What is a Campus Security Authority?

Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are people who are responsible for:

  • Accurately reporting crime information to the correct people in a timely manner
  • Supporting the individual sharing their experiences with you and providing them with options and resources

CSAs are not responsible for determining if a crime took place, finding and/or apprehending the alleged perpetrator, or convincing the victim to contact law enforcement.

CSAs are a critical first step in a process that was designed to support victims and protect the larger campus community.

The Clery Act defines the following groups of individuals as CSAs:

  • University Police (all of UTPD)
  • Non-police staff responsible for monitoring university property or entrances (guards)
  • Officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. For example:
    • Student housing, student discipline, campus judicial proceedings
    • Resident Assistants (RAs), Academic Advisors
    • Faculty and other employees who travel abroad with students
    • Coaches

Many victims of crimes do not report the crime to the police, and instead, he or she chooses to tell a trusted friend or colleague. You may be that trusted friend or colleague. If you have close ties to the student population, you might be designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).

However, just because you work with students doesn’t mean you would be considered a CSA. Some common reasons faculty would be included are:

  • Supervise student employees, internships, etc.
  • Travel with students (domestically or abroad)
  • Serve as an academic advisor
  • Advise a student organization