A campus security authority (CSA) is an official of Metropolitan State University who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. An official is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of our institution.
Examples of individuals (outside of the public safety office) who generally meet the criteria for being campus security authorities include…
Any of these individuals, who are asked to report crimes, are also CSAs. These individuals could include Physicians in a campus health center, counselors, including peer counselors (except for professional counselors) and health educators, including peer health educators.
The function of a campus security authority is to immediately report any crimes to the official or office designated by the institution to collect crime report information, such as the director of public safety and security department, those allegations of Clery Act crimes during the last calendar year that were made in good faith on the university property. The property includes sidewalks, roads and contiguous sidewalks on the other side of the road.
In addition, any crimes that occurred at leased facilities should be reported also... this list should only include hallways, restrooms, lobbies, stairwells or elevators leading to those rooms and the parking lots used by our students at leased facilities.
A campus security authority is not responsible for determining authoritatively whether a crime took place; that is the function of the safety personnel. A campus security authority should not try to apprehend the alleged perpetrator of the crime. That too is the responsibility of campus safety. It’s also not a CSA’s responsibility to try and convince a victim to contact the safety office or law enforcement if the victim chooses not to do so.
Clery Act regulations do not address coordinating your crime reporting process or training campus security authorities, however, the role of CSAs is vital to compliance with the law, the below information offers valuable information for CSA’s to consider.
The Clery Act is a federal law that requires the institution to identify individuals and organizations that meet the definition of a campus security authority. CSAs have an important role in complying with the law.
CSA crime reports are used by the school to:
If an individual reporting an incident needs assistance, a CSA should explain how to get help from the safety office. Let a victim know that help is available even if he or she does not want an investigation conducted. The decision to act on this option is the victim’s. In the midst of an emergency situation, such as a physical assault, however, a CSA should contact the campus safety or call 911, as appropriate.
Good recordkeeping can help minimize the chances of double reporting crimes. Suggested materials are:
Importance of documentation: If CSAs are unsure whether an incident is a Clery crime, or even if it’s criminal in nature, they should report it to the safety office.
If a crime is reported to a CSA, but goes no further than that, the school won’t have fulfilled its obligation under the law, and the campus community might not have the information they need to stay safe on campus.
Find additional information in the university's campus security reports.