Baylor University Resolves Review of Clery Act Violations

Oct. 9, 2020

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WACO, Texas (October 9, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Act Compliance/Campus Safety Operations group has finalized its Clery Program Review at Baylor University dating back to 2017.

The Department of Education review included an analysis of the University’s Annual Fire Safety and Security Reports, as well as the University’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program and other related safety and security materials. The Clery Act aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics.

The Department of Education has fined Baylor $461,656 based on violations that occurred between 2011 and 2016. These violations include lack of administrative capability, failure to report accurate crime statistics in the annual security report, failure to comply with timely warning issuance and policy provisions, and failure to maintain an accurate, complete daily crime log.

In contrast to other institutions with previous violations, Baylor will not be required to undergo ongoing Clery compliance reviews related to this inquiry by the Department of Education. The University has completed significant corrective actions in the administration of and compliance with the Clery Act.

“We have worked diligently to resolve the issues that prevented Baylor from effectively implementing our Clery obligations in the past, and we believe that the Department of Education took note of our corrective actions and found them acceptable,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “Going forward, we aim to set a standard among colleges and universities in in the administration of the Clery Act on our campus.”

More information about Baylor’s Clery Compliance and the University’s Annual Fire Safety and Security Reports can be found online.

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 18,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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