Under section 485(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, otherwise known as the Clery Act, institutions must report crime and fire statistics for the prior three years to the U.S. Department of Education. This reporting is completed through a Web-based system maintained by the Office of Postsecondary Education.
Each summer, prior to the start of the data collection period, a letter is sent to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at each institution with an explanation of any changes to the survey, the collection dates for the survey, the name of the person who completed the reporting (the campus safety survey administrator or CSSA) at the institution the previous year, and a new ID and password for completing the survey.
This year, an additional enclosure in the letter to CEOs contains a document showing the amendments made to the Clery Act by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing regulatory language to implement these changes was published on June 20, 2014. The comment period for the NPRM concluded on July 21, 2014. Also included is a copy of Dear Colleague Letter GEN-14-13 which provides guidance to institutions regarding their responsibilities to comply with the Clery Act, as amended by VAWA, before final regulations are effective.
This year’s data collection period is scheduled for August 20, 2014, to October 15, 2014.