Clery Act Compliance
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal mandate requiring all institutions of higher education (IHEs) that participate in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about crime on their campuses and in the surrounding communities. The Clery Act affects all public and private IHEs that receive federal financial aid and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Campuses that fail to comply with the act can be penalized with large fines (up to $62,689 per fine as of 04/20/2022) and may be suspended from participating in the federal financial aid program.
CLERY ACT REQUIREMENTS
The requirements fall into five main categories based on the configuration of an institution. UNC Asheville is mandated to:
- Collect, classify, and count crime reports and statistics related to crime.
- Issue timely warning notifications for Clery crimes that represent an ongoing threat to the safety of students or employees, or emergency alert notifications upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees.
- Publish an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report containing safety and security-related policy statements and crime statistics and distribute it to all current students and employees and prospective students and employees about the availability of the report. This report will also include fire safety information and fire statistics related to on-campus student housing facilities.
- Submit crime statistics to the US Department of Education annually.
- Maintain a daily crime and fire log of alleged criminal incidents and residential fires occurring in Clery Geography.