Monday, February 2, 2009

Clearing up the Clery Report

"The Clery Report? What's that?" Trust me, I hadn't heard of it either before I walked into DePaul's public safety office. It's a national Department of Education report, to go along with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which are government acts that require that crime statistics be released to the public.Here's a verbatim account of the history of the report from the Public Safety Web site: "Enforced by the Department of Education, The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law and was originally known as the Campus Security Act. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses."DePaul calls their report the Safety and Security Information Report. In addition to the breakdown of crimes, DePaul's report also offers definitions of crimes, such as arson, robbery, aggravated assualt, burglary, and different designations and classifications for sexual offenses.The report also includes information on how to report a crime, security awareness programs, campus security systems and university contact information.Here are some of the highlights (or since they're crimes, I guess I should call them lowlights,) of the 2008 report:15 burglaries2 forcible sexual offenses (i.e. rape or assault)43 incidents of drug abuse15 arrests for drug abuseThere were 5 robberies on the Lincoln Park Campus and 25 on the Loop campus.To pick up your own copy of the report, you can go the Public Safety office on the Lincoln Park or Loop campus. If you don't want to trek outside in the cold, and if you want to save a tree at the same time, you can download your own report by clicking on this link:, it's a list of all the crimes that happen on campus annually.

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