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NABITA Legislative Policy Corner: The Clery Act

Recent education policy publications have been tracking Rep. Joe Courtney’s (D-CT) work to amend the Clery Act, which requires universities to collect and report accidental injuries or death on campuses. Under H.R. 8406, also known as the COREY Act, the Clery Act’s obligations by colleges to include the disclosure of accidents and other incidents that result in serious harm or death in their annual safety report would be amended and expanded. Under the proposed legislation, colleges would now be required to track accidents, as well as list the name, address, and distance of the Level I Trauma Center closest to the campus on their websites, and to compile campus safety information into a document titled “Campus Safety Report.”

NABITA is closely monitoring the COREY Act bill’s progress and will update our members when/if we see any changes affecting BITs’ mission on campus. Currently, several major higher education organizations have already expressed concerns over the COREY Act should it become law, as the way in which it is currently written means it is unlikely to pass this year but will most certainly be reintroduced in the new Congress. 

See this Inside Higher Education article on the subject for more information. 

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