The "Clery Bill" (H.R.3344, S.1925, S.1930) was introduced in Congress on September 6, 1989, and was signed into law on November 8, 1990 by President George Bush as Title 2 of the "Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act." The bill was named for Jeanne Clery who was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University in 1986.
It took effect September 1, 1991 and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) was charged with enforcing the law. The law required all institutions of higher education to release campus crime statistics and security policies to their current and prospective students or employees. Congress enacted this law, which was originally known as the "Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.
The law was amended in 1992 to add a requirement that schools afford the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights. Amendments in 1998 added new categories to the crime statistics, an obligation to report statistics for public property in and immediately adjacent to the campus, a geographic breakdown of statistics, and a daily public crime log for schools with a police or security department. The law was also amended to require the DOE to centrally collect the crime statistics and make them publicly available. The 1998 amendments also formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.
Clery Act Requirements
Schools must publish an annual report disclosing their campus security policies and three years worth of crime statistics.
- Annual Security Report
Crime Statistics are submitted to the Department of Education, made available on the Department of Public Safety web page, and published in a widely distributed document titled "Campus Crime Report."
- Daily Incident Report
Each institution with a police or security department must have a public crime log.
OSP completes a Daily Log which contains information on all incidents occurring on campus. The Daily Log is available for inspection during business hours at the University Patrol Office located on the second floor of Cascade Hall. The areas contiguous to campus fall under the jurisdiction of the Corvallis Police Department, and their information can be obtained by contacting CPD Records during their business hours.
- Security Alerts
Schools must make timely warnings to the community about crimes considered to be a threat to other students and employees.
Notices with the "Security Alert" heading are published and distributed to public posting areas and groups as official notification of major crimes or concerns affecting the campus community. Notices may be posted on bulletin boards in the area of concern and notifications will be provided to the students. Along with bulletin board postings, Crime Alerts will be distributed via email to various List Groups and Departments as well as posted on the Department of Public Safety web site.
Under the federal "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act", formerly the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act, the Oregon State University campus must annually distribute statistics on the reported occurrences of the following offenses:
- Criminal Homicide
- Manslaughter - by Negligence
- Forcible Sex Offenses
- Non-Forcible Sex Offenses
- Aggravated Assault
- Motor Vehicle Theft / UUMV
- Hate Crimes - Race
- Hate Crimes - Gender*
- Hate Crimes - Religion*
- Hate Crimes - Sex Orientation*
- Hate Crimes -Ethnicity*
- Hate Crimes -Disability*
- Liquor Violations/Arrests
- Drug Abuse Violations/Arrests
- Weapon Law Violations/Arrests
For definitions of the above offenses and the criteria for incident inclusion, please see the web page titled Crime Definitions and Reportability.
- *Statistics involving the aforementioned offenses or others involving bodily injury where there is evidence of victim selection based upon actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability (hate crimes).
- These offenses must be reported according to their occurrence in the following location categories:
- Campus campus property excluding residence halls or other on campus residences
- Non campus building or property - organizations officially recognized by the University (including Greeks and Co-ops)
- Residence Halls or other Campus-owned residences
- Public Property, streets and sidewalks running inside the official campus boundaries, and areas reasonably contiguous to the campus
Criminal activities, if any, at off-campus student organizations (those recognized by the campus) are required to be monitored and recorded through local police agencies. This is required under 20 USC 1092(f) The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. It is the policy of Oregon State University Department of Public Safety to gather the following statistical data from the Corvallis Police Department on an annual basis.
In cases of criminal activities at off-campus student organizations the local agency will create a police report and case number for each incident, pursuant to their own procedures for recording criminal incident reports and using FBI Uniform Crime Reporting standards. The agency will then, upon request from the Department of Public Safety, send statistics under Clery Act offense categories, for each location which meets the criteria for off-campus student organization. Statistics for the current calendar year will appear in The Clery Act publication "Campus Crime Report," the following academic year.