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The Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), passed by Congress in 1998, was originally passed in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act. The Act bears the name of Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her dorm room in 1986.

The Clery Act mandates that institutions of higher education provide timely warnings of crimes that might represent a threat to members of the campus community. It also requires that these institutions publicize a number of their security policies as well as requiring that they collect and publicly disseminate their crime statistics for a three-year period.

Jeanne Clery's parents, who promoted and lobbied for the Act, have created a Web site containing information on campus safety called Security on Campus Inc