The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified in 1990 as the Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, is part of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Clery Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about crime that takes place on and around their campuses as well as to publish security policies. All public and private post-secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs are subject to this law.
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to publish an annual report by October 1st that contains three years of crime statistics and certain security policy statements including sexual assault policies which ensure basic victim’s rights, the law enforcement authority of campus police and where the students should go to report crimes.
The Allegheny College Office of Safety & Security is responsible for gathering crime statistics and providing safety information. In accordance with mandated requirements, Allegheny College Safety & Security maintains records of any criminal activity that takes place on our campus, on public property adjacent to campus, and/or within student organizations that are officially recognized by Allegheny College. Safety & Security also relies on law enforcement agencies to supply information regarding the City of Meadville. These agencies include the Meadville Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, and Federal agencies that may have relevant information.
The statistics are then published and made available to the public. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and information concerning registered sex offenders who live in the area.
The Allegheny College Office of Safety & Security encourages faculty, staff and administrators that have significant responsibility for students’ activities to report any crimes that they may be aware of through their daily contact with students. Click here to download a reporting form. According to the Clery Act, campus “security authorities” who must report criminal activity to the Allegheny College Office of Safety & Security include the following: the Dean of Students, the directors within the Division of Student Affairs including coaches, and faculty advisors to student groups.
Please know that all reports to the Allegheny College Office of Safety & Security can be made confidentially and anonymously in accordance with the reporting person’s wishes.