Clery Act and Mandatory Reporting

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. Miami University has designated student organization advisors as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) based on their significant responsibility for Student and Campus Activities. CSAs are identified in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report as individuals or organizations to which students and employees should report criminal offenses to if they do not wish to report them directly to the police.

Crimes to be reported include:

  • Criminal homicide (murder and non-negligent manslaughter & negligent manslaughter)
  • Sex offenses (rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape)
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Stalking
  • All hate crimes involving personal injury, theft, intimidation and destruction, damage, or vandalism of property
  • Arrest & referrals for liquor, drug, and weapons law violations

How to report a crime

If a person reveals to you that they have been a victim, witness or perpetrator of an incident that might involve a crime, (reportable or otherwise) please immediately contact the Miami University Police at 513-529-2222. Reporting a crime to police does not mean that charges must be filed; instead, it allows victims, witness or perpetrator to discuss with police options for handling an incident and helps police obtain accurate information for statistical reporting. You should provide all information that you know in regards to the incident, including names of anyone involved.

For more information regarding reporting including definitions and what information to report, visit the Miami Police Campus Security Authority page.

Responding to reporters

When someone reports that they have been the victim of a crime, there are a few things to keep in mind to help support them until they are able to access the information and services they need to recover from what has happened. It is best to remain calm as they are discussing with you what has happened. Do not make any judgments or ask why something did or did not happen. You should refrain from making any promises that you cannot keep. As soon as you are aware that something should be reported, you should let the reporter know the limits of confidentiality and your duty to report. If possible, you should explain your next steps for reporting and let them know that someone will be in contact with them following your report.

While working with victim/survivors, there are three messages that you can provide, to help them in their process of recovery:

  • “I believe you” - Victims/survivors should know that someone believes what they are saying. You do not need to know all the details or ask them for additional details to believe what they are telling you.
  • “It’s not your fault” - Victims/survivors of crimes, particularly sexual and interpersonal violence offenses, often blame themselves for what has happened. Similarly to the previous statement, this simple phrase indicates that they are not to blame for what has happened to them.
  • “Resources are available” - You should provide information regarding counseling, advocacy, and reporting to the reporter, if at all possible. If you are unable to provide this information directly, let them know that they are not alone and that there are many resources that they can access, should they desire to do so.

If you have any questions or concerns about reporting, process, resources, etc, please contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and/or the Clery Act Coordinator.