What is the Clery Act?
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to collect, retain and disclose information about crime on or near their campuses and other university-owned/controlled property. The goal of the Clery Act is to ensure students, prospective students, parents and employees have access to accurate information regarding crimes committed on campus as well as campus security procedures and programs.
As required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Adams State publishes an Annual Fire Safety Report, which contains information about the University’s fire prevention practices and systems, as well as fire-related statistics. The Fire Safety Report is included in ASU’s Annual Security Report, which also documents crime statistics for the past three calendar years and provides information about campus security policies and crime prevention efforts. The ASFSR may be found on our police website.
Another requirement of the Clery Act is that Adams State maintain a Daily Crime Log, recording all criminal and non-criminal incidents reported to the Adams State Police Department. This log may be found on the Adams State University Police Department webpage.
Notice to the Adams State community is given in the event of any Clery crime that presents an ongoing threat to the safety of students or employees via emergency alert texts, emails, website notifications and published postings/flyers.
Federal law also requires Adams State to establish a policy and procedures for how to report a student missing from on-campus student housing, how the university will respond to a missing student report and how students can designate a confidential missing person emergency contact. Information regarding these procedures may also be found in the ASFSR.
What is Title IX & How Can it Help?
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual misconduct. Title IX requires Adams State to investigate complaints of sexual misconduct and discrimination.
Sexual Misconduct is a broad term that encompasses a range of inappropriate behaviors. It can occur between strangers, acquaintances, people who know each other well and current or former partners. It includes:
- Relationship Violence is emotional abuse, physical abuse, physical violence or intentionally controlling behaviors by a current or former partner.
- Sexual Assault, including rape, is actual or attempted sexual contact without consent.
- Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile environment.
- Sexual Exploitation includes the viewing, recording or distribution of another person’s nudity, or sexual activity, without that person’s consent
- Stalking is more than one instance of unwanted attention, in person or electronically, that can be reasonably regarded as alarming or threatening.
Adams State encourages all members of the Adams State community to report all incidents of sexual misconduct. The university recognizes, however, that not every person will choose to make a formal report with the Adams State Title IX office or with law enforcement.
Non-confidential resources must report any information shared with them about sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Information about sexual misconduct shared with Adams State faculty and staff, such as RAs, coaches and others, will need to be shared with the university’s Title IX Office, however, non-confidential resources will respect a complainant’s privacy.
Resources designated as “confidential” will not report any information to the Title IX Coordinator. Conversations with the Adams State Counseling Center and Pastoral staff are confidential. Students may speak with a confidential resource about an incident of sexual misconduct whether or not they decide to make an official report, participate in the Adams State complaint resolution process or engage with the criminal justice system.
Retaliation is an adverse action or attempt to seek retribution against the complainant, or any person or group of persons involved in the investigation and/or resolution of a sexual misconduct complaint.
Retaliation can be committed by any person or group of persons, not just a respondent and may include continued abuse or violence, other forms of harassment, slander or libel.
Retaliation against a person for filing a complaint of sexual misconduct or for cooperating in an investigation is a violation of University policy and is prohibited.
Any person who retaliates against a person who has reported sexual misconduct, filed a sexual misconduct complaint or participated in a sexual misconduct investigation is subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or termination by Adams State University.