Learn About the Clery Act
The Division of Public Safety encourages all present and prospective members of the Penn community to educate themselves about the various types of criminal incidents occurring in the Penn patrol zone*.
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Clery Act and the wealth of information available to you. For questions, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Public Safety, at 215-898-7515.
*The Division of Public Safety provides comprehensive safety, security and patrol services for all areas comprising the Penn patrol zone, which includes 30th Street to 43rd Street, on the east-west border, and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue, on the north-south border, in addition to patrols by the Philadelphia Police department.
The daily Clery crime log includes ALL alleged criminal incidents reported to and made known to the Division of Public Safety in the Penn patrol zone.
DPS maintains an electronic version of the crime log on our website and a printed copy is available for review at our headquarters, 4040 Chestnut Street.
Weekly summaries of crime statistics for both the Penn patrol zone and the Philadelphia Police Department’s 18th District (the geographic area in the city in which Penn is situated), is maintained by the Almanac, the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Record, Opinion and News.
Campus Security Authority (CSA)
A Campus Security Authority (CSA) is an individual who is an official of the institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including but not limited to:
- Penn Police Officers
- Allied Universal Security Officers
- Student Housing Staff
- Center for Community Standards and Accountability Staff
- Directors of Athletics and Team Coaches
- Faculty Advisor to a student group
- Academic Advisors
- Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Staff
- Physicians in Campus Health Center
- Dean of Students overseeing Student Housing, a Student Center or student extra-curricular activities
- College House Faculty & Staff in Residence
- Student Resident Advisor (RA) or a Graduate Resident Advisor (GRA)
- Campus Resource Center Staff
Under the Clery Act a crime is reported when a victim, witness, other third party or even the offender brings it to the attention of a CSA or local law enforcement personnel. It does not matter whether or not the individual/s involved in the crime or reporting the crime are associated with the institution. If a CSA receives the crime information and believes it was provided in good faith, he or she should document it as a crime report and provide this report to the Division of Public Safety, UPPD. In “good faith” means there is a reasonable basis for believing that the information is not simply rumor or hearsay. CSAs are not responsible for investigating crimes. Their role is to report all incidents immediately, no matter how minor an incident may seem. All investigations and crime classifications are the responsibility of sworn law enforcement personnel.
A training session for CSAs is conducted annually*; those who cannot attend live complete an online training module. All CSAs are provided a web link to a form to report crimes to the Division of Public Safety. All newly hired security officers receive CSA training as part of orientation, while all security officers receive annual CSA training.
There are two classifications of individuals who, although they have significant responsibilities for student and campus activities, are not considered CSAs under the Clery Act. They are pastoral counselors and professional counselors. A pastoral counselor is defined as a person who is associated with a religious order or denomination, is recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling and is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor. A professional counselor is defined as a person whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification. This definition also applies to professional counselors who are not employees of the institution but are under contract to provide counseling at the institution.
Although pastoral counselors and professional counselors do not have to report crimes that are brought to their attention while serving in an official capacity, they are encouraged to inform their client/s of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.
Definition of Clery Crimes
Definitions of Crimes Reportable under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act
The Clery Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent violence, substance abuse and other crimes in college and university campus communities across the United States, and to compassionately assist the victims of these crimes. visit CleryCenter.org
The “Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award” was established in 1994 by Howard & Connie Clery to honor schools and individuals that have done extraordinary things to make college and university students safer. Penn’s Division of Public Safety was the recipient of this award in 2003 for our innovative use of technology in designing and implementing the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera network, and for our campus and community patrols.