History of Clery Act Signed into law in 1990 and amended in 1998, the law was enacted as the result of the rape and murder of Jeanne Clery, a first year student at Lehigh University. It requires higher education institutions to report crime statistics to current & prospective students & employees.
Four categories Public Safety Individuals with Campus Security Responsibilities Individuals Designated by the Campus Officials with Significant Responsibility for Student and Campus Activities who are likely to receive complaints from a victim of crime. Who is a Campus Security Authority (CSA) Your job function not title dictate if you are a CSA.
Category 1 – Public Safety All Vermont Technical College Public Safety Officers. Category 2 – Individuals with Campus Security Responsibilities Res Life Staff (RAs and RDs) Special Event Security Staff
Category 3 – Individuals Designated by the Campus Currently no employees or students meet this designation.
Category 4 – Officials with Significant Responsibility for Student & Campus Activities. Student Affairs Staff Center for Academic Success Staff Student Events Staff Faculty/Staff Advisors to Student Clubs Faculty/Staff Advisors to Study Abroad or Community Service Abroad Programs Nursing Site Directors
NOTE: All VSC employees are considered mandatory reporters for crimes involving sexual assault or harassment.
The nine Clery crimes Homicide Sex offenses— forcible & non- forcible Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary Motor vehicle theft Arson Arrests & disciplinary referrals for violations of liquor, drug, & weapons laws Hate crimes Clery Reportable Crimes
You must report if it occurred On campus or school sponsored trip On public property adjacent to campus On non-campus property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization Clery Geography
You Received a Report Now What? If someone tells you about a crime or and incident that may be a crime, you must record the information and return a completed Clery Reporting Form to Public Safety. You may also walk the person to the Public Safety office so they may report it in person. If a Public Safety Officer does the intake you do not have to fill out any forms.
Description of the incident or crime Get as accurate and complete a description of what happened as you can. If not sure about any part of the form, ask. Clery Incident Report Form
In Randolph you can pick up the form at the Public Safety Office, Student Affairs Office, Academic Dean’s Office, and Human Resources. In Williston you can pick up the form at the Student Activities Office or the Associate Dean’s Office. At the Nursing sites, you can pick up the form from your Site Director. Clery Reporting Form
Find out the following in all cases Is the victim or assailant a student, staff, or faculty member? Are they acquaintances? Does the victim wish to remain anonymous? Has the incident been reported to police or to any other CSA? Was either party under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
DO NOT REPORT CRIMES AS A CSA IF: A person tells you about a crime that occurred before he/she came to the College OR While he/she was away from campus and not involved in a College Sponsored activity. Non-Reportable Crimes
Let the person know they have the right to formally report or not report the incident to Public Safety and/or local law enforcement. Tell the person that you must report the incident as an anonymous statistic but do not have to identify anyone involved. What You Must Do
Identify the person in any way if they ask for anonymity Report what you have been told to the police if they ask for anonymity Make the person feel like they have to report or give their name. What You MUST NOT DO
The definitions of the crimes and instruction for completion can be found on the reporting form. Hate crimes are any criminal act against a person, group of persons, or the property of any person or group of persons involving one or more of the listed crimes, or the crimes of Simple Assault, Intimidation, Vandalism, and Larceny which was motivated by a bias against the victim’s ethnicity, race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability or the perception that the person or group has one or more of these characteristics. Definitions & Instructions
Is victim in danger? Did assailant use or threaten force? A weapon? Did assailant penetrate the victim’s body? Did victim consent? Does victim know assailant? Was victim unable to consent because of drugs, alcohol, or any other impairment? Was victim a minor (younger than 18)? Sex Offenses: Questions to Ask
What was taken or attempted to be taken? What is its value? Did the perpetrator use or threaten force? Was victim injured? Did victim feel threatened or in danger? Did perpetrator accost victim in person? Robbery, Burglary, Theft: Questions to Ask
If perpetrator did not accost victim Was door open, closed or locked? Was the item taken from inside a residence, dorm room, or office? How did the thief get in? If perpetrator did accost victim Was a weapon used? If so, try to get a description Robbery, Burglary, Theft: Questions to Ask
What kind of vehicle? Is it college property? Where was it taken from? When was it taken? Has it been recovered? If not, does the person have any idea where it is or might be at the time of the report? Does the person know who did it? Motor Vehicle Theft: Questions to Ask
What was burned or attempted to be burned? Was anyone hurt? Was property damaged? How much? When did it happen? When was it discovered? Was there graffiti or other evidence of hate motivation? Arson: Questions to Ask
Did the attacker confront the victim in person? Did the attacker use or threaten to use force? What kind? Was there a weapon? If so, what kind? Was the victim injured? Does the victim need medical attention? Did the attack or threat (verbal, phone, email) include racial, ethnic, religious or homophobic comments? Hate Crimes Against a Person: Questions to Ask
Was the target personal property, a personal residence (including residence hall), business, house of worship, or ethnic organization? Was property damaged? Value? Did the attack include any expression related to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability? Report ANY vandalism to a house of worship, or ethnic, religious or Gay or Lesbian organization as a hate crime. Hate Crimes Against Property: Questions to Ask
Is the alleged violator under 21? Where did the offense take place? Statistics must reflect total number of persons involved, not incidents. Does anyone need medical attention? Is there alcohol that needs to be removed from a dry residence hall or other college building? Liquor Violations Questions to Ask.
Where did the offense take place? How did you or the person reporting know drugs were involved? Seeing them used, smelling them, etc.? What drug was involved? If not sure describe it. Does the person need medical attention? Drug Violations Questions to Ask
Where did the offense take place? What kind of weapon? Is there a current threat to public safety? Is there a weapon on campus? If so, where? Does the person reporting it feel they are in any danger? Weapons Violations Questions to Ask
Homicide Questions to Ask Who? Where? When? How? Is a violent situation in progress? Call Public Safety immediately
Any CSA who receives a report of a missing student shall immediately determine the students status and make the following notifications after notifying Public Safety. Randolph: Contact Student Affairs: 802-728-1212 Williston: Contact Student Activities Office or Associate Dean’s Office Nursing Sites: Contact Site Director Missing Students
CLERY COMPLIANCE OFFICER Emile Fredette-Director of Public Safety Phone: 802-728-1292 Email: EFredette@vtc.edu Clery Reports may also be viewed online at: http://www.vtc.edu/my-vermont-tech/my-vtc- home/health-safety/public-safety Questions?