maintain access to the residence halls/fraternities/sororities, as well as others;

(2) Members of the UW Police Department, security personnel (such as UWMC Public Safety), safety monitors and safety escorts;

(3) Individuals or organizations to whom criminal activity on campus should be reported.

If you are a CSA, you are required to review the training on an annual basis. If you have not done so yet, please review the training now.

Resources for Campus Security Authorities (CSAs)

CSA Training and Reporting (Login Required)

Annual Letter to all Campus Security Authorities at the University of Washington

According to federal law, specifically The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (re-named the Clery Act in 1998), the University of Washington Police Department is required to report “statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to the local police agency or any official of the institution who has “significant responsibility for student and campus activities.”

Your employment position has been identified by Federal Law as a “Campus Security Authority.” The definition of “Campus Security Authority” is as follows: “An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings.” For example, a dean of students who oversees student housing, a student center or student extra-curricular activities, has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Similarly, a director of athletics, team coach or faculty advisor to a student group also has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. A single teaching faculty member is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, except when serving as an advisor to a student group. A physician in a campus health center or a counselor in a counseling center whose only responsibility is to provide care to students is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Also, clerical staff are unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. If you believe there are other individuals in your department who fit the definition of Campus Security Authority, please pass this information on to them as well.

The criminal offenses that are required to be reported are murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (like rape, statutory rape, incest) robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, arson, liquor law violations, drug violations and/or illegal weapons possession. We are also required to report statistics for hate (bias) related crimes for the following classifications: murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (like rape, statutory rape and incest), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, vandalism, intimidation, and simple assault. We are required to report offenses that occur on campus, in residence facilities, in non-campus property and on public property.

If you are aware of a reportable crime that occurred or was reported in the previous year and it was not already reported to the University of Washington Police Department, please use the reporting forms (see below under Resources) so it can be included in the official crime statistics.

In addition, if a serious crime that may cause an ongoing threat to the University of Washington community is reported to a Campus Security Authority, that individual should not wait until the end of the year to report the incident. The institution has a responsibility to notify the campus community about any crimes that pose an ongoing threat to the community, and as such, Campus Security Authorities are obligated by law to report crimes immediately to the University of Washington Police Department.

UW Clery Committee

The UW Clery Committee was formed on October 3, 2012 and reports to the Vice President for Student Life, provides advice to the Vice President and other University leaders on Clery Act issues, as well as ensuring annual reporting compliance.

The UW Clery Committee members include representatives from the following departments: Attorney General’s Office, Bothell Security, Community Standards & Student Conduct, Environmental Health & Safety, Emergency Management, Facilities Services, Global Affairs, Harborview Security, Health & Wellness, Human Resources, Intercollegiate Athletics, International Programs and Exchanges, Office of the Registrar, SafeCampus, Title IX, UWMC Security and UW Police Department.

The UW Clery Committee meets twice a year, usually in May and October with other dates as necessary.

UW Clery Committee Email: clery@uw.edu 

Major Clery Reportable Crimes

  • Aggravated assault: an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife or other weapon is used which could or probably would result in a serious potential injury if the crime were successfully completed.
  • Arson: the willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, or personal property of another.
  • Burglary: the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. This includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or a felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a theft; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.
  • Hate crime related offenses: crimes or incidents characterized by bias against race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin and/or disability.
  • Motor vehicle theft: the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Classify as motor vehicle theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access, even though the vehicles are later abandoned – including joy riding.)
  • Murder/non-negligent manslaughter: the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another. EXCLUDE: Deaths caused by negligence, attempts to kill, assaults, suicides, accidental deaths and justifiable homicides.
  • Negligent manslaughter: the killing of another person through gross negligence.
  • Robbery: the taking or attempting to take anything from value of the care, custody or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
  • Sex offenses
    • Rape: the carnal knowledge of a person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
    • Forcible fondling: the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
    • Incest: Non-forcible sexual penetration between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
    • Statutory rape: Non-forcible sexual penetration with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
  • Simple assault/assault 4th degree: assault of a person by another under circumstances not amounting to assault in the first, second, or third degree, or custodial assault. DON’T REPORT UNLESS ALSO A HATE CRIME or DOMESTIC/DATING VIOLENCE.
  • Theft: (a) to wrongfully obtain or exert unauthorized control over the property or services of another or the value thereof, with intent to deprive him or her of such property or services; or (b) by color or aid of deception to obtain control over the property or services of another or the value thereof, with intent to deprive him or her of such property or services; or (c) to appropriate lost or mis-delivered property or services of another, or the value thereof, with intent to deprive him or her of such property or services. DON’T REPORT UNLESS ALSO A HATE CRIME or DOMESTIC/DATING VIOLENCE.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Offenses, also reportable under the Clery Act

  • Dating violence: any crime perpetrated by an individual upon another with whom s/he is involved in a romantic relationship that does not meet RCW definitions of domestic violence (e.g., the victim or suspect was under 16 years of age).
  • Domestic violence: any crime perpetrated by one family/household member upon another family/household member or between those in a dating relationship.
  • Stalking: without lawful authority and under circumstances not amounting to a felony attempt of another crime, a person intentionally and repeatedly harasses or repeatedly follows another person, and the person being harassed or followed is placed in fear that the stalker intends to injure the person, another person, or property of the person or of another person. The feeling of fear must be one that a reasonable person in the same situation experience under all the circumstances. Also, the stalker either intends to frighten, intimidate, or harass the person, or knows or reasonably should know that the person is afraid, intimidated or harassed even if the stalker did not intend to place the person in fear or intimidate or harass the person.

Liquor and Drug Violations

The Clery Act also requires disclosure of statistics for liquor law violations, drug law violations, and weapons possession. Reports of these violations are made differently, and reflect the total number of individuals arrested or referred for campus disciplinary action, rather than total number of incidents.

  • Liquor law violations: violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnish, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. Do not include drunkenness and driving under the influence.
  • Drug law violations: violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine), marijuana; synthetic narcotics (Demerol, methadone); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).
  • Weapon law violations: The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: manufacture, sale or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors, aliens possessing deadly weapons; all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.