As part of the Higher Education Act, the Clery Act aims to ensure students, prospective students, parents, and employees have access to accurate information about crimes committed on campus and campus security procedures. The Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to comply with certain campus safety- and security-related requirements as a condition of their participation in the Title IV and HEA programs. Notably, VAWA amended the Clery Act to require institutions to compile statistics for incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and to include certain policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to these incidents in their annual security reports.
The KGI Campus Safety Alert system was created to enhance and promote safety on campus by providing students, faculty, and staff with timely access to important information. The system sends two types of communications to the campus community, Timely Warnings (Crime Alerts) and Emergency Notifications, as required by the Jeanne Clery Campus Security Act (the Clery Act). The Clery Act requires federally-funded universities to share information about campus crime and safety and requires issuing alerts for certain incidents that happen on campus or on campus-associated property. Community Alerts are not required by the Clery Act but are sent under certain circumstances.
Timely Warnings are issued when a report is received of a Clery Act crime(s) on Keck Graduate Institute property and the reported incident represents a serious or continuing threat to the KGI community. Even if the associated college does not have all the facts surrounding the incident, a timely warning must still be sent as soon as pertinent information is available. In addition to warning community members, these alerts can aid in crime prevention. The decision to issue a Timely Warning is made on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the facts surrounding the Clery Act crime, including, but not limited to, such factors as: the nature of the crime, the serious or continuing threat to the campus community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.
Emergency Notifications have a wider focus than the Timely Warnings and are issued for any significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on campus that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees. Examples of types of situations that may warrant an Emergency Notification include an active shooter, bomb threat, natural disaster, etc. The purpose of Emergency Notifications is to provide life-saving information and instructions during an active emergency situation. Community Advisories and Alert Bulletins are not required by the Clery Act.
Community advisories are released with certain events that warrant an advisory reported on or near Keck Graduate Institute property, as deemed necessary by the Department of KGI Campus Safety. These advisories are intended to raise awareness about safety–related incidents among KGI community.