Campus Security Authorities

Police officers at a University event
Bobcat Bobbies ride carts around campus
Resident assistants behind a front desk

What is a campus security authority (CSA)?

A CSA is a Clery Act-specific term that encompasses four groups of individuals and organizations associated with an institution. The four groups include the following:

  1. A campus police department or a campus security department of an institution.
  2. 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). Include individuals such as those who provide security at a campus parking kiosk, monitor access into a campus facility, act as event security, such as for sporting events or large, registered parties, or escort students around campus after dark (including other students).
  3. 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.
  4. 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 (includes student organization and fraternity or sorority advisors and co-advisors).

CSA Examples

Examples of individuals who generally meet the criteria for being a CSA:

  • a dean of students who oversees student housing, a student center or student extracurricular activities;
  • a director of athletics, all athletic coaches (including part-time employees and graduate assistants);
  • a faculty advisor to a student group;
  • a student resident advisor or assistant;
  • a student who monitors access to dormitories or buildings that are owned by recognized student organizations;
  • a coordinator of Greek affairs;
  • a Title IX coordinator;
  • an ombudsperson (including student ombudspersons);
  • the director of a campus health or counseling center;
  • victim advocates or others who are responsible for providing victims with advocacy services, such as assisting with housing relocation, disciplinary action or court cases, etc.;
  • members of a sexual assault response team (SART) or other sexual assault advocates; and
  • officers from local law enforcement who are contracted by the institution to provide campus safety-related services.