CleryPlus is an experimental API that makes it easy for applications to query campus sexual assault data collected under the Clery Act and made available through the U.S. Department of Education.
Throughout the last year, student sexual assault survivors and anti-rape activists have accused dozens of colleges and universities of underreporting and/or misreporting data related to incidents of campus sexual violence under The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). The Clery Act requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses and requires schools to afford the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights. Institutions found to be underreporting and/or misreporting incidents of sexual violence in their annual Clery reports face a $35,000 fine per violation, which makes the accuracy and accessibility of the data of utmost importance.
Through CleryPlus, Sexual Health Innovations SHI) aims to provide journalists, activists, college administrators and government officials with easily accessible, accurate and manipulable Clery data and query tools on campus sexual violence. SHI also aims to have the API in a position where any civic hacker can engage with the data, build applications that make use of Clery data sets, and provide a reorganized distribution in analyst- and engineer-friendly formats. With the growing trend of data exploration at major media outlets, we can help investigative journalists and hacktivists alike leverage the transparency afforded by the Clery act. An early prototype was unveiled in April 2014 at the White House Data Jam on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault.Donate to Support Our Work