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Officer Lisa Carickhoff
Clery Compliance Officer

Clery Annual Crime Statistics
Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report
Daily Crime Log
Timely Notifications
Concurrent Patrol Jurisdiction  Map
Clery Map
Campus Security Authority Training
Campus Security Authority Information 
Campus Security Authority Report Form
Clery Reportable Trip Information
Clery Reportable Trip Form
Complainants Rights Information

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act is a federal statute codified at 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), with implementing regulations in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations at 34 C.F.R. 668.46.

The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the Department of Education which can impose civil penalties, up to $35,000 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs.

The law is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered by another student, Josoph Henry, in her campus residence hall in 1986. The Clery Act, signed in 1990, was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act. The Jeanne Clery Act was enacted in the belief that crime awareness can prevent campus victimization. The law requires colleges and universities receiving federal funding to prepare, publish, and distribute, by October 1 of each year, campus security policies and crime statistics.


The purpose of the Clery Act
To provide the campus community
 with accurate, complete, and timely information
 about crime and the safety of the campus environment
 so that they can make informed decisions
 to keep themselves safe


Although every institution wants its campus community to report criminal incidents to law enforcement, we know that this doesn’t always happen. Even at institutions with a police department on campus, a student who is the victim of a crime may be more inclined to report it to someone other than the campus police. For this reason, the Clery Act requires all institutions to collect crime reports from a variety of individuals and organizations that Clery considers to be "campus security authorities”. Data is collected from a wide variety of “Campus Security Authorities” to provide the most accurate crime statistics possible."

Campus Secuirty Authorities (CSA's), under the Clery Act, have an obligation to promptly report allegations of Clery Act defined crimes which occurred on campus, on public property bordering campus and in non-campus areas which the University leases or otherwise controls. This information is used to issue a Timely Notice. A Timely Notice is issued in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) by the JMU Police Department. A Timely Notice  is posted when a Clery Act crime is reported to the University Police and the crime is considered to be a serious or continuing threat to the campus community.  These crimes must have occurred within those areas of the campus that are specifically defined in the Clery Act (on campus property, non-campus property owned or controlled by the University or public property bordering campus).

JMU is not required by law to issue a timely warning for off-campus crimes; however, incidents occuring off campus will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if there is a crime that poses an ongoing or serious threat to the communiity. A community crime alert may be issued if the distribution of a crime alert is warranted so that students, faculty and staff can be made aware crimes that occur in the areas surrounding campus. Until the investigation of the specific act has been concluded, it can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the community.

*The JMU Police Department may not issue Timely Notice/Community Alert if the police have apprehended the subject(s) and the threat of imminent danger for members of the JMU community has been mitigated by apprehension.

Campus Security Authorities

The law defines four categories of Campus Security Authorities

University Police

Non-police security staff responsible for monitoring university  property, monitoring events, and providing escorts to include contract security and students. 

People/offices designed under our policy as those to whom crimes should be reported. These include Office of Student Accoutability and Restorative Justice, and Title IX,

“Officials with significant responsibility for students and campus activities”. “Official” is defined as any person who has the authority and duty to take action and respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution. 

Clery Geography

Campus Security Authorities are obligated to report Clery Act qualifying crimes that are reported to them which occurred on Clery reportable locations.

On-Campus Property

Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support the institutions educational purposes.

Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is  frequently used by students and supports institutional purposes.     
Non-Campus Buildings/Property                            

Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or 
Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in to the institutions educational purpose, is frequently used by students and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution intuitions educational purpose and frequently used by students. (The Non-campus property requirement does not include property that is not frequently used by students).

Public Property                         

All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. It includes the sidewalk, street and opposite sidewalk immediately adjacent to JMU property, but does not include public property beyond the second sidewalk. (The public property requirement covers only public property around on-campus property, not around non-campus property owned or controlled by the institution.)

Trip Clery Geography

Pursuant to the Clery Act, James Madison University is required to disclose on an annual basis certain reported crime statistics that occur during University sponsored / arranged domestic and international student trips. Community members who are administratively responsible for domestic and international student trips are expected to report student trip information to the University Police for compliance.You can obtain additional guidance at Clery Trip Documentation.

A Crime is Reported to you. What do you do?

First and most importantly
Is a violent situation in progress?
Is there imminent danger to the victim or others?
Is it an emergency or crime in progress?
Is medical treatment needed for serious injury?

If so……...    Contact JMU POLICE Immediately  540-568-6911 or if it happened in the City of Harrisonburg contact ECC at 911.

If it is not an emergency, the CSA should ask the individual reporting the crime if they would like to report the incident to the JMU Police or the Police in the jurisdiction the crime occurred. If they do, then the CSA should help coordinate reporting. If they do not want to contact police offer help by providing information on campus programs for assisting victims of sexual and /or other forms of assault, procedures for seeking medical help and counseling and psychological Services. This information is available in the JMU Notice of Complainants Rights.

To report a Clery Act qualifying crime reported to them, CSA's should access and submit a CSA Crime Report form.

If the CSA has firsthand knowledge/confirmation that the reporting party already filed a police report with JMU Police, then the CSA is can complete and submit a CSA Crime Report Form indiciating this on the Crime Report Form. However, if the reporting party says they will file a police report with JMU Police, but the CSA  has no firsthand knowledge/confirmation that a police report was filed, then the CSA must complete and submit a Crime Report Form. When in doubt, a report form should be completed and submitted.

Student employees are directed to report all non-emergency criminal incidents to their  supervisor for submission to the designated Clery coordinator for their area.