Clery Act Information

As required by federal law, yearly crime statistics are compiled each calendar year based on crime definitions provided by the FBI for use in the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system.

The Annual Security Report contains statistics from the previous three years regarding Clery Act crimes reported to Campus Police, as well as internal disciplinary referrals for alcohol, drug, and weapons law violations committed on campus or on any property owned or controlled by Bristol Community College.

Statistics regarding Clery Act crimes reported to have occurred on public property that is immediately adjacent to campus, or accessible from campus, are collected from the local police agencies with jurisdiction and included in the Annual Security Report.

For statistical purposes, crimes reported to any of these sources are listed in the calendar year the crime was reported.

Please see the following information below:


Campus Security Authority (CSA)

One purpose of the Clery Act is to encourage the reporting and collection of accurate campus crime statistics to promote crime awareness and enhance campus safety. The intent of including non-law enforcement personnel in the Campus Security Authorities’ role is to acknowledge that some community members and students, in particular, may be hesitant about reporting crimes to the police, but may be more inclined to report incidents to other campus-affiliated individuals.

In accordance with the requirements of the Clery Act, Bristol Community College will designate specific college officials and/or offices to act as Campus Security Authorities, as defined by the Clery Act. The Bristol Community College Campus Police Department is responsible for maintaining the college CSA list. This list is to be updated on a regular basis to ensure all names are active college employees. 


Emergency Notifications

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to issue Emergency Notifications upon confirmation of:

  1. a significant emergency or dangerous situation that
  2. involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees.

The intent of an Emergency Notification is to inform people that an event is occurring or imminently threatening the campus to enable people to protect themselves.

The College will issue an Emergency Notification even if the threat is not on or immediately adjacent to campus if the situation nonetheless presents an immediate danger to the health or safety of students or employees. Notifications are issued immediately upon confirmation of the emergency by responsible authorities pre-identified by the institution in their Annual Security Report.

The Emergency Notification may involve:

  • A criminal act that presents an immediate threat; or 
  • A non-criminal immediate threat, such as an approaching hurricane or other extreme weather condition, a hazardous materials release, a fire or explosion, etc.

Six notification methods may be used during an Emergency Notification:

  1. Text messages (all locations)
  2. Reverse phone messages (all locations)
  3. Hall and common-space large screen monitors (all locations)
  4. Desktop computers (all locations)
  5. External emergency phone speakers (Fall River only)
  6. Siren atop the Learning Resources Center (Fall River only) 

Timely Warnings

Timely Warnings are issued in response to a crime that is reported to have occurred on campus and represents an ongoing threat to the health or safety of students or employees.

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to alert the college community to certain crimes in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

Although the Clery Act does not define “timely,” the intent of a Timely Warning is to enable members of the college community to protect themselves. Therefore, a Timely Warning will include information that will promote safety and aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

Timely Warnings will be issued as soon as pertinent information is available, even if all facts surrounding a criminal incident are not known. Bristol Community College (Bristol) will issue a timely warning on a case-by-case basis for any Clery Act crime reported to Campus Police, a Campus Security Authority (CSA), or a local law enforcement agency that was committed within the college’s Clery Act geography and is considered by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.

There are a number of methods used to issue a Timely Warning:

  1. Text messages (all locations)
  2. Email messages (all locations)
  3. Website www.bristolcc.edu
  4. Reverse phone messages (all locations)
  5. Hall and common-space large screen monitors (all locations)
  6. Desktop computers (all locations)

Timely Warnings will contain information about the type of criminal incident that is reported.  Subsequent Timely Warnings will be issued as additional information becomes available.

The college will not issue a Timely Warning when the dangerous situation ends but may decide to issue a Public Safety Advisory.

The Clery Act Timely Warning crimes are:

  • Criminal Homicide 
  • Rape 
  • Fondling 
  • Incest 
  • Statutory Rape 
  • Robbery 
  • Aggravated Assault 
  • Burglary 
  • Motor Vehicle Theft 
  • Arson 
  • Crimes motivated by discriminatory bias (Hate Crimes) 
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Dating Violence 
  • Stalking 
  • Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action for: 
    • Weapons Violations 
    • Liquor Law Violations