Clery Act Reporting

What is the Clery Act?

Signed into law in 1990, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about campus crime activity and security policies in an annual report. The Clery Act also requires that campuses make “timely warnings” to campus community members about specific types of criminal activity when an ongoing threat to persons is believed to exist.

Information disseminated in accordance with Clery Act guidelines serves to inform the personal safety and college selection decisions of current and prospective campus community members. All post-secondary public and private institutions participating in federal student aid programs must adhere to Clery regulations.

The Clery Act was championed by Howard & Connie Clery after their daughter, Jeanne, was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Jeanne’s parents believe she would have been more cautious if she had known about other violent crimes at her university.

In 2007, George Mason University was awarded the The Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award by The Clery Center for Security on Campus. The Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award, established in 1994, is presented each year by the Clery Center for Security On Campus to honor institutions and individuals that have done extraordinary things to make college and university students safer. The full list of award recipients is available here: http://clerycenter.org/jeanne-clery-campus-safety-award

Click here for a brief overview of how the Clery Act is implemented at Mason.

For more information about the Clery Act, please contact the Clery Compliance Coordinator at (703) 993-5497 or cleryact@gmu.edu.