What is the Clery Act?


The “Clery Act” is named in memory of 19 year-old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery, who was raped and murdered on April 5, 1986 while asleep in her residence hall room.

Jeanne’s parents, Connie and Howard discovered that students hadn’t been told about 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before Jeanne’s murder.

They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.”

Jeanne Clery Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Disclosure Act

Clery Act Reporting

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities throughout the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their respective campus.

Because the law is directly tied to participation in federal student financial aid programs, it applies to most institutions of higher education, both public and private. The act is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.

DPS as a whole is required to produce an annual Clery Act report. This report is commonly called the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

This report is required to provide crime statistics for the prior three years, policy statements regarding various safety and security measures, campus crime prevention program descriptions, and procedures to be followed in the investigation and prosecution of alleged sex offenses.

It is available for download and and you can request a copy be mailed to you by calling 713-313-1813.

The Annual Security Report for Texas Southern University for 2016 is available.

Download Annual Security Report