Clery Geography Definitions
Colleges and universities are required to gather and publish statistics on Clery crimes that occur in four areas:
- On-campus in student housing
- Public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus
- In or on non-campus buildings or property that your college/university owns or controls
The distinction on-campus statistics must be disclosed in two sets of campus statistics: the total number of crimes that occurred on campus and the total number of crimes that occurred in on campus student housing facilities.
The Clery Act defines on campus as any buildings or properties: owned or controlled by the college/university, reasonably contiguous to one another, and directly support or relate to the college/university’s educational purpose.
Clery defines “controlled” as schools directly or indirectly renting, leasing, or holding a written agreement, formal or informal (including an email), for use of at least some of a property, regardless of whether the college/university is paying for that space.
West Liberty’s on-campus facilities include all buildings, facilities, and properties of the main campus located in West Liberty, WV. This includes leased housing facilities located adjacent to main campus property.
Public property consists of areas owned by a public entity within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. If the space is privately owned it is not public property. For spaces that immediately border the college/university and are accessible from the campus, only the portions of the sidewalk and street that are adjacent to the campus are included in your public property.
West Liberty’s public property includes public roads and sidewalks throughout the town of West Liberty that are adjacent to the main campus property.
Non-campus Buildings or Property
Non-campus buildings or property are defined as those properties located in another city, state or country that are used in relation to the college/university educational purposes, frequently used by students, and not within the same reasonably contiguous area of the campus.
This label also applies to a space owned or controlled by an officially recognized student organization except for a fraternity or sorority house located within the confines of campus on land owned by the institution which under Clery geography is considered on campus.
West Liberty non-campus buildings include the facilities at the Highlands Campus, located at Wharton Circle, Wheeling, WV.