In 1990 Congress enacted the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act (Title II of Public Law 101-542), which amended the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), which required all postsecondary institutions participating in Title IV student financial aid programs to disclose crime statistics and security information. The Act was amended in 1992, 1998, and 2000. The 1998 amendment renamed the law the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
The Clery Act requires higher education institutions to collect crime data, report, and disseminate this information to the campus community and to the Department of Education. The Act is intended to provide students and their families around the country, with accurate and complete information about the safety of colleges and universities in the United States.
The Clery Act - Role of the Office of Campus Safety
To comply with the Clery Act, Fisk University’s Office of Campus Safety is responsible for compiling and reporting specified crime statistics and certain referral information for the campus, on a monthly and/or annual basis, to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), and the Metropolitan Police Department (MNPD). In addition, the Office of Campus Safety is responsible for publishing the University’s policies pertaining to crime prevention and awareness on the campus.
In addition, Fisk University’s Office of Campus Safety, partners with other universities and college departments and allied government agencies, to develop and implement a proactive and comprehensive safety program for the campus, with the objective of preventing campus crime to the fullest extent possible.