The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure Compliance Statement
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
The Clery Act also requires the reporting of crimes on public property not owned or controlled by the college. Schools are required to publish an annual report that contains crime statistics from the three years prior to the report and certain security-policy statements, including sexual-assault policies that ensure basic victims’ rights, assert the law-enforcement authority of campus police and describe where/how students should go to report crimes. It is the responsibility of the Public Safety Office to collect crime reports and distribute the annual crime statistics and report by October 1 of each calendar year.
The Rockland Community College Annual Safety and Security Report and Procedures (known as the Clery Report) is available to all current Rockland Community College students and employees and to all prospective Rockland Community College students and employees.
You may obtain a printed copy of the College’s Clery Report by contacting the Director of Public Safety at 845-574-4362.
The Clery Report includes:
- statistics on the number of on-campus* murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, bias-related crimes and arrests for weapons possessions and liquor- and drug-abuse violations
- policies regarding security, access to college and other facilities, and college law enforcement
- procedures for reporting crimes and other emergencies
- information on college sexual-assault and rape-awareness programs, procedures to follow when a sex offense occurs, disciplinary-action procedures, counseling opportunities and notification to students that the College will make reasonable changes to a victim’s academic situation at the victim’s request
- policies on the use, possession and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
- a description of the College programs informing the campus community about alcohol- and drug-abuse education, crime prevention and campus-security practices
- sex-offender registry information, New York State Sex Offender Registry, NYS Sex Offender Registry homepage. (You also can call 800-262-3257 for this information.)
*On-campus is defined as any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to paragraph 1 of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).
Rockland Community College acknowledges the importance of campus safety and investigating crime. By means of this statement, Rockland Community College adheres to formal plans that provide for the investigation of missing students and violent felony offenses committed on campus. The College has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office to specifically address this issue.
What is the New York State Campus Safety Act?
This law was enacted in 1999, prompted by the unexplained disappearance of Suzanne Lyall from the State University of New York at Albany campus in 1998. The reforms made by this law acknowledge that improving campus safety must begin with swift and efficient investigative action and optimum access to missing person information by students’ families and the public.
- requires all public, private, community colleges and universities in New York state to have formal plans that provide for the investigation of missing students and violent felony offenses committed on campus
- expands the responsibilities of the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse to provide assistance with the dissemination of information about missing college students.
Hate Crime Notification
SUNY Rockland is required to annually report campus crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education as required by Title 20 of the U.S. Code Section 1092(f). This information can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s website.
Legislation S.2060-A/A.3694-A amends the education law to require a college’s advisory committee on campus security to review current policies and procedures for educating the campus community about bias related and hate crimes, reporting hate crimes, and assisting victims during hate crime investigations. This legislation also updates the procedure for disseminating information on campus crime statistics, and specifically requires the reporting and posting of hate crime offenses. It requires this information to be made available on the college’s website, no longer simply providing students information about how to access it within the campus catalogue, student handbook and viewbook. Colleges are also required to adopt a plan providing for the investigation of hate crimes on campus and inform incoming students about hate crime prevention measures.
This legislation will require colleges that receive state funding to modernize and enhance their disclosure of hate crimes that occur on campus. To ensure students remain safe on college campuses in New York, the bill also creates a clear obligation on the part of colleges to investigate potential hates crimes and report them to law enforcement. This bill also strengthens existing reporting and information disclosure laws pertaining to identifying and addressing bias crimes on college campuses.
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