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Campus Safety (Clery Act) Training

Course Description


The Clery Act is a federal law that requires schools to warn the campus community in a prompt and timely manner about crimes that could pose an ongoing threat to students and employees. Enacted in 1990, the Act is named for Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered by a fellow student while asleep in her dorm room in 1986. After Clery’s murder, her parents learned there had been 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years prior, none of which the University had revealed to students.

For campus-wide safety and because the Department of Education has the power to levy substantial fines on schools that fail to comply with the Clery Act, it is essential that schools fully understand the provisions of the Act. For example, recognizing that many crimes are never reported to the police, the Act requires schools to collect data about crimes on and around their campuses from those referred to as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs). Along with campus police and non-police security guards, any member of a school's staff with "significant responsibility for student and campus activities" is deemed a CSA and must be trained on the Act's reporting requirements.

The Cintas, 25-minute Online Campus Safety Training Course delivers the essential requirements of the Clery Act and the responsibilities of all CSAs. Topics include:

  • History of the Clery Act
  • Spirit, intent and enforcement of the Clery Act
  • Role of Campus Security Authorities (CSAs)
  • Essential duties of CSAs
  • Crimes — which ones must be reported?
  • Crimes — which are "campus" crimes?
  • Gathering and documenting the facts
  • Best practices for documentation
  • Important resources and additional information



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