The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, requires that all colleges and universities disclose crimes that have occurred on their campus to the federal government. These records are available for public review. Failure to accurately report campus crimes results in censure and fines.
What We Report
We must file incident reports when it meets the following requirements:
- the incident is reported to SUNOPD, the local police (NOPD), or a campus security authority by a victim, witness, third party, or even the offender
- the incident occurs within SUNO’s Clery-designated geography
- the officer or campus security authority believes the report was made in good faith (not rumor or hearsay)
Note: Under the Clery Act, crimes are reflected in the crime statistics in the year they are reported, whether or not they occurred in that year.
There’s an important distinction between SUNO’s patrol boundaries and Clery reporting boundaries.
Our patrol and response area ranges much further than Clery boundaries. In the interest of community safety, SUNOPD monitors areas that aren’t owned by SUNO but where many students reside in public housing, and assists NOPD in patrolling surrounding neighborhoods 24 hours a day.
Clery reports only include areas owned and maintained by SUNO or public thoroughfares immediately adjacent to SUNO. For this reason, numbers in the Clery report may differ from the NOPD’s area crime reports.
Clery statistics include crime reports made at the following locations:
- everywhere on our campuses (residences, offices, walkways, etc.)
- property off-campus owned by SUNO or a SUNO recognized student organization (such as Greek houses or SUNO office buildings)
- sidewalks and streets immediately adjacent to SUNO’s campuses
For a clear picture of Clery boundaries, please refer to our Clery maps.
Clery Crime Definitions
Clery requires that we file crimes according to federal standards, terms, and definitions. At times, crime titles may not correlate with Louisiana State standards. View a complete list of Clery crimes and definitions.
For questions regarding Campus Security Authorities, statistics, reporting of other Clery related questions, contact:
Lieutenant Albert Ernest | SUNO Clery Act Compliance Coordinator
All Clery Act crimes reported to a CSA must be reported to the Clery Act Compliance Coordinator for statistical inclusion in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report publication and for evaluation to determine if a serious, ongoing, or continuing threat to the campus community exists so a Crime Alert can be issued.
Crimes reported to Campus Security Authorities should be submitted online via the Campus Security Authority Clery Incident Reporting Form.