Posted Date: August 1, 2014

Author:  Lynn B. Mahaffie, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education

Subject: Fall 2014 Campus Safety and Security Survey Information Sent to Chief Executive Officers

Under section 485(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, otherwise known as the Clery Act, institutions must report crime and fire statistics for the prior three years to the U.S. Department of Education.  This reporting is completed through a Web-based system maintained by the Office of Postsecondary Education.

Each summer, prior to the start of the data collection period, we send a letter to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at each institution with an explanation of any changes to the survey, the collection dates for the survey, the name of the person who completed the reporting (the campus safety survey administrator or CSSA) at the institution the previous year, and a new ID and password for completing the survey.

This year, we additionally enclosed in the letter to CEOs a document showing the amendments made to the Clery Act by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA).  As you may know, we published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing regulatory language to implement these changes on June 20, 2014.  The comment period for the NPRM concluded on July 21, 2014.  We also included a copy of Dear Colleague Letter GEN-14-13, which provides guidance to institutions regarding their responsibilities to comply with the Clery Act, as amended by VAWA, before final regulations are effective.

In response to requests from your colleagues, we are sharing this Electronic Announcement to alert you that we recently sent this information to your institution’s CEO and contacted the CSSA that we have on file for your institution in advance of the start of this year’s data collection period.  This year’s data collection period is scheduled for August 20, 2014, to October 15, 2014.

This announcement is for your information only.  If you have questions about this survey, including who completed your institution’s survey last year, please contact our Help Desk by telephone at 1-800-435-5985 or by e-mail at campussafetyhelp@westat.com.

   

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