The Fundamentals of Clery Act Compliance for Campus Counsel and Administrators

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For over 20 years, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, commonly referred to as the Clery Act, has required nearly all higher education institutions to maintain and report statistics on campus crime. In short, all institutions that participate in federal financial aid programs must (1) collect and report to the campus community and federal government statistics for certain crimes that occur in certain geographic locations; (2) publish and enforce certain policies regarding crime and safety; and (3) have policies in place requiring institutions to take specific actions when certain incidents occur. Since its initial passage in 1990, the Clery Act has become more complex, requiring colleges and universities to spend more effort on compliance. At the same time, the U.S. Department of Education has stepped up independent enforcement actions and increased the maximum fine for Clery Act violations, making compliance even more critical.

This basic-level eight-week course is designed specifically for campus counsel who advise institutions on Clery Act compliance, as well as for administrators with significant Clery Act responsibilities. Taught by experienced NACUA member attorneys, this course is a high-quality, affordable, and convenient way for higher education attorneys and administrators to learn key responsibilities related to Clery Act compliance. The instructors will assume that participants have little or no prior experience with the Clery Act.

Topics covered will include:

  • An overview of compliance obligations
  • How to determine whether incidents that take place on- or off-campus are reportable
  • How to count, classify, and report crimes under the Clery Act
  • How the Clery Act intersects with Title IX
  • Changes from the Violence Against Women Act — new regulations will be covered in course webinar
  • Requirements related to timely warnings and emergency notifications
  • Policies and procedures related to missing persons and fires

The course is a blend of self-study and instructor-facilitated learning. Participants can access materials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each module features a narrated PowerPoint presentation (like a pre-recorded virtual seminar), self-assessments, and extensive resources. Students will have access to recordings of three instructor-led webinars and will be able to get their questions answered on a live conference call with the instructors. The course is informative, interactive, and convenient.

The course costs $449 for all participants. Participants at member institutions are eligible for a $100 discount. Register today!

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This course is no longer accepting registrations. If you are already registered for the course, access your online classroom here.

Course Schedule

An Introduction to the Clery Act

  • Overview and history of the Clery Act
  • Basic concepts and definitions
  • Compliance timeline and summary of compliance obligations
  • Importance of Clery Act compliance

Geography: The Key to Clery Act Compliance

  • On campus
  • Residence halls
  • Public property
  • Non campus

Publishing the Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Report

  • Compliance timeline
  • Notification
  • Making reports available
  • Entering and amending statistics

Missing Persons and Fire Reporting

  • Missing persons policy
  • Reporting
  • Compliance timelines
  • Fire reporting procedures
  • Counting fires

Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications

  • The similarities
  • The differences
  • Compliance timelines
  • Drafting appropriate policies

The Intersection of the Clery Act and Title IX

  • Sexual assault report response
  • Overlap between the Clery Act and Title IX and where the laws differ
  • Changes and updates from the 2013 Violence Against Women Act
  • Procedures for addressing victims and assailants

Clery Act Reportable Crimes and Referrals for Discipline

  • Reportable crimes
  • Referrals for discipline for drug, alcohol, and weapons offenses
  • Hate crime reporting
  • Counting and classifying crimes
  • Hierarchy
  • Determining counts in cases of multiple offenses
  • Determining drug, liquor, and weapons law offenses under state law
  • How we learn of crimes



Thursday, August 4 at 3:00 PM ET

  • Includes Q&A with instructors
  • Recording will be available for all new registrants.


Thursday, September 15 at 2:00 PM ET

  • Includes Q&A with instructors
  • Recording will be available for all new registrants.


Thursday, October 20 at 2:00 PM ET

  • Includes Q&A with instructors
  • Recording will be available for all new registrants.


John Graff


John Graff is an attorney at Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP in Boston, Massachusetts where he serves as litigation counsel to colleges and universities and advises them on a number of areas unique to higher education...

Joseph Storch


Joseph Storch is an Associate Counsel at the State University of New York Office of General Counsel. In addition to comprehensive legal representation for SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cortland, Morrisville State College...

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