campus security authorities

According to federal law, specifically The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (re-named the Clery Act), the Department of Campus Safety is required to report statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to the local police agency or any official of the institution who is defined as a Campus Security Authority (“CSA”).

The Clery Act defines CSA as “an official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, faculty/staff advisors to student organizations, the Director of Athletics, athletic team coaches, members of the Department of Campus Safety, the Vice-President of Student Development and Dean of Students, Director of Citizenship Education, Director of Residential Education as well as Resident Directors and Resident Assistants, the Director of Campus Activities and the Director of the Academic Development Center.

Because of the law's complex reporting requirements, the most reasonable and effective way to manage the reporting is as follows. If a CSA observes any crime listed below, or if any person reveals to a CSA that s/he learned of or were the victim of, perpetrator of, or witness to any crime listed below, the CSA should immediately complete a Crime Statistic Report Form, as indicated on the bottom of the form and send it to the Director of Campus Safety. This applies to crimes on campus, public property adjacent to campus and locations at which other college activities are taking place. The CSA should ensure that s/he completes all information on the form based on the information they possess. They should not investigate the crime or attempt to determine whether a crime, in fact, took place. Appropriate college personnel may later contact them or others to gather additional information. Click here to download a copy of the Crime Statistics Report Form.

Crimes that should be reported are: Murder and non-negligent manslaughter; Negligent manslaughter; Forcible sex offenses; Non-forcible sex offenses; Robbery; Aggravated assault; Burglary; Motor vehicle theft; Arson; All hate crimes involving bodily injury, larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destructive/damage/vandalism of property; and all liquor, drug or weapons law violations resulting in an arrest. For purposes of CSA reporting, it should be assumed that a hate crime is any crime manifesting evidence that the victim was selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity/national origin, or disability.

CSA's may file a Crime Report Form, for crimes occurring in the current calendar year, at any time. If CSA's are aware of any of the Clery defined crimes that occurred on campus in the previous year, that were not reported to the Department of Campus Safety, it is important that a completed CSA Crime Report Form be forwarded to Campus Safety no later than August 1. It would be very helpful if the reporting CSA could provide Campus Safety with the date and the location of the incident. In addition, we require a brief description of the incident so that we can appropriately classify it in accordance with the crime definitions published by the Federal Bureau of Investigations Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

If you have any questions regarding reporting obligations, please contact the Director of Campus Safety, at extension 3675. Thank you for your assistance in fulfilling these federal requirements