The Clery Act
The Clery Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Each year the University files a report of campus crime statistics with the United States Department of Education. Crime statistics for the past three calendar years are maintained on the Southern website.
For each calendar year, the statistics reflect the number of reported incidents of certain crimes, as defined by the Clery Act, which occurred within the University’s Clery Geography. These crimes include: homicide, manslaughter, sex offenses (including rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape), domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson that occurred on or near campus for the previous three calendar years. Also included are arrests and disciplinary referrals for drug law violations, liquor violations, weapon violations, and bias-related crimes.
The Clery statistics include crimes reported directly to Campus Safety Department, local law enforcement agencies, and to “campus security authorities.” As stated above, “campus security authorities” are defined by the Clery Act as university officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings.” Professional mental health and religious counselors are exempt from reporting requirements.
The report contains crime statistics from the previous three years that were reported to local police agencies, or to campus security authorities that occurred at the following locations:
- On campus
- In certain off-campus buildings, owned, or controlled by Southern Adventist University
- Public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus