The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
The Clery Act also requires the reporting of crimes on public property not owned or controlled by the college. (Empire State College is a nonresidential college.) Schools are required to publish an annual report that contains crime statistics from the three years prior to the report and certain security-policy statements, including sexual-assault policies that ensure basic victims' rights, assert the law-enforcement authority of campus police and describe where/how students should go to report crimes. It is the responsibility of the Office of Safety and Security to collect crime reports and distribute the annual crime statistics and report by Oct. 1 of each calendar year.
The Empire State College Annual Safety and Security Report and Procedures is available to all current Empire State College students and employees and to all prospective Empire State College students and employees upon request. The document includes:
*On-campus is defined as any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls; and any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to paragraph 1 of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).
Empire State College acknowledges the importance of campus safety and investigating crime. By means of this statement, Empire State College adheres to formal plans that provide for the investigation of missing students and violent felony offenses committed on campus. Memorandums of understanding throughout New York state have been executed with various local law enforcement agencies to specifically address this issue.
This law was enacted in 1999, prompted by the unexplained disappearance of Suzanne Lyall from the State University of New York at Albany campus in 1998. The reforms made by this law acknowledge that improving campus safety must begin with swift and efficient investigative action and optimum access to missing person information by students' families and the public.