Longtime Clery Compliance Coordinator Receives National Recognition

August 2, 2019

CONTACT: Shawn Burns, 806-651-3200, sburns@wtamu.edu


Longtime Clery Compliance Coordinator Receives National Recognition

CANYON, Texas— A longtime university employee received national recognition this summer for her work to keep West Texas A&M University safe.

Meri Lyn Odell, WT's Clery Compliance Coordinator, was named the Professionals Clery Compliance Office of the Year by the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals (NACOOP).

Odell was recognized at a ceremony during the NACOOP's sixth annual conference on July 26.

"Meri Lyn has worked tirelessly to make sure that WT is well versed in the compliance aspects of the Clery Act and works daily to insure that our compliance effort is the best that WT can achieve through her dedication and hard work," said Shawn Burns, WT's Chief of Police. "An expert in her field, Meri Lyn is truly deserving of this award."

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, implemented in 1990, is a federal statute that requires universities who receive federal funding to provide public information related to crime incidents and report campus safety improvements.

Odell has worked as the university's Clery Compliance Coordinator for 24 years, officially receiving that title in 2015.

Odell initially oversaw crime statistics for WT's police department and its Annual Security Report. Her role has vastly expanded as new campus safety legislation and requirements developed.

As Clery Compliance Coordinator, Odell works to establish procedures for crime logs, missing students, campus warnings, and emergency notifications. She also ensures that the university's various campus safety reports are audited and submitted properly and provides extensive training for university personnel.

Specifically, Odell has been instrumental in developing procedures related to WT's Campus Security Authorities and student travel.

Odell has shared her expertise beyond WT, offering to assist other programs throughout the state in matters of Clery compliance.

Odell's dedication to the university creates a "culture of trust, safety, and compliance," Dr. Angela Spaulding, Vice President of Research and Compliance and Dean of the Graduate School.

To learn more, contact Burns at 806-651-3200 or sburns@wtamu.edu.



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