What is a Campus Security Authority (CSA)?

Campus Security Authority is a term that encompasses a wide range of university individuals and organizations who are required to report crime data for inclusion in the annual security report. The CSA designation recognizes that victims may be more inclined to report criminal incidents to someone other than police.

Campus security authorities include:

  • University police officers and security officers;
  • Individual outside the university police department who have campus security responsibilities;
  • Individuals or organizations specified in the statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses; and
  • University officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings.

Examples of individuals who meet the criteria of a CSA include:

  • Dean of students who oversees housing, a student center, or extracurricular activities;
  • A director of athletics or team coach; and
  • A faculty advisor to a student group.

Examples of individuals who do not meet the criteria of a CSA include:

  • Faculty who do not have any responsibility for students and campus activities beyond the classroom; and
  • Support staff such as clerical and a counselor at a counseling center.