The "Jeanne Clery " Disclosure Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private post secondary educational institutions participating in federal student aid programs are required to comply with it. The law, originally enacted by Congress in 1990 as the Campus Security Act, was initiated by Howard and Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was tragically murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Amendments to the Act in 1998 renamed it in memory of Jeanne Clery.
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to publish an annual report every year by October 1st that contains 3 years of crime statistics and certain policy statements including sexual assault policies which assure basic victims’ rights, the law enforcement authority of campus police, and where the students should go to report crimes. The Sonoma County Junior College District Police Department is responsible for gathering crime statistics and providing safety information to all students, staff, faculty, visitors, and prospective students and employees of the District.
The annual security report for Santa Rosa Junior College and the entire Sonoma County Junior College District includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the Sonoma County Junior College District, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. In accordance with mandated reporting requirements, information concerning the monitoring and recording of any criminal activity in which students have engaged, at off campus locations and/or within student organizations that are officially recognized by the District, are gathered from local police agencies. These agencies include any City, County, State, or Federal agencies that may have relevant information and the statistics are published in this disclosure. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus safety and security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. The District Police Department is aware that crimes may go unreported to law enforcement and encourages employees of the District, who have significant responsibility for students and student activities, to report any crimes that they may have become aware of in their daily contact with students to the District Police. As a reminder to those employees who have significant responsibility for students, a reporting form is sent out monthly for collection and recording of accurate statistics. Administrators, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, Faculty Advisors and Student Academic Advisors, Student Activities Advisors and Coordinators, and Athletic Coaches are all included in the notification. Classroom faculty (except for Advisors), Physicians, Psychologists, and most Clerical Staff are examples of employees who are not required to report under the Clery Act. All reports to the District Police can be made confidentially and anonymously in accordance with the reporting person’s wishes. Crime prevention and personal safety information and pamphlets are available in the District Police Department and on the Police Department web site, at Student Health Services, and in various student and staff publications through the District.
Policy for Report the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics
The District Police Department prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The full text of the annual reports can be located below. This report is a collaborative and comprehensive effort that includes the cooperation of law enforcement agencies surrounding SRJC campuses, centers, off-site facilities, and properties, the Student Services Division, Office of the Vice President of Student Services. Each entity provides crime statistics and/or information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act.
To comply with the Act, we collect crime statistics from law enforcement agencies with concurrent law enforcement jurisdiction or jurisdiction surrounding Sonoma County Junior College District campuses, centers, off-site facilities, and properties owned or utilized by the District for college business, to include public property immediately adjacent to campuses and facilities. These law enforcement agencies provide crime statistics they have collected for crimes occurring on District properties or a radius around the properties requested. These statistics may include crimes that have occurred in private businesses and residences and is not required by law. The District does not have any off or on campus fraternity or sorority houses. Likewise, student organization recognition does not extend beyond the college, and student organizations are not recognized to engage in activity off-campus. Every paid part-time, full-time, adjunct, and short-term non-continuing student, faculty, and classified employee receive a notice with their paycheck/notice of deposit, that informs them of the security report, a description of the contents, information regarding the availability of the report on the Internet, the electronic address to access the report, and a statement on how to obtain a paper copy, if desired.
Employees and students also receive this same information when completing the application process for admission or employment in person or via the Internet. Additionally, notices regarding the existence of the Security Report, a brief description of its contents, information regarding the availability of the report on the Internet with the electronic address to access the report, and a statement on how to obtain a paper copy, if desired are included in the Insider, BearFacts, Schedule of Classes, in the Community Education Schedule of Classes, the Course Catalog, and on the Admissions, Records, and Enrollment Development and Human Resources websites to inform students, employees and prospective students and employees about the existence of the Security Report, the electronic address to access the report, and information on how to obtain a paper copy, if desired. Copies of the report may also be obtained at the Sonoma County Junior College District Police Department located in the Pedroncelli Center on the Santa Rosa Campus at 2032 Armory Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95401 or by calling Police Records at 707-527-4963 or Police Administration at 707-524-1820.