THE CLERY ACT
The Act was named after Jeanne Clery, a freshman attending Lehigh University, who was brutally raped and murdered in her dorm room by a fellow student. Her parents, Connie and Howard Clery, were not aware of the dangers that lurked around the campus, learned there had been thirty-eight violent crimes on the Lehigh Campus in the three years before Jeanne’s death. This vital information was not provided to them which could have aided in their decision to send their daughter somewhere else. In 1987, the Clery’s founded Security On Campus, Inc. and began lobbying state legislatures and Congress to require colleges to report campus crimes. Their devotion paid off. In 1990, Congress enacted the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act. After amendments, it was renamed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, but it is widely referred to as the Clery Act.
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities across the U.S. participating in federal student aid to disclose information about campus crime statistics occurring on Clery geography along with their campus security and safety policies (20 USC§1092(f)). The U.S. Department of Education monitors compliance and can impose civil penalties per violation. Non-compliance with the Clery Act is a very costly concern for colleges and universities. The cost is $59,017 for each infraction. In addition to fines and punitive damages, institutions could lose financial aid funding causing significant damage to the institution’s reputation, deterring potential applicants, and impacting enrollment. Each year, by October 1st, institutions must publish and distribute their Annual Security Report to current and prospective employees and students.
This data is also submitted to the U.S. Department of Education - Campus Safety and Security. It contains the three most recent years of campus crime statistics and security policy statements.
PUBLIC CRIME LOG
LSU Health Shreveport University Police Department discloses in its public crime log any crime that occurred on campus or within the patrol jurisdiction of the University that is reported to the University Police Department. The crime log includes the nature, date, time and general information of each crime including the disposition if known. Crime log case numbers do not run sequentially. LSU Health Shreveport University Police Department assigns a case number or incident number for all reportable activities, both criminal and non-criminal. Only case numbers generated for criminal activity are listed in the crime log and are listed in order by date and time reported.
Note: The crime log will not normally match the crime statistics reported in the Annual Security Report, as the crime log entries include all crimes, not just Clery Act crimes, reported to LSU Health Shreveport University Police.
Crimes must be entered into the crime log within two (2) business days after the crime has been reported to LSU Health Shreveport University Police Department.
The crime log is available for viewing at the LSU Health Shreveport - Administration Building, Room 1-129, during the hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday. Students, employees, parents and the general public may access it.
Requests for copies of the crime log extending beyond 60 calendar days may be submitted by email to email@example.com, in person during normal business hours at the LSU Health Shreveport - Administration Building, Room 1-129 or contact Angela Jackson at (318) 675-6162. LSU Health Shreveport University Police Department will provide copies of the requested extended crime log within two (2) business days.
According to Federal Law, an institution may withhold any of the required fields of entry, i.e. the nature, date, time, location and/or disposition if any of the following conditions apply:
1. The disclosure is prohibited by law.
2. If disclosure would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim.
3. If disclosure would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual.
4. If disclosure would cause a suspect to flee or evade detection.
5. If disclosure would result in the destruction of evidence.
Crime Log Dispositions (as of April 2021)
Active Warrant: The subject(s) has been taken into custody for an active warrant.
Arrest: The subject(s) has been arrested by LSU Health Shreveport University Police Department.
Citation/Summons Issued: The individual(s) was only issued a citation/summons for the alleged offense then released.
Completed / Closed: The case has been investigated and is closed.
Closed - Cleared by Exceptional Means: elements beyond law enforcement control precludes filing formal charges: death of offender, victim unable to assist after offender is identified, offender arrested and prosecuted in a different jurisdiction.
Handled by Another Department: The incident was referred to another department within LSU Health Shreveport or Hospital/Clinics for further action.
Handled by Outside Law Enforcement Agency: The incident was referred to another law enforcement agency for further action.
Judicial Referral: The case has been forwarded to the Dean of Students Office. That office is responsible for reviewing the case and for determining whether or not the student(s) involved will be charged with a violation(s) of the Student Code of Conduct.
Open: The case is currently being investigated by LSU Health Shreveport University Police Department.
Submitted to DA – The case was submitted to the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office for review.
Unfounded: A determination is made through the investigation that a reported criminal offense or attempted offense was not committed. The report was false or baseless in fact.
Warrant issued - The case was investigated and a warrant was issued for involved parties.
REPORTING A CRIME OR EMERGENCY
If you are involved in an emergency situation, are the victim of a crime, or witness any criminal activity, you are urged to notify the LSU Health Shreveport Police Department as soon as possible by dialing 911 or (318) 675-6165 / (318) 675-6233, UPD Crime Hotline (318) 675-3873 or by using the LSU Shield App on your smartphone. Off-campus crimes may be reported to the Shreveport Police Department or Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office. Both of these law enforcement agencies can be reached by dialing 911.
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