DOE Campus Crime


Source U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education
File Size 2 GB (all years)
Dates Covered 2001-2014 (limited for 2000)
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  • Members $25
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This data set contains campus crime statistics from the U.S. Department of Education collected under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. It includes alleged criminal offenses reported to campus police or security and local law enforcement.Data for years 2001 – 2009 come in DBF format, easily imported into Access.  Eventually they will be available in CSV format as well. The 2010 – 2014 files are in CSV format, comma-delimited with a double quote text qualifier.

For 2010 through 2014 data, NICAR combined some tables to make the data easier to analyze: crimes, arrests, and discipline now exist in one table for each location (e.g. “on campus”). We are working on standardizing older data as well.

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions participating in federal student aid programs are subject to it.

On Oct. 1 of each year, schools are required to publish and distribute an annual campus security report to all current students and employees with crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years. The statistical information contained in each report are based on the calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31) in which the crime was reported to campus officials.

Crimes are reported in the following 7 major categories, with several sub-categories:

  • Criminal homicide broken down by a) Murder and Non-negligent manslaughter and b), Negligent manslaughter
  • Sex offenses broken down by Forcible Sex Offenses (includes rape) and Non-forcible Sex Offenses
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arson

These crimes are included in the report whether they are prosecuted or not.

Schools also report the following three types of incidents if they result in either an arrest or if the accused is referred for campus disciplinary proceedings:

  • Liquor Law Violations
  • Drug Law Violations
  • Illegal Weapons Possessions

The report must also indicate if any of the reported “index” crimes, or any other crime involving bodily injury, was a “hate crime.”

The statistics are broken down geographically into on-campus, residential, non-campus and public property.

Record layouts and samples of this database

Sample Data, on-campus table (oncampus_sample.xls) 46.0 KB
Main documentation (readme_2014.txt) 13.1 KB
Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting (DOE) (Clery Handbook.pdf) 7.3 MB
Record layouts (Layouts_2014.xls) 55.5 KB
Summary of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (VAWA-Summary.pdf) 60.6 KB

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