Mason Receives National Honor for Maintaining Safe Campuses

Posted: August 10, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

Mason was awarded the 2007 Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award, which is presented annually by the nonprofit Security On Campus Inc. “in honor of schools that have done extraordinary things to make college university students safer.”

The presentation was the culmination of the second annual College and University Police and Investigators Conference (CUPIC), a national organization created last year by Mason’s University Police. Nearly 300 law enforcement officers attended this year’s conference held this week in the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus.

Thomas Hennessey and Connie Clery
Mason Chief of Staff Thomas Hennessey accepts the Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award from Connie Clery.
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The safety award was created by the parents of Jeanne Clery, a student at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania who was murdered in 1986. Three years after their daughter’s death, the Clerys founded Security on Campus Inc., which is dedicated to the prevention of violence, substance abuse and other crimes in college and university settings. The federal campus crime reporting law, originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Safety Act, is now called the Jeanne Clery Act.

Connie Clery, Jeanne’s mother, was at the conference to present the award to Mason. Mason Chief of Staff Thomas Hennessey, Police Chief Michael Lynch, and Det. Thomas Bacigalupi accepted on behalf of the university.

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