The Clery Act

What is the Jeanne Clery Act
The Crime Logs
Timely Warnings
How We Publsh and Collect our Crime Stats
Types of Major Crimes Reported
Other Crimes Reported

What is the Jeanne Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965,  is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of postsecondary education participating in federal student aid programs are subject to it. Violators can be "fined" up to $27,500 by the U.S. Department of Education, the agency charged with enforcement of the Act and where complaints of alleged violations should be made, or face other enforcement action. The Clery Act, originally enacted by the US Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, was championed by Howard & Connie Clery after their daughter, Jeanne, was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. They also founded the non-profit Security On Campus, Inc. in 1987. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery.

It is always the policy of the University of West Georgia Police Department to provide to the public an annual campus security report and comply with the federal law known as the Clery Act. This security report will be updated annually and presented as one cohesive document as required by federal law 20 USC 1092 (f).

The Crime Logs

The University of West Georgia Police Department is also required to provide and a separate more extensive public crime log. The log is publicly available during normal business hours and 24 hrs a day on the departmental website by clicking here. This means that in addition to students and employees, the public such as parents or  members of the press may access it as well. The log has three viewing levels 24 hours, 60 days, and 1 year. The Crime Log records all incidents reported to the University of West Georgia Police Department which are most likely to affect the day to day lives of students and covers all crimes not just those required in the annual report, meaning crimes like theft are included in the log. State crime definitions may be used. The log is required to include the "nature, date, time, and general location of each crime" as well as its disposition if known. Incidents are to be included within two business days but certain limited information may be withheld to protect victim confidentiality, ensure the integrity of ongoing investigations, or to keep a suspect from fleeing. Only the most limited information necessary may be withheld and even then, it must be released once the adverse effect is no longer likely to occur. 

Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises on or off campus that in the judgment of the Chief of the University Police constitutes a threat to the University community, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through the University’s e-mail system to all students, faculty and staff. The warning is also sent to the Student Government Association, The West Georgian (campus newspaper), University Television and WWGC (University Radio). If the situation poses an immediate threat, the University of West Georgia can initiate an Emergency Alert System (UWGEAS). UWGEAS is utilized as a communication tool used to inform citizens of emergency situations that immediately threaten their lives and or property. The system can be used for natural disasters, and Unusual Occurrences that threaten the public's safety. The system is a network of technologies consisting of Public address systems and internet based broadcast messaging service (Phone, Text, Email, and Cell Phone). Click here to learn how to register for UWGEAS.

How we Collect & Publish our Crime Statistics

The Chief of Police or designee collects crime data & publishes an annual crime statistics report every year by October 1st.To see our Crime Statistics, CLICK HERE. The report contains 3 years worth of campus crime statistics and certain security policy statements including sexual assault policies which assure basic victims' rights, the law enforcement authority of campus police and where students should go to report crimes. Prospective students and employees are notified of its existence and afforded an opportunity to request a copy. A copy of the statistics is also provided to the U.S. Department of Education. The report indicate if any of the reported incidents, or any other crime  involving bodily injury, was a "hate crimes."

The University of West Georgia Police Department discloses its crime statistics for the campus, unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities including Greek housing and remote classrooms. Other Crime statistics are gathered from the following sources:

Carrollton Police Department UWG Department of Housing & Residence Life
Carroll County Sheriff's Office UWG Department Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
UWG Center for Student Involvement UWG Health Services Department

You may print a copy from our website or paper copies can be made avilable to you from the University Police Department at Row Hall on the University Campus.

The statistics are also broken down geographically into the following:

On Campus
Residential Facilities for Student on Campus
No Campus Buildings
Public Property (Streets & Sidewalks) 

Types of Major Crimes Reported

 Criminal Homicide  Sex Offenses Other Type I Crimes  
 Murder  Forcible Sex Offenses  Robbery  
 Negligent Manslaughter  Non- Forcible Sex Offenes  Aggravated Assault  
 Non Negligent Mansslaughter    Burglary  
     Auto Theft  

Other Crimes that are reported if they result in arrest or disciplinary referral:

 Liquor Law Vioations    
 Drug Law Violations    
 Illegal Weapons Possession