In 1990 the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act was created to honor the memory of Jeanne Clery, who lost her life due to the crime of another student. Jeanne’s parents believed if she had known about crime in the area, she could have made more informed decisions for her safety which could have spared her life.
In 1998 the law was later renamed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)), also referred to as the Clery Act, to honor Jeanne’s memory. However, the mission remains the same:
To provide timely information to the community about crime occurring in the area so they may make informed decisions regarding their safety and the safety of others.
The Clery Act requires higher education institutions that receive federal funds to comply with over 115 policies and procedures related to safety and security. The Department of Education regulates clery compliance, and strict fines and penalties are enforced on those institutions that fail to comply with its mandates. The University of Tennessee works diligently to comply with the Clery Act and to keep its community safe and informed.
This website serves as a platform of information and resources to help the campus community understand the Clery Act, provide easily accessible campus crime information and statistics, and support other initiatives related to compliance.
For additional information on the university’s compliance with the Clery Act or to address any questions or concerns, you may contact the Clery Coordinator.