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The Jeanne Clery Annual Disclosure ReportPhoto of Jeanne Clery

History of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crimes Statistics Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.

Because the law is tied to participation in federal student financial aid programs it applies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. It is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.

The "Clery Act" is named in memory of 19 year old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Clery who was raped and murdered while asleep in her residence hall room on April 5, 1986.

Jeanne's parents, Connie and Howard, discovered that students hadn't been told about 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the "Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990."

The law was amended in 1992 to add a requirement that schools afford the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights, and was amended again in 1998 to expand the reporting requirements. The 1998 amendments also formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.

The law was most recently amended in 2000 to require schools beginning in 2003 to notify the campus community about where public "Megan's Law" information about registered sex offenders on campus could be obtained.

Annual Security Report

This report includes statistic for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by College of the Canyons; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters.

Sex Offender Registration

In accordance to the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Campus Safety Department is providing a link to the State of California Sex Offender Registry. This act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. In the state of California, convicted sex offenders must register with the local law enforcement agency.

Reporting of Crimes

BP3515 Reporting of Crimes

Education Code Section 67380

The CEO shall assure that, as required by law, reports are prepared of all occurrences reported to Campus Safety of and arrests for crimes committed on campus that involve violence, hate violence, theft or destruction of property, illegal drugs, or alcohol intoxication. The CEO shall further assure that required reports of non-criminal acts of hate violence are prepared. Such reports shall be made available as required by law.

AP3515 Reporting of Crimes

References: Education Code Sections 212 and 87014 Penal Code Section 245; Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998; 20 United States Code Section 1232g; 34 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 99.31(a)(13), (14) and 668.46; Campus Security Act of 1990

Members of College of the Canyons who are witnesses or victims of a crime should immediately report the crime to Campus Safety.

In the event an employee is assaulted, attacked or menaced by a student, or any other person, the employee shall notify his/her supervisor as soon as practical after the incident. The supervisor of any employee who is attacked, assaulted or menaced shall assist the employee to promptly report the attack or assault to the Campus Safety and the Dean of Students. The supervisor himself / herself shall make the report if the employee is unable or unwilling to do so. Reporting a complaint to local law enforcement will not relieve the District of its obligation to investigate all complaints of harassment.

To Report a Crime:

  • Contact Campus Safety Valencia (661) 362-3229; or Main Campus phone number (661) 259-7800
  • Contact Campus Safety Canyon Country (661) 362-3977; or Main phone number Canyon Country (661) 362-3801

Emergency Contact to the switchboard can be completed by dialing 7 from any classroom phone (Valencia); and 77 from any phone in Canyon Country. Any suspicious activity or person seen in the parking lots or loitering around vehicles or inside buildings should be reported to Campus Safety.

In addition you may report a crime to the following areas:

Vice President, Student Services
(661) 362-3292

Student Health and Wellness
(661) 362-3259

Human Resources
(661) 362-3427

Dean of Students
(661) 362-3260


While the reporting disclosure of the act of violence itself is mandated, a victim's identity, or the identity of a third party, may not be disclosed to local law enforcement unless the victim, or third party witness, consents to being identified after being informed of his or her right to have identifying information withheld. If a victim does not consent to disclosing his or her identity, the alleged perpetrator's identity may not be disclosed either.

Victims Rights

Campus Safety, or others who receive such complaints (for example, Human Resources, Student Health, and the Dean of Students), shall notify students and employees complaining of sexual violence of their right to file a sexual discrimination complaint with the District in addition to filing a criminal complaint, and to report incidents of sexual violence to Human Resources, or the Dean of Students if the complainant consents.

Warnings to the Campus Community

The District shall publish warnings to the campus community about the following crimes:

  • Criminal homicide - murder and non-negligent manslaughter
  • Criminal homicide - negligent manslaughter
  • Sex offenses - forcible and non-forcible sex offenses
  • Domestic Violence, dating violence and stalking
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arrests for liquor law violations, drug law violations, and illegal weapons possession
  • Persons who were not arrested for liquor law violations, drug law violations, and illegal weapons possession, but who were referred for campus disciplinary action for
    same crimes that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability and involve larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, destruction/damage/vandalism of property, or any other crime involving bodily injury
  • Those reported to Campus Safety
  • Those that are considered to represent a continuing threat to other students and employees
  1. In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of Campus Safety, the Dean of Students, or the Incident Commander constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued through the college emergency notification system (ENS) and/or college e-mail system to students, faculty, and staff. The information shall be disseminated by the Public Information Officer (PIO), or Incident Command in a manner that aids the prevention of similar crimes.
  2. Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the PIO or Incident Commander may also post a notice in social media, and on the web site; providing the community with more immediate notification. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to Campus Safety, by phone (661) 259-7800 or in person at either the Switchboard or Campus Safety (X8) - Valencia Campus; or Campus Safety (661) 362-3977; or Switchboard (661) 362-3801, Canyon Country.
  3. The District shall not be required to provide a timely warning with respect to crimes reported to a pastoral or professional counselor.
  4. If there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus, the District shall follow its emergency notification procedures.

Agreement with Local Law Enforcement

The District shall enter into written agreements with local law enforcement agencies that clarify operational responsibilities for investigations of Part 1 violent crimes occurring within the District, including designating which law enforcement agency has operational responsibility for the investigation of each Part 1 violent crime and establishing the geographical boundaries of each agency's jurisdiction.

Statistical Reporting

The District shall annually collect and distribute statistics concerns crimes on campus. All college staff with significant responsibility for student and campus activities shall report crimes about which they receive information. The District shall publish an Annual Security Report every year by October 1 that contains statistics regarding crimes committed on campus and at affiliated locations for the previous three years. The Annual Security Report shall also include policies pertaining to campus security, alcohol, and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, victims' assistance program, student discipline, campus resources and other matters. In the cases of multiple crimes committed during the same incident, the District will report all of the crimes in its statistics. In the case of stalking the District will report a crime statistic for each and every year in which the conduct is reported and records each report of stalking as occurring only at the first location within the institution's Clery geography in which a perpetrator engaged in the stalking course of conduct or a victim first became aware of the stalking. The District shall make the report available to all current students and employees. The District will also provide perspective students and employees with a copy of the Annual Security Report upon request. A copy of the Annual Security Report can be obtained by contacting Campus Safety, in building X8, or phone (661) 362-3229; or at the website, search Campus Safety page, go to Cleary Disclosures tab. The District does not allow victims or witnesses to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

The District will disclose the final results of disciplinary proceeding to a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, regardless of the outcome. The District may also disclose to anyone, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding in which it concludes that a student violated District policy with respect to a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense. The offenses that apply to this permissible disclosure are:

  • Arson
  • Assault offenses
  • Burglary
  • Criminal homicide - manslaughter by negligence
  • Criminal homicide - manslaughter and non-negligent manslaughter
  • Destruction, damage, or vandalism or property
  • Kidnapping or abduction
  • Robbery
  • Forcible sex offenses

The disclosure will only include the final result of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to the alleged criminal offense. The District shall not disclose the name of any other student, including a victim or witness, unless the victim or witness has waived his/her right to confidentiality.

  • Vice President of Student Services - (661) 362-3498 (CHCS-202)
  • Dean of Student Services - (661) 362-3260 (CHCS-207)
  • Director, Counseling - (661) 362-3287 (CHCS-126)
  • Director, Student Health Center - (661) 362-3259 (S-122)
  • Director, Human Resources - (661) 362-3427 (UCEN-355)
  • Director, Campus Safety - (661) 362-3516 (X-8)

Voluntary Confidential Reporting Procedures

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the Campus or Criminal Justice Systems, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Director of Campus Safety can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, College of the Canyons can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents occurring on campus properties. In addition this will determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

Counselors with Confidential Reporting Procedures (Psychological Counseling)

Campus Professional Counselors, when acting as such, are not considered campus security authorities and are not required to report crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics. As a matter of policy, they are encouraged; if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into the annual crime statistics.

Counselors without Confidential Reporting Procedures (Counseling Department)

All reports will be investigated. College of the Canyons does have procedures for voluntary, confidential reporting of crime statistics. Violations of the law will be referred to campus safety and, when appropriate, to the Dean of Student Services or local law enforcement agency. When a potentially dangerous threat to the campus community arises, timely reports or warnings will be issued through email announcements, posted flyers, in-class announcements, and other appropriate means.

Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of College of the Canyons officials, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide timely warning will be issued to staff and students.. The warning will be issued through the college email system, voice mail system, text message alert system,Campus Safety Website,campus marquee's, boards and to instructors computers located inside the classrooms. Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the college may also post a notice on the campus marquee's and electronic bulletin boards providing the college community with more immediate notification. In addition our Public Information Office works closely with the local media outlets to disseminate information and alert the community to any potential threats. College of the Canyons has in place an Incident Command Team that responds to campus wide emergencies as well. They may be dispersed to assist in the notification of Timely Warnings. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Campus Safety office, by phone (661) 362-3229, or in person at the Campus Safety office located in X-8.

Campus Security and Access

Reference: 34 Code of Federal Regulations Part 668.46(b)(3) During business hours, the district will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours, access to all college facilities is by key, if issued, or by admittance via the Campus Safety office. For periods of extended closing, the college will admit only those with prior approval to all facilities. Some facilities may have individual hours, which may vary at different times of year. (For example, the Library and Fitness Center). In these cases, the facilities will be secured according to the schedules developed by the department responsible for the facility. Emergencies may necessitate changes or alteration to any posted schedules. Areas that are revealed as problematic will be surveyed by Campus Safety, Administrators from the Deans office, Physical Plant, Campus Life & Student Engagement and other concerned areas. These surveys examine security issues such as landscaping, locks, alarms, lighting, and communications. Additionally, during the academic year, the Directors of Facilities, Campus Life & Student Engagement, Maintenance and Campus Safety meet to discuss issues of pressing concern.

Campus Safety Authority & Jurisdiction

Campus Safety has the authority to make a citizens arrest in any illegal act(s) on campus. If minor offenses involving campus rules and regulations are committed by a college student, Campus Safety may also refer the individual to the disciplinary division of Student Services. Major offenses such as rape, murder, aggravated assault, robbery, arson and auto theft are reported to the local police and joint investigative efforts are made to solve these serious, felony crimes. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted at the Santa Clarita Court House 23747 Valencia Blvd. Campus Safety Officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at College of the Canyons. Campus safety officers have the authority to issue parking tickets. Criminal incidents are referred to the local police who have jurisdiction on the campus. The Campus Safety office maintains a highly professional, working relationship all local state and federal agencies.. 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 on campus and timely disclosure of criminal statistics. The Annual Disclosure is prepared through the office of the Director of Campus Safety.

Security Awareness Programs

College of the Canyons online orientation for students informs them of services offered by the offices of Campus Safety and Health Center. Crime Prevention Programs and Sexual Assault Prevention Programs are offered on a continual basis. Semi annually, Campus Safety in cooperation with the Health Center, present crime prevention awareness sessions on sexual assault, Rohypnol abuse, theft, and vandalism, as well as educational sessions on personal safety. A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. To enhance personal safety, especially after an evening class, walk with friends or someone from class that you know well, or call for a Campus Escort at (661) 259-7800. All of the workshops we provide are FREE and always open to staff, students, and community. In addition we will vary and tailor the workshops to reflect the changing needs of the campus community. Here are some of the workshops/programs we provide;

Campus Escort Service - Valencia and Canyon Country campuses

Trained, uniformed students provide FREE rides to and from and around campuses, Monday Thursday from 6:30 10:30pm. They also walk through buildings to introduce themselves to the campus community while providing an extra set of eyes and ears for the Safety Department.

Personal Safety/Self Defense - This workshop is presented in a three part series. Our first class covers all aspects of personal safety at work, home, in your car or out and about.

The second session participants are taught basic self defense techniques.

On the third session we review the learned techniques and participants are encouraged to practice in our safe environment with our foam suited instructors. This workshop builds self esteem and empowers, supports participants of all ages.

What is the GIRLFRIENDS CLUB Commitment!

If you are a woman and value the gift of girlfriends then we hope this club commitment provides valuable tips and information for you. As women we tend to put ourselves on the back burner for many reasons. Our children, husbands, housework, and jobs take precedence over ourselves and our friendships. Its all about being there for each other and having fun too! What is the Girlfriends Club Commitment About? It's about having a safe Girlfriends Night Out. It is a promise to look out for one another at all times. Here are a few tips on how to accomplish this:

  • We promise to leave together at the end of the night. No one goes off alone anywhere or with anyone tonight.
  • We watch each others drinks. We do not take beverages including alcohol from someone we do not know well and trust.
  • At a bar or club we accept drinks only from the bartender or server.
  • At parties we do not accept open containers drinks from anyone.
  • We will be alert to the behavior of our girlfriends. Anyone appearing unreasonable in relation to the amount of alcohol they have consumed may be in danger.
  • We will share this information with friends and talk about ways to look out for each other when we are at parties and social events.
  • If any of our friends believe they have consumed a sedative-like substance, we shall drive them to a hospital emergency room or call 911 for an ambulance. We will try to keep a sample of the beverage for analysis.
  • If there are any disagreements we will talk about them together the next morning when we are still sober and safe.
  • We are committed to ourselves, girlfriends and our families that we will stay safe and survive.

Earthquake Preparation for Home, Work and in Your Vehicle - Addresses the need to make sure your home is prepared so if you're at work or school you will have peace of mind about you home and family. Provides supply list for all and how to make and conduct a table top emergency exercise for your home. Addresses the structure of the campuses Incident Command Teams.

How to Organize Your Department and Co-workers for Disaster Planning - This workshop will help you get started in putting together the basic plan for disaster planning in your work environment. Handouts for workbooks will be provided.

Assisting with Fire Suppression
- Hands on training using a fire extinguisher and assisting with fire suppression.

New Staff and Faculty Orientation
- Presentation on our department and the services we provide.

BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) Workshops - This workshops provides information to staff and faculty on how the team works and the services provided.

Rideshare Program - In cooperation with the state of California Air Quality Management Program we offer events, commute information and rewards for all campus staff that rideshare in some capacity.

Office Safety Workshops - Our department will visit a office at the request of the Manager to assist in evaluating their work area/security concerns and develop a plan that works best for their work environment.

AP 5510 Off-Campus Student Organizations

Reference: 34 Code of Federal Regulations Section 668.46(b) (7) When a student is involved in an off-campus offense, Campus Safety may assist with the investigation in cooperation with local, state, or federal law enforcement for informational purposes only. Santa Clarita Sheriffs routinely work and communicate with campus officers on any serious incidents occurring on campus or in the immediate neighborhood and business areas surrounding the campus. Campus Safety does not provide law enforcement service to off-campus organizations nor are activities off campus recognized by District authority.

Alcoholic Beverages

The possession, use, sale, or furnishing of alcohol on campus is governed by COC Alcohol Policy and California State Law. Laws regarding the possession, sale, consumption or furnishing of alcohol is controlled by the California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC). However, the enforcement of alcohol laws on campus is the primary responsibility of the COC Campus Safety Department. The COC campus has been designated drug free and only under certain circumstances is the consumption of alcohol permitted. The possession, sale, manufacture, or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the COC Campus Safety Department. Violators are subject to disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine, and imprisonment. It is unlawful to sell, furnish, or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age in a public place or a place open to the public is illegal. It is also a violation of the COC Alcohol Policy for anyone to consume or possess alcohol in any public or private area of campus without prior Campus approval. Organizations or groups violating alcohol/substance policies or laws may be subject to sanctions by College of the Canyons.

Substance Abuse Education

Prevention Programs The College has developed a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The program provides services related to drug use and abuse including dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals, and college disciplinary actions. The College of the Canyons Health Center provides an overall coordination of the Drug-Free School Program. However, many services are the responsibility of other areas of the institution. These include:

  • Alcohol and Drug Education: Health Center, Employee Assistance Program, College Health Class
  • Counseling Services, Cougar Mentors, Counselors, College Nurse, and Employee Assistance Program
  • Referral Services, Cougar Mentors, Counselors, College Nurse, Employee Assistance Program
  • College Disciplinary Actions: Faculty/Student Judicial Review Committee, Dean of Student Services, Vice President of Student Services

Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

Campus Safety prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. This report is prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies and the office of Students Services. Each entity provides updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act. Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to college campus safety department, designated campus officials (including, but not limited to directors, deans, department heads, advisors to students/student organizations, athletic coaches, and local law enforcement). These statistics may also include crimes that have occurred in private residences or businesses and is not required by law. California Law (Penal Code 11160) requires prompt, mandatory reporting to the local law enforcement agency by health care practitioners (such as those at the Student Health Center) when they provide medical services to a person they know or reasonably suspect is suffering from wounds inflicted by a firearm or is a result of assault or abusive conduct. Copies of the report may also be obtained from the Campus Safety office located in X-8 or by calling (661) 362-3229. A partial version of this report is located in the class schedule. This report includes statistic for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by College of the Canyons. Please contact the Campus Safety office if you would like a copy of this report mailed to you.