The Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act requires Arcadia University to provide students and employees with information on its security policies and procedures and specific statistics for certain criminal incidents, arrests and disciplinary referrals and to make the information and statistics available to prospective students and employees upon request. This information is available in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report or by calling the Department of Public Safety 215-572-2800.
Crime classifications for which colleges and universities must provide statistics differ under state and federal law. For example the federal statistics for motor vehicle theft differ from the state statistics for the same category because the federal classification includes attempted motor vehicle thefts while state law requires institutions to separately report attempted motor vehicle thefts. (Arcadia reports crime statistics to the State of Pennsylvania as well as to the Federal Department of Education (Clery).
The crime statistics reported under the Jeanne Clery Act include the following:
- Criminal Homicide: murder or non negligent manslaughter
- Sex Offenses
- Forcible: rape, sodomy, sexual assault with an object, fondling
- Non forcible: Incest, Statutory rape
- Aggravated Assault
- Motor Vehicle Theft
- Hate Crimes: The law requires the release of statistics by category of prejudice concerning the occurrence of hate crimes in the crime classifications listed in the preceding section and for other crimes involving bodily injury to any person in which the victim is selected because of the actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim. In August of 2008, HEOA (Higher Education Opportunity Act) modified the above listed hate crimes to include the following additional crimes under the hate crime category:
- Larceny/ Theft: the unlawful taking, carrying, leading or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another.
- Threats: Intimidation, (including stalking) to unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.
- Vandalism: To willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.
- Simple Assault: An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggrieved bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.