How to Report Crimes on Campus
Students and employees should immediately report any crime to the facilities manager at (415) 575-6283 and the dean of students at (415) 575-6171.
Please report any crime that occurs in these locations:
- On campus (Main campus on the 1400 block of Mission Street)
- In any off-campus building owned or controlled by CIIS
- On public property immediately adjacent to or accessible from the CIIS campus
Students and employees are cautioned never to attempt to apprehend or pursue a suspected criminal. Crimes or suspected criminals should be reported to the facilities manager and dean of students or, if appropriate, to 911.
If you have any doubts whether to report something that has occurred, report it. Victims or witnesses of crimes may disclose them on a voluntary, confidential basis to the director of public safety or the dean of students. The designated CIIS administrators can then determine whether the event constitutes a crime that has to be collected and statistically reported. Your cooperation in timely reporting assists CIIS to issue timely warnings to the community. All crimes must be reported immediately.
The Jeanne Cleary Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of post-secondary education participating in federal student aid programs are subject to it. Violators can be fined up to $25,000 by the U.S. Department of Education, the agency charged with enforcing the act and with receiving information about alleged violations, or face other enforcement action.
The Clery Act was enacted by Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. The law was championed by Howard and Connie Clery, whose daughter Jeanne was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. The Clery's also founded the non-profit Security On Campus Inc., in 1987.
The law was amended in 1992 to add a requirement that schools give the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights and was amended again in 1998 to expand the reporting requirements. The 1998 amendments also formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery. The law was most recently amended in 2000 (The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act) to require schools beginning in 2003 to notify the campus community about where public "Megan's Law" information about registered sex offenders on campus could be obtained.
Clery Act Summary
Schools must publish an annual report disclosing campus security policies and three years of selected crime statistics.
- Schools must make timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat to students and employees
- Each institution with a police or security department must have a public crime log
- The U.S. Department of Education centrally collects and disseminates the crime statistics
- Campus sexual assault victims are assured of certain basic rights
The Department of Education can fine schools that fail to comply.
Community Ambassador Program
The “Community Ambassador” program (CAP) provides community residents, visitors, students and workers with safety escorts to walk them from their place of origin to BART, MUNI, a parking garage or other locations whenever they feel unsafe.
The dispatcher and main point of contact for the Community Ambassador program can be reached at: (925) 353-0068. The dispatcher will have a community ambassador meet you at CIIS within 5-10 minutes.
These safety escorts are non-police city employees dressed in bright yellow vests. You (or the Security Officer in the lobby) can call a dispatcher anytime between the hours of 11:00am – 10:00pm.
The Central Market Safety Project Community Ambassadors program is designed to provide a visible safety presence along the Central Market transit and business corridor between fifth and twelfth streets, focusing on BART and MUNI entrances (CIIS falls within these boundaries). The team works closely with law enforcement, the MTA and other community-based organizations to ensure the safety of the community.