Latest News from the Clery Center for Security On Campus

Dept. of ED Issues Clery Act "Dear Colleague Letter"
On July 14, 2014, the US Department of Education, Federal Student Aid office released a "Dear Colleague" Letter related to the implementation of changes to the Jeanne Clery Act made through the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). The guidance includes a summary of the negotiated rulemaking process, including the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) recently published in the federal register, as well as guidance on common questions the Department has received following its request for a "good faith effort" from institutions of higher education to comply with the new Clery amendments. Main areas include: Procedures... Read More
McCaskill Survey Reaffirms Need for Increased Leadership & Dialogue
Following the release of a first-of-its-kind report on how colleges and universities handle sexual violence prevention and response, we urge policy makers, administrators, students, and other individuals to evaluate current compliance efforts.Released yesterday, the report summarizes findings from a survey of over 300 institutions of higher education conducted by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). The report’s findings echo the challenges we hear too often in conversations with administrators, professionals, and students across the country, including (among others):a lack of coordination and silos between on- and off-campus groups;reactive and... Read More
Upcoming Events: Navigating Title IX & Clery
Over the course of the past year, the Clery Center for Security On Campus and the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) have partnered to provide engaging and informative educational opportunities for higher education and campus safety professionals focused on the intersections of Title IX and the Clery Act. Recent amendments to the Clery Act as well as federal guidance from the White House and the Department of Education have sparked a national dialogue around institutions' obligations to prevent and respond to sexual violence.During the next three months, the Clery Center and the VRLC will host a number of in-person and online trainings to help... Read More
Webinar Recording Now Available: "Navigating the Crossroads"
"Navigating the Crossroads of the Clery Act, VAWA Amendments, and the White House Task Force"In the wake of the recent VAWA Amendments and White House Task Force, there have been countless conversations nationwide about what colleges should be doing to comply with the Clery Act and new regulations. In discussions with higher education professionals across the country, we recognize that campuses are busily trying to prepare for the new regulations and elevated scrutiny, but they have no clear understanding or guidance about what they must do in order to achieve a "good faith effort" to comply. Everyone claims to have the answer, but everyone... Read More
Webinar Recap & Recording - Planning for National Campus Safety Awareness Month
September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM).  On April 24, 2014, the Clery Center hosted a webinar on planning NCSAM events and activities on your own campus. We also featured examples of effective campus safety initiatives from Peter Ossman of Siena Heights University, and from Pam Vassar and Paul Kyle of Johnson County Community College. Below you will find a recording of the webinar, links to the resources that were mentioned, and a copy of the slides for download. If you have any questions, please contact Abigail Boyer or Amy Guthrie, or give us a call at 484-580-8754.Presenters:• Peter Ossman, P.E.M, Assistant Director... Read More
Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Reaches Consensus
On April 1, 2014, the final session of the negotiated rulemaking for the 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Amendments to the Clery Act concluded with a consensus among negotiators.  Today’s session was the sixth and final in a series of meetings to develop draft regulations for the VAWA Amendments to Clery (also known as Campus SaVE) and to discuss key issues related to safety on college and university campuses. (You can access an informal archive of these conversations through AAUW’s live blog of the negotiated rulemaking sessions on their blog.)  As a next step, the U.S. Department of Education -- which is responsible for enforcing... Read More
NCSAM 2013
The 2013 FREE Safe Campus, Strong Voices toolkit is available for download here:  Safe Campus, Strong Voices ToolkitOur 2013 Day of Action on September 25, 2013 centered around the PACT5 campaign, in which students from five institutions (Rowan University, California State University at Northridge, Western State Colorado University, and Framingham State University) created documentaries focused on sexual assault which are available for free at Students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities MADE THE PACT:I am aware that sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time.I believe we can end sexual assault through... Read More
Clery Center Begins Production of Campus Fire Safety Video
“The Alarming Truth” Part of Nationwide CampaignWayne, PA – More than 160 people have died in campus-related fires since 2000, with the majority occurring in off-campus housing, where most students live. Common factors in these fatalities are missing or disabled smoke alarms, careless disposal of smoking materials, and lack of exits.On Saturday, March 1 the Clery Center for Security On Campus, in partnership with Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation, will begin production on a short film funded under a Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention and Safety Grant aimed at reducing fires and improving fire safety on off-... Read More
Clery Center Collaborative Launches Nationwide
The Clery Center for Security On Campus is pleased to announce the formal launch of the national Clery Center Collaborative Program, a team-based learning membership program that brings together colleges and universities to build cost-effective, customized, and sustainable approaches to campus safety and Clery Act compliance.The program is an expansion of a Pilot program launched in 2013 in Pennsylvania with 38 participating colleges and universities.“Campus safety and Clery Act compliance require a team effort,” said Alison Kiss, MS, Executive Director of the Clery Center, “and we’re excited to see that the Collaborative is making a real... Read More
#CleryChat on the VAWA Amendments to Clery
On Thursday, January 9, 2014 the Clery Center hosted a Twitter chat on the VAWA Amendments to the Jeanne Clery Act, which afford additional rights to campus victims of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.These amendments still need to go through the negotiated rulemaking process, in which the Department of Education works with representatives from affected parties to develop regulations implementing the new requirements.The Clery Center is represented on the rulemaking committee by our Executive Director, Alison Kiss, and used the chat to get feedback from advocates, students, and higher education professionals... Read More