Jeanne Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Act is named after the 19-year-old university freshman who was sexually assaulted and murdered in her residence hall room at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania on April 5, 1986. Jeanne’s parents, Connie and Howard, discovered that students had not been told about 38 violent crimes on their daughter’s campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which originally was known as the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.”


“The Clery Act is a consumer protection law that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics.”


In order to comply with Clery Act requirements, SMU must understand what the law entails, where our responsibilities lie, and what we can do to actively support campus safety.


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Click the links to the right to read more about the different areas of the Clery Act at SMU.