Q: What information does the Clery Act give me access to?
A: Any college or university that accepts federal funding is required to notify the campus community when certain crimes are reported. Every school must keep an annual statistical report, a daily crime log, and make “timely reports” to the community when certain crimes are reported that are considered to be a threat to other students or employees. The act requires the campus police to update the crime log within 48 hours of an incident, and the report must be available for inspection during normal business hours. The log must include the nature of the crime, the date it occurred and the date it was reported, the time and general location of each crime, and the disposition of the complaint, if known.
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