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PIO Resource Manual: Crime Statistics Reporting

The federal government and Washington state require colleges to report certain crimes that occur on or adjacent to campuses. While the federal and state laws overlap in some areas, colleges must comply with all requirements.

State Requirements

After the Virginia Tech shooting in 2008, the Washington State Legislature revised RCW 28B.10.569 Crime statistics reporting — Campus safety plans.

There is some overlap of requirements with the federal (Clery Act) requirements.

Federal Requirements: The Clery Act

All institutions receiving Title IV funds, whether or not they maintain any type of campus police or security department, are required to comply with the Clery Act.

Compliance with this act, now known as the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act", provides students and families, as higher education consumers, with the information they need to make informed decisions.

Clery Act Summary

  • Institutions must publish an annual report disclosing campus security policies and three years worth of selected crime statistics.
  • Institutions must make timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat to students and employees.
  • Each institution with a police or security department must have a public crime log.
  • The U.S. Department of Education centrally collects and disseminates the crime statistics.
  • Campus community sexual assault victims are assured of certain basic rights.
  • Institutions that fail to comply may be fined or lose eligibility to participate in federal student aid programs.


The Handbook for Campus Crime Reporting

Complying With the Jeanne Clery Act

Samples of College Compliance and Policy Language

Requirements and language are set forth in the federally mandated Clery Act. If your college seeks policy language for its Board of Trustees to adopt, adapt another college’s statement. Some examples:

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