Clery Act

Signed into law in 1990, the Clery Act specifies the federal right to know about crimes occurring on or near a college or university campus. In compliance with the act, Towson University develops and distributes the annual Clery Report containing information about campus crime statistics and security policies. The report is available below or can be obtained from the police department. 

clery report revisions

About the Revisions

The 2017 Towson University Annual Campus Security & Fire Safety Report (ACSFSR) also contains crime statistics for 2016 and 2015. In the collection and verification of the 2017 reports by our Campus Security Authorities (CSAs), the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity (OIIE) identified inconsistencies between the number of crimes and incidents that TU recorded and the Clery reported crime statistics for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Once OIIE learned of this discrepancy, the office worked with Towson University Police to provide updated and correct data.

TU has re-published the ACSFSR for 2016, 2015 and 2014 below to reflect these changes. The differences between our recorded data and the Clery reporting data occurred due to a lack of coordination in the collection of CSA data, and not a failure to address or respond to crimes or campus incidents. As part of our reporting process, in our 2017 ACSFSR we have included our updated policies and procedures and improvements to our data collection and reporting systems.

All of these improvements are part of our continuous efforts to provide comprehensive, accurate reporting, and our steadfast commitment to ensure that the Towson University campus is a safe environment for all students, staff, faculty, visitors and guests.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Clery Act?
The Clery Act, signed into law in 1990, specifies the federal right to know about crimes occurring on or near a college or university campus. In compliance with the act, Towson University develops and distributes the annual Clery Report containing information about campus crime statistics and security policies.

How does Towson University compile the Clery report?
The report contains crime statistics about certain specified crimes or incidents that have been reported to the Towson University Police Department and/or campus security authorities over the past three years and have occurred either on campus, in off-campus buildings on property owned or controlled by the university, or on public property adjacent to campus. It also contains statistics on fires that occurred in on-campus student housing facilities over the past three years.

How did Towson University discover the errors of previous reports?
The newly-formed Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity identified inconsistencies between the number of crimes and incidents to which TU recorded, and the Clery reported statistics from 2014-2016. The office immediately began working with TUPD to provide updated data.

How did it happen?
The differences in data occurred due to a lack of coordination in the collection of data, and not a failure to address or respond to incidents.

What improvements to data collection and reporting systems have been made?
As part of our reporting process, in our 2017 Annual Campus Security & Fire Safety Report (ACSFSR) we have included revised policies and procedures and improvements to our data collection and reporting systems. All of these improvements are part of our continuous efforts to provide comprehensive, accurate reporting, and our steadfast commitment to ensure that the Towson University campus is a safe environment for all students, staff, faculty, visitors and guests.

What happens if I encounter a crime like those outlined in the Clery report?
Call Towson University Police at 410-704-4444 to report any incidents. Students can also report incidents via the SaferMobility app.

 

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