Clery Act

Jeanne Clery was a 19-year-old Lehigh University student that was raped and murdered in her dorm room by a fellow student.  Her parents, Connie and Howard Clery, advocated for uniform laws on crime reporting and notifications by colleges and universities.

Originally known as the Campus Security Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC ยง 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The law is tied to an institution's participation in federal student financial aid programs and it applies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. The Clery Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education.

The law was amended in 1992 to add a requirement that schools afford the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights, and was amended again in 1998 to expand the reporting requirements. The 1998 amendments also formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.  Subsequent amendments in 2000 and 2008 added provisions dealing with registered sex offender notification and campus emergency response. The 2008 amendments also added a provision to protect crime victims, "whistleblowers", and others from retaliation.

Colleges and universities are required by the Clery Act to:

  • publish an Annual Security Report (ASR) by October 1 each year
  • to have a public crime log
  • disclose crime statistics for incidents that occur on campus, in unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through campus, and at certain non-campus facilities
  • issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees
  • devise an emergency response, notification and testing policy
  • compile and report fire data to the federal government and publish an annual fire safety report
  • enact policies and procedures to handle reports of missing students

Additional information regarding the Jeanne Clery Act, including full text, is available [here]. 

Individuals in certain positions throughout campus whose functions include signficant responsiblity for student and campus activities, building relationships with students, and/or providing access to campus events are designated as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs).  Annual training is provided by members of the Clery Compliance Team.

CSAs include, but are not limited to, the following personnel: campus police, resident advisors (RAs), club/organization advisors, athletics, dean of students office, student center, convocation center, and Greek life.  Licensed counselors and athletic trainers are exempt from reporting.

CSAs are required to promptly report any crimes of which they become aware to the Campus Police Department (276-328-0190 weekday business hours; 276-376-3756 after hours, non-emergency; 911 emergency).  These incidents will be included in campus crime reports and logs in accordance with Clery Act requirements. 

The following members of the UVa-Wise campus community are members of the Clery Compliance Team:

  • Ronnie Shortt, Chief of Campus Police
  • Kevin Yates, Campus Police Sergeant
  • Jewell Worley, Dean of Students/Student Conduct
  • Josh Justice, Director of Residence Life
  • Stephanie Perry, Director of Human Resources
  • Kendall Rainey, Associate Director of Athletics for Academics and Senior Woman Administrator
  • Kathy Still, Director of College Relations
  • Tabitha Smith, Counselor
  • Joe Kiser, Director of College Services
  • Susan Mullins, Researcher
  • Stephanie Shell, Webpage

UVa-Wise is committed to helping the campus community provide for their own safety and security. Information on campus security and personal safety, including alerts, crime prevention tips and crime statistics may be found at  Counseling Services are available through the Center for Student Development (276-376-1005).