The purpose for Clery Act began back in 1986, when 19 year old Lehigh University student Jeanne Clery was brutally raped and murdered in her dorm room by another student. At the time, only 4% of colleges and universities reported crimes on their campuses to the FBI. Jeanne’s parents believed she would have been more cautious had she known about other violent crimes in the area.
The Clerys went to work to mandate that all colleges and universities disclose crimes that occur on their campuses. In 1990, the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act was passed by Congress. This federal law required all higher education institutions, both public and private, receiving federal financial aid to report their crime statistics to the community.
Amendments to the act in 1992 added requirements for schools to provide rights to victims of sexual assault. 1998’s amendment renamed the act the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)), to honor Jeanne Clery.
Other amendments followed in 2000 and 2008 to include additional requirements such as implementing and disclosing procedures for emergency evacuations, missing student protocols, fire safety reporting and registered sex offender notification.
In 2013 the Clery Act was amended again to include new reporting procedures and afforded rights for victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.
The mission of the Clery Act remains the same—to provide timely information to the community about crimes occurring in the area so they may make informed decisions regarding their safety and safety of others.
The University of Tennessee works diligently to comply with this Act and to keep its community safe and informed.
—from the Clery Center website