Emergency Management and the Clery Act for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)

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The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), enacted in August 2008, which reauthorized the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), includes a number of provisions and changes to regulations existing under HEA. Some of the provisions that most directly affect institutions of higher education are the regulations related to campus emergency management under the Clery Act. These changes to requirements in regulation, compliance, and enforcement can sometimes be misunderstood, presenting challenges to the development of effective emergency notifications and timely warning systems.

The Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) and the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center have partnered with subject matter experts from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Post-Secondary Education (OPE) and Federal Student Aid (FSA) and the University of Georgia (UGA) to present the webinar, Emergency Management and the Clery Act for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs).

This 90-minute webinar covered notifications and emergency management concerns relevant to IHEs and discussed key compliance issues for IHEs to be aware of. Specifically, this webinar covered campus safety disclosures (e.g., hate crimes, fire safety, missing students, and emergency notifications), common issues and challenges experienced with Clery Act regulations, and timely warning of Clery Act crimes. Case-study examples from UGA were also provided, such as considerations for partnering with IHE stakeholders and local agencies, and resources to consult throughout the process.

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