Campus Security Authorities-CSA
Campus Security Authorities (CSA)
A CSA is any institutional employee with significant responsibility for student and campus activities or building relationships with students. Campus Security Authorities include, but not limited to, campus police, campus security officers, dean of students’ office employees, residential life staff, advisors to include RDs and RAs, faculty advisors to clubs and student organizations, human resources, general counsel office, athletic director, and team coaches. Additional examples can be found in the Department of Education’s handbook. Presidents and senior officials can also be CSAs.
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities
When someone tells you about a crime or an incident that might be a crime, you must report it to the University Police Department and to your institution’s designated office or Clery Compliance Coordinator via CSA report.
- Share the information as related by the person.
- Tell the person who disclosed the crime to you that you must share the information.
- Help connect the person to available options and resources within the institution.
- When in doubt, report.
Dean of Students
Director of University Housing
Director of Student Conduct
Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Compliance.
Clery Compliance Coordinator
For Sex offenses, please refer to this link in the left sidebar of this web page: Sex Offense Response Policy. You must report all sex offenses to the University Police Department and Title IX Office as soon as possible.
Exemption for Pastoral and Professional Counselors
There are two types of individuals who, although they may have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, are not campus security authorities under the Clery Act:
Pastoral counselor: A person who is associated with a religious order or denomination, is recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling, and is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.
Professional counselor: A person whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of the counselor’s license or certification. This definition applies even to professional counselors who are not employees of the institution but are under contract to provide counseling at the institution.
However, even the legally recognized privileges acknowledge some exemptions, and there may be situations in which counselors are in fact under a legal obligation to report a crime.
In most cases it is possible for a CSA to fulfill his or her responsibilities while still maintaining victim confidentiality. CSA reports are used by the institution to compile statistics for Clery Act reporting and to help determine if there is a serious or continuing threat to the safety of the campus community that would require an alert
However, those responsibilities can usually be met without disclosing personally identifying information. A CSA report does not need to automatically result in the initiation of a police or disciplinary investigation if the victim does not want to pursue this action.
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