What is a CSA?
The term Campus Security Authority, or CSA, "is a Clery-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.
- 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 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 is the Function of a CSA?
The function of a CSA is to report allegations of Clery Act crimes that they conclude were made in good faith (meaning that there is reasonable basis for believing that the information is not rumor or hearsay) to UPD to collect crime report information. CSAs are not responsible for determining authoritatively whether a crime took place and should not try to apprehend the alleged perpetrator.
The criminal offenses CSAs are required to report are murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson. CSAs are also required to report reports of bias-related (hate) crimes for all of the aforementioned crimes in addition to incidents of larceny-theft, vandalism, intimidation, simple assault, and damage/destruction/vandalism of property. Additionally, CSAs must report incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, liquor law violations, drug abuse violations and weapons: carrying, possessing, etc. For purposes of CSA reporting, please define a hate crime as any crime manifesting evidence that the victim was selected because of the their actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, national origin, disability or gender identity.
If a CSA is in doubt as to whether a crime is reportable, please err on the side of reporting the matter.