The University of Minnesota encourages all reports of crime to be made to the University of Minnesota Police Department or local law enforcement; however, crimes may also be reported to individuals on campus who have been identified as Campus Security Authorities. The intent of including non-law enforcement personnel as campus security authorities is to acknowledge that some individuals may be inclined to report such incidents to other individuals on campus.
An important component of compliance with the Clery Act is ensuring that crime data is collected from all applicable sources defined in the law. In order to comply with the Clery Act the University of Minnesota collects crime information from local law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction over University of Minnesota Clery Geography and a wide range of individuals who have been identified as Campus Security Authorities.
What is a Campus Security Authority?
Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are individuals on campus who meet the definition under the law. The Clery Act defines four categories of CSAs
- A campus police or security department
- Individuals who have security responsibility, but are not part of the police or security department
- Individuals or offices where members of the campus community are directed to report crimes
- Officials of the university who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities
CSAs are defined by Federal Law. While there are many CSAs at the University of Minnesota, the following groups of individuals comprise of the bulk of CSAs on campus
- University Police Officers and Security Personnel
- Residence Hall Directors, Assistant Residence Hall Directors, Residence Hall Community Advisors
- Advisors to student groups
- Athletics Coaches, Assistant Coaches
- Office of Community Standards
- Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
- Director of University Clery Compliance
What does a CSA do?
If you are the victim of a crime and are unsure how you want to proceed, you may want to consider speaking with a Campus Security Authority.
Campus Security Authorities can explain different reporting options available and help you decide which option is best for you.
In some cases, you may be able to make a confidential report that would not initiate any additional action through the University or the criminal justice system. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With this information, the University of Minnesota can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents occurring on campus; determine crime patterns, and alert the campus community of potential danger.
If you have been identified as a CSA, take the training below!
If you have not been identified as a CSA, but you believe you meet the definition described above, contact the Director of University Clery Compliance