Clery Act Defined and Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

What is the Clery Act?

Signed into law in 1990, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about campus crime activity and security policies in an annual report. The Clery Act also requires that campuses make "timely warnings" to campus community members about specific types of criminal activity when an ongoing threat to persons is believed to exist.

Information disseminated in accord with Clery Act guidelines serves to inform the personal safety and college selection decisions of current and prospective campus community members. All post-secondary public and private institutions participating in federal student aid programs must adhere to Clery regulations.The Clery Act was championed by Howard & Connie Clery after their daughter, Jeanne, was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. 

What is KUMC obligated to do?

To ensure compliance with the Clery Act, KUMC must meet obligations in the following three broad categories: (1) policy disclosure; (2) records collection and retention; and (3) information dissemination.

  • Policy Disclosure - KUMC must provide the campus community and the public with accurate statements of current policies and practices regarding procedures for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies on campus, security of and access to campus facilities, and campus law enforcement.
  • Records Collection and Retention - KUMC is required to keep campus records of crimes reported on campus to campus security authorities, make a reasonable good faith effort to obtain certain crime statistics from appropriate law enforcement agencies to include in the annual security report, and keep a daily crime log open for public inspection.
  • Information Dissemination - To provide members of the campus community with information needed to make informed personal safety decisions, KUMC must provide: 1) A "timely warning" of any Clery Act crime that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students and employees; 2) Develop and maintain a log of all crimes reported to the KUMC Police Department (PD), ensure public access to the crime log during normal business hours, and; 3) Publish an annual security report, make the report available to all current students and employees, and ensure the annual security report is made available to prospective students and employees. KUMC must also inform the campus community where to obtain information regarding registered sex offenders, and submit annual crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education. 

What is Considered a Clery Act Crime?

  • Criminal homicide (murder and non-negligent manslaughter)
  • Negligent manslaughter
  • Sex offenses - includes rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Stalking
  • Arson

Hate crimes must be reported by category of prejudice, including race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, and disability. Statistics are also required for four additional crime categories if the crime committed is classified as a hate crime:

  • Larceny/Theft
  • Simple Assault
  • Intimidation
  • Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property

What Is a Campus Security Authority (CSA)?

To assist in the identification and reporting of crime on campus, the Clery Act regulations define a campus security authority as:

  • University police
  • Non-police security staff responsible for monitoring university property
  • People/offices designated under university policy as those to whom/which crimes should be reported
  • University officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities (exempted officials include pastoral and professional counselors)

Click here for more information on CSA designations and responsibilities.

How do I report a crime to KUPD?

In case of an emergency, call 911 from landlines or 913-588-5030 from cell phones to reach KUPD to report criminal incidents or emergencies on campus and to reach fire, ambulance and rescue services. Emergency telephones (blue phones) are located strategically throughout the campus and in parking structures for report of crimes in progress, suspicious persons, medical emergencies or concerns about your personal safety. Large "Emergency" signs identify the tall emergency telephones. These phones will connect you with the Police Dispatch Center at KUPD.

What Anonymous or Voluntary Confidential reporting options are available?

KUPD works in conjunction with the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers program to encourage the anonymous reporting of crime-related activity. Rewards are given when the information leads to an arrest and the filing of criminal charges. A KUPD detective or patrol officer investigates information on criminal activity received through confidential informants or third party reporting. You may anonymously report a crime to Crime Stoppers in one of the following ways:

  • Web Tips:
  • Tips Hotline: 816-474-8477
  • Text Tips: Text "TIP452" plus your message to CRIMES (274637)

If you are not comfortable identifying yourself, KUPD also offers anonymous reporting on its website, under "Ask the Chief". Tips are reviewed by KUPD Command Staff and, if appropriate, investigated by detectives.

Where can I get information on sex offenders?

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. 

For more information on Sexual Violence reporting on campus and Title IX Policy, view the Title IX and Sexual Violence website

Additional Information

For additional information relating to Clery Act Compliance, the KUMC Clery Compliance personnel can be reached by e-mail at

Helpful Links

We depend on your assistance and cooperation to keep the KUMC campus as safe as possible. Report suspected criminal activities to the KU Police Department by calling 9-1-1 (landlines), 913-588-5030 (cells), or using an emergency blue phone. Wichita and Salina Campuses, dial 9-1-1 directly.

Last modified: Sep 22, 2015