By John Graff, Alicia Ward July 3, 2023
For more than 30 years, the Clery Act has served as the primary federal law setting forth safety and security requirements for institutions—requirements that serve the law’s goals of increased transparency, accountability, and safety for campuses.
Now, A President’s Guide to the Clery Act: 2023 Edition, the result of a collaboration with the American Council on Education, provides a high-level overview of Clery’s requirements for presidents and chancellors and other senior leaders to assist them in their compliance efforts and their efforts to provide safer learning environments for all members of our campus communities.
Clery compliance is an essential part of an effort to provide a safe learning environment and helps underscore institutional commitment to the safety and well-being of all community members. While the law’s overarching goal is clear, its requirements and detailed implementing regulations and subregulatory guidance, are layered and complex.
The guide focuses on five core elements of a Clery compliance program that a president and other senior leaders should understand to ensure that a campus has solid policies and protocols in place that align with Clery’s expectations.