Jeanne Clery was a college student who was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University in 1986. The suspect, another college student, was able to access Clery’s dorm room because multiple doors had been propped open.
Jeanne Clery’s parents pressed for a law that would require institutions to report crimes so families could be informed about crimes occurring on, near, and immediately adjacent to campus so they would be able to make sound decisions about student safety. The law, named after their daughter (the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act), requires institutions to publish an Annual Security & Annual Fire Safety Report which includes the three previous years of crime statistics; maintain a daily crime log, disclose certain security policies, and provide timely warnings about Clery crimes that pose an immediate threat to students and employees.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also mandates similar requirements under state law. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Clery Act and the wealth of information available to you.