Clery Report

What is the Clery Act?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, is a federal consumer protection law that requires all colleges and universities to provide transparent information about crime policies and statistics that occur on or near campus. 

Each year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) publishes an Annual Clery Report with three years worth of information, including crime statistics, security measures, the UMB Police Department's law enforcement authority, where students should go to report crimes, crime prevention programs, and resources for students and employees. This report is published by October 1 and is sent to all members of the UMB community by email as a letter from the Chief. Prospective students can view the report online or get a hard copy from Pine Street Police Station, located at 214 N. Pine St.

UMB policies for students and prospective students regarding campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and more can be found here. The employee handbook can be found here

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What is a Clery Crime?

The Clery Act requires reporting for the following crimes:

Criminal Offenses 

  • Criminal homicide (murder and non-negligent murder, manslaughter by negligence)
  • Sexual assault (rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape)
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 

  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Stalking

Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action 

  • Weapons law violations
  • Drug abuse violations
  • Liquor law violations

Hate Crimes  

Any of the above mentioned offenses, and any incidents of:

  • Larceny-theft
  • Simple assault
  • Intimidation
  • Destruction/damage/vandalism of property

Clery Crime Definitions 

Criminal Offenses

  • Aggravated assault: An unlawful attack by one person on another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault is typically accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. This excludes simple assault.
  • Arson: Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn a house/dwelling, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc. (with or without intent to defraud). Only fires determined through investigation to have been willfully or maliciously set are classified as arson.
  • Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft; includes forcible entry.
  • Manslaughter by negligence: The killing of another person through gross negligence.
  • Motor vehicle theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle, which is defined as self-propelled and does not run on rails. Motorboats, construction equipment, airplanes, and farming equipment are specifically excluded from this category.
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another. 
  • Robbery: The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force, threat of force, violence, and/or putting the victim in fear.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

  • Dating violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
  • Domestic violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred; or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.
  • Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age and/or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
  • Incest: Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
  • Rape: The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
  • Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (a) fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or (b) suffer substantial emotional distress. Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about, a person, or interferes with a person’s property.
  • Statutory rape: Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action

  • Drug abuse violations: Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine), marijuana, synthetic narcotics (Demerol, methadone) and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).
  • Liquor law violations: The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing , etc., of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; underage possession; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included.
  • Weapons law violations: The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; undocumented persons possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Hate Crimes

A hate crime is a criminal offense that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim.

Although there are many possible categories of bias, under the Clery Act, the eight categories that are required to be reported as hate crimes include race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, and disability.

The Clery Act requires institutions collect crime statistics for hate crimes associated with either the commission of a primary crime or the lesser offenses of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, destruction of or vandalism of a building or property. The aforementioned lesser offenses are included in Clery Act statistics only if they are hate crimes.

  • Intimidation: To unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to an actual attack. This includes cyber-intimidation if the victim is threatened on Clery geography.
  • Destruction/damage/vandalism of property: 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 the property.
  • Larceny-theft: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another.
  • Simple assault: An unlawful physical attack by one person on another when neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.

What is Clery Geography?

The Clery Act requires reporting for crimes in the following areas:

On Campus 

  • On campus property (any building or property owned or controlled by the University)
  • On campus residential life buildings

Not On Campus 

  • Non-campus property (non-campus property or buildings owned or controlled by the University that is frequently used by students; property or buildings owned by a student organization and officially recognized by the University)
  • Public property (public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus, including sidewalks and streets)

What is a Campus Security Authority (CSA)?

A campus security authority (CSA) includes UMB Police and Public Safety police officers and security officers, as well as any UMB official with a significant responsibility for student and campus activities. The Clery Coordinator identifies and notifies UMB officials who are CSAs and provides them with CSA training.

By law, CSAs are required to report Clery crimes that are disclosed to them using the Clery Incident Report Form.* However, the victim or witness can remain anonymous in these reports. 

Reporting a Clery crime ensures accurate crime statistics, crime awareness, and campus safety. This data is used to increase public safety, not to identify the victim if they wish to remain anonymous. 

*Certain individuals, specifically pastoral and professional counselors, are exempted from the requirement to report certain crimes. However, the counselor must be acting in their official role when the offense is disclosed in order for it to be exempted.

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