Clery Compliance

The Clery Act, which took effect in 1991, requires all institutions of higher education that participate in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about crime on their campuses and in the surrounding communities. The Clery Act affects virtually all public and private universities in the United States and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. Campuses that fail to comply with the act face penalties ranging from fines to suspension of federal financial aid.

Clery Act Requirements

The U.S. Department of education authors a handbook for institutions required to comply with the Clery Act. The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting provides procedures, examples, and references for compliance with the Clery Act.

A general summary of requirements is as follows:

  • Collect, classify, and count crime reports and statistics related to crime on or near campus. Info on crimes and geographic classifications can be found by following the menu links on the right.
  • Issue timely warnings and campus alerts for Clery crimes that represent an ongoing threat to the safety of students or employees, or emergency notifications upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees.
  • Publish an annual security report containing safety and security-related policy statements and criminal statistics and distribute it to all current students and employees, as well as an annual fire safety report containing policy statements and fire statistics for on-campus student housing. At UNC Asheville these reports are published together in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Prospective students and employees must be informed of the availability of this report.
  • Submit crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education each fall via a web-based data form.
  • Maintain a daily crime log of alleged criminal incidents which is open to public inspection.
  • Disclose missing student notification procedures that pertain to students residing in on-campus student housing facilities.

For purposes of reporting Clery statistics, the university must distinguish criminal offenses based on where they occur. Statistics are separated into geographic categories including: On-Campus, Non-Campus, and Public Property.

Main Campus Clery Map

For purposes of reporting Clery statistics, the university must distinguish criminal offenses based on where they occur. Statistics are separated into geographic categories including: On-Campus, Non-Campus, and Public Property.

On-Campus

  1. Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the core campus (same reasonably contiguous geographic area) and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and
  2. Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the area identified:
    1. That is owned by the institution but controlled by another person
    2. Is frequently used by students
    3. Supports institutional purposes (such as food or retail vendor).

Examples: University buildings (e.g. Highsmith Union, Rhoades-Robinson), university residence halls, university owned land/property (e.g. Quad, Mullen Park, Greenway), university streets, sidewalks, parking lots (e.g., University Heights, P16, P4).

On-Campus: Residence Halls

Statistics are also required to be split into a sub-category to specify which on-campus crimes occurred in Residence Halls.

Non-Campus

  1. Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or
  2. Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.

Examples: University owned or leased buildings outside the core campus, or off-campus greek-life housing.

Public Property

All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the core campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the core campus. This also extends into public parks immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus.

Examples: City streets (e.g. W.T. Weaver Blvd, Broadway St), Public Parks (e.g., Glenn’s Creek Greenway and Weaver Park), and sidewalks adjacent to public roadways.