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New Resource: Online Clery Act Self-Assessment Tool

WAYNE, PA — Launched in late January, the Clery Center’s Online Jeanne Clery Act Self-Assessment Tool aims to tackle the most common Clery Act compliance challenges: coordination between campus departments, inconsistent or missing policies and record-keeping.

This new resource from the Clery Center, available exclusively to members of the Collaborative program, helps colleges and universities tackle these challenges with a team-based, evaluative approach.

“We often hear from campus professionals who feel like they are the only person or department responsible for Clery Act compliance,” says Samantha Koch, director of Strategic Initiatives at the Clery Center, “but we know that Clery compliance is an institutional responsibility. We’re excited to share a new resource with Collaborative members to help them document their policies and practices and approach the Clery Act as a team.”

Using the digital tool and accompanying print companion guide, campus teams can quickly summarize their institution’s strengths and weaknesses through an easy-to-use self-rating system, as well as clearly identify action items to improve future Clery Act compliance efforts. Additional membership benefits and resources help turn that evaluation into meaningful action. (Note: An introductory video to the online tool is available below and on the Clery Center’s YouTube channel.)

The secure, anonymous online platform also reports aggregate data to the Clery Center to inform its educational programs, policy efforts, and research.

“This tool will help us create more relevant programming and resources not only for our members but for the broader higher education and campus safety community,” Koch says.

For more information about the Self-Assessment Tool and how your campus can be part of the Collaborative Program, please contact Bethany Lamolinara, Member Services manager, at blamolinara@clerycenter.org or 484/580-8754.

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