How Would You Classify These Clery Crimes in Your ASR?

Are you a Campus Security Authority (CSA) responsible for collecting Clery Act crime statistics? What should these crime scenarios be classified under?

How Would You Classify These Clery Crimes in Your ASR?

Between Clery geography, classifying and counting Clery Act crimes, collecting statistics from local law enforcement agencies, daily crime logs and more, we at Campus Safety know how overwhelming and confusing it can be to ensure Clery compliance when compiling Annual Security Reports (ASR).

That’s why we were excited to receive a lot of great feedback from readers who found our first Clery crime scenario installment helpful.

“Wow. What an excellent way to drive home the need for extensive Clery training. Many people don’t know what they think they know,” one reader said. “I am a Chief of Police and would like to receive your permission to use this work as part of my Clery Training effort at my college.”

“As a new Clery Coordinator and campus dispatcher, this information is timely and helpful,” said another.

Similar to tabletop exercises, which help those involved in campus emergency plans to really think without having to be in a live situation, we hope these scenarios will effectively test the knowledge of those tasked with gathering Clery crime statistics should similar situations present themselves in real life.

View the scenarios here

These scenarios and many others can be found in The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting. The handbook provides multiple scenarios for each crime that falls under the Clery Act, including manslaughter, aggravated assault, arson, hate crimes, domestic violence and stalking, among others.

Missed the first installment? You can check it out here.

Here are some additional helpful Clery-related articles:

Author’s note: Campus Safety’s interpretation of the 2016 Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting should not be considered official guidance under the law. If you have any questions regarding the scenarios presented here or other information in the handbook, you can email the Department of Education at Be sure to include your name, title, campus and a detailed description of the assistance you need.

This article was originally published in 2019.

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About the Author


Amy is Campus Safety’s Executive Editor. Prior to joining the editorial team in 2017, she worked in both events and digital marketing.

Amy has many close relatives and friends who are teachers, motivating her to learn and share as much as she can about campus security. She has a minor in education and has worked with children in several capacities, further deepening her passion for keeping students safe.

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