Clery Act Compliance
Our top priority is the safety of students, employees and visitors
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to report campus crime data, support victims of violence, and publicly outline the policies and procedures they have put into place to improve campus safety.
The State University of New York at Fredonia and its University Police Department (UPD) work diligently to foster an enriching campus atmosphere that nurtures academic excellence. Working collaboratively with the entire campus community is key to maintaining an environment of true safety. Your active engagement and support, combined with our unwavering dedication, will undoubtedly ensure your time at Fredonia is both secure and successful.
Reporting a crime
SUNY Fredonia has established two ways for individuals to report a crime on campus. The first is a form called the Silent Witness Program. The other is by talking to a Campus Security Authority.
Campus Security Authorities
Students, faculty and staff may be hesitant about reporting crimes to police and may be more inclined to report incidents to non-law enforcement administrators and staff instead. The Clery Act identifies certain categories of students, university employees and contractors as Campus Security Authorities (CSA) who have federally mandated responsibilities to report alleged Clery Act crimes that they witness or are reported to them.
The law defines the following four categories of CSAs:
- University Police department sworn law enforcement personnel and department administrators.
- Non-police people or offices responsible for campus security — community service officers, campus contract security personnel, parking enforcement staff, personnel providing access control and/or security at campus facilities, athletic events or other special events, safety escort staff, residential community assistants and other similar positions.
- Officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities — an Official is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the University. Some examples of CSAs in this category include, but are not limited to: academic deans; student affairs / residential life officials; coordinator of Greek affairs (or related positions); athletic administrators, including directors, assistant directors and coaches; student activities coordinators and staff; student judicial officials; faculty and staff advisors to student organizations; student center building staff; student peer education advisors; and administrators at branch campuses.
- Any individual or organization specified in an institution's statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
A CSA has a duty to report an incident to the appropriate law enforcement personnel including the University Police Department, local police department or any SUNY Fredonia campus affiliation that should be informed due to the nature of the incident.
A CSA is required to report an incident whether or not the victim chooses to file a report with law enforcement or press charges, although the CSA may withhold the identity of the victim or reporting person.
If the victim or reporting person chooses to report the incident to the University Police Department, local police department or any SUNY Fredonia campus affiliation that should be informed due to the nature of the incident, the CSA must assist them in doing so.