St. Elizabeth College of Nursing

Campus Safety & Security

Summary of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of post-secondary education participating in federal student aid programs are subject to this law. The law, originally enacted by the Congress in 1990 as the Campus Security Act, was championed by Howard & Connie Clery after their daughter Jeanne was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986.

Annual Report of Crime Statistics

Schools are required to publish an annual report every year by October 1st that contains three (3) years' worth of campus crime statistics and security policy statements, as found in the College's Campus Safety & Security Manual and Report. The report is to be made available automatically to all current students and employees, while prospective students and employees are to be notified of its existence and afforded an opportunity to request a copy. Each school must disclose crime statistics for the campus, unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities. The statistics must be gathered from campus security.

Crime Classifications and Definitions

Part I Offenses

Personal/Violent Crimes

  • Aggravated assault: Unlawfully attacking another person to inflict severe or aggravated bodily injury, usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by other means likely to produce death or grave bodily harm. Attempted aggravated assault that involves the use or threat of use of a gun, knife or other weapon is included in this crime category because serious personal injury likely would result.
  • Dating Violence:Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party's statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. For the purposes of this definition -
    • Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.
    • Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.
  • Domestic Violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed -
    • By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
    • By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
    • By a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner;
    • By a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person's acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.
  • Forcible rape: The "carnal knowledge of a female/male forcibly and against his/her will." Includes assaults and attempts to commit rape by force or threat of force but excludes statutory rape (without force) and other sex offenses.
  • Murder: Killing a human in a willful and non-negligent manner.
  • Robbery: Taking or attempting to take anything of value from a person by force or threat of force or violence.
  • Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to —
    • Fear for the person's safety or the safety of others; or
    • Suffer substantial emotional distress.

Property Crimes

  • Arson: Willfully or maliciously burning or attempting to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a house, public building, motor vehicle, aircraft or personal property.
  • Burglary: Unlawfully entering a structure to commit a felony or theft. Forcible entry need not have occurred.
  • Larceny-theft: Unlawfully taking property from another (e.g., stealing a bicycle, stealing automobile parts, shoplifting, pickpocketing) without force, violence or fraud. Attempted larcenies are included.
  • Motor vehicle theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

Part II Offenses

  • Drug law violations: Violating any local, state or federal drug law that prohibits the possession or sale of specific drugs or drug paraphernalia.
  • Liquor-law violations: Selling alcohol without a valid liquor-serving license or failing to check the identification of all people seeking to purchase alcohol on a premises.
  • Sex offenses (e.g., statutory rape): An adult having sex with a child or teen who cannot legally consent to the act.
  • Simple assault: Attempting to inflict physical harm on another person when that person is aware. Assault can be both a criminal and civil wrong, redressed by either criminal punishment or damages. Battery has generally been defined as the unlawful touching of another person. However, many jurisdictions no longer observe this distinction.
  • Stolen property (mishandling of): Selling or purchasing goods stolen from another person or entity.
  • Vandalism: Damaging or defacing public or private property without permission.
  • Weapons (e.g., unlawful carrying of): Carrying a concealed weapon without the proper license or permit; fraudulently obtaining a gun, license or ammunition; or possessing a type of gun or assault weapon that the public is not authorized to own, carry or use.

Campus Climate Survey

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing distributed a Campus Climate Survey in April 2023 to the student population at SECON. The survey was administered and distributed electronically though a third-party vendor, Survey Monkey. Participation in the survey was voluntary and all responses were kept anonymous. The surveys were distributed to assess the knowledge, perceptions, and experience of SECON students in relation to sexual assault, other sexual misconduct, stalking, dating and domestic violence, as indicated in the Article 129B "Enough is Enough" legislation. Per the legislation, the campus climate survey included questions on the following:

  • Core demographic characteristics
  • Campus policies and procedures addressing sexual assault
  • How and where to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault as a victim survivor, or witness
  • Availability of resources on and off campus
  • Prevalence of victimization and perpetration of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault on campus
  • Bystander attitudes and beliefs
  • Whether or not reporting individuals disclosed to the institution and/or law enforcement
  • Experiences with reporting and institution processes
  • Reasons why individuals did or did not report
  • General awareness of the difference between institution's policies and penal law
  • General awareness of the definition of affirmative consent

A total of 57 out of a total of 128 students completed the campus climate survey; indicating a 45% completion rate.

SECON will continue to administer the campus climate survey annually to maintain and assess for further need of education, resources and support for the college community.

Campus Safety & Security Documents

File Type Name Download
Smoking & Tobacco Free Policy
Drug & Alcohol Policy
Discrimination, Harassment & Sexual Misconduct Policy
Campus Safety & Security Manual
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