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What is Clery?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, first signed into law in 1990, requires colleges and universities, both public and private, participating in federal student aid programs to disclose campus safety information, and imposes certain basic requirements for handling incidents of sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, and dating violence. Students can file complaints with the Department of Education asking the agency to investigate their schools for violations, resulting in possible sanctions and substantial campus change. This investigation process has recently been strengthened by the Campus SaVE Act, which clarifies students’ rights (particular those of stalking and dating and domestic violence survivors) and schools’ responsibilities under Clery.