Safety and Security

The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure Compliance Statement

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.

The Clery Act also requires the reporting of crimes on public property not owned or controlled by the college. (Empire State College is a nonresidential college.) Schools are required to publish an annual report  that contains crime statistics from the three years prior to the report and certain security-policy statements, including sexual-assault policies that ensure basic victims' rights, assert the law-enforcement authority of campus police and describe where/how students should go to report crimes. It is the responsibility of the Office of Safety and Security to collect crime reports and distribute the annual crime statistics and report by Oct. 1 of each calendar year.

The Empire State College Annual Safety and Security Report and Procedures is available to all current Empire State College students and employees and to all prospective Empire State College students and employees upon request. The document includes:

  • statistics on the number of on-campus* murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, bias-related crimes and arrests for weapons possessions and liquor- and drug-abuse violations
  • policies regarding security, access to college and other facilities, and college law enforcement
  • procedures for reporting crimes and other emergencies
  • information on college sexual-assault and rape-awareness programs, procedures to follow when a sex offense occurs, disciplinary-action procedures, counseling opportunities and notification to students that Empire State College will make reasonable changes to a victim's academic situation at the victim's request
  • policies on the use, possession and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
  • a description of Empire State College programs informing the campus community about alcohol- and drug-abuse education, crime prevention and campus-security practices
  • sex-offender registry information, New York State Sex Offender Registry, NYS Sex Offender Registry homepage. (You also can call 800-262-3257 for this information.)

*On-campus is defined as any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls; and any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to paragraph 1 of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).

Empire State College, the New York State Campus Safety Act, Compliance Statement

Empire State College acknowledges the importance of campus safety and investigating crime. By means of this statement, Empire State College adheres to formal plans that provide for the investigation of missing students and violent felony offenses committed on campus. Memorandums of understanding throughout New York state have been executed with various local law enforcement agencies to specifically address this issue.

What is the New York State Campus Safety Act?

This law was enacted in 1999,  prompted by the unexplained disappearance of Suzanne Lyall from the State University of New York at Albany campus in 1998. The reforms made by this law acknowledge that improving campus safety must begin with swift and efficient investigative action and optimum access to missing person information by students' families and the public.

The act:

  • requires all public, private, community colleges and universities in New York state to have formal plans that provide for the investigation of missing students and violent felony offenses committed on campus
  • expands the responsibilities of the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse to provide assistance with the dissemination of information about missing college students.