CSULA Student Health Center: Campus Security Authorities

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Campus Security Authorities (CSA) are required by the Clery Act to report crimes (excluding identifying information) they witness or are informed of for inclusion in the University’s annual Clery Disclosure Report. In addition, these individuals assist victims and witnesses with notifying University Police or other law enforcement agencies upon request and provide victims with information and resources on their legal rights in relation to campus related crimes (click on Victims' Rights for more information).


Who are CSA?

Campus Security Authorities are defined by the Clery Act as:

  • "A campus law enforcement unit;
  • An individual or organization specified in an institution's statement of campus security policy as the individual or organization to whom students and employees should report criminal offenses; and
  • An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, but does not have significant counseling responsibilities."

The U.S. Department of Education clarifies the employee and student positions which constitute CSA in The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting. In relation to Cal State L.A., the following individuals and organizations are considered to be Campus Security Authorities:


CSA Reporting Requirements

Campus Security Authorities are required by law to immediately report to University Police the crimes listed below which they have personally witnessed, or were informed of by a victim, perpetrator, or witness that have taken place at locations that include: the main campus; on public property within and adjacent to the campus that is accessible from the campus; and buildings or properties owned or controlled by officially recognized student organizations.

Campus Security Authorities do not investigate or make decisions about whether or not a crime has occurred. If a CSA is unsure if an incident should be reported it is better to file a report. University Police will determine if the incident is appropriate for inclusion in the University's annual security report. CSA must report the crimes that have been reported to them even if a victim or witness does not wish to file a criminal report or disciplinary complaint. With the exception of liquor, drug and weapons law violations, reports are filed even if someone has not been arrested for the crime. In addition, CSA are required to file a report even if they know or suspect that the crime has been previously reported.

Crimes that must be reported include:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Dating / domestic violence (beginning 2014)
  • Hate crimes
  • Liquor, drug and weapons violations - arrests and campus disciplinary referrals
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Murder and manslaughter
  • Negligent manslaughter
  • Robbery
  • Sex offenses - forcible and non-forcible
  • Stalking (beginning 2014)


Campus Security Authorities Crime & Incident Report Form

In order to facilitate reporting, CSA should use the Campus Security Authorities Crime & Incident Report Form. The form should be submitted in a confidential envelope and delivered to: University Police - attention Chief of Police, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032.



Further details on Campus Security Authority reporting requirements can be found through the U.S. Department of Education's publication The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting and online Campus Crime Reporting Training. Questions regarding reporting obligations should be directed to Lizette Juarez, Administration Manager, University Police, at (323) 343-3738.



Jeanne clery disclosure of campus security policy and campus crime statistics act, 20 U.S.C. §1092(f) (1998). Retrieved January 15, 2008, from the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. Department of Representatives at http://uscode.house.gov/

Office of Postsecondary Education (2011). The handbook for campus safety and security reporting. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved March 22, 2011, from http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/handbook-2.pdf

University Police. (2011). Annual security and fire safety report. California State University, Los Angeles. Retrieved March 22, 2011, from /sites/default/files/univ/police/docs/clery_2011.pdf

Violence against women reauthorization act of 2013, Public Law No: 113-4 (2013). Retrieved March 15, 2013, from the U.S. Government Printing Office at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s47enr/pdf/BILLS-113s47enr.pdf/