Clery Center Annual Report 2015–2016:

Honoring Legacy

A participant at the 25 Years of the Jeanne Clery Act anniversary event studies the wall representing the history of the Clery Center’s work

Looking Back, Moving Forward: 25 Years of the Jeanne Clery Act

November represented 25 years since the Jeanne Clery Act passed into law. On November 13, 2015 we gathered in Washington, DC with leaders in policy, advocacy, and campus safety. The day began with a beautiful speech by co-founder, Connie Clery, followed by the presentation of the Jeanne Clery Award for Campus Safety presented to Lynn Rosenthal, past White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, and Christopher Houtz, Sergeant at Lehigh University.

A snapshot of our conference attendees and their background
Connie Clery presents the Jeanne Clery Award to Ms. Lynn Rosenthal
Connie Clery presents the Jeanne Clery Award to Mr. Christopher Houtz

Check out our website commemorating the history of the Jeanne Clery Act and a 25 year legacy.

Creating Real Impact: 2015 Programs

We work to train, educate, and empower colleges and universities to create safer campuses through a collaborative and holistic approach. Our core programs help to create safer environments for college and university communities across the country.

Hazing Education Project

The Clery Center Program team collaborated with Western State Colorado University Communication Arts Professor Jack Lucido to produce a hazing education film. This project was fueled by the passion and commitment of Clery Center Board members, Julie and Gary Devercelly, along with leadership from Abigail Boyer, Associate Executive Director at the Clery Center. Dr. Elizabeth Allan of the University of Maine served as the subject matter expert to create this documentary that is available at no cost to colleges, universities, and schools throughout the country.

“We Don’t Haze” was selected as the Award of Excellence winner at the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts (see link)and will be presented in April 2016.

Clery Center Collaborative

Connie Clery and Maureen Rush (Vice President of Public Safety at University of Pennsylvania, a Collaborative Member Institution)

In 2015, the Collaborative program grew to 70 members in 16 states and boasts a 95% renewal rate. This year, Collaborative members were more active than ever and used their membership benefits to self-assess compliance on their campus, train team members on the Clery Act and Title IX, engage in webinar discussions, and review their Annual Security Reports. To date, 400 individuals formally belong to Collaborative program teams. The average member enrolls 5 individuals with varying backgrounds, which embraces the vision of the program as a synergetic, interdisciplinary effort.

Clery Center Program Reach

*N.B. The Hazing Awareness Program piloted in the end of 2015

Sharing Our Perspective

The Clery Center team lends its voice to various media outlets raising awareness about elements of the Jeanne Clery Act and campus safety. The stories below represent some of our quotes and appearances in 2015.


This year the Clery Center worked with campuses throughout the country on implementing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Amendments to the Clery Act. These changes to the law require increased transparency around education, the student conduct process, and reporting of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Image from Clery Center’s digital campaign around National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM) and the amendments

Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) visited with the Clery Center team and representatives from campuses in Pennsylvania to talk about promising practices in addressing dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault on college and university campuses. The Clery Center collaborated with Senator Casey’s office on the amendments.

Senator Bob Casey (PA) visited the Clery Center Offices in July to discuss the newest amendments to the Clery Act (pictured with Clery Center CFO, Deborah Shelley)

Our National Reach

The Clery Center team travels across the United States to present to college and university administration on preventing and responding to crime on campus.

Photo of training for the Colleges and Universities throughout Mississippi on the Clery Act and Title IX. Pictured above (L-R) are Thea Hart (Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault), Lindy Aldrich (Victim Rights Law Center), a campus participant, and Alison Kiss (Clery Center)

Here is a sample of where we presented this year:

  • Florida Equity Commission Council
  • Heartland Campus Safety Summit
  • University of Vermont Legal Issues Conference
  • Campus Safety Magazine Conference

Financial Information for 2015 Fiscal Year

Estimated income for FY2015 totaled $1,217,140.54. Roughly half of the Clery Center’s income came from private contributions (15%), federal grants (30%), and business contributions (10%). The remaining half of earned income was generated through mission-related training and products.
Estimated expenses for FY2015 totaled $1,232,785.80. Approximately 84% of expenses were directly related to programs and member services. The remaining 16% of expenses went to fundraising, management, and operations.

The Clery Center grew 18% in 2015, reaching and surpassing $1 million in income — a first in the organization’s history. Expenses also increased (23%), largely because of the addition of staff positions to serve our mission. (Note: The income and expenses detailed above represent estimates, and were calculated on an accrual basis. More information about the Clery Center, including a copy of our most recent audited financial statements and Form 990, can be found on our website and at GuideStar).

GuideStar Gold Exchange Participant

The Clery Center is proud to serve as a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant, representing our commitment to financial transparency. For more information about the Exchange program, please visit GuideStar.

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