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Campus Security Authority

A campus security authority is 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. If a campus security authority receives crime information and believes it was provided in "good faith', he or she should document it as a crime report.

Because official responsibilities and job titles vary significantly on campuses, the Department of Education does not list specific titles. To determine specifically which individuals or organizations are campus security authorities at UMSL, consider the function of that individual or office. Look for officials (i.e., not support staff) whose functions involve relationships with students. If someone has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, he or she is a campus security authority. Note that whether or not your institution pays an individual is not a factor in determining whether that individual can be a CSA.

Download: Examples of individuals who meet the criteria for being campus security authorities (PDF 251KB)

Campus Security Authority's Responsibilities:

Under the provisions of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a crime is "reported" when the activity is brought to the attention of a campus security authority by a victim, witness, other third party or even the offender.

The function of a campus security authority is to report statistical Clery Act crimes that he or she concludes were made in good faith. The report should be made to the official or office designated by the institution to collect crime report information, such as the campus Clery Coordinator.

The Dept. of Education provides an on-line educational presentation titled Campus Safety and Security Reporting Training. This training is required for all Campus Security Authority to satisfy the educational requirement. Please view the link below.

Training Link: Campus Safety and Security Reporting Training 

Selected excerpts from the tutorial which reference CSAs can be found via the following links:

Who provides crime statistics

CSAs identified

Inform CSAs of their duty

Provide training and materials

Selected excerpts related to the crimes to be reported reported can be found via the following links:


General crimes

Hate Crimes

Referral for disciplinary action


As a Campus Security Authority; if you have received allegations of Clery Act crimes which you believe were not reported to the Campus Police and believe they were made in good faith, we ask that you complete and return the appropriate statistical crime report as outlined in the form below.

Download: Campus Security Authority Crime Report for Crimes and Hate Crimes (PDF 135KB)

Download: Campus Security Authority Crime Report for Sex Offenses and those in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (PDF 80KB)