Campus Security Authorities
Campus Security Authorities
Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are mandatory crime reporters specified under the Clery Act. UIC is required to identify CSAs using guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, which defines CSAs in four categories:
- Campus Police Departments
(e.g., UIC Police Department, UIS Police Department, UIUC Police Department)
- Individuals in security roles
(e.g., someone who monitors access to a campus property)
- Individuals or offices to which UIC instructs students to report crimes
(e.g., Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator)
- Individuals with “significant responsibility for student or campus activities”
(e.g., certain staff in Campus Housing, Intercollegiate Athletics, Center for Student Involvement, etc.)
Clery Act Liaisons
Clery Act Liaisons
In order to gather accurate information from such a large and diverse community as UIC and its regional health science campuses, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, which is managing Clery compliance, worked with the Chancellor/Vice Chancellor’s Cabinet and Dean’s Council to identify a Clery Act Liaison within each college and major administrative unit. It was determined it would be in the program’s best interest to have a primary point of administrative contact that is most familiar with operational and programmatic matters at the college- and unit-level who can provide assistance in identifying and registering any CSAs that work within the liaison’s college or major administrative unit.
UIC Clery Act Liaisons play an essential role in helping to coordinate the gathering of pertinent information to comply with the federal mandates, and ensure that communications between our compliance program and the units run smoothly. As such, the Clery Liaison for each college and major administrative unit identifies UIC CSAs within their college or unit following federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.
Who are CSAs
CSA Role & Responsibilities
When a CSA witnesses, or receives a report of, criminal incidents, they are required to forward certain information about such incidents to law enforcement. In response to a CSA report, the UICPD, and/or the Title IX Coordinator in response to reports of sexual misconduct, may contact the CSA or the reporting person (when the reporting person’s contact information is provided) for more information or to connect the reporting person to resources. CSAs may also offer a reporting person additional options for reporting and support.
CSAs are required to submit the following information to law enforcement about Clery-reportable crimes:
- Date and time crime occurred
- Date and time crime was reported to CSA
- Type of crime
- Location of crime
In cases of reported sexual misconduct, CSAs are also Responsible Employees, and must forward additional incident information to the Title IX Coordinator, including the identities of individuals involved. Information about the university’s response to reported crimes involving sexual misconduct, including the reporting of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) crimes (dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking), is located at sexualmisconduct.uic.edu.
Note: Except in the case of reports made to a Campus Police Department, reporting to a CSA is NOT the same as filing a formal police report. To file a police report, law enforcement must be contacted directly.
CSAs & Confidentiality
In most cases it is possible for a CSA to fulfill their responsibilities while still maintaining victim confidentiality. CSA reports are used by the institution to compile statistics for Clery Act reporting and to help determine if there is a serious or continuing threat to the safety of the campus community that would require an alert (i.e., a timely warning or emergency notification). However, those responsibilities can usually be met without disclosing personally identifying information. A CSA report does not need to automatically result in the initiation of a police or disciplinary investigation if the victim does not want to pursue this action.
Note on Responsible Employees: In cases of sexual misconduct, the reporting person’s identity may not be held as confidential and the incident details must be forwarded to the UIC Title IX Coordinator. Information about the university’s response to reported crimes involving sexual misconduct, including the reporting of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) crimes (dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking), is located at sexualmisconduct.uic.edu.