Know Your IX
The Clery Act applies to institutions of higher education and is confined to campus crimes, which occur on campus, adjacent to campus, or off-campus when associated with the institution. The Clery Act was expanded in 2013 with the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); accordingly, the Campus SaVE Act is now a part of colleges’ Clery obligations and its requirements are included here.
1. Recording Campus Crime Statistics
All reported campus crimes are recorded in a Daily Crime Log and an Annual Security Report, whose location may be found on your school’s website. Daily Crime Logs must be updated within 2 days of a report (unless it would jeopardize an ongoing police investigation). An Annual Security Report is released each October and contains the last 3 years worth of reported crimes occurring on campus. Several crimes must be listed, which include:
- Stalking: ongoing conduct that could cause a reasonable person to fear for the safety of themselves or others, or suffer emotional distress (e.g., following, monitoring, threatening, communicating to or about the victim, or interfering with a victim’s property)
- Intimidation: words or conduct that places the victim in reasonable fear of bodily harm (does not include use of a weapon, which is a different crime under Clery)
- Dating Violence: threats or actual sexual or physical abuse in a dating relationship
- Domestic Violence: crime of violence committed by former spouse, cohabiting partner, or someone with whom you share a child