Clery Act Summary

The following summary of the Clery Act and University obligations was created by the Clery Center for Security on Campus. More detailed information is available on their site. The 2013 VAWA Amendments to the Clery Act are shown in the infographic below, and explained on the Clery Center site. Learn more about the Clery Act at UVA by visiting

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The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to:

1. Publish an Annual Security Report (ASR) by October 1, documenting three calendar years of select campus crime statistics,  security policies and procedures, and information on the basic rights guaranteed victims of sexual assault. Schools must notify all community members that the ASR has been published and make copies available.

2. To maintain a daily crime log. Institutions with a police or security department are required to maintain a public crime log documenting the "nature, date, time, and general location of each crime" and its disposition, if known.

3. Disclose crime statistics for incidents that occur on campus, in unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus and at certain non-campus facilities including Greek housing and remote classrooms. The statistics must be gathered from campus police or security, local law enforcement and other school officials who have "significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” The Clery Act requires reporting of crimes in the following categories:

1.    Criminal Homicide

a.    Murder & Nonnegligent manslaughter

b.    Negligent manslaughter

2.    Sex Offenses

a.    Rape
b.    Fondling
c.    Statutory Rape
d.    Incest

3.    Robbery

4.    Aggravated Assault

5.    Burglary

6.    Motor Vehicle Theft

7.    Arson

8.    Hate Crimes

9.    Domestic Violence

10.  Dating Violence

11.  Stalking

12.  Arrests & Disciplinary Referrals for Liquor/Drug/Weapon Law Violations

​4. Issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees.  Institutions must provide timely warnings in a manner likely to reach all members of the campus community. Timely warnings are limited to those crimes an institution is required to report and include in its ASR.

5. Devise an emergency response, notification and testing policy.  Institutions must issue an “Emergency Notification” for any incident that may be considered an immediate and ongoing threat.  Examples of a scenario requiring an emergency notification would include a tornado approaching, an active shooter, fire, or health epidemic. 

6. Compile and report fire data to the federal government and publish an annual fire safety report. Institutions must include all fire statistics for each of our On-Grounds student housing facilities. 

7. Enact policies and procedures to handle reports of missing students.  This requirement is intended to minimize delays and confusion during the initial stages of a missing student investigation. The University provides every student living in University housing the opportunity and means to identify an individual to be contacted in an emergency, including whenever the University determines that a student is missing. [Refer to STU-003, Notifications Regarding Students Missing from University Housing-].