Clery Geography Overview

The Clery Act requires institutions to disclose Clery crime statistics based on where the crimes occur. These geographic categories of property designations are known as “Clery Geography.” The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to report certain crimes that occur (1) on campus, (2) on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus, and (3) in or on certain noncampus buildings or property that the institution owns or controls. Additionally, if an institution has multiple campuses, it must disclose statistics for each campus.

  • On-campus property is defined as:
    • Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls; and
    • Any building or property that is within reasonably or contiguous to the area identified in the above paragraph of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes.
  • Non-campus property is defined as:
    • Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or
    • Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
  • Public property is defined as:
    • All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
  • Separate Campus is defined as:
    • Buildings and property owned or controlled by the university that are not reasonably contiguous with the main campus, with an organized program of study, and at least one administrator on site.