The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is responsible for enforcing the Clery Act. ED's Clery Act Compliance Division is responsible for conducting investigations and issuing findings of violation. Institutions that violate the Clery Act may face warnings, up to $35,000 per violation fines, the limitation or suspension of federal aid, or the loss of eligibility to participate in federal student aid programs. Complaints may be filed with CleryComplaints@ed.gov.
This office has oversight responsibility for Campus Safety and Security Reporting for institutions of higher education (IHEs) that participate in the Title IV Higher Education Act (HEA) programs. The Clery staff conducts reviews of IHEs’ Annual Security Reports and Annual Fire Safety Reports to ensure the reports contain safety and security related policy statements, crime and fire statistics, and that the reports are distributed annually to students and employees.
As part of its review, the Clery staff also checks to ensure that IHEs report crime and fire statistics to the Department of Education each year in the Web-based data collection site and complies with the Drug-Free Schools Community Amendment Act of 1989. The Clery staff responsibilities include but are not limited to:
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