The Clery Crime Statistics are reported using the definitions outlined by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. These statistics represent a compilation of crime statistics from numerous Campus Security Authorities (CSAs), not just the Police Department. If you are a CSA and have a crime to report, please use our online reporting form.
The “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” (20 USC §1092(f)) is a federal law originally known as the Campus Security Act. It requires colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to disclose information about crime on/around their campuses.
The Clery Act is named after Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman, who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. Her parents said if they had known about the crime on campus, they never would have allowed their daughter to attend that college. In response to this tragic incident, the Clery Act was established.
The Clery Act has undergone many changes since it was signed into law in 1990. Some of these changes included additional requirements about the rights of sexual assault victims, sex offender notifications, emergency response and protection for whistleblowers.
Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are people who are responsible for:
- Accurately reporting crime information to the correct people in a timely manner
- Supporting the individual sharing their experiences with you and providing them with options and resources
CSAs are not responsible for determining if a crime took place, finding and/or apprehending the alleged perpetrator, or convincing the victim to contact law enforcement.
CSAs are a critical first step in a process that was designed to support victims and protect the larger campus community.
In accordance with the Clery Act, MD Anderson has identified the following groups of individuals as CSAs:
- The University of Texas Police at Houston (all of UTP-H)
- Non-police staff responsible for monitoring university property or entrances (guards)
- Dean, Program Directors, and the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
Faculty are also required to report Clery-related crimes to CSAs if they:
- Supervise student employees, internships, etc.
- Travel with students (domestically or abroad)
- Serve as an academic advisor
- Advise a student organization
By October 1 of every year, MD Anderson distributes to all enrolled students and current employees its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report contains important information about campus security and personal safety, including:
- crime prevention;
- campus law enforcement authority;
- crime reporting guidelines;
- disciplinary procedures; and
- other matters related to security and safety on MD Anderson’s campus.
The report also contains statistics related to reports of certain criminal offenses defined under the Clery Act for the previous three calendar years. The offenses include crimes that allegedly occurred on campus; on non-campus property owned or controlled by the institution; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
Paper copies of the report are available upon request. Please contact Brandon Hernandez, Associate Director, Academic & Student Affairs, School of Health Professions, at 713-794-5036; Bhernandez2@MDAnderson.org.
Crimes that occur on schools grounds and within school-owned or controlled buildings qualify for reporting under the Clery Act. It is important to note that this includes more than just main campus – we own buildings throughout Houston and Texas. The reporting rules apply to faculty and other employees when they are traveling when they travel with students on overnight, out of town trips that are funded by MD Anderson, such as conferences. We are also required to record crimes at certain non-campus facilities, which includes public property adjacent to the institution. Crimes occurring within the boundaries of our campus map must be reported under the Clery Act.
There are seven major categories of crimes that are always reported:
- Criminal Homicide
- Sex Offenses
- Aggravated Assault
- Burglary (with some conditions)
- Motor Vehicle Theft
In addition, if you believe one of the following crimes was committed, even in part, because of bias against the person’s race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity or national origin, then it is considered a “hate crime” and must also be reported:
- Simple Assault
- Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property
We are also required to report the following crimes, even if the victim does not consider himself or herself to be a victim:
- Domestic violence
- Dating violence
We are also required to report referrals for campus disciplinary action that violated a law (even if an arrest was not made):
- Liquor Law violations
- Drug Law violations
- Illegal weapons possession
CSAs can help victims by providing information and resources to the person reporting the incident.
You and/or the victim may consider contacting one or more of the following resources for additional assistance:
- MD Anderson Employee Assistance Program (713-745-6901)
- University of Texas Employee Assistance Program
- UT Health Services
- UTHealth Crisis Information
In addition to providing information and resources to the alleged victim, a CSA must also report the incident by using the online reporting tool (CONVERSANT INTAKE FORM?) or report the incident to: