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Penn State Trying to Exceed Clery Act Requirements

by on November 16, 2012 2:20 PM

Gabriel Gates, Penn State's Clery compliance coordinator told the Board of Trustees on Friday that the university is working toward going above and beyond what is required by the Clery Act, a federal law related to reporting campus safety.

The Clery Act requires all higher education institutions in the country to disclose certain information about campus crime and security policies. According to Penn State Live, this includes issuing campus alerts, publishing annual security reports, disclosing missing student protocols, maintaining a daily crime log and a daily fire log, and publishing an annual fire report, Gates said.

The board convened at 10 a.m. at the Penn State Conference Center and Hotel for a seminar, which preceded the regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Gates spoke to them as a part of a presentation.

"We aim to build a higher education community standard of excellence," Gates said about his work providing administrative and advisory support to senior management and the University-wide community. "We attempt to create an open and proactive forum that will raise awareness of campus safety initiatives and crime prevention techniques."

Gates serves as Clery compliance coordinator for all of Penn State's campuses and works with various offices across the university to develop and implement strategies to ensure adherence to the 1990 law, Penn State said. The law is aimed at providing students, parents and the public access to safety information, as well as educating and training the university community and instituting policies that enhance safety and security.

According to Penn State, Gates is striving to meet Penn State's Clery goals by developing relationships with the two leading Clery Act organizations in the country – the Clery Center for Security on Campus in Wayne, Pa., and Margolis Healy & Associates in Richmond, Va., a professional services firm specializing in campus security. Gates has started a Clery Act training program at Penn State and increased awareness of the law's requirements. He is working on standardizing reporting procedures and guidelines and establishing accountability by providing resources that will improve safety and security oversight.

"Our holistic approach will become a benchmark for other institutions," Gates said.



Laura Nichols is a StateCollege.com news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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