Choosing a postsecondary institution is a major decision for students and their families. Along with academic, financial and geographic considerations, the issue of campus safety is a vital concern. The law requires colleges and universities receiving federal funding to prepare, publish, and distribute, by October 1 of each year, campus safety and security policies and crime statistics for the preceding calendar year. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor publishes its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and makes it available upon request and also posts it on-line. The Department of Education is responsible for Clery Act compliance and enforcement.
In 1990, Congress enacted the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Title II of Public Law 101-542), which amended the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA). This act required all postsecondary institutions participating in HEA’s Title IV student financial assistance programs to disclose campus crime statistics and security information. The act was amended in 1992, 1998 and 2000. The 1998 amendments renamed the law the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act in memory of a student who was slain in her dorm room in 1986. It is generally referred to as the Clery Act.
On Aug. 14, 2008, the Higher Education Opportunity Act or HEOA (Public Law 110-315) reauthorized and expanded the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. HEOA amended the Clery Act and created additional safety and security-related requirements for institutions.
Specifically, it added:
- New categories to the list of hate crimes all institutions must disclose (Clery amendment)
- A new disclosure regarding the relationship of campus security personnel with state and local law enforcement agencies (Clery amendment)
- Implementation and disclosure of emergency notification and evacuation procedures for all institutions (Clery amendment)
- Implementation and disclosure of missing student notification procedures for institutions with on- campus student housing facilities (HEOA)
- Fire safety reporting requirements for institutions with on-campus student housing facilities (HEOA)
- Text clarifying the definition of an on-campus student housing facility (Clery and HEOA)
- A Program Participation Agreement (PPA) requirement concerning disclosure of the results of disciplinary proceedings to the alleged victim of any crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense (HEOA).
- On March 7, 2013 the SaVE act amended the Federal Jeanne Clery At to include three additional crimes that are required to be reported. The additional crimes are domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
Pursuant to federal law, all currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff are notified via email each October of their access to the Annual Campus Security Report. Additionally, all prospective students and prospective employees are entitled to request a copy of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Annual Campus Security and Fire Report.
The report contains crime statistics about certain specified crimes/incidents that have been reported to Campus Security Authorities over the past three years and that have occurred either on campus, in off-campus buildings, on property owned/controlled by the University, or on public property adjacent to campus.
The report also contains policies and practices pertaining to campus security, crime reporting, alcohol and drugs, victim's assistance programs, student discipline, campus resources, community safety alerts, crime prevention, and access to campus facilities/properties as well as personal safety tips. The report encourages the reporting of all crimes. The report tells how and to whom to report crimes.
This report is available to all current students and employees of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and, upon request, to any applicant for enrollment or employment. Copies of this report may be obtained in person from the University Police Department. Information is provided pursuant to the disclosure requirements of the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.