Jeanne Clery Act – Reports & Compliance – C.E.R.T.

The “Clery Act” is named in memory of 19 year old university freshman Jeanne Ann Clery who was raped and murdered while asleep in her residence hall room on April 5, 1986. Jeanne’s parents, Connie and Howard, discovered that students hadn’t been told about 38 violent crimes on their daughter’s campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.” The law was amended in 1992 to add a requirement that schools afford the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights, and was amended again in 1998 to expand the reporting requirements. The 1998 amendments also formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery. Subsequent amendments in 2000 and 2008 added provisions dealing with registered sex offender notification and campus emergency response, respectively. The 2008 amendments also added a provision to protect crime victims, “whistleblowers”, and others from retaliation.

  • The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
  •  Because the law is tied to participation in federal student financial aid programs it applies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. It is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Click here to view annual security report

While this page contains a discussion of general legal principles and specific laws, it is neither intended to be given as legal advice nor as the practice of law, and should not be relied upon by readers as such. Before taking any action, always check with a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction to ensure compliance with the law.

Ave Maria’s Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) is trained to help in emergency disaster situations. These volunteers are trained in order to respond efficiently to emergency situations including, fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.These volunteers act only when professional help is not immediately available.

CERT training covers the following:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • FIre Suppression
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Assesment, Treatment, and Hygiene
  • LIght Search and Rescue
  • Terrorism Response
  • Team Organization and DIsaster Psychology

These training classes are provided to Ave Maria by the Collier County Fire Department. As well as undergoing training, CERT members participate in special events and situations in order to better their skills.

Why Join CERT?

CERT benefits the community by training members to become more aware of threats that are always pertinent in everyday life. When professional help arrives, CERT members are able to comprehensibly assist professional personnel. Overall, CERT creates a team of volunteers who are able to give of themselves in order to support and keep their community safe.

To sign up for the new Ave Maria CERT team, contact Frank Steiger at 239-280-2401 or