What is the Clery Act?
The federal Clery Act was passed in 1991 after college administrators covered up information about a student’s murder. It is intended to protect students by forcing schools to be transparent about crime. Under the act, college administrators must report all serious criminal allegations made to them “in good faith” – i.e., based on more than rumor – to a designated campus official. That official is then required to submit a tally of the allegations to the federal Department of Education.