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Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act) is a federal consumer protection law that requires institutions of higher education participating in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about certain crime on campus, in or on buildings/property owned or controlled by the university, and on publicly owned property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.

Under the Clery Act universities must:

  • Collect, classify, and count Clery Act crime report and statistics.
  • Publish an Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report by October 1st of each year. The report must be made available to all current and prospective students and employees.
  • Issue campus alerts: Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications:
    • Timely warnings alert the campus community of Clery Act crimes that pose a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community.
    • Emergency notifications inform the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on campus that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees.
  • Have missing student notification policies and procedures in place for students who reside in on-campus housing.
  • Maintain a Daily Crime Log of reported criminal incidents that is open to public inspection.
  • Submit Clery Act crime statistics (and fire statistics related to on-campus student housing facilities) to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Provide educational programs and campaigns to promote the awareness of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. 

Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report

Contained within the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report are three years’ worth of statistics for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the university, or on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.  In addition to the crime data the TCU Police Department maintains, the statistics contained in the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report include crimes that are reported to various campus security authorities and local law enforcement.  The statistics reported for the categories on liquor laws, drug laws, and weapons offenses represent the number of individuals arrested or referred to campus judicial authorities for respective violations.  The report also includes statements addressing the university's policies, procedures and programs concerning safety, crime prevention, fire safety, and security - for example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses.  

The TCU Police Department prepares this report in cooperation with the Fort Worth Police Department, federal and state agencies, and any other law enforcement jurisdiction that has taken action on our campus.  Crime statistics reported to designated officials, including but not limited to officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities and law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction over all reportable university properties, are included in this report.   Additionally, TCU Housing and Residence Life, Title IX Office, Department of Public Safety, Office of Compliance, Dean of Students Office, and the Division of Student Affairs contribute to the preparation of this report.  Each entity provides updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Clery Act. 

The Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report for Texas Christian University is available on the TCU Police Department website at https://police.tcu.edu/annual-security-report.  You may also request a paper copy from the TCU Police Department by calling 817-257-7930, via email at police@tcu.edu, or in person at the TCU Police Department located at 3025 Lubbock Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76129. 

Clery Geography

The Clery Act requires institutions to disclose statistics for Clery Act crimes that occur (1) on campus, (2) on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus, and (3) in or on noncampus buildings or property that the institution owns or controls. 

View the TCU Clery Geography Map

Campus Security Authorities

A Campus Security Authority (CSA), who by virtue of their university responsibilities and under the Clery Act, is designated to receive and report criminal incidents to the TCU Police Department so they may be included and published in the university's Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report. CSA is Clery-specific term that encompasses four groups of individuals and organizations associated with an institution:

  • A campus police department or a campus security department of an institution (e.g., any member of the TCU Police Department);
  • Any individuals who have responsibility for campus security but are not members of a campus police department or a campus security department;
  • Any individual or organization specified in an institution's statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses; or
  • An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. 

Under the Clery Act, the function of a CSA is to report to the TCU Police Department any allegations of Clery Act crimes that the CSA receives. CSAs are responsible for reporting allegations of Clery Act crimes that are reported to them in their capacity as a CSA. This means that CSAs are not responsible for investigating or reporting incidents that they overhear students talking about in a hallway conversation; that a classmate or student mentions during an in-class discussion; that a victim mentions during a speech, workshop, or any other form of group presentation; or that the CSA otherwise learns about in an indirect manner.

To report a Clery Act crime reported to them, CSAs should submit a  Campus Security Authority Incident Reporting Form.