Safety and security at VCU remain a top priority. In order to provide a safe and secure campus environment, and to ensure compliance with certain federal requirements, VCU notifies the community when certain crimes that pose a serious or ongoing threat to the university community occur on or near campus.
Commonly referred to as the Jeanne Clery Act, the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act requires all institutions of higher education that participate in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about crimes on their campuses and in their immediate vicinities. The U.S. Department of Education enforces compliance with the Clery Act.
VCU is committed to keeping students, faculty and staff informed and aware of what is going on in and around our community. Communication is an essential part of ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone at VCU and the VCU Medical Center and our visitors.
VCU is already well within the compliance standards for the Clery Act and in fact provides additional communications beyond those required by law. This is because VCU recognizes that the boundaries of its two downtown campuses can be difficult to define and may easily blur with those of the surrounding neighborhoods.
The vast majority of the crimes about which VCU alerts the community take place off-campus, but many students, faculty and staff live in these neighborhoods.