Clery Act

Clery Compliance

Safety at Green River College campuses are a concern for all members of the community including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The college mission can only be carried out in an environment where each person feels safe. Recognizing this Green River leadership has made safety a top priority.

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the college reports the mandated information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, and the required statistics.

Most current policies and geographies updated August 2016.

Update (October 3, 2018): Clery Audit Update / Message from the President

Dear Green River College Community  – 

I write to you today with the latest update regarding the College’s Clery audit. As many of you know, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) began an on-site program review to evaluate Green River’s compliance with the Clery Act and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act in November of 2015. 

On September 25, 2017, we received the DOE’s preliminary findings of the 2015 report, which was shared with our community and is still available for review here: Campus Crime Program Review Report. The college completed the required response to the preliminary findings report on November 27, 2017, which was received and reviewed by the DOE. The DOE’s final determination and final Program Review Audit Report were sent to the college on May 25, 2018, was shared with you, and can still be viewed here: Final Clery Program Review Determination

Today, in continuation of open and transparent communication, I write to inform you that we received notification on September 27, 2018, that the DOE intends to impose a fine against Green River College totaling $574,500 “based on the violations of statutory and regulatory requirements”. You can find this correspondence in its entirety here: DOE Notice of Intent to Fine Letter.

Green River College will appeal the DOE’s intent to fine the college.  While we do not dispute the majority of the findings in the Program Review Determination, we do dispute the total amount and method of determining the fine.  The College has made significant strides to address the previous shortcomings noted from 2008 – 2014, as recognized by the Administrative Actions and Appeals Service Group. In addition, the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals (NACCOP) named Green River College as the Most Improved Clery Compliance Program at its 2017 Annual NACCOP Conference Recognition Ceremony. This award recognizes programs that have significantly improved within the last 3-5 years by overcoming historical weaknesses of the compliance program and working to address shortcomings while enhancing the institution’s capacity for complying with the Clery Act. 

It is essential that the institution maintain sound stewardship of our resources.  The College implemented substantial revisions and improvements to campus safety, policies, and crime reporting protocols to comply with the Clery Act.  I am hopeful that based on the actions taken we will receive a reduction in the fine.  Regardless of the outcome of the appeal on the fine amount, College operations will not be impacted nor will there be any negative affects to students or staff. 

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community is a top priority for Green River College. Since joining the college in the summer of 2017, I have observed the dedication and commitment from our faculty and staff to ensure that Green River College is a safe and welcoming space for all who visit, work, and study on campus. The corrective feedback and continued assistance we have received from the DOE and surrounding community has resulted in a better Green River College. 

We will continue to work to ensure that we have policies, procedures and resources in place to meet our responsibilities as outlined by the Clery Act, and I will continue to update you as I have further information. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me.


Suzanne M. Johnson, Ph.D.
President, Green River College
12401 SE 320th St. Auburn, WA 98092-3622
253-288-3340 (office)

Reporting & Geography

Annual Security and Fire Report

Clery Geography & Maps

Crime Data


Daily Logs

Daily Incident and Crime Logs are kept separately for each of the four Green River College campus locations. Since the Main Campus is the only one that has residential housing, it is the only log that also contains a fire log. If no log is listed, there have been no reports in the past 60 days.

Immigrant & Refugee Resources

For the latest news and updates regarding U.S. immigration policy, please visit the Holman Library's guide on Immigrant and Refugee Resources.

Contact Campus Safety

Emergency: 911

Non-Emergency: From any campus phone, dial 3350. All other phones 253-288-3350.

Safety Requests:

Director of Campus Safety & TransportationDerek Ronnfeldt

Clery Review Updates

To view previous updates regarding Green River College's Clery Act review, please visit Clery Review Updates.

Clery Review FAQ

For a list of frequantly asked questions and answers, please visit our Clery Review FAQ page.