Clery Act Information

Overview


The Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Formerly known as The Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act) requires colleges and universities receiving federal funds to notify community members as to whom is considered a "campus security authority."

The U.S. Department of Education defines a campus security authority as:

  • A campus law enforcement unit.
  • 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.
  • Examples of campus security authorities include campus safety personnel, residence life personnel, faculty advisors, athletic or academic team coaches, directors, deans and department heads. Campus safety 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.
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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.

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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
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Annual Security and Fire Safety Report


Colleges and universities are required by law to publish an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report each year before October 1. These reports includes statistics for Biola’s campuses (La Mirada, New York, & Kyiv) for the previous three years concerning certain categories of reported crimes that occurred on campus, in other property owned or controlled by Biola University, and on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from each campus.

The fire safety portion of these reports include statistics for the previous three years concerning reported instances of fire in residence halls, the number of evacuation drills performed, and information about fire detection & suppression systems in each residence hall.

In addition, these reports give information about services provided by Campus Safety, emergency preparedness and procedures, and institutional policies concerning crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, missing resident students, emergency notifications, alcohol and drug use, and policies and procedures on sexual assault, domestic and dating violence and stalking.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for each campus can be downloaded from the following websites:

Printed copies of the reports can be requested from the Campus Safety Office by calling (562) 903-4877.

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Daily Crime and Fire Safety Log


The Campus Safety Daily Crime and Fire Safety Log is available for inspection online at https://www.biola.edu/campus-safety/crime-log or at the Campus Safety Administrative Office on a daily basis.

The Crime and Fire Safety Log includes all crimes reported to Campus Safety in the past 60 days, and all fires in Campus residence halls reported to Campus Safety in the past 60 days