Student Right To Know Act (Clery)

Student Right To Know & Campus Security Act

The student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act requires colleges and universities receiving federal funds to notify community members as to who is considered a "campus security authority." The U.S. Department of Education defines a campus security authority as (1) A campus law enforcement unit; (2) An individual or organization specified in an institution's statement of campus security policy as the individual or organization that has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, but does not have significant counseling responsibilities.
For the purposes of meeting the requirements set forth in the act, the campus security authority at Biola University includes all persons, except Biola Counseling and Health Center Staff, who are employed by the University. Campus Security authorities are required to report criminal occurrences to the campus law enforcement unit (Department of Campus Safety) under the annual reporting and timely warning requirements of the Act. It shall be the responsibility of the Department of Campus Safety to investigate reports of criminal activity on campus.

Timely Warning Policy

The Campus Crime Alert/Timely Warning ("Alert/Timely Warning") is provided to heighten safety awareness and to provide students, faculty and staff timely notification of crimes that are considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. The alert will provide pertinent information related to the crime and suspect (as more specifically described below in the Timely Warning Procedure), and will also seek information that may lead to arrest and conviction of the offender.

The Biola University Department of Campus Safety is responsible for preparing and issuing Alerts/Timely Warnings. Campus Safety Personnel will make the decision of whether to issue an Alert/Timely Warning on a case-by-case basis considering the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Information for Alerts/Timely Warnings may also come from other law enforcement agencies or other officers. Alerts/Timely Warnings will be issued to the campus community as soon as pertinent information about the crime is available. Alerts/Timely Warnings will be delivered by e-mail and will appear on the University Campus Safety Website.

Timely Warning Procedure

The Biola University Department of Campus Safety will prepare and issue an Alert/Timely Warning whenever a report is received of a crime that represents a serious or continuing threat to the safety of students, faculty and staff.

Campus Crime Alerts/Timely Warnings will be e-mailed to all students, faculty and staff and will be posted on the Department of Campus Safety’s Website. Alternative methods for distributing Campus Crime Alerts may include media releases, campus newspaper, and flyers posted in university buildings.

Whenever local authorities make the Campus Safety Department aware of an off-campus crime that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students, faculty and staff, the university will issue a Campus Crime Alert/Timely Warning.

Information included in Campus Crime Alerts/Warnings will include, at minimum:

  • A succinct description of the incident and type of crime, including location, date and time of occurrence
  • A physical description of the suspect, including gender and race
  • Composite drawing of the suspect, if available
  • Apparent connection to previous incidents, if applicable
  • Race of the victim, but only if there was an apparent bias motive
  • Sex of the victim, if relevant
  • Injury sustained by the victim
  • Date and time the campus alert was released
  • A notice to the campus community to exercise caution

Sex Offenders

Registered Sex offender information can be obtained at www.meganslaw.ca.gov.

Campus Law Enforcement

All records compiled and maintained by the Department of Campus Safety shall be considered law enforcement records and are governed by the California Government Code and United State Code. For more information, contact the Chief of Campus Safety. For questions about student records, please contact either Student Affairs or the Registrar's Office.