How Should These Clery Act Crimes Be Classified in Your ASR?

Would these scenarios, pulled from the 2016 Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting, count as Clery Act crimes?

How Should These Clery Act Crimes Be Classified in Your ASR?

With many college campuses closed or running at limited capacity, this year’s Annual Security Reports (ASR) may look a lot different than previous years due to unforeseen challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, institutions that receive federal funding are still obligated to comply with their published campus safety policies and procedures, including with regard to emergency notifications. If you are tasked with assembling your campus’ ASR, you should be well aware that the deadline for submitting these reports has been pushed back to Dec. 31 due to the pandemic. Normally, ASRs are due by Oct. 1 each year.

We know how complicated the requirements are for Clery compliance, so we’ve put together another quiz using campus crime scenarios from the 2016 Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting. Each scenario is laid out in detail and readers are asked what they should classify the crime as in their ASR. Previous installments of these quizzes have been well-received by many of our Campus Safety readers and we hope that they continue to prove helpful.

There are many, many more scenarios presented in the handbook if you want some extra practice. 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.

In case you missed it, at this summer’s Campus Safety Online Summit, Sarah Barrett, director of training and education at the Clery Center, and Abigail Boyer, the Clery Center’s associate executive director, lead a session on key questions that colleges and universities continue to face in response to the coronavirus and how they inform an institution’s Clery-required emergency notification and evacuation policies. This session, along with many others, are now available on-demand.

Additionally, registration is now open for our second Campus Safety Online Summit, happening Dec. 1-2! One session will focus on the impact the nine new Clery directives will have on college campuses.

Here are some more Clery quizzes and other Clery-related resources:

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.

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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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One response to “How Should These Clery Act Crimes Be Classified in Your ASR?”

  1. Vishenia I. Huery says:

    Looking forward to receipt of your magazine. Always interesting and insightful.

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