In 1998, the federal government passed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, commonly referred to as the Clery Act.
This law requires colleges and universities receiving federal funding to publish an annual report disclosing campus security policies and three years of selected crime and fire statistics, to make timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat to students and employees, and to post a public crime log.
Bakersfield College is a city within a city, complete with a complex network of departments and personnel needed to run smoothly. Located in the Bakersfield metropolitan area of 347,000 in the San Joaquin Valley of Kern County, the college is a hub of activity for more than 26,000 students and employees.
The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report details important efforts to prepare for, provide and enhance the safety needs to the community.
The following report meets federal requirements for annual reporting of incidents on campus. This includes the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 related to the Jeanne Clery Act, emergency notification and fire safety reporting.
The purpose of the Clery Act is to provide students, families and employees with accurate, complete and timely information about campus safety so that they can make informed decisions.
The Bakersfield College Department of Public Safety (BCDPS) publishes the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report in compliance with the Clery Act, and also offers it as a resource guide, directing readers to campus safety and security services and providing crime prevention and personal safety guidance and strategies. The report also includes information and policy statements regarding campus security and safety; for example, crime prevention, security awareness, fires safety drills, alcohol and substance abuse policies, sexual assault, procedures for reporting a crime, emergency and evacuation procedures, as well as other matters of importance to the campus community.