Campus Security Authorities CSA
What is a CSA?
The term Campus Security Authority, or CSA, “is a Clery-specific term that encompasses four groups of individuals and organizations associated with an institution.”
- A campus police department or a campus security department of an institution.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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. An official is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution.
What is the function of a CSA?
The function of a CSA is to report allegations of Clery Act crimes that they conclude were made in good faith (meaning that there is reasonable basis for believing that the information is not rumor or hearsay) to the Clery Director or University Police. CSAs are not responsible for determining authoritatively whether a crime took place and should not try to apprehend the alleged perpetrator.
Clery Act crimes include:
Criminal Offenses that we are required to disclose are Criminal Homicide including Murder/Non-negligent Manslaughter and Manslaughter by Negligence; Sexual Assault including Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory Rape; Robbery; Aggravated Assault; Burglary; Motor Vehicle Theft; and Arson.
VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Offenses that we are required to disclose are Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking.
Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action that we are required to disclose are liquor law violations, drug law violations and/or illegal weapon possession.
Hate Crimes that we are required to disclose include the above listed crimes as well as Arson, Larceny-Theft, Simple Assault, Intimidation, and Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property that were motivated by bias. Bias categories include race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, or disability.
Cal Poly discloses statistics for offenses that occur on campus, in on-campus residential facilities, in or on noncampus buildings or property owned or controlled by our institution, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to our campus. If you are unsure of the location of a crime reported to you or are unsure of whether or not the location falls within our Clery geography, please still report this crime to us. It is our job to determine whether or not the information you share meets the requirements of being considered a Clery statistic and then classifying it as such.
If a CSA is in doubt as to whether a crime is reportable, please err on the side of reporting the matter.
Reports can be made by anyone to include students, faculty, staff, otherwise affiliated, local community members, visitors, and otherwise non-affiliated.