The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Now, twenty years after the Clery Act took effect, the nation’s most prominent leaders on campus safety will come together to discuss critical issues facing our colleges and universities today: binge drinking, sexual violence, and, general safety and security .
The event “Proceeding in Partnership: The Future of Campus Safety” will take place at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA on September 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Two of the summit’s panel discussions focus on alcohol/drugs and sexual violence. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism College Task Force estimates that drinking by college students aged 18 to 24 contributes to 1,825 student deaths, 599,000 injuries, and 97,000 cases of sexual assault or date rape each year.
The event is co-sponsored by Security on Campus (SOC) and Lehigh University. SOC was founded by Connie and Howard Clery when their daughter, Jeanne, was killed at Lehigh in 1986.
During the early morning hours of April 5, 1986, Jeanne was tortured, raped, sodomized and murdered in her dormitory room at Lehigh University. Her killer was a drug and alcohol abuser, a Lehigh student whom Jeanne had never met. He gained access to her room by proceeding, unopposed, through three propped-open doors, each of which should have been locked. ~ per SOC
Jeanne’s death spurred the Clery Act, legislation that now requires campuses to publicly share data on college crimes.
SOC reaches thousands of college students each year with its education programs.
“Jeanne loved life, and loved people,” said Connie Clery. “Nothing would please her more than to know her legacy has been making students safer so they can live and enjoy life.”
John Smeaton, vice provost of Student Affairs at Lehigh, adds that “this is an opportunity to acknowledge the excellent work of the Clery family and SOC.”
“It is critical that we not only discuss issues, but find a common goal in moving forward on them and then share best practices with others,” Smeaton said.
SOC organizers will compile best practices identified at the summit for distribution in January 2012.
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