Campus Security Authority

Although we want the campus community to report criminal incidents to UTC PD, we know that this doesn’t always happen.  A 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 universities to collect crime reports from campus security authorities (CSA). 

The crime statistics in the Annual Security Report must reflect crimes that are reported to the campus police department or to a campus security authority.  CSA’s have an important role in university compliance with the Clery Act.  CSA crime reports are used by the university to fulfill its responsibility to annually disclose Clery crime statistics, and to issue timely warnings for Clery Act crimes that pose a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. 

If a crime is reported to a CSA, but goes no further than that, the university will not have fulfilled its obligation under the law, and campus community members might not have the information they need to stay safe on campus.  UTC is required to collect crime statistics from all persons falling within the definitions below even if there is no police investigation. 

Defining Campus Security Authorities

A CSA is a Clery-specific term that encompasses four groups of individuals and organizations associated with the university whose job functions involve significant responsibility for student and campus activities:

  • A campus police department. All individuals who work for the department are campus security authorities. 
  • Individuals who have responsibility for campus security but are not members of the campus police department. Examples include, but are not limited to: security at a campus parking booth; people who monitor access into a campus facility; event security, such as for sporting events or large registered parties; and those who escort students around campus after dark (including other students).
  • Any individual or organization specified in UTC policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses. Examples include, but are not limited to: physicians in a campus health center; Residential Life staff; health educators, including peer health educators; and Judicial Affairs/Student Development staff.
  • An official who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. “Official” is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution.  Examples include, but are not limited to: a dean of students who oversees student housing, a student center or student extracurricular activities; a faculty advisor to a student group; a student resident advisor or assistant; a coordinator of Greek affairs (or related positions); student judicial officials; the director of a campus health or counseling center; victim advocates or others responsible for providing victims with advocacy services, such as assisting with housing relocation, disciplinary action, etc.; athletic administrators including the director, assistant directors, coaches, trainers, etc.; and, officers from local law enforcement who are contracted by the University to provide campus safety-related services.

CSA Training Webinar

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