What is a Campus Security Authority (CSA)?

“Campus security authority” is a Clery Act-specific term defined by the U.S. Department of Education in "The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting" that encompasses four groups of individuals and organizations associated with an institution.

  • A campus police department or a campus security department of an institution. If your institution has a campus police or security department, all individuals who work for that department are campus security authorities. A security department can be as small as one person.
  • 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. individuals responsible for monitoring the entrance into institutional property, event security, or student 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.
  • 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 does a CSA do?

Campus Security Authorities are responsible for reporting allegations of Clery Act crimes that are reported to them in their capacity as a CSA. This means that a CSA must know and understand the reporting obligations required by the role. For more information on reporting obligations or to schedule a CSA training for your department, please contact the Clery Compliance Team at [email protected].

How do I report a crime?

If you would like to report to law enforcement, please call 911 (emergency) or Oregon State University Public Safety Dispatch at 541-737-3010 (non-emergency). If a crime reported to you could be an ongoing threat, it should be reported immediately to the Department of Public Safety for a potential campus-wide notification.

If you would like to report a crime for inclusion in the annual statistics without generating a law enforcement response, please follow this link to the CSA Reporting Form.