Understanding the Clery Report
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely warnings and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of postsecondary education participating in federal student aid programs are required to follow the mandates of the Clery commission.
- Who is a Campus Security Authority?
- Campus Security Authority Online Report Form
- Annual Security Report
The Clery Act was signed into law in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. It was supported by Howard & Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. They also founded the non-profit Security On Campus, Inc. in 1987. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery.
The federally mandated Clery Act requires all Title IV schools to provide Timely Warning Notices. Timely Warnings are a mass communication notice issued to the University community advising a Clery Crime that represent a current or ongoing threat to the University community is present. Wilmington University Safety is responsible for assessing nature of threat and issuing warnings.
In an effort to provide timely notice to the Wilmington University community regarding crimes that represent a serious or continuing threat to students or employees, that occurs within the Clery Geography (On Campus, Public Property and Noncampus property). The Assistant Vice President of Legal & Administrative Affairs will develop the content of the notification and it is sent to a member of the Executive Team for approval. The Web Communications team is responsible for distributing the Crime Alert via the group e-mail and ReGroup system.
Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Department of University Safety. All notifications issued will provide general information about the incident as well as crime prevention information that may aid in the prevention of similar occurrences. All Timely Warnings will be issued in a manner that withholds the names of victims to maintain confidentiality.
A daily crime log is available at all sites during normal business hours. The daily crime log typically includes the case number, crime type, date/time reported; date/time occurred, location, and disposition of each crime.
Emergency Notifications are activated when a threat to the safety of the University community is present; this is not contingent upon Clery Crimes being committed. Emergency Notifications are a mass communication notice issued to the University community in the event of a current or ongoing threat to the community. Emergency Notifications may or may not be related to a Clery crime and are not limited to nature of crime. Wilmington University Safety is responsible for assessing nature of threat and issuing warnings and will do so in a manner to best ensure the safety of our community.
Schools have to publish an annual report every year by October 1st that contains 3 years’ worth of campus crime statistics and certain security policy statements including sexual assault policies which assure basic victims’ rights, the law enforcement authority of campus police and where students should go to report crimes. The report is to be made available automatically to all current students and employees while prospective students and employees are to be notified of its existence and afforded an opportunity to request a copy.
Each school must disclose crime statistics for the campus, 1 mile radius of the campus, and certain non-campus facilities including Greek housing and remote classrooms. The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enforcement, and other school officials who have "significant responsibility for student and campus activities" such as student judicial affairs directors. Professional mental health and religious counselors are exempt from reporting obligations, but may refer patients to a confidential reporting system.
Crimes are reported in the following seven (7) major categories, with several sub-categories:
- Criminal Homicide:
a. Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter
b. Negligent manslaughter
- Sex Offenses:
a. Forcible Sex Offenses (includes rape)
b. Non-forcible Sex Offenses
- Aggravated Assault
- Motor Vehicle Theft
Schools are also required to report the following three types of incidents if they result in either an arrest or disciplinary referral:
- Liquor Law Violations
- Drug Law Violations
- Illegal Weapons Possession
WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY TAKES SERIOUSLY THE RESPONSIBILITY TO REPORT CRIMES. TO ACCESS THE MOST RECENT COPY OF THE WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY CLERY REPORT, PLEASE CLICK THE TAB THAT SAYS ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT.
Any questions, concerns or further information please contact:
Linda Andrzjewski, Ed.D.
Executive Director & Title IX Coordinator
47 Reads Way
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: (302) 356-6754
Fax: (302) 328-7918
Crime Prevention Quick Tips
Crime prevention starts with YOU. By frequently practicing proactive crime prevention techniques, you can reduce the opportunity for a criminal to make you a victim. The following information listed below can help reduce the possibility of becoming a victim:
- Be aware of your surroundings when approaching and leaving your vehicle.
- Avoid talking on the phone when walking to your vehicle.
- Never leave your vehicle running and unattended.
- Always lock your vehicle, and avoid leaving any valuables in plain view.
- Be sure to locate your keys before walking to your vehicle.
- When walking in parking lots keep a secure hold of your purse, handbags and any other items.
- Make a routine of calling family members or friends before you leave so they know to expect you in a certain amount of time.
Instincts are your guide — listen to them!
The Department of Education defines a "Campus Security Authority," (referred hereafter as CSA), as follows:
"An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student life, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings." For example, a dean who oversees student life, a student center, or student extra-curricular activities, has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Similarly, a director of athletics, team coach, and faculty advisor to a student group such as Student Government, or even volunteer coach, also have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. By contrast, an individual teaching faculty member is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, except when serving as an advisor to a student group. Clerical staff are unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities and therefore, fall outside of Clery’s CSA designation."
Are you a Campus Security Authority? What does that mean?
***ALL Campus Security Authorities are federally mandated reporters of Clery Crimes***
- Anyone designated by the university as an individual or to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
- Any person who has the authority or duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the university, who also has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings.
- Can be part-time or full-time, paid employee or even a volunteer
- Some examples of job positions at Wilmington University with job functions that qualify as a CSA include but not limited to:
- Dean of students
- Student life
- Coach or assistant coach
- Student affairs
- Student Ambassador
- Academic advisers
- Athletic trainers
You are not a CSA if…
- A faculty member who does not have any responsibility for student and campus activity beyond the classroom (i.e. exclusively an instructor)
- Clerical staff
- Facilities staff
- Food service staff
What gets reported?
As a Campus Security Authority, you are required to report all crimes listed below (regardless of desire of reporting party or previous incident involving outside law enforcement) —
- Criminal homicide (Murder, non-negligent manslaughter, and negligent manslaughter)
- Sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible): Rape, Sexual Assault with an Object, Sodomy, Fondling
- Aggravated Assault
- Motor Vehicle Theft (includes unauthorized use)
Also required to be reported:
- Hate/Bias-Motivated Crimes
- Arrests and Referrals for Drug, Liquor and Weapons Violation
- Crimes of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking (VAWA-SAVE ACT)
Please click the link below to see the Annual Security Report: