The Clery Act

The "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" was originally enacted in 1990 and amended in 1998. It is commonly known as the Clery Act. The two main goals of this legislation are to disclose criminal activity on and surrounding campus and to provide timely warning of criminal activity to the community. Gonzaga University strongly supports these goals. Our crime statistics collection and reporting procedures, coordinated through the Campus Security & Public Safety department and Student Development office, ensure that criminal activity on campus is effectively tracked and reported.

The Clery Act requires the annual disclosure of the number of Clery-specific criminal offenses that occur on or adjacent to campus  which are reported to Campus Security & Public Safety and/or local police. This annual report must also include information about campus security policies and procedures. The reporting period runs January 1 through December 31 of each year. The statistics for the most recent calendar year, as well as the two previous years, must be released in a report to the University community by October 1 of each year. Specific provisions of this law stipulate that all students, staff and faculty of an institution receive this report. The notification of the availability of the annual security report is sent via university email. The report is available online, or as a hard copy in the Student Development Office. In addition, the crime statistics are reported to the Department of Education and published on the web.

The 1998 amendments required that the reporting area was widened to include adjacent public property and non-campus property that is directly related to the institution's educational purposes. Criminal incidents in University residential facilities are required to be listed separately. In addition, a daily crime disclosure log requirement was created. This log lists criminal incidents which occur on campus and other specified areas on a daily basis and discloses particular non-identifiable information about the location and nature of the incident. The Campus Security & Public Safety department maintains the log. The log is available for viewing in the Security office during regular weekday hours upon request.

The crimes covered by the Clery Act are murder, manslaughter, sex offenses (rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Arrest statistics and campus disciplinary referrals for weapon law violations, drug abuse violations, and liquor law violations must also be reported. In addition, hate crime statistics must be provided for criminal offenses that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability. The Violence Against Women Re authorization Act of 2013 added the requirement to collect and report statistics on domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.  

Data for the yearly disclosure of crime statistics is gathered from Security reports, information provided by the Student Development office and inquiries made of the Spokane Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Additionally, regular inquiries are made of other University departments and officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities.Designated Campus Security Authorities are trained on an annual basis on their crime reporting responsibilities. 

View the latest annual report here.

Learn more about the regulations established by the Department of Education.