The 1990 Clery Act, named after a Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her dorm room by a fellow student in 1986, requires U.S. universities that accept federal financial aid funds to publish safety reports annually. Reportable Clery crimes include murder, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (rape, fondling, incest and statutory rape), Violence Against Women Act offenses (dating violence, domestic violence and stalking), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, hate crimes and liquor, drug and weapons law violations.
The reports, filed by UConn, Central Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, University of New Haven, Eastern Connecticut State University, Yale University, Western Connecticut State University and Fairfield University, document offenses on university grounds, university-recognized non-campus property and public areas that border campus. It does not include crimes that occur off-campus.
Of the 10 schools, the colleges with the lowest crime rates are CCSU (six crimes per 1,000 students), WCSU (six crimes per 1,000 students) and UNH (10 crimes per 1,000 students). The highest crime rates were recorded by Quinnipiac (66 per 1,000 students), SHU (55 per 1,000 students) and Fairfield (39 per 1,000 students).
Quinnipiac was the only school in the top 10 that saw an increase in overall crime. Between 2019 and 2020, Clery Act crimes reported at Quinnipiac rose from 590 to 647, a 10% increase. Approximately 96% of the offenses were drug/liquor law violations. Quinnipiac also recorded the highest rate of drug/liquor law violations, followed by SHU and Fairfield. These three schools documented rates of 63, 54 and 36 drug/liquor law violations per 1,000 students, respectively.