2015 Annual Security Report
The Annual Security Report contains three years’ worth of statistics (2012-2014) are included for Clery Act crimes that were reported on campus, in off-campus buildings or on property owned or controlled by Juniata College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. Also included are policy statements addressing crime reporting, fire safety, timely warnings, crime prevention programs and campus resource organizations.
What is the Clery Act?
Signed into law in 1990, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about campus crime activity and security policies in an annual report. The Clery Act also requires that campuses make “timely warnings” to campus community members about specific types of criminal activity when an ongoing threat to persons is believed to exist.
Information disseminated in accord with Clery Act guidelines serves to inform the personal safety and college selection decisions of current and prospective campus community members. All post-secondary public and private institutions participating in federal student aid programs must adhere to Clery regulations.
The Clery Act was championed by Howard & Connie Clery after their daughter, Jeanne, was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986.
What is Juniata College obligated to do?
To ensure compliance with the Clery Act, Juniata College must meet obligations in the following three broad categories: (1) policy disclosure; (2) records collection and retention; and (3) information dissemination.
Policy Disclosure — Juniata College must provide the campus community and the public with accurate statements of current policies and practices regarding procedures for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies on campus, security of and access to campus facilities, and campus law enforcement.
Records Collection and Retention — Juniata College is required to keep campus records of crimes reported on campus to campus security authorities, make a reasonable good faith effort to obtain certain crime statistics from appropriate law enforcement agencies to include in the annual security report, and keep a daily crime log open for public inspection.
Information Dissemination — To provide members of the campus community with information needed to make informed personal safety decisions, Juniata College must provide: 1) A "timely warning" of any Clery Act crime that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students and employees; 2) Develop and maintain a log of all crimes reported to the Office of Public Safety, ensure public access to the crime log during normal business hours, and; 3) Publish an annual security report, make the report available to all current students and employees, and ensure the annual security report is made available to prospective students and employees. Juniata College must also inform the campus community where to obtain information regarding registered sex offenders, and submit annual crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education.