Clery Act

CLERY ACT

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act, is a federal law that requires institutions of higher education to have in place certain security and safety policies, and to disclose certain crime statistics.  These policies and statistics are published every year on October 1 in UW-Platteville’s Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety report. The Clery Act also identifies certain staff, faculty and students as “Campus Security Authorities” and requires that they forward reports of crimes to designated offices on campus.  The Clery Act was amended in 2013 to expand the list of crimes tracked and to broaden the rights and resources that victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking are entitled to.  The Clery Act also requires institutions with campus police or security departments to maintain a daily crime log in an effort to provide a more “real-time” snapshot of crime on campus. UW-Platteville's Crime Log is available at the University Police Department upon request.

On this website, you will find information about UW-Platteville's Clery program, including resources for and about our Campus Security Authorities, Clery Crime definitions, Clery geography, Crime Log information, selected Clery policies, reporting, and traveling with students. rights and resource information for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

The Clery Act was named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old student who was raped and murdered in her dorm room when she was a freshman at Lehigh University in 1986.

ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT & ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY REPORT

On October 1st of each year, the Annual Security Report & Annual Fire Safety Report is posted in accordance with the Jeanne Clery act.  An email is sent out campus wide advising that the report has been published and provides a direct link to the report.  The most current Annual Security Report & Annual Fire Safety Report can be found here:
Annual Security Report & Annual Fire Safety Report

CAMPUS SECURITY AUTHORITIES (CSA)

In this section you will find information about Campus Security Authorities (CSAs): who they are, what they do, how they report and general training information. Please click on the following links to learn more about CSAs. 

 
 
 
 

CAMPUS CRIME REPORTING FORM (CSA REPORTING)

Campus Crime Reporting

The Campus Crime Reporting Form is to be filled out when an incident or crime report is received, pursuant to Title IX, WI § 36.11(22)(c), and/or the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).The purpose of the Campus Crime Reporting Form  is to collect crime and referral statistics and to inform UW-Platteville of crimes so that UW-Platteville can follow-up with action when appropriate. Information gathered may also result in an investigation by the Dean of Students Office. Statistical information gathered may be reported in UW-Platteville's Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report.

Reminder: You DO NOT need to know all the answers to the questions. You are NOT expected to investigate further or ask people involved specific questions in order to fill out this form completely.

cLICK hERE TO REPORT A CRIME

For information regarding the Clery Act's Campus Security Authority reporting responsibilities, click here.

For information regarding Wisconsin's sexual assault reporting responsibilities for employees (WI § 36.11(22)(c)) click here.

For questions, call Sherry Nevins (Dean of Students) or Jason Williams (Sergeant, University Police).

TRAVEL RESOURCES

If you are traveling with students, you are designated by the Clery Act as a Campus Security Authority.  This means that if a crime is reported to you that occurred in certain location, you must forward a statistical report of that crime to the UW-Platteville Police Department.  Please take the following CSA trainings so that you are familiar with your responsibilities under the Clery Act:

    General CSA Training – this should take less than 30 minutes to complete   (Coming Soon)

Locations where students travel for more than one night for university-sponsored business or activities may be subject to Clery reporting requirements. If you are traveling with students and you or UW-Platteville has written agreement to control space that the students will be using, please fill out the Travel Registry form.  A written agreement can be anything from a formal contract, to a hotel reservation, to an email.

If you need to report a Clery crime while travelling with students, please call UW-Platteville Police at (608) 342-1584 and ask to speak to the Officer on-duty.

WHAT ARE THE CLERY CRIMES?

“Clery crimes” are the crimes that CSAs are required to report under the Clery Act. These are also the crimes that are required to be disclosed in the Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report, which is published every year on October 1.

Clery Crimes and their Definitions

General Crimes

  • Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter is the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
  • Negligent Manslaughter is the killing of another person through gross negligence.  (Does not include traffic fatalities.)
  • Robbery is the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
  • Aggravated Assault is an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
  • Burglary is the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft is the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
  • Arson is any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Sex Offenses

  •  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.
  • 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 or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
  • Incest: Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other wherein marriage is prohibited by law.   (WI prohibits sexual intercourse between parties near than 2nd cousins, but allows 1st cousin sexual intercourse if the woman is over 55 years or if one party has a letter from a physician confirming sterility.
  • Statutory Rape: Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under statutory age of consent. (Age of consent for intercourse in WI is 18)
    • Consent: Under WI law, consent is words or overt actions by a person who is competent to give informed consent indicating a freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact. The following persons are presumed incapable of consent but the presumption may be rebutted by competent evidence:
      • A person suffering from mental illness or defect which impairs capacity to appraise personal conduct.
      • A person who is unconscious or for any other reason physically unable to communicate an unwillingness to act.

Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking

  • Domestic Violence: is a felony or misdemeanor 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 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 occurred.
  • Dating Violence: is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. (Under WI law, dating violence is a form of domestic violence.
  • Stalking: is engaging in a course of conduct (2 or more acts) directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:
    • Fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or
    • Suffer substantial emotional distress.

Hate Crimes

  • A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias. Bias is a pre-formed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race, gender, religion, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin.
  • CSAs report the following crimes only if they occurred as a hate crime:
    • Larceny-Theft is the unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another.
      • Constructive possession is the condition in which a person does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing.
    • Simple Assault is an unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where 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.
    • Intimidation is to unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.
    • Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property is 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 it.

Unfounded Crimes

  • A crime is considered unfounded for Clery Act purposes only if sworn law enforcement personnel make a formal determination that the report is false or baseless.  Crime reports can be properly determined to be false only if the evidence from a complete and thorough investigation establishes that the crime reported was not, in fact, completed or attempted in any manner.  Crime reports can be determined to be baseless only if the allegations reported did not meet the elements of the offense or were improperly classified as crimes in the first place.

CLERY GEOGRAPHY

The Clery Act requires that we disclose Clery crimes based on where the crimes occur. These property designations are known as “Clery Geography.” The Clery Act has designated three geographic categories for reporting. Crimes that occur outside of the three geographic categories are not subject to the Clery Act annual reporting requirements or to community notification requirements.

Clery Act Geography Designations

  • On-Campus property: On campus refers to property that is owned or controlled by UW-Platteville and is within the same generally connected area. This includes academic and administrative buildings, unions, and athletic and event facilities. A subset of “on campus” is “on-campus residential housing.” This includes UW-Platteville residence halls.

  • Non-Campus property: This is property that is owned or controlled by UW-Platteville, is used in direct support of, or in relation to, UW-Platteville’s educational mission, is frequently used by students, and is not generally connected to main campus. This includes property owned or controlled by a registered student organization. Examples of non-campus property include the "M", property owned or controlled by registered student organizations such as fraternities or sororities, and the University Farm.

  • Public property: Public property includes thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks and parking facilities that are within campus or immediately next to or accessible to campus and on-campus property. The Department of Education uses a “sidewalk/street/sidewalk” rule to determine the boundary of public property.

SELECTED CLERY POLICIES

CRIME LOG

In accordance with the Federal law known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, the UW-Platteville Police Department maintains a Campus Crime Log, which contains information on alleged criminal incidents reported to UW-Platteville Police.  This crime log is available at the University Police Department, during normal business hours.

  • The Clery Act requires that the Log contain the following information with regard to each alleged incident:

  1. The nature of the crime

  2. The date the crime was reported to UW-Platteville Police

  3. The date and time the crime allegedly occurred

  4. The General Location of the crime; and

  5. The disposition of the complaint, If known. 

  • The UW-Platteville Police Department’s Crime Log also includes a column for case numbers, which is not required by law, but which aids in recording and tracking a crime report. 

 

 

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