Clery Act Reporting Requirements & Crime Statistics
According to a federal law known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Suffolk County Community College is required to disclose “statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to local law enforcement agencies or any official of the institution who is defined as a ‘Campus Security Authority.’”
The law defines “Campus Security Authority” as: “An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings.” An example would be a dean of students who oversees student housing, a student center, or student extra-curricular activities and has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Similarly, a director of athletics, team coach, and faculty advisor to a student group also have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. A single teaching faculty member is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, except when serving as an advisor to a student group. Clerical staff, as well, are unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities.
This memo is being sent to you because your position at SCCC has been determined to meet the Clery Act criteria as a Campus Security Authority and, as such, you have the responsibility to formally report, to the Office of Public and Fire Safety, all allegations of Clery Act crimes that you conclude are disclosed to you in good faith.
The Clery Act requires SCCC to disclose three general categories of crime statistics:
· Criminal Offenses – Criminal Homicide, including:
a) Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter, and
b) Negligent Manslaughter;
c) Sex Offenses including Forcible and Non-forcible
d) Robbery; Aggravated Assault; Burglary; Motor Vehicle Theft; and Arson
· Hate Crimes – Any of the above mentioned offenses, and any incidents of Larceny- Theft,
Simple Assault, Intimidation, or Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property that were motivated by bias; and
· Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action for Weapons: Carrying. Possessing, Etc., Drug Abuse Violations and Liquor Law Violations
We are also required to disclose statistics for offenses that occur on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by our school, and public property within or immediately adjacent to our campus.
SCCC has a responsibility to notify the campus community about any crimes which pose an ongoing threat to the community, and, as such, Campus Security Authorities are obligated by law to report crimes by immediately contacting the Office of Public & Fire Safety
Attached for use are three forms that are to be used to report crimes and violations including:
· Campus Security Authority Crime Report Form
· Campus Security Authority Sex Offenses Report Form
· Hate/Bias Crime Reporting Form
If you have any questions about this memorandum please contact Baycan Fideli, Director of Public and Fire Safety at 451-4212 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you for your assistance in complying with this federal law and for helping us maintain a safe and secure teaching and learning environment for the entire College community.