Saturday, April 11, 2009


-Parents of Jeanne Clery
-Founders of Security on Campus, Inc.

Students for a Great Cuny is going to be blogging in depth about talking points for the sexual assault policy. In addition we have provided the original text of the Federal Law that requires a sexual assault policy for colleges and universities that participate in Federal Aid Programs.

· Federal Law Requires Colleges to have policies on sexual assault

The Federal Law that requires colleges to report crime statistics, afford victims of sexual assault basic rights, a sexual assault policy and disclosure of sex offenders on campus is known as the The Federal Clery Act or the “Students Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act (RAINN.ORG).”

The Federal Clery Act is named after Jeanne Clery. On April 5, 1986, Jeanne was raped, tortured, sodomized and brutally murdered in her own dorm room. Jeanne was a student at Lehigh University where her killer had been a Lehigh student as well; he gained entry into her room by proceeding through three doors which should have been locked. After Jeanne was murdered, Lehigh University decided to treat her torture/murder as an “aberration.” Additionally, the college decided that in order to protect their image, they released a report concluding that there was no negligence on part of the university.
One of the trustees of the report, K.P. Pendleton wrote about Lehigh University and Jeanne Clery’s death that “…our present safety policies were complete.” However, that year Lehigh University had 181 reports of propped-open doors in Jeanne’s dorm, and the university failed to respond in all 181 reports made in the four months prior to the Jeanne’s death.

However, Jeanne’s parents, the founders of a non-profit, Security on Campus, Inc. (, decided to turn the brutal death of their daughter into a national movement for providing safety and security on campuses. Their own response to their daughter’s rape and murder is,


This became the reason why their first initiative was to have universities and colleges to let students know about violent crimes on their campuses and what security procedures to follow. This officially known as the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.” However, it was not until 1992 that an amendment was added that required schools to give victims of campus sexual assault basic rights and in 1998 was expanded for reporting requirements. It was in this amendment that the law was named after Jeanne Clery. In 2000 and 2008, provisions were added for dealing with registered sex offender notifications and the way campus emergency response. In 2008, amendments were added to protect the “whistleblowers,” crime victims, and others from retaliation.

Here is the original text of the Jeanne Cleary Act as amended through 2008

The original text of the Jeanne Cleary Act that pertains to sexual assault on campuses

“(8) (A) Each institution of higher education participating in any program under this title shall develop and distribute as part of the report described in paragraph
(1) A statement of policy regarding--
(i) such institution's campus sexual assault programs, which shall be aimed at prevention of sex offenses; and
(ii) the procedures followed once a sex offense has occurred.

(B) The policy described in subparagraph (A) shall address the following areas:
(i) Education programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses.
(ii) Possible sanctions to be imposed following the final determination of an on-campus disciplinary procedure regarding rape, acquaintance rape, or other sex offenses, forcible or nonforcible.
(iii) Procedures students should follow if a sex offense occurs, including who should be contacted, the importance of preserving evidence as may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault, and to whom the alleged offense should be reported.
(iv) Procedures for on-campus disciplinary action in cases of alleged sexual assault, which shall include a clear statement that--

(I) the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding; and
(II) both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sexual assault.

(v) Informing students of their options to notify proper law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police, and the option to be assisted by campus authorities in notifying such authorities, if the student so chooses.
(vi) Notification of students of existing counseling, mental health or student services for victims of sexual assault, both on campus and in the community.
(vii) Notification of students of options for, and available assistance in, changing academic and living situations after an alleged sexual assault incident, if so requested by the victim and if such changes are reasonably available.”
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