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COMPLYING WITH CLERY

Most university sources interviewed for this
article agree that the reach of the Act is limited. Crimes are reported based on where they
happened, they note, not based on what happened, or to whom they happened. That means
many offenses against students on abroad programs go unreported under Clery. It means
that crimes against people other than faculty,
staff and students on abroad programs might
go in the report. Moreover, the recording is
done in such a way that it can be difficult to
tell where off-campus crimes happen-whether
at a sorority house or in a university-operated
hostel in London. And for all the time, paperwork, and expense university officials say they
put into Clery reporting, they tend to agree that
the return for their efforts is often negligible.
"I commonly have consultations with parents
and students who've never heard of Clery, and
those who have heard of the law haven't asked
to see the report," said Stacey Tsantir, director
of International Health, Safety, and Compliance
for the University of Minnesota, who counts one
parent in the past five years who's asked for crime
data for a study abroad program.

The Clery Act

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The aim of the Clery Act is to provide accurate and timely information to the public,
parents, students and potential students about

crimes, student alcohol use and drug violations
that happen on a campus and at its education
abroad programs.
The Act requires universities to publish an
annual report disclosing three years of statistics on specific crimes, including: murder
and non-negligent manslaughter; negligent
manslaughter, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses; robbery; aggravated assault; burglary;
motor vehicle theft; arson; and arrests and disciplinary actions for violating weapons, drug,
and liquor laws. In addition, universities must
report hate crimes.
The Department of Education (DOE) 2011
Handbook for Campus Safety and Security
Reporting recommends that each campus designate an individual or office to coordinate and
oversee the Clery reporting process. In addition,
each campus, depending on size and structure, must have at least one Campus Security
Authority (CSA) who provides incident reports
to the coordinating office or person.
Yet the complexity of complying with
the Act becomes apparent with abroad programs when one considers that universities
need only report incidents or crimes where
they "own" or "control" housing, classroom
space, office space or the like. Hence, if the
institution sends students abroad on programs run by other universities or third-party

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