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Clery Center for Security On Campus

Self Description

November 2014: "Focused on advocacy, education and collaboration, the Clery Center for Security On Campus (formerly Security On Campus, Inc.) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to safe campus communities nationwide. The organization was founded in 1987 by Connie and Howard Clery following the April, 1986 rape and murder of their 19-year-old daughter Jeanne in her Lehigh University dorm room. Her assailant, who is spending life behind bars without parole, was also a student at the school whom Jeanne did not know prior to the attack.

Through their grief, and with strength and courage, the Clerys committed themselves to creating enduring change. They were alarmed by the lack of information provided students and families about the rapid increase of violent and non-violent incidents on campuses; they realized that while crimes were being reported to campus authorities, administrators often failed to provide adequate warnings about those incidents—even more troubling, there were no uniform laws mandating them to do so.

The Clerys took their fight to Capitol Hill. In 1990, three years after the organization’s founding, Congress approved the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act. Later renamed in Jeanne’s memory, the Jeanne Clery Act took effect in 1991. It requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees. The law also ensures certain basic rights for victims of campus sexual assaults and requires the U.S. Department of Education to collect and disseminates campus crime statistics.

A new set of amendments, including updated emergency response and warning procedures and hate crime reporting standards were added to the Clery Act in 2008. A full text of 20 USC 1092(f) can be found at:

Today, the Clery Center for Security On Campus provides Clery Act compliance trainings for college and university officials across the U.S. We advocate for victims and for policy initiatives that support our mission. Beyond the law we have been and will remain dedicated to the spirit of the Clery Act and its intent to provide transparent information and safer educational environments at all institutions of higher learning."

Third-Party Descriptions

November 2014: "S. Daniel Carter, who as former director of public policy for the advocacy group Clery Center for Security on Campus is a national expert on college safety, points out that UVA's sexual assault problems are not much worse than other schools; if anything, he says, the depressing reality is that UVA's situation is likely the norm. Decades of awareness programming haven't budged the prevalence of campus rape: One in five women is sexually assaulted in college, though only about 12 percent report it to police."


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Status/Name Change from Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC) Organization Nov 22, 2014

Articles and Resources

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Nov 19, 2014 A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA

QUOTE: UVA's emphasis on honor is so pronounced that since 1998, 183 people have been expelled for honor-code violations such as cheating on exams. And yet paradoxically, not a single student at UVA has ever been expelled for sexual assault. "Think about it," says Susan Russell, whose UVA daughter's sexual-assault report helped trigger a previous federal investigation. "In what world do you get kicked out for cheating, but if you rape someone, you can stay?"

Rolling Stone