Clery Act Violations That Result in Fines
JULY 26, 2019
Although Clery Act compliance can be time-consuming, non-compliance can jeopardize campus security and affect your college or university’s reputation. Institutions also could face fines of $57,317 per Clery Act violation.
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities that receive federal funding to report campus crime data and detail efforts taken to improve campus safety. The Department of Education (ED) enforces the Clery Act by conducting program reviews to assess compliance. Program reviews can be initiated for a number of reasons — including the receipt of complaints or media reports that raise concern — and can take years to complete
The ED fined 10 institutions in 2017 for violating program reviews. UE’s white paper “An Update on the U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Enforcement Measures” provides insight into those violations, including the types of violations that resulted in fines. The total amount of fines for the 10 institutions was $800,000. The university receiving the highest fine paid $210,000, while the lowest fine was $30,000.
In general, the violations resulting in fines in 2017 can be grouped into these categories:
- Noncompliance with requirements related to the institution’s drug and alcohol abuse prevention program
- Failure to publish and/or properly distribute a complete and accurate annual security report
- Failure to publish and/or properly distribute a complete and accurate annual fire safety report
- Under-reported crime statistics
- Failure to maintain a daily crime log and/or daily fire log
- Failure to properly classify a separate campus
To avoid hefty fines and save time in preparing a compliant annual security report, check out the Clery Compliance Toolset — an easy-to-use resource for developing policies and procedures, logging incidents, and generating your report.