The Clery Act is a consumer protection law that requires colleges to report information about certain crimes that occur on and near campus.
During Orientation, students and parents participate in programs to inform them of services offered by Campus Safety. Crime prevention and awareness programs are offered by various campus organizations throughout the year, including many sexual violence prevention programs faciliated by Project S.A.F.E. These awareness and crime prevention programs aim not just to inform but to empower students and employees to participate in their own safety and the safety of the Oxy community.
Advising the Campus Community
Numerous efforts are made to advise members of the campus community in a timely manner about campus crime and crime-related issues.
These efforts include:
Daily Crime Log
In compliance with the Clery Act, Campus Safety maintains a daily crime log that records all criminal incidents and alleged criminal incidents that are reported to the Campus Safety Department within its patrol zone. Entries are organized by the date an incident was reported. The log shares the nature of the crime, the date and time the crime occurred, the general location of the crime, and the disposition of the complaint, if known. The daily crime log is available to the public online.
Annual Fire Safety and Security Reports
The Annual Fire, Safety and Security report is a comprehensive report which is compiled, published, and distributed annually in compliance with the federal Clery Act. A printed copy is available upon request.
The Clery Act requires institutions to issue timely warnings to the campus community for Clery Act-crimes that occur within the College’s Clery geography (on/near campus), and:
- are reported to campus security authorities (Campus Safety Department or other CSAs) or local police agencies; and
- are considered by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.
The timely warning requirement is intended to alert the campus community to potentially dangerous criminal activity on or near campus in order to enable people to protect themselves and prevent similar or repeat occurrences. To ensure the timeliness of the alert, a warning is issued as soon as pertinent information is available.
Crime reports are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, depending on the facts of the case and information known at the time of the initial report. Timely warnings are distributed via the College’s e-mail system, text messages, and/or Occidental homepage, and in certain cases, also the college Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The College may periodically issue a “safety bulletin" via campuswide e-mail, which is an informational message to advise of situations that may affect or be of interest to students, staff, and employees.
Emergency Notifications & OxyAlerts
The College will immediately notify the campus community upon confirmation of an emergency or dangerous situation that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees. An “immediate" threat includes an imminent or impending threat, such as an approaching fire, earthquake, gas leak, or an outbreak of serious illness. These situations may occur on campus or in the local neighborhood and pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of campus community members.
Occidental’s OxyAlert is an emergency notification service that is mandatory for students (who are automatically enrolled in the system). Faculty and staff are automatically signed up to receive OxyAlerts, but may opt out of receiving the notifications if they choose. OxyAlert can be used to send emergency messages via voicemail, email, and text message within minutes of the occurrence of an incident.
In the event that it is necessary to issue an emergency notification, the Campus Safety Department will develop the content and decide the delivery method of the emergency notification. Time permitting, additional input may be garnered from other relevant sources.
Occidental performs a campuswide test of the OxyAlert system twice a year.