Campus Security Authorities


The Clery Act is focused on increasing campus safety awareness As a result, each university has the responsibility to collect, classify, count crime reports and/or statistics from Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) and law enforcement agencies, identify and maintain an accurate list of Clery geography, issue campus alerts (Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings), publish a Daily Crime Log of incidents, publish the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, and submit aggregate crime statistics to the Department of Education.

Not all crimes are reported to the University Police, and therefore, legislation in the Clery Act created Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) as alternative reporting sources. Individuals that are designated as CSAs are required to promptly report allegations of Clery crimes that occur within a campus' Clery Geography for inclusion in the Annual Security Report and aggregate crime statistics for the Department of Education, publication in the Daily Crime Log, and to assist the campus in determining whether an Emergency Notification or Timely Warning is warranted. 


Who is Considered CSA

The Federal Department of Education defines a CSA as:

  • A campus police department or a campus security department of an institution
  • Any individual who has responsibility for campus security but who does not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department (e.g., an individual who is responsible for monitoring the entrance to the institution or providing safety escorts)
  • 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
  •  Any official of the University who has a significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including but not limited to student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings o An official is any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond on particular issues on behalf of the institution. Examples (outside of a police or security department) include, but are not limited to:
      • Dean of Students
      • Director of Athletics and Athletic Coaches
      • Faculty and Staff
      • Advisors to Student Organizations
      • Housing Director and Resident Advisors
      • Coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Life
      • Title IX Coordinator
      • Director of Student Health & Counseling Center

CSA Responsibilities

CSAs are not responsible for determining whether a crime took place, but CSAs are responsible for promptly reporting information to the University when they receive an allegation of a Clery crime. 

CSAs are required to promptly report allegations of Clery Act crimes to the Compliance Manager. This can be accomplished by submitting the online CSUF CSA Crime Reporting Form.

Information that must be included in the report:

  • Location of incident
  • Date and time of incident
  • Description & nature of incident


CSAs should make sure that all victims who report crimes to them are aware of their rights and options. Resources include but are not limited to:

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