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Campus Security Authorities

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If you are a Campus Security Authority and need to submit a report, please use the report form below.

CSA Crime Report Form

What is a Campus Security Authority?

A Campus Security Authority (CSA) is a Clery Act-specific term meant to identify members of our campus community who have an obligation under federal law to report certain crimes that occur on university property and around our campus. Campus Security Authorities are a vital resource at our university and help ensure that our campus community is informed and that individuals have access to important resources and information.

Campus Security Authorities do not investigate crimes that are reported to them, or report crimes that they overhear students talking about in the hallway; that a student mentions during an in-class discussion; that a victim mentions during a speech; or that a CSA learns about in an indirect manner. It is also not the responsibility of a CSA to try and convince the victim of a crime to report to law enforcement if the victim chooses not to. A CSA may not promise to keep a report confidential or private. It must be reported. However, a CSA may submit a report leaving the victim’s information anonymous if the victim asks to not be identified.

The responsibility of a CSA is simply to report information accurately and in a timely manner so that we can evaluate the report and advise our campus community of crimes that may pose a serious or ongoing threat.

Who is a Campus Security Authority?

  • A campus police or campus security department.
  • Any individual(s) who have a responsibility for campus security, but do not constitute a security department (e.g., hall monitor).
  • Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s 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.

Examples of a CSA include, but are not limited to:

  • All members that are employed within the Campus Security department
  • Title IX Coordinator
  • Director of Housing, Residence Hall Directors, and Resident Assistants
  • Hall monitors and front desk clerks that monitor/restrict access to a facility
  • Dean of Student Development
  • Academic Dean
  • Athletics Director, Assistant Athletics Directors
  • Coaches – includes all assistant coaches and graduate assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Directors of Greek Life and Student Activities
  • Renaissance Directors (e.g. choir, theater, band)
  • Faculty or Staff Advisors of an organized group (e.g. fraternity or sorority)
  • Supervisors of Student Workers (e.g. work study, bookstore, Chick-Fil-A, etc.)
  • Building Managers
  • Human Resources
  • Chief Academic and Compliance Officer
  • Director of a Campus Health or Counseling Center
  • Program Directors (e.g. Education, Physician Assistant, Nursing, etc.)
  • Satellite Campus Coordinator

Who is not a Campus Security Authority?

  • A Faculty member who does not have any responsibility for student and campus activity outside of the classroom
  • Clerical support and Cafeteria staff
  • Housekeeping and Maintenance staff
  • Exemptions as a CSA include professional counselors and pastoral counselors when performing their duties and acting as a professional or pastoral counselor

What Must Be Reported For the Clery Act?

The criminal offenses that are required to be reported are:

  • Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter
  • Negligent Manslaughter
  • Rape
  • Fondling
  • Statutory Rape
  • Incest
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Dating Violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • Stalking
  • Arson
  • Liquor Law Violations
  • Drug Abuse Violations
  • Weapons Law Violations

Bethel is also required to report statistics for hate crimes. Hate crimes are those that are committed as a result of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim. The categories of bias include the victim’s actual or perceived race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, and disability.

In addition to the Clery Act crimes listed above, hate crimes also include:

  • Larceny-Theft
  • Intimidation
  • Simple Assault
  • Vandalism / Destruction

We are required to report offenses that occur within our Clery Geography, which is defined as:

  • On Campus and Residence Facilities – Buildings or property owned or controlled by the University, such as academic buildings, dormitories, office buildings, etc.
  • Non-Campus Property – Buildings or property that the University has control over through a lease or agreement, or is owned or controlled by a university-recognized student organization, such as the Wildcat Hockey Rink, etc.
  • Public Property – Public property such as streets and sidewalks that is immediately adjacent to campus property. This includes McKenzie’s City Park, Bethel Court, University Drive, etc.

A campus Clery Geography map is provided on the last page of this document. This map should not be used to self-determine whether a Clery Act crime should be reported. If an incident could have reasonably occurred within our Clery Geography, report it anyway! The proper authorities will make the final determination based on the information you provide.

I’m a CSA! How Do I Report a Crime!?

If you have determined that you are a CSA and need to report a Clery Act crime, please submit your report using the form at the top of the page. You may also report a crime directly to Campus Security at 731-415-7599.

Any criminal offenses of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, in conjunction with your CSA Report, must also be reported to the Title IX Coordinator immediately. Survivors must be provided written information on their rights, resources, and other available options and the Title IX Coordinator will ensure this.

In addition, if a serious crime that may cause an ongoing threat to the Bethel University community is reported to a CSA, that individual should immediately notify Campus Security. Bethel University has a responsibility to notify the campus community about any crimes that pose a serious or ongoing threat to the community, and as such, CSA’s are obligated by law to report crimes immediately. But regardless, all crimes should be promptly reported to our department no matter how minor, so they may be included in our daily crime log.

The purpose of the CSA Report form is to report an incident to the Campus Security Department for statistical purposes only. A CSA Report will not initiate an investigation by the department unless specifically requested by the victim.

Additional Training

There is an additional training module on the Bethel University Training and Development Courses portal dedicated to Campus Security Authorities. You may refer to this link for further training.

If you are still unsure about your responsibilities as a Campus Security Authority and have additional questions, please contact the Chief of Security.