Clery Act – Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act

Appalachian State University makes every effort to provide a safe learning, living, and working environment for its campus community. The Appalachian Police Department is staffed by sworn peace officers with full law enforcement authority as well as an array of safety, education and counselling programs.

The Jeanne Clery Act is a Federal Statute designed for consumer protection. It was passed in 1990 and is a part of the Higher Education Act. The law requires all colleges and universities who receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and their efforts to improve campus safety, as well as inform the public of crime in or around campus. This information is made publicly accessible through the university's annual security report.

The law is named after Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University student who was raped and murdered in her campus hall of residence in 1986. Her murder triggered a backlash against unreported crime on campuses across the country.

By Oct. 1 of each year, institutions must publish and distribute their Annual Campus Security Report to current and prospective students and employees. This report is required to provide crime statistics for the prior three years, policy statements regarding various safety and security measures, campus crime prevention program descriptions, and procedures to be followed in the investigation and prosecution of alleged sex offenses.

Campus Security and Fire Safety Annual Report

Clery Act quick guide

A list of Clery Act reportable crimes and vocabulary. Learn more

Clery Act support

A collection of information and related links. Learn more

Clery Act geography

Definitions of campus and non-campus areas as related to the Clery Act at Appalachian. Learn more

Compliance coordinator

Bill McGowan
Appalachian State University Clery Act Compliance Coordinator

Appalachian Police Department
Appalachian State University
PO Box 32113
461 Rivers Street
Boone NC 28608
828-262-8111
mcgowanwj1@appstate.edu

Campus Security Authorities (CSA)

A CSA is any institutional employee with significant responsibility for student and campus activities or building relationships with students. Campus Security Authorities include, but not limited to, Appalachian Police, Appalachian security officers, dean of students' office employees, residential life staff, advisors to include RDs and RAs, faculty advisors to clubs and student organizations, human resources, general counsel office, the athletic director and team coaches. Additional examples can be found in the Department of Education's handbook. Presidents and senior officials can also be CSAs. Learn more

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program

Appalachian offers drug and alcohol educational and counseling services through the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, University Housing and the Appalachian Police. The Alcohol and Drug Assistance Program at the Wellness Center offers a variety of prevention education services and individual and group substance abuse assessment and counseling services to employees. Learn more