Clery Act Compliance: Accountability for Colleges and Universities

By Alex MacLachlan October 6, 2014 compliance, physical-security

The Clery Act was introduced in 1990 to enforce the disclosure of campus security policy and crime data of all universities and colleges in the U.S. after a serious incident occurred resulting in the death of 19-year-old Jeanne Clery. The U.S. Department of Education laid out four main requirements: each institution must provide an annual security report, a current crime log, timely warnings in the event of a threat, and an annual crime statistics report. D3 Security’s Incident Management System has addressed each of these requirements individually and in detail to ensure Clery Act compliance for each of its clients in the educational industry.

 

Clery Act Violation Fines

Clery Act violations have led to a dramatic increase in fines for 2013, the Department of Education issued a record total of eight fines totaling almost $1.5 million. The total amount of the fines for the first 22 years of enforcement is only $1.7 million indicating a rise in both the total number of violations and the fine amount per violation. The fines doled out last year ranged from $82,500 to $280,000 and the fine per violation has been raised from $27,500 to $35,000 as of 2012.  If your campus security is not running a tight ship with systems in place to comply with the Clery Act chances are you will be the next target of the Department of Education’s investigation.

To comply with the annual security report, D3 can set up a regularly scheduled custom export to include all relevant incidents that occurred on or around campus for the previous year. The incidents can be broken down and summarized by type to comply with the offenses defined by the Uniform Crime Reports to comply with the crime statistics section. Crime logs are required to contain the most recent 60 days’ incidents occurring on campus and older incidents must be made available upon request within two business days. D3 is able to automatically export these incident summaries with the incident type, date, time, and general location of each crime to a public or student and staff accessible site. The final, and most frequently disputed requirement, is the need to provide timely warnings of crimes that present a safety threat to staff and students. As all institutions are required to publish their own policies regarding timely warnings, D3 Security is able to ensure that the workflows are set up in the Incident Management System to be Clery Act complaint.

 

D3 Security’s Clery-Act compliant software suite is trusted by many well-known universities and colleges throughout the US. It’s a customizable solution that is scalable to fit each and every institution across the US. D3’s Incident Management Solution gives your campus security staff all the tools they need to ensure Clery Act compliance and the cost is fractions less than the price you will have to pay if your institution is found to be in violation.

 

For more information on how D3 Security helps your institution with Clery Act Compliance or to schedule a demonstration of the software contact the sales department.

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Alex MacLachlan

Alex MacLachlan

Alex is the Director of Marketing at D3. He oversees D3's marketing, communications, and digital programs. He enjoys fishing, "checking the analytics", playing golf and watching hockey - in that order.


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