The Clery Act

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 post-secondary 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 The Clery Act, originally enacted by the US Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, was championed by Howard &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 publishes a Daily Crime Log in hard copy as well as a web version. The hard copy log is located in the Parking Services Office (Row Hall East) and is available during normal business hours. The web version can be accessed by clicking the Daily Crime Log icon on the main page of the University Police web page www.westga.edu/police .

The log is published Monday through Friday except when the University is closed. When the University is reopened, the log is updated to include what occurred when closed. It includes the "nature, date, time, and general location of each crime" as well as its disposition if known. The log has three viewing levels:

  • Last 24 hours
  • The previous 60 days
  • The previous year.

The log is generated directly from the police department’s dispatch computer and shows all incidents called into the University Police. The Daily Crime Log (DCL) provides a good insight of what happens on campus since all crimes are included, not just those required for the annual report. This would include incidents of theft, suspicious persons, disputes and such.

The law provides that certain limited information may be withheld to protect victim confidentiality, ensure the integrity of ongoing investigations, or to keep a suspect from fleeing. Once a case is completed or the adverse effect is no longer an issue, the information is made public.

Emergency Notifications & 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 an imminent threat that requires immediate action, a campus wide emergency warning will be issued. The warning will be issued through the University’s emergency broadcast system to all students, faculty and staff.

In the event of a criminal incident that threatens the safety of the campus community, a timely warning will be issued. The incident could be an immediate threat such as an armed robbery that has just occurred and the perpetrator is still on campus. However, a timely warning could also be issued if information is received that could prevent someone from becoming a victim. An example is if there have been several rapes in a specific section of the city, a warning will be given to so a student can make an informed decision about going into that area. All warnings are sent to the Student Government Association, The West Georgian (campus newspaper), University Television and Wolf Radio – the University’s internet radio.

The University Police are responsible for initiating the emergency broadcasts. The Department utilize a network of technologies consisting of outdoor public address systems and internet based broadcast messaging service (Phone, Text, Email, and Cell Phone).

The University of West Georgia employs multiple means to emergency situations to the campus community. These include:

  • Campus Warning Sirens: There are two sirens located on campus. One is on the east side of campus and the other on the west. The sirens have public address capability so in the event of an emergency, once the siren has sounded, a recorded message stating what the condition is will be broadcast. The PA system can also be activated independent of the siren if necessary.
  • Electronic Emergency Notification: The University has contracted with a vendor to supply emergency information to faculty, staff and students by phone, text or e-mail. The system is called Wolf Alert and all members of the campus community are encouraged to register for this free service. To register for the Wolf Alert, log into My UWG. In the center of the page is a box for University Police. Within that box is an icon for Wolf Alert. Click on the icon and begin your registration. Once in the system you can register as many phone numbers and e-mails addresses as you wish including parents and guardians. You can also determine if you wish to receive the warnings via voice and/or text messages. Note: The University’s e-mail system is the primary vehicle used by Wolf Alert to communicate due to the limited number of characters accepted by most text messaging systems. These messages are sent only to official University of West Georgia e-mail addresses so it is important that students, faculty and staff check their UWG account often, even if they rely on other e-mail providers within the community, the electronic emergency notification system, public address system and campus e-mail will be utilized.
  • Other Means of Communication: Depending on the need, the University may utilize other means of communication to provide the community with information necessary to keep the campus safe. These methods could include the use of University Television, Wolf Internet Radio, The West Georgian (student newspaper) and handbills.

How We Collect & Publish our Crime Statistics

The University of West Georgia Police Department prepares the annual security report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of this report can be located at our web site at: http://www.westga.edu/police/94.php.  You will also be able to connect to our website via the UWG Home page at www.westga.edu. 

The report contains 3 years’ worth of campus crime statistics and various security policy statements. The crime statistics are divided to show which crimes occurred on the campus, unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, residence halls and certain non-campus facilities including Greek housing and remote classrooms.

Specifically, the following major crimes are required by the Clery Act to be reported:

 Murder  Forcible Sex Offenses  Robbery  
 Negligent Manslaughter  Non- Forcible Sex Offenses  Aggravated Assault  
 Non Negligent Manslaughter    Burglary  
 Arson    Auto Theft  

Other crimes that are to be reported if they result in arrest of disciplinary referral:

 Liquor Law Violations    
 Drug Law Violations    
 Illegal Weapons Possession  

 

Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to the UWG Police, designated campus officials including but not limited to directors, deans, department heads, designated HRL staff, judicial affairs, advisors to students/student organizations, athletic coaches, and local law enforcement agencies. 

Health Services as well as Counseling Services staff will assist their clients who are victims of crime report the crime to the University Police on a voluntary and confidential basis based on the wishes of the client.  

Each year, an e-mail notification is made to all enrolled students, faculty and staff that provides the web site to access this report. Copies of the report may also be obtained at the University Police Department located at Row Hall – East Wing or by calling 678-839-6252.

All prospective employees may obtain a pamphlet outlining where to access Clery information from Human Resources in Aycock Hall / Ground Floor. Prospective students may obtain a pamphlet outlining where to access Clery information at the Admissions Office located in Mandeville Hall. A copy of the report is also available by calling 678-839-6252 during business hours.

 


updated 2014