Who Are CSA’s

A Campus Security Authority or CSA is a Clery-specific term that encompasses for groups of individuals and organizations associated with an institution:

  • A Campus police department or a campus security department of an institution.
  • Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department (e.g., an individual who is responsible for monitoring the entrance into institutional property).
  • Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
  • An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for students and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, 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 the institution.

Examples of CSA’s including, but are not limited to (adapted from the Clery Handbook):

  • Professional staff in the Division of Student Affairs, including Residential Life
  • Staff in the Campus Center
  • Staff in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement and Campus Operations (handling extracurricular activities)
  • Faculty or staff advisors to student organizations
  • Resident assistants; Residence Hall Directors
  • Students who monitor access to residence halls or other facilities
  • Athletic directors (ADs) and coaches (including assistant ADs and assistant coaches)
  • Public Safety Officers
  • Event security staff
  • Administrators at branch/satellite/separate campuses
  • A physician or counselor  in the Hamre Center if they are identified as someone to whom crimes should be reported or if they have significant responsibility for student and campus activities

If Campus Security Authorities have information regarding the above criminal offenses, they must forward the information to the Department of Public Safety using the following form:

What Do CSA’s Do

A CSA must notify DPS of crimes or criminal incidents that are reported to them. They disclose statistics that fall under the Clery Act’s list of reportable crimes and occur within Clery geography.

If a CSA is notified of a crime in progress or an ongoing threat to the Macalester College  community, they will contact the Department of Public Safety for assistance.

Confidential Crime Reporting through CSAs

Occasionally, a person may want to seek assistance anonymously. For example, if you are a victim of sexual assault and wish to seek help, medical or otherwise, without contact with law enforcement, you can confidentially report the incident to a designated CSA. Your CSA can provide you with information and resources and serve as your agent to obtain the support you need without filing a police report.

Pastoral and Professional Counselors

All employees and students of Macalester College, including pastoral and professional counselors, are strongly encouraged to report crimes and encourage victims or witnesses of crime to voluntarily report these offenses to Public Safety.

If requested, pastoral and professional counselors are able to report crimes to the Department of Public Safety while maintaining the confidentiality of the reporting person.

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.