As a response to inflation and the increasing awareness of campus crime among American universities and colleges, the Department of Education has increased fines for violations under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act April 20, raising the fine amount from $35,000 per violation to $54,789.
As an amendment to Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the Clery Act was enacted in 1990 and is named in memory of student Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania on April 5, 1986.
The Inflation Adjustment Act, also enacted in 1990, requires periodic adjustments of federal civil monetary penalties, leading to fine increases to reflect inflation. According to the federal register notice provided by the DOE, the act “provides for the regular evaluation of (civil monetary penal-ties) to ensure they continue to maintain their deterrent value.”
Fines under the act were originally set at $25,000 in 1990 when the law took effect, and penalty fines have steadily been adjusted for inflation since 2012. The current $54,789 fine applies to any violation occurring after Nov. 2, 2015, and assessed after April 20, 2017.