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COMPLYING WITH CLERY

"The legislation was built with the U.S. culture and
infrastructure in mind . . . . Adaptation to education
abroad programming can be tricky."
providers, no reporting is required, no matter how heinous the crime. Or, if the crime
happens in public places such as restaurants,
bars, or public transportation, it's not Clery
reportable. Or, the crime may only be reportable if it happened in university-rented
classrooms during specific hours, days or
months included in the rental agreement.
And in many cases, Clery incidents that happen within host family placements won't be
reportable, depending on the nature of the
school's agreement with the host family, and
the level of institutional "control" over that
host arrangement.
"You might have a vicious crime that involves one of your students, but it wouldn't
count for the Clery Act if it happens in a mall
or open-air bazaar or in certain hotels," said
Joseph Storch, associate counsel for the State
University of New York, or SUNY system. "At
the same time, we might have a crime that occurs between two people who have absolutely
nothing to do with our college community, but
because it happens in a certain geographic area,
it would count."
Storch gives an example: A courier walks
into a university administrative building to deliver a package and a rival courier cuts him off
at the door. Words grow heated, punches fly,
and one of the couriers ends up breaking his
counterpart's tooth and facing an aggravated assault charge. Though the episode involved no
students, faculty, or school staff, the university
must include it in its Clery report.
Storch provides a second example: A local
Washington, DC university professor strolling
the National Mall gets involved in precisely the
same brawl with a student from his institution.
The university "would definitely want to take
some action, but it wouldn't count it for Clery
Act purposes," Storch said.
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Location, Location, Location
There are four broad categories of locations
that trigger Clery reporting. The one that best
applies to education abroad programs is called
"non-campus property." For education abroad
purposes, this is best defined as property
owned, controlled or leased by the institution,
used for the institution's mission or in relation
to its mission not in the same geographic area,
and frequently used by students.
A lot of attorneys' time is spent, Storch said,
breaking down what is meant by terms such as
"owned," "controlled," "mission" or "frequently
used."
For instance, if a university rents a London
apartment for an exchange program, "that's a
pretty clear example of non-campus property,"
Storch said, noting that DOE guidelines indicate that a three-week study program at such
an apartment would fall under Clery reporting
requirements.
"But what if [students] were there only a
week?" Storch asks. "Or you're in one hotel
for part of the trip, but in another hotel for the
other part? What if we do [the program] every
two years? Every four years?"
This is what some call trying to fit a round
Clery Act peg into a square education-abroad
hole.
"The legislation was built with the U.S. culture and infrastructure in mind," said Joanna
Holvey Bowles, executive vice president and
COO for Butler University's Institute for Study
Abroad in Indianapolis, which arranges education abroad programs for universities and
collects incident information so schools can
identify crime victim trends. "Adaptation to
education abroad programming can be tricky.
Will the campus be able to procure a police
report from a police department in a foreign
country? In what language will the police



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