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All U.S. universities that participate in federal financial aid programs are required to comply with the Clery Act, a law that compels institutions to report incidents of crime on or near campus. However, when asked about how their campus handles Clery Act compliance, many education abroad (EA) professionals will admit that they’re unsure of their responsibilities and their institution’s approach.

This webinar is designed for EA professionals who have ever wondered:

  • What type of health or safety incidents am I required to report?
  • How does the Clery Act impact EA and when is reporting an incident necessary?
  • Does my office have an airtight policy that meets compliance standards?

Join speakers Dru Simmons (The Ohio State University), Phillip Johnson (Notre Dame University), and Amanda Kelso (Duke University) as they explain the key points of the Clery Act and offer tools for you to develop or strengthen your own Clery Act compliance strategy.

Phillip Johnson  provides an overview of the Clery Act and discusses when incident reporting is required. Amanda Kelso shares how her EA office established clear guidelines for reporting incidents, while Dru Simmons covers the risk management side of Clery Act compliance, with details on how to strengthen collaboration and align strategies on campus to ensure a strong response to Clery-related incidents.

Invite your education abroad managers and advisers, as well as campus safety officers and risk managers, to join this webinar. Sharing NAFSA webinars is a cost-effective method of staying abreast of the hottest topics facing the field today. Show the webinar in a room with a projector, and invite as many attendees as you wish for the price of one registration!


  • Explain when and how the Clery Act impacts EA programs.
  • Identify key stakeholders and build ongoing relationships for compliance with the Clery Act.
  • Develop a process to ensure incidents are reported accurately according to Clery regulation—particularly those incidents impacting EA programs.


Phillip JohnsonPhillip Johnson
Notre Dame University

Phillip Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in police service and the security field. Since 2007, he has served as chief of police and director of emergency management at the University of Notre Dame, where he leads a staff of 78 regular employees, including 33 armed police officers and more than 250 part-time event workers.

Johnson received his BA from Notre Dame, as well as a master's degree in business administration from Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. Johnson completed basic police training in Michigan. He is a certified law enforcement officer in Indiana and a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College at The Ohio State University.

Johnson has presented to a number of professional organizations, both locally and nationally, on a variety of public safety matters, including the Clery Act, town-gown relations, and major special event management. Johnson is a past president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and has served as a team leader for the IACLEA's Loaned Executive Management Assessment Program.

Amanda KelsoAmanda Kelso, Ed.D
Duke University

Amanda Kelso has worked in the field of international higher education for more than 20 years. She has a BA and an MA in Spanish from the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill, as well as a doctorate in higher education administration from North Carolina State University and a graduate certificate in technology and communication from UNC.

As an undergraduate student, she spent her junior year studying at the Universidad de Sevilla, and later returned to live and work in Spain as resident director of a U.S.-based university program. Prior to joining Duke University, she taught university-level Spanish for 2 years and served as director of an international residence hall.

Kelso has held leadership positions in international education professional organizations at the state, regional, and national levels, and has been with the Duke University Global Education Office for Undergraduates since 1997. Her primary interests are study abroad program management and assessment, and education technology.

Dru SimmonsDru Simmons
The Ohio State University

Dru Simmons currently serves as the international risk manager at The Ohio State University, where he coordinates the activities and implements the operating procedures of the provost-appointed International Travel Policy Committee. He also administers the supplemental travel insurance program and serves as the emergency responder for the university's international emergency protocol. His role includes oversight of the university's international programs' compliance with federal regulations, including the Clery Act, Title IX, and authorized travel to Cuba.

Prior to joining Ohio State, Dru spent 17 years in study abroad administration within a public university system, one of the nation's largest providers of study abroad programming, and an overseas program site in Costa Rica.

Dru earned his BA in political science from Messiah College and an MA in history from the State University of New York. He has held multiple leadership and training roles in NAFSA and is currently a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps.