Campus Security Authorities (CSA)

Although every institution wants its campus community to report criminal incidents to law enforcement, we know that this doesn’t always happen.

Even at institutions with a police department on campus, a student who is the victim of a crime may be more inclined to report it to someone other than the campus police. For this reason, the Clery Act requires all institutions to collect crime reports from a variety of individuals and organizations that Clery considers to be "campus security authorities”. Data is collected from a wide variety of “Campus Security Authorities” to provide the most accurate crime statistics possible." 

Defining Campus Security Authorities

The law defines four categories of Campus Security Authority:

  • University Police
  • Non-police security staff responsible for monitoring university property, monitoring events, and providing escorts to include contract security and students.
  • People/offices designated under our policy as those to whom crimes should be reported. These include the Office of Judicial Affairs and the Dean of Students. 
  • “Officials with significant responsibility for students and campus activities”. “Official” is defined as any person who has the authority and duty to take action and respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution.

CSA Training Webinar

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