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The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. The law is named after Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University student who was raped and murdered in her campus hall of residence in 1986.
A Plain Language Explanation of Distinctions Between the New York State Penal Law and the College Disciplinary Processes
The two systems have different goals. In the criminal justice system, prosecutors pursue cases when they believe there is sufficient evidence to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that an individual has committed a crime. The college disciplinary process seeks to determine whether an individual has violated college policy, using the preponderance of evidence (lower) threshold. The link above explains more fully the differences between the systems.