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
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