The “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act”, commonly referred to as the “Clery Act”, is a federal law that requires institutions of higher education in the United States to disclose campus security information including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas.
Campus Security Authorities
In order to ensure all criminal activity is disclosed, the Clery Act requires Hill College to identify individuals and organizations to which crimes may be reported as a result of their position with Hill College. These individuals and organizations are called Campus Security Authorities (CSAs).
The following individuals and organizations have been identified as CSAs:
- Members of the Hill College Department of Campus Safety.
- Individuals who have responsibility for campus security but are not members of the Hill College Department of Campus Safety. An example would be an individual that monitors the entrance into buildings and property or acts as event/activity supervision.
- An individual or organization specified in the statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses. Hill College has designated this to be Hill College Campus Safety.
- An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student residence halls, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. Examples include:
- Deans of Students
- Student Services Directors
- Athletic coaches
- Residence Hall Managers
- Resident Assistants
- Advisors to student groups (clubs/organizations)
- Academic Advising and Success Center staff
The following individuals are not considered CSAs: A faculty member who does not have any responsibility for students and campus activity beyond the classroom; clerical or cafeteria staff; facilities or maintenance staff; any support position that does not have significant responsibility for students and campus activities.
Reporting a Crime
CSAs are required to immediately notify Hill College Campus Safety of alleged Clery crimes reported to them. These reports will be used by Hill College to:
- Fulfill its responsibility to annually disclose Clery crime statistics, and
- To issue timely warnings for Clery crimes that pose a threat to the campus community.
The following information should be obtained from anyone reporting a crime to a CSA. The answers to these questions can provide valuable information that will assist in the criminal investigation, annual reporting requirements, and the issuance of a timely warning to the Hill College community if appropriate.
- Who was involved
- What occurred
- Where did it occur
- When did it occur
- How did it occur
What is a Clery Crime
Any Clery crime listed below that is reported to a CSA must immediately be reported to Hill College Campus Safety.
- Murder/non-negligent manslaughter
- Manslaughter by Negligence
- Sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible)
- Aggravated assault
- Motor vehicle theft
- Domestic Violence
- Dating Violence
- Liquor law violations
- Drug abuse violations
- Weapons violations
- Hate crimes
Clery Crimes that occur in the Clery geography below are required to be reported:
- On Campus: property owned or controlled by Hill College that is reasonably contiguous to one another and directly supports or relates to the institution’s education purpose (main campus). Examples include Administration building, Instruction Buildings, and Student Centers.
- Public Property: thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities that is within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. Examples include portions of Lamar Drive in Hillsboro and Mayfield Parkway in Cleburne that run through or adjacent to the campus/center.
- Non-campus: any building or property owned or controlled by the institution or an officially recognized student organization that is frequently used by students and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution/campus. Examples include the Rodeo Arena on the Hill County Campus, Cosmo/Nursing Building on the Hill County Campus, and the Cleburne Technical Center in Cleburne.
Clery Crimes Reporting Exemptions:
Certain individuals who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities are exempt from disclosing information, while working within the scope of a license or certification. Although exempt from the reporting requirements of the Clery Act, they are encouraged to refer persons they are counseling to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual statistics, specifically if the incident may pose an ongoing threat to the campus community.
- Pastoral counselor. A person who is associated with a religious order or denomination, is recognized by that religious order as someone who provides confidential counseling, and is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.
- Professional counselor. A person whose official responsibility includes providing mental health counseling to members of the institutions community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification. This definition applies even to professional counselors who are not employees of the institution but are under contract to provide counseling at the institution.