The federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires colleges and universities, both public and private, participating in federal student aid programs to disclose campus safety information, and imposes certain basic requirements for handling incidents of sexual violence and emergency situations.
Disclosures about crime statistics and summaries of security policies are made once a year in an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, and information about specific crimes and emergencies is made publicly available on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
The Clery Act is named in memory of Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her residence hall room by a fellow student she did not know on April 5, 1986. Her parents championed laws requiring the disclosure of campus crime information, and the federal law that now bears their daughter's name was first enacted in 1990. It has been amended regularly over the past two decades to keep up with changes in campus safety, with the most recent update in 2013 expanding the law's requirements concerning the handling of sexual violence. Learn more at clerycenter.org.
On Oct. 1 of each year, the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is posted in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act. An email is sent out campus-wide advising that the report has been published and provides a direct link to the report.
The purpose of the daily crime log is to record all criminal incidents, and alleged criminal incidents, that are reported to the Saint Louis University Department of Public Safety (DPS) and occurred within the Clery geographical boundaries of the SLU main campus and the School of Law.
Crime log case numbers do not run sequentially. DPS assigns a case number for all reportable activities, both criminal and noncriminal. Only case numbers generated for criminal activity are listed in the crime log and are listed in chronological order with the most recent crimes listed at the top.
According to federal law, an institution may withhold any of the required fields of entry, i.e. the nature, date, time, location or disposition if any of the following conditions apply:
- The disclosure is prohibited by law
- If disclosure would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim
- If disclosure would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual
- If disclosure would cause a suspect to flee or evade detection
- If disclosure would result in the destruction of evidence
An electronic version of the most recent 60-day period is available online. Hard copies of the logs are available at the DPS office in room 114 of the Marvin and Harlene Wool Center, 3545 Lindell Blvd., or at the School of Law, 100 N. Tucker Blvd., during normal business hours. Any request for the logs that are older than 60 days will be available for on-site inspection within two business days of the request at the DPS office.
All Saint Louis University employees, students and volunteers who have been designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) must complete annual Campus Security Authority training. The training is now accessed through CleryEdge software. To get access to the training program, please contact Michael Parkinson, assistant director of emergency management and Clery compliance, at 314-977-7129 or email@example.com.
To assist Saint Louis University in complying with the federally mandated Clery Act, the reporting form should only be utilized by Campus Security Authorities (CSA) to report crimes to DPS.
All others should contact DPS directly to file a report at 314-977-3000. All CSAs are encouraged to report crimes immediately so DPS can assess if a timely warning should be issued. Under the Clery Act, a crime is reported to a CSA when a student, employee or third-party brings information about an alleged crime to the attention of the CSA, and the CSA believes the report was made in good faith. DPS will use the information provided to classify the crime for purposes of inclusion in SLU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
Pursuant to the Clery Act, Saint Louis University is required to disclose on an annual basis certain reported crime statistics that occur during University sponsored/arranged domestic and international student trips. Community members who are administratively responsible for domestic and international student trips are expected to report student trip information to DPS for compliance.
For trips to be reportable, student trips must meet certain requirements. SLU must have control over the trip or program accommodation and any related academic space used in conjunction with the trip. Control, as defined by the Clery Act, means that there is a written agreement (no matter how informal) directly between the University and the end provider for use of the space. In addition, the controlled space must be used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes and frequented by students. Some examples of a written agreement include renting hotel rooms, leasing apartments, leasing space in a student housing facility or academic space on another campus and even an e-mail agreement for use of space free of charge. Hostels are not normally reportable unless the written agreement gives the University control over the space within the accommodation.
Information on qualifying student trips is needed by DPS for follow-up with the local law enforcement agency associated with the trip location. DPS will need to request crime statistics from the local law enforcement agency to determine if any Clery Act qualifying crimes occurred at these locations during the time frame we controlled the space.
Submit this form after your travel to ensure you have complete information, including specific rooms and suites occupied. If you have questions, contact Michael Parkinson, Clery compliance coordinator, at 314-977-7129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Murder and non-negligent manslaughter is the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
- Manslaughter by negligence is the killing of another person through gross negligence. (Does not include traffic fatalities.)
- Robbery is the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
- Aggravated assault is an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
- Burglary is the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.
- Motor vehicle theft is the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
- Arson is any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.
- Rape: The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
- Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
- Incest: Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
- Statutory rape: Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under statutory age of consent.
Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking
- Domestic violence is a felony or misdemeanor committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; by a person who is cohabitating or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred; or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred.
- Dating violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. (Under Missouri law, dating violence is a form of domestic violence.
- Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct (two or more acts) directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress.
A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias. Bias is a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race, gender, religion, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin.
CSAs report the following crimes only if they occurred as a hate crime:
- Larceny-theft is the unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. (Constructive possession is the condition in which a person does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing).
- Simple assault is an unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.
- Intimidation is to unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.
- Destruction/damage/vandalism of property is to willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.
The Clery Act requires that Saint Louis University discloses Clery crimes based on where the crimes occur. These property designations are known as “Clery Geography.” The Clery Act has designated three geographic categories for reporting. Crimes that occur outside of the three geographic categories are not subject to the Clery Act annual reporting requirements or to the community notification requirements.
- On-campus property: On campus refers to property that is owned or controlled by SLU and is within the same generally connected area. This includes academic and administrative buildings, unions, and athletic and event facilities. A subset of “on campus” is “on-campus residential housing.” This includes SLU residence halls.
- Non-campus property: This is property that is owned or controlled by SLU, is used in direct support of, or in relation to, SLU’s educational mission, is frequently used by students, and is not generally connected to main campus. This includes property owned or controlled by a registered student organization.
- Public property: Public property includes thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks and parking facilities that are within campus or immediately next to or accessible to campus and on-campus property. The Department of Education uses a “sidewalk/street/sidewalk” rule to determine the boundary of public property in most cases.