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Clery Act and Campus Security Authorities


2014 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report Cover2014 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report

Three years’ worth of statistics (2011-2013) are included for Clery Act crimes that were reported on campus, in off-campus buildings or on property owned or controlled by the school, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. Also included are policy statements addressing crime reporting, fire safety, timely warnings, crime prevention programs and campus resource organizations.

Campus Security Authority crime reporting form: Federal law requires universities to notify their affiliates about any crimes that pose an ongoing threat to the community. Campus Security Authorities are obligated by law to report these crimes immediately.

City of Boulder crime statistics: For data on the past five years, click here.

What is the Clery Act?

Signed into law in 1990, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about campus crime activity and security policies in an annual report. The Clery Act also requires that campuses make “timely warnings” to campus community members about specific types of criminal activity when an ongoing threat to persons is believed to exist.

Information disseminated in accord with Clery Act guidelines serves to inform the personal safety and college selection decisions of current and prospective campus community members. All post-secondary public and private institutions participating in federal student aid programs must adhere to Clery regulations.

The Clery Act was championed by Howard & Connie Clery after their daughter, Jeanne, was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986.

Link to the Department of Education Clery Handbook

What is CU obligated to do?

To ensure compliance with the Clery Act, CU must meet obligations in the following three broad categories: (1) policy disclosure; (2) records collection and retention; and (3) information dissemination.

  • Policy Disclosure — CU must provide the campus community and the public with accurate statements of current policies and practices regarding procedures for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies on campus, security of and access to campus facilities, and campus law enforcement.
  • Records Collection and Retention — CU is required to keep campus records of crimes reported on campus to campus security authorities, make a reasonable good faith effort to obtain certain crime statistics from appropriate law enforcement agencies to include in the annual security report, and keep a daily crime log open for public inspection.
  • Information Dissemination — To provide members of the campus community with information needed to make informed personal safety decisions, CU must provide: 1) A "timely warning" of any Clery Act crime that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students and employees; 2) Develop and maintain a log of all crimes reported to the CU Police Department, ensure public access to the crime log during normal business hours, and; 3) Publish an annual security report, make the report available to all current students and employees, and ensure the annual security report is made available to prospective students and employees. CU must also inform the campus community where to obtain information regarding registered sex offenders, and submit annual crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education. 

What is Considered a Clery Act Crime?

  • Criminal homicide (murder and non-negligent manslaughter)
  • Sex offenses — forcible (forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, forcible fondling)
  • Sex offenses — non-forcible (incest, statutory rape)
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson
  • Hate crimes (race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Stalking

What Is a Campus Security Authority (CSA)?

To assist in the identification and reporting of crime on campus, the Clery Act regulations define a campus security authority as:

  • University police
  • Non-police security staff responsible for monitoring university property
  • People/offices designated under university policy as those to whom/which crimes should be reported
  • University officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities (exempted officials include pastoral and professional counselors)

Click here for more information on CSA designations and responsibilities.

How do I report a crime to CUPD?

In case of an emergency, call 911 to reach CUPD to report criminal incidents or emergencies on campus and to reach fire, ambulance and rescue services. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 911 from a TTY/TDD telephone to reach CUPD. CUPD operates its own Dispatch Center 24 hours a day.

Emergency telephones are located strategically throughout the campus and in parking structures for report of crimes in progress, suspicious persons, medical emergencies or concerns about your personal safety. Large “Emergency” signs identify the tall emergency telephones. These phones will connect you with the Police Dispatch Center at CUPD.

What Anonymous or Voluntary Confidential reporting options are available?

CUPD works in conjunction with the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers program to encourage the anonymous reporting of crime-related activity. Rewards are given when the information leads to an arrest and the filing of criminal charges. A CUPD detective or patrol officer investigates information on criminal activity received through confidential informants or third party reporting. You may anonymously report a crime on the Crime Stoppers website at http://www.nococrimestoppers.com/.

If you are not comfortable identifying yourself, CUPD also offers anonymous reporting on its website. Tips are reviewed by CUPD Command Staff and, if appropriate, investigated by detectives. The anonymous reporting form is available at http://police.colorado.edu/content/anonymous-reporting-form. Voluntary confidential reporting is not offered through this site.

The CU-Boulder Office of Victim Assistance has a Confidential Reporting site, available at http://www.colorado.edu/confidentialreporting that allows CU community members (students, staff, faculty, and their significant others) to confidentially report harmful and/or traumatic events they or others have experienced. This option allows you to provide information about harmful and/or traumatic events in a confidential manner that does not constitute a report to CU-Boulder or law enforcement. This information goes to the confidential Office of Victim Assistance and will not be shared except in an aggregate, non-identifiable form for the purposes of annual disclosure of crime statistics.

Where can I get information on sex offenders?

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice, as required under State law, of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, volunteers services or is a student.

Law enforcement information concerning registered sex offenders at CU-Boulder may be obtained from CUPD’s Records Section during normal business hours. The Records Section can be reached at 303-492-5115. To view the State of Colorado sex offender registry, see http://sor.state.co.us. To view the Boulder Police Department’s sex offender registry, see https://bouldercolorado.gov/police/sex-offenders.

Campus Safety Policies

The following policies are included within the CU-Boulder Annual Security Report and available here for review:

Student Code of Conduct

Policies Relating to Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, or Discrimination

Colorado Open Records Act (CORA)

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Other CU-Boulder Services

CU-Boulder offers a multitude of resources for students, faculty, and staff to ensure their success while a part of the CU-Boulder community.

For up-to-date information on these programs, please visit the following websites:

Students: http://www.colorado.edu/audience/students/

Staff/Faculty: http://www.colorado.edu/audience/faculty-staff/

Additional Information

For additional information relating to Clery Act Compliance, the CUPD Clery Compliance and Crime Analyst can be reached by e-mail at clery@colorado.edu.