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Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

The Clery Act includes the following general substantive requirements:

Compilations and Disclosure of Campus Crime Statistics
The Act requires the collection and reporting of annual crime statistics reflecting reports of specified crimes that occur on, and adjacent to, a university campus and certain properties associated with the campus. This statistical compilation must be broken down by specified types of crimes and campus disciplinary referrals, and must indicate if a specified crime is a hate crime, which must be reported by category of prejudice.Campuses must also provide a geographic breakdown of the crime statistics reported according to the following defined geographic areas: “on campus” (including a further breakdown of the number of crimes that occurred in campus student residential facilities), “in or on a non-campus building or property,” and “on public property.”

Disclosure of Campus Safety Policies
The Annual Security Report prepared by a campus, in addition to providing required crime statistics, must describe specified campus policies concerning reporting criminal activity or other emergencies occurring on campus; policies concerning the security of, maintenance of, and access to campus facilities; campus law enforcement policies regarding the authority of campus law enforcement units and the facilitation of crime reporting; a description of the type and frequency of campus programs to inform students and employees about campus security procedures, security precautions, and the prevention of crimes; statement of policy concerning the monitoring and recording through local police agencies of off-campus criminal activity by students; statement of alcohol and drug policies including education programs; statement of policy concerning campus programs to prevent sexual assaults and procedures to be followed when such an assault occurs; and a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. All of this information can be found in the McNally Smith College of Music Safety Manual (download below).

Timely Warning Requirements
The campus is required to report to the campus community those crimes considered to represent a threat to students and/or employees “in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes.”

McNally Smith College of Music employees have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at the college. Individuals without lawful business at the college may be asked to leave. Employees do not possess arrest power. Criminal incidents are referred to the local police who have jurisdiction on the campus. The Safety Office at the college maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Saint Paul Police Department. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to the campus Safety Office and the appropriate police agency. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices and timely disclosure of crime statistics. An electronic copy of the campus crime log may be requested from the Safety Office. In addition, hardcopies of the Annual Security Report (found in the Safety Manual) may be also be requested from the Safety Office.

Light Rail Safety

The Light Rail Transit green line runs from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St Paul and includes a stop at the corner of the McNally Smith College campus. Safety on and around the tracks should be observed. The LRT safety presentation below is provided by the Metropolitan Council.

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