Clery Act Complaints


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:


  • Schedules and conducts Clery Act compliance initiatives reviews, as needed.
  • ​Manages the Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Manages and performs data analysis on annual Clery Act reports and FBI data.Examines how an IHE defines its campus geography, classifies, and counts reportable crimes.
  • Reviews the IHE’s procedures for the collection of crime statistics from campus security authorities and local police.Determines that the IHE maintains a Daily Crime Log and a Fire Log, if it has campus housing facilities.
  • ​Evaluates  the IHE’s Timely Warning policy and Emergency Response and Evacuation procedures.
  • Reviews the IHE’s policy statements to include Sex Offenses and Offenders, and Missing Students.Reviews the IHE’s drug and alcohol abuse prevention program to ensure the IHE distributes the program annually to each student and employee and that it conducts a biennial review of its program to measure effectiveness and make recommendations.


For documents concerning previous reviews please click here. For information about assistance in filing a Clery Act complaint please visit SurvJustice.