January 17, 2013

SAFETY NET: Are You a Campus Security Authority?

At Saint Louis University, the responsibility for reporting campus crimes extends beyond the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities to collect crime reports from a variety of individuals and organizations that the federal law identifies to be campus security authorities or CSAs.

Examples of CSAs include:

  • Residence hall desk workers
  • Resident assistants and advisers
  • Faculty advisers to student organizations
  • Athletic directors and coaches

But CSAs are defined by their functions, not their job titles. For example, an employee or student who oversees a student trip would qualify, too.

Under the federal law, CSAs must notify DPSEP of certain alleged crimes that are reported to them, including

  • Homicide
  • Aggravated assault
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson
  • Sexual assault
  • Hate crimes

The University already has identified a number individuals as Campus Security Authorities. If you believe you are a Campus Security Authority, contact James Spellman with DPSEP, at 314-977-7129 or jspellma@slu.edu. If you qualify, you will be enrolled in an one-hour, online Campus Security Authority course.

Read SLU's Jeanne Clery Act Compliance Policy online.

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