Colgate is committed to providing accurate crime and fire-related statistics as well as continuously evaluating and improving the University's safety and security programs. This commitment is best illustrated by the extensive annual training campus safety officers receive and our Clery compliance review team. Led by Colgate's Campus Safety Compliance Manager, the Clery compliance review team meets on a weekly basis to review crime reports and make recommendations on crime prevention program improvements.
The Clery Act Explained
The Jeanne Clery Act is a consumer protection law that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics. The Clery Act requires all institutions of higher learning that receive federal funding to publish a report which includes: the institution's crime statistics, crime reporting policies, prevention and awareness programs, services for victims, policies and procedures related to timely warnings and emergency notifications, as well as other information related to the safety and security of the institution's community. This information is published annually, by October 1st, for the preceding three calendar years in our Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
For more information on the Jeanne Clery Act, please visit the Clery Center by selecting the link below:
If there is an immediate threat to self or others, physical injury or a safety concern, do not use these forms, call Campus Safety immediately at 315-228-7911.
Anonymously report information, concerns, or actions such as drug/alcohol violations, theft, crimes, weapons violations, or other law/policy violations.
Report sexual misconduct of various types, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating/domestic violence, stalking, retaliation or other Title IX concern; hazing or organizational misconduct; disruptive or aggressive behavior; or concern about the welfare of a student.
You may submit this report anonymously, however, the nature of anonymous reports makes responsive action more difficult and, at times, impossible.
Campus Security Authorities are university officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to: student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings.
Colgate University Timely Warning and Emergency Notification Information
What is an Emergency Notification?
Notice of any significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees. This may be an approaching weather event such as a tornado, a hazardous material incident, a threat of violence, an armed person, or an outbreak of a serious contagious disease or illness. Emergency Notifications may also serve as a Timely Warning if the reported incident is also defined as a Clery Act crime.
Link to Clery: Clery Compliance | Colgate University
Emergency Notifications may be delivered in several different ways. These may include email messages, SMS text messages to registered cellular phones of community members, phone calls to registered phone numbers of community members, public address speaker system internally/externally on campus or any combination of these.
What is a Timely Warning?
The Clery Act requires institutions to alert the campus community to certain crimes in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes. Although the Clery Act doesn’t define “timely,” the intent of a warning regarding a criminal incident(s) is to promote safety. This means that a warning will be issued as soon as pertinent information is available.
Timely Warnings are generally issued via Text and/or email messages to students and employees.
The three criteria for determining the issuance of a Timely Warning are:
- A Clery Act crime has been reported; and
- The crime occurred in or on the institution’s Clery geography; and
- The crime represents a serious and continuing threat to the students and employees.
What is Clery Geography?
Institutions must disclose statistics for reported Clery Act crimes that occur (1) on campus, (2) on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus, and (3) in or on non-campus buildings or property that the institution owns or controls. Timely Warnings are issued when pertinent information becomes available for those specific Clery Act crimes that occur in the institution’s Clery geography and that represent a serious and continuing threat to students and employees.
On-Campus Property is defined as:
Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and
Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the area identified in paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).
Public Property is defined as:
All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. This is often referred to as a “sidewalk-street-sidewalk” for a public property that borders a campus boundary. Colgate University does not have any public property within the campus. The public streets that may intersect those streets and roadways that immediately border the campus are not part of the “public property” definition for Clery Act purposes.
Public property refers to property owned by a public entity, such as a city or state government. It should not be confused with public space or property used or occupied by members of the public.
Non-campus Property is defined as:
Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or
Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, and is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Is the Incident a Clery Crime?
The Clery Act requires institutions to issue a Timely Warning to notify students and employees whenever a specific crime has occurred and the threat is determined to be serious and continuing. This notification is required for certain crimes that are reported to campus security authorities, campus safety, or local law enforcement AND are reported or believed to have occurred on campus, in a residence hall, non-campus building or property, or public property contiguous to campus. Timely Warnings are not limited to violent crimes or crimes against persons and can be issued for threats to persons or property such as ongoing burglaries with a similar pattern.
Clery Act Crimes include, but are not limited to:
- Criminal Homicide
- Sex Offenses (Rape, Fondling, Incest, Statutory Rape)
- Aggravated Assault
- Motor Vehicle Theft (not theft from a motor vehicle)
- Hate Crimes
Is There a Serious or Continuing Threat?
This decision is made on a case-by-case basis in light of all the facts surrounding the crime, including factors such as:
- Are the students and employees at risk of becoming victims of a similar crime?
- Has the perpetrator been identified or has the perpetrator been apprehended?
- Does the incident appear to be a one-time occurrence or fall into a pattern of reported crimes?
Example: A student sets some posters on fire after the homecoming football game-- the arsons are probably a one-night event. However, if an unknown person is randomly setting fires on campus, there is a continuing threat.
Content of a Timely Warning, and Further Decisions for Issuing a Timely Warning
The Clery Act does not specify what information should be included in the Timely Warning, but it should include all necessary information for the campus community to be aware and take measures to promote their safety.
The decision to issue a Timely Warning includes, but is not limited to:
- The nature of the crime
- The continuing danger to the campus community
- The possible risk of compromise to law enforcement efforts. This includes compromising efforts to:
- assist a victim;
- contain the emergency;
- respond to the emergency;
- or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
A Timely Warning will include:
- Type of reported crime
- Time and location of the reported crime (specifics may not be reported to the police; if available, specifics may be withheld if disclosing them would identify a survivor or victim)
- Specific advice for the campus regarding steps to take to promote safety
Unless the below information will make an immediate, material difference for public safety, Timely Warning content will typically not include:
- Descriptions of alleged suspects based on perceptions of ethnicity or race;
- Wording that could lead members of the community to feel stereotyped, marginalized, or profiled
Other Types of Notifications
There may be occasions when the institution notifies students and employees of incidents that are not Clery Act crimes or do not occur in the College’s Clery geography. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis in consideration of the information at hand. The purpose of these notifications is to make community members aware of the incidents, to promote safety, and to encourage those with information to come forward. The notices are generally issued through email messaging.
Example: The college notifies the community of reports of an unknown suspect exposing himself to community members in a particular area. (Not a Clery crime) The college notifies students of door-to-door sales scams at off-campus student residences. (Did not occur in Clery geography)
In accordance with the Clery Act, Colgate is required to request crime statistics from law enforcement agencies having jurisdiction for those qualifying University sponsored travel locations under its control during the time the locations are used by students, faculty, and staff. As a result, all students traveling off campus must fill out the form below.