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Campus Security Authorities (CSA) are required by the Clery Act to report crimes (excluding identifying information) they witness or are informed of for inclusion in the University’s annual Clery Disclosure Report. In addition, these individuals provide victims with important information and resources related to victims' rights and options, and available campus and community victim assistance and support services. This assistance is available whether the crime occured on or off campus. If desired and requested, CSA can also assist victims with notifying University Police or other law enforcement agencies.
- Who are CSA?
- CSA Reporting Requirements
- Campus Security Authorities Crime & Incident Report Form
Campus Security Authorities are defined by the Clery Act as:
- "A campus law enforcement unit;
- An individual or organization specified in an institution's statement of campus security policy as the individual or organization to whom students and employees should report criminal offenses; and
- An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, but does not have significant counseling responsibilities."
The U.S. Department of Education clarifies the employee and student positions which constitute CSA in The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting. In relation to Cal State L.A., the following individuals and organizations are considered to be Campus Security Authorities:
- Associated Students, Inc. Executive Director, officers and representatives: University-Student Union, Room 203, (323) 343-4780
- Athletic Director, Associate Director, team coaches, and trainers: Physical Education, Room 104, (323) 343-3080
- Center for Student Involvement directors and coordinators: University-Student Union, Room 204, (323) 343-5110
- Cross Cultural Centers' director and coordinators: University-Student Union, Room 206, (323) 343-5001
- Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Director and Coordinator: Administration, Room 606, (323) 343-3040
- Faculty advisors to student organizations
- Housing Services Director, Associate Director, Assistant Director, resident directors, and resident assistants: Housing Complex, (323) 343-4800
- Judicial Affairs Officer: Student Affairs, Room 115A (323) 343-3103
- Student Affairs Vice President and Assistant Vice President: Student Affairs 108 and 115A, (323) 343-3100
- Student Health Center medical providers and health educators: Student Health Center, (323) 343-3300
- University Police: North end of Lot 1, 911 for emergencies, (323) 343-3700
Campus Security Authorities are required by law to immediately report to University Police the crimes listed below which they have personally witnessed, or were informed of by a victim, perpetrator, or witness that have taken place at locations that include: the main campus; on public property within and adjacent to the campus that is accessible from the campus; and buildings or properties owned or controlled by officially recognized student organizations.
Campus Security Authorities do not investigate or make decisions about whether or not a crime has occurred. If a CSA is unsure if an incident should be reported it is better to file a report. University Police will determine if the incident is appropriate for inclusion in the University's annual security report. CSA must report the crimes that have been reported to them even if a victim or witness does not wish to file a criminal report or disciplinary complaint. With the exception of liquor, drug and weapons law violations, reports are filed even if someone has not been arrested for the crime. In addition, CSA are required to file a report even if they know or suspect that the crime has been previously reported.
Crimes that must be reported include:
- Aggravated assault
- Dating violence
- Domestic violence
- Hate crimes
- Liquor, drug and weapons violations - arrests and campus disciplinary referrals
- Motor vehicle theft
- Murder and manslaughter
- Negligent manslaughter
- Sex offenses - forcible and non-forcible
In order to facilitate reporting, CSA should use the Campus Security Authorities Crime & Incident Report Form. The form should be submitted in a confidential envelope and delivered to: University Police - attention Chief of Police, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032.
Further details on Campus Security Authority reporting requirements can be found through the U.S. Department of Education's publication The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting and online Campus Crime Reporting Training.
Questions regarding Cal State L.A. specific reporting obligations should be directed to Lucia Gamez, University Police, at (323) 343-3700.
Jeanne clery disclosure of campus security policy and campus crime statistics act, 20 U.S.C. §1092(f) (1998). Retrieved January 15, 2008, from the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. Department of Representatives at http://uscode.house.gov/
Office of Postsecondary Education (2011). The handbook for campus safety and security reporting. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved March 22, 2011, from http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/handbook-2.pdf
University Police. (2011). Annual security and fire safety report. California State University, Los Angeles. Retrieved March 22, 2011, from http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/police/docs/clery_2011.pdf
Violence against women reauthorization act of 2013, Public Law No: 113-4 (2013). Retrieved March 15, 2013, from the U.S. Government Printing Office at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s47enr/pdf/BILLS-113s47enr.pdf/