Speaker presenting in front of a room with audience seated at round tables in the Kimmel Center.

Speaker Jessica Mertz engages with Symposium attendees.

NYU's Department of Campus Safety, in partnership with Allied Universal, hosted the 2020 New York City Regional Clery Compliance Symposium on Monday, February 10th, at NYU's Kimmel Center for University Life, featuring keynote speaker and U.S Department of Education Senior Advisor Jim Moore.  

The symposium also included a mock trial testing the limits of a Clery Act-based claim, and discussions on the importance of an institution-wide Campus Security Authority program, timely warnings, and community safety best practices. New York University Assistant Vice President, Professional Standards Heba Gore introduced the purpose of the symposium as an event designed “to begin a discussion on Clery that extends beyond the crime classification, data collection, counting and geography,” and instead, asked the audience to focus on how the Clery Act provides a risk mitigating framework that’s successfully applicable to institutional issues, “beyond campus safety.”  

In addition to Moore, featured presenters throughout the symposium included Jessica Mertz, the Executive Director of Clery Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to guiding institutions of higher education to implement effective campus safety measures; Abigail Boyer, Clery Center, Michael Webster from Margolis Healy, a national consulting firm specializing in campus safety, security and regulatory compliance for higher education; and our own, NYU Associate General Counsel William Miller, AVP Heba Gore, and Director Jessica Coleman, who participated in a mock direct and cross examination, during the last panel.

More than 80 higher education administrators, leaders, and Clery practitioners from 20-plus institutions and organizations attended the full-day event that included four panel discussions and time for networking among those in attendance. The event was met with praise and appreciation from attendees, with requests to host an annual event.

Speakers at the 2020 NYC Regional Clery Compliance Symposium standing together.

Symposium speakers from left to right: Kevin Francis, Paul Caruso, Heba Gore, Jessica Mertz, Abigail Boyer, Jonathan Kassa, Jim Moore, Michael Webster

The Clery Act is a consumer protection law that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics. In order to comply with Clery Act requirements, colleges and universities must understand what the law entails, where their responsibilities lie, and what they can do to actively foster campus safety.

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities that receive federal funding to disseminate a public annual security report (ASR) to employees and students every October 1st. This ASR must include statistics of campus crime for the preceding 3 calendar years, plus details about efforts taken to improve campus safety.

ASRs must also include policy statements regarding (but not limited to) crime reporting, campus facility security and access, law enforcement authority, incidence of alcohol and drug use, and the prevention of/response to sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, and stalking.

New York University’s Annual Security Reports can be found on the Department of Public Safety’s website.

New York University also complies with the Clery Act through the issuing of Timely Warning notifications, emergency notifications and the daily updating of a crime log on the Department of Public Safety’s website.

For more information about Clery Act Reporting at New York University, please visit the Department of Public Safety’s website or email public.safety@nyu.edu.