Who Are Campus Security Authorities?

Campus Security Authorities are required to notify Security of reportable offenses.

“Campus Security Authority” (CSA) is a Clery Act-specific term that encompasses four groups of individuals and organizations associated with an institution.

  • A campus police department or a campus security department of an institution. If your institution has a campus police or security department, all individuals who work for that department are campus security authorities. A security department can be as small as one person
  • 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). Include individuals such as those who provide security at a campus parking kiosk, monitor access into a campus facility, act as event security, such as for sporting events or large, registered parties, or escort students around campus after dark (including other students).
  • 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.  If you direct the campus community to report criminal incidents to anyone or any organization in addition to police or security-related personnel, that individual or organization is a campus security authority.
  • An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student 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.

What Offenses are Reportable?

Macalester College is required under federal law to report specific criminal offenses to the United States Department of Education as detailed in the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. These criminal offenses are as follows:

Criminal Homicide
Sex Offenses
Aggravated Assault
Motor Vehicle Theft
Hate Crimes
Alcohol, Drug and Weapon violations

The Public Safety Department collects data for the criminal offenses that have been reported to Campus Security, local law enforcement agencies, and Campus Safety Authorites which have occured in the following areas:

On Campus
In or on non-campus buildings and property
On public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus

Examples of CSA’s

  • A dean of students who oversees student housing
  • A student center or student extracurricular activities;
  • Director of athletics, all athletic coaches (including part-time employees and graduate assistants);
  • Faculty advisor to a student group;
  • Student resident advisor or assistant;
  • Student who monitors access to dormitories or buildings that are owned by recognized student organizations;Title IX coordinator;
  • Director of a campus health or counseling center;
  • Victim advocates or others who are responsible for providing victims with advocacy services, such as assisting with housing relocation, disciplinary action or court cases, etc.;
  • Members of a sexual assault response team (SART) or other sexual assault advocates; and
  • Officers from local law enforcement who are contracted by the institution to provide campus safety-related services.

What do CSA’s Do?

The function of a campus security authority is to report to the official or office designated by the institution to collect crime report information, such as the campus police or security department, those allegations of Clery Act crimes that he or she receives. CSAs are responsible for reporting allegations of Clery Act crimes that are reported to them in their capacity as a CSA. This means that CSAs are not responsible for investigating or reporting incidents that they overhear students talking about in a hallway conversation; that a classmate or student mentions during an in-class discussion; that a victim mentions during a speech, workshop, or any other form of group presentation; or that the CSA otherwise learns about in  an indirect manner.