Clery Act

 

The Clery Act at Collin College

What is the Clery Act?


The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) (Clery Act) is a federal law which requires all colleges and universities that receive federal funding to disclose information about crimes that occur on and near their campuses. Additionally, the Clery Act requires colleges and universities to publish an Annual Security Report (ASR) informing their communities of campus safety policies and procedures, crime prevention efforts, and campus crime statistics. Colleges and universities that have on-campus student housing are also required to publish an Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) informing their communities of fire safety policies and procedures and fire statistics.

 

Click here to read more about the Clery Act and its requirements.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports


Collin College prepares and publishes the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) by October 1 each year in order to comply with the Clery Act. Included in the ASFSR are the campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics (i.e., campus crime statistics) for the previous three (3) calendar years, which include incidents reported to the Collin College Police Department, designated campus security authorities (CSAs), and local law enforcement agencies.

 

Click here to view Collin College's ASFSRs.

Campus Security Authorities


A campus security authority (CSA) is a Collin College employee who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities.Collin College students and employees are encouraged to report crimes to a CSA for the purpose of making emergency notifications and timely warning reports as well as inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

 

At Collin College, CSAs include the following employees:

 

1. All Collin College Police Department officers, sergeants, lieutenants, and the chief of police;
2. The dean of students, associate dean of Title IX compliance, associate deans of students, and student conduct officers;
3. The chief student success officer, vice president of student and enrollment services, deans of student and enrollment services, and associate deans of student and enrollment services;
4. All campus vice president/provosts;
5. All academic/workforce deans, associate deans, and program directors;
6. All evening and weekend administrators;
7. The director of student housing operations and all resident life staff;
8. All athletics directors and associate athletics directors;
9. All athletics coaches, assistant coaches, volunteer coaches, and trainers;
10. All student organization advisors; and
11. Any other employees who have a significant responsibility for student and campus activities (e.g., student travel responsible parties).

 

CSAs are not obligated to investigate allegations of Clery Act crimes that are reported to them, but they are required by law to report such crimes to the Collin College Police Department. When a Clery Act crime is reported to a CSA, the CSA must complete the Campus Security Authority (CSA) Crime Reporting Form online.

 

CSAs: Click here for the Campus Security Authority (CSA) Crime Reporting Form.

 

Campus “pastoral counselors” and “professional counselors,” when acting as such, are not considered to be a CSA, and are not required to report crimes for inclusion in the annual disclosure of campus crime statistics. However, they are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of campus crime statistics. Collin College does not currently employ any pastoral counselors. Collin College's licensed professional counselors are informed of the procedures to report crimes during various training sessions throughout each academic calendar year.

What is the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA)?


The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (DFSCA) requires institutions of higher education to establish programs that address unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs, and foster safe and drug-free learning environments which promote academic achievement.

 

Click here to learn more about Collin College's compliance with the DFSCA.

Reporting a Crime or Emergency


To report a crime or emergency on any Collin College campus, dial extension 5555 from any Collin College phone or dial 972.578.5555 from any phone outside the college system (e.g., personal cell phone).

 

In a medical emergency, dial 911, and then dial extension 5555 or 972.578.5555.

 

Collin College Police Department officers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to answer calls. If assistance is required from another police department, Collin College Police Department officers will contact the appropriate agency.

 

Collin College is required to collect and disclose statistics regarding the occurrence of Clery Act crimes that are reported to the Collin College Police Department, campus security authorities (CSAs), and local law enforcement agencies. Additionally, Collin College has a responsibility to notify the campus community about any crimes which pose an ongoing threat. Therefore, it is extremely important that all crimes be promptly reported to the Collin College Police Department.

 

Click here for definitions of Clery Act, VAWA, and Hate Crimes.

Emergency Notifications


In compliance with the Clery Act, Collin College is committed to ensuring its community receives timely, accurate, and useful information in the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on campus or in the local area that poses an immediate threat to the health and safety of Collin College students, faculty, and/or staff. Collin College will immediately notify the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, faculty, and/or staff occurring on campus. An “immediate threat” includes an imminent or impending threat, significant emergency, or dangerous situation (e.g., approaching tornado or other extreme weather condition, armed intruder, bomb threat, chemical or hazardous waste spill, explosion, fire, gas leak, outbreak of a serious illness). The intent of emergency notifications is to provide information that may enable members of the Coliln College community to prepare for the emergency (if possible) and protect themselves.

 

Click here to view Collin College's current ASFSR which contains additional information about emergency notifications.

 

CougarAlert is Collin College’s official emergency notification system, providing critical information to the entire Collin College community via text message, phone message, and/or email.

 

Click here for more information on CougarAlert.

 

Anyone with information warranting an emergency notification should immediately report the circumstances to the Collin College Police Department by phone at 972.578.5555 or in person at any campus Collin College Police Department office location.

 

Click here for more information on the Collin College Police Department.

Timely Warning Notices


In compliance with the Clery Act, in the event a Clery Act crime occurs within Collin College’s Clery Act geography that, in the judgment of the Collin College Police Department, constitutes a serious or continuing threat to members of the Collin College community, a timely warning notice will be issued. The purpose of a timely warning notice is to notify the Collin College community of the Clery Act crime and provide information that may enable Collin College students, faculty, and staff to better protect themselves.

 

When issuing a timely warning notice, some specific information may be withheld if there is a possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts to investigate and/or solve the crime. Additionally, when issuing a timely warning notice, Collin College will not include personally identifying information about victims, including, but not limited to, victims’ names, which will be kept confidential.

 

Timely warning notices, including official updates to and discontinuance of timely warning notices, will always be sent through CougarAlert and posted on the Collin College Police Department’s webpage.

 

Click here for more information on CougarAlert.

 

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning notice should immediately report the circumstances to the Collin College Police Department by phone at 972.578.5555 or in person at any campus Collin College Police Department office location.

 

Click here for more information on the Collin College Police Department.

Missing Student Contact Information


Collin College students residing in Collin College Student Housing located on the Plano Campus at 5800 Jupiter Road, Plano, Texas, 75074, may register one (1) or more individuals to be a missing person contact(s). If the student resident is determined to be missing by the Collin College Police Department or a local law enforcement agency, the student resident’s missing person contact(s) will be notified by Collin College within 24 hours of the determination.

 

Student residents’ missing person contact information will be registered confidentially and accessible only to authorized Collin College officials. Additionally, this contact information will not be disclosed, except to law enforcement personnel who are authorized to access it during a missing person investigation.

 

Student residents who choose to register one (1) or more individuals to be a missing person contact(s) must complete the Missing Student Contact Information Form.

 

Student Residents: Click here for the Missing Student Contact Information Form.


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