The Clery Act currently contains language designed to limit institutions from retaliating against any individual with respect to implementing the Act. The 2013 amendment, which takes effect in 2014, significantly strengthens protections for any person asserting rights under the Act or attempting to undertake responsibilities to fully comply.

‚ÄčThe new language explicitly provides that no "officer, employee, or agent of an institution...shall retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce, or otherwise discriminate against any individual for exercising their rights or responsibilities" under the Act. Violation of this provision is a separate violation of the law subject to full penalties, and which may be invoked even if there are no other violations of the Act.