The University of the South uses a variety of tools to share important safety information with the campus and broader community. The primary reason for these notices is so that we as a community can work together to keep everyone informed, healthy and safe. Sharing information elevates the community's awareness and our responsiveness.
The University's Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, and other federal laws. This report is prepared by a team representing various departments: Sewanee Police Department, Office for Risk Management and Institutional Effectiveness, Office of Institutional Research, Dean of Students Office, Office of General Counsel, and Office of Marketing and Communications. The report is available in the Vice-Chancellor and Provost Offices, the Sewanee Police Department, Office for Risk Management and Institutional Effectiveness, Human Resources, and Admission offices, or click here.
Note: The Clery Act, signed in 1990, was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act. The law is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. The backlash against unreported crimes on numerous campuses across the country led to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities, both public and private, participating in federal student aid programs to disclose campus safety information, and established basic requirements for handling incidents of sexual violence and emergency situations. Disclosures about crime statistics and summaries of security policies are published once a year in an Annual Security Report (ASR), and information about specific crimes and emergencies is made publicly available throughout the year.
Updated: November 2020