Are You A Campus Security Authority?

Campus security authorities are identified through a definition in the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and they are required to report crimes that they become aware of to CSUPD.

While many crimes that occur within the CSU community are reported directly to the Colorado State University Police Department, some crimes may be reported to officials who have significant responsibilities for students and university activities. These officials are called campus security authorities.

The Clery Act requires that:

  • CSU identify campus security authorities (see definition below)
  • Campus security authorities report crimes that fit specific criteria to CSUPD
  • Colorado State University provides an annual report of certain criminal offense statistics to the public of criminal offenses that occurred on or near property owned or controlled by CSU

Campus security authority definition

As a campus security authority, you may be someone to whom a victim, witness or other person is likely to report a crime.

For collecting and classifying incidents of crime, CSU’s campus security authorities include the following individuals or offices:

  • Colorado State University Police Department
  • Deans of Students and their professional staff
  • Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators
  • Athletic coaches, assistant coaches, volunteer coaches, and graduate assistants
  • CSU Housing staff (which includes student staff but excludes dining hall staff)
  • Advisors to student organizations
  • Sport club advisors
  • Faculty who lead field-trips or study abroad trips

Pastoral and professional counselors, when acting as such, are not considered campus security authorities by the Clery Act

Important legal obligations of campus security authorities

  • Campus security authorities have a legal obligation to notify the university of any crimes that occurred on or within the locations outlined by the Clery Act that are conveyed or disclosed to them
  • Notify the university of crimes that campus security authorities personally witness or suspect
  • While campus security authorities must report any crime that comes to their attention, identifying information may be excluded from the report such as names, initials, contact information, etc., at the request of the victims.

CSU is required to gather information about these criminal acts through the Clery crime statistic reporting form and, depending upon the situation, CSU may be required to alert students, faculty and staff (see communications during an emergency) and take other required actions.

If they deem it appropriate, campus security authorities are encouraged to also counsel their client regarding the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual crime statistics.

More information about campus security authority responsibilities and additional training.

Campus security authority reporting form

To report a crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

To report a crime, please follow the instructions on the online Clery crime statistic reporting form. If you need assistance submitting this form, please contact Rebecca Miller at 970-491-6397.

For questions regarding campus security authorities, statistics, reporting, or geography contact:

Rebecca Miller
Rebecca.S.Miller@colostate.edu
Clery Compliance Officer
Safety and Risk Services
Colorado State University
P: (970) 491-6379
Administration Building, #318J
6001 Campus Delivery | Fort Collins, CO 80523-6001