The federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires colleges and universities, both public and private, participating in federal student aid programs to disclose campus safety information, and imposes certain basic requirements for handling incidents of sexual violence and emergency situations. Disclosures about crime statistics and summaries of security policies are made once a year in an Annual Security Report (ASR), and information about specific crimes and emergencies is made publicly available on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
The Clery Act is named in memory of Jeanne Clery who was raped and murdered in her residence hall room by a fellow student she did not know on April 5, 1986. Her parents championed laws requiring the disclosure of campus crime information, and the federal law that now bears their daughter's name was first enacted in 1990. It has been amended regularly over the last two decades to keep up with changes in campus safety with the most recent update in 2013 to expand the law's requirements concerning the handling of sexual violence (see the summary of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act for additional information about these requirements which take effect in 2014).
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S. Daniel Carter has been at the forefront of advancing campus safety and victims’ rights for over twenty years. Carter graduated in 1994 from the University of Tennessee with a BA in Political Science where spurred by an on-campus murder he worked to pass state campus crime reporting legislation.
Carter has worked to develop, secure passage of, and develop the regulations for 7 pieces of federal legislation including the Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights, and 1998’s Clery Act amendments. He was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 as "probably the leading person in this Nation in advocating more action and tougher action against crimes that are committed on campus."
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The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or Campus SaVE Act (SaVE), is a 2013 amendment to the federal Jeanne Clery Act. SaVE that will help bolster the response to and prevention of sexual violence in higher education.
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