Has ED Extended the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Reporting Deadlines Due To COVID-19?

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This AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&A was updated on December 18, 2020 to reflect guidance provided in the December 11, 2020 Federal Register.

Yes. As reaffirmed in the December 11, 2020 Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Education extended the deadline for schools to submit their Annual Security Reports and Annual Fire Safety Reports, as required under 34 CFR 668.46(b) and 668.49(b) respectively, to required recipients by December 31, 2020.

Previous guidance in the July 10, 2020 Electronic Announcement stated:

"Campus and Fire Safety (34 CFR 668.41(e), 668.46(b), and 668.49(b))
The Department is extending the date for institutions to distribute their Annual Security Reports (ASRs) and Annual Fire Safety Reports (AFSRs) to required recipients to December 31, 2020. We encourage institutions to distribute their reports on the normal schedule if possible.

Additionally, the annual crime and fire statistics survey will now be open from November 18, 2020 through January 14, 2021. If you need assistance with the survey, please call the Campus Safety Help Desk at 1-800-435-5985 or by email at campussafetyhelp@westat.com.

The Department encourages schools to take appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of their students and employees, to continue to act in accordance with their campus safety policies and procedures, and to advise the campus community about changing conditions that may affect their safety or any major changes to safety policies or practices."

The normal deadline for distributing the annual campus security and fire safety reports is October 1. Reference Volume 2, Chapter 6 of the FSA Handbook for more information.

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