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Clery Act… What is that?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal statute pertaining to all colleges and universities participating in federal student aid programs.  Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University in 1986. Her killer was another student. Her parents believe she would have been more cautious if she had known about other violent crimes at Lehigh.  In 1990 Congress enacted the Clery Act, which is based on the notion that a better-informed campus community is a better-protected campus community.

The Clery Act requires institutions:

  • Identify reportable locations​;
  • Identify individuals/organizations as Campus Security Authorities;
  • Implement prevention programs for crime; illegal drug use/​abuse and distribution; alcohol ​abuse; and sexual assault and interpersonal violence​
  • Compile and distribute Clery crime statistics;  The Boise State Department of Public Safety collects statistics on crimes, arrests, and referrals for incidents that occur on or near campus.  These statistics are then reported in the university’s annual Clery Report. Statistics are gathered from three primary sources:
    • Reports made directly to the Department of Public Safety.
    • Reports made to Boise Police Department or other law enforcement agencies having concurrent jurisdiction such as the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
    • Reports received from Campus Security Authorities (CSA’s).
  • Issue Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings when there is an immediate or ongoing threat ​to the campus community;
  • Maintain daily crime and fire logs; and
  • Publish Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports.

If you have further questions you can visit the Clery Center or you can reach out to the Clery Compliance Officer,  Val Uranga via email at