The Clery Act is a law requiring federally funded colleges and universities to publish an Annual Security Report (ASR) detailing campus crime and responses to these incidents. According to the act, victims of crimes are legally required to receive prevention education, a written explanation of their rights, and a trial proceeding conducted by trained officials.
According to this White Paper, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) imposed $800,000 in fines to 10 institutions in 2017 for failing to comply with this act. The reasons for these fines ranged from lack of crime statistic reporting due to confusing reporting structure to simply not distributing the ASR. In addition to the financial consequences associated with noncompliance with the Clery Act, a university’s reputation can be severely damaged as it can be perceived as an unsafe campus and security not being a priority for the institution.
To avoid incurring financial and reputation damage, institutions need a streamlined solution to allow for easy crime reporting and the ability to quickly react to complaints. Symplicity Advocate provides the perfect platform to avoid liability issues by ensuring compliance with DOE and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) regulations. Our solution helps manage student conduct, Title IX compliance, and behavioral intervention management to help your institution avoid the reputation damage and cost involved with a Clery Act violation.
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