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Mandatory Clery Act Training & Campus Security Authority Identification

Under the Clery Act, a consumer protection law providing transparency around campus crime policy and statistics, Drexel University is required to disclose "statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to local law enforcement agencies or any official of the institution who is defined as a 'Campus Security Authority'."

The law defines "Campus Security Authority" (CSA) as: "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 include a dean of students, director of athletics, team coaches, academic advisors and faculty advisors to student groups. A faculty member who interacts with students primarily in the classroom is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, except when serving as an advisor to a student group. Clerical staff members are also unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. However, many members of the Drexel community have broad roles so that a CSA classification does not necessarily map to a particular job title.

CSAs are critical links within our community - they help ensure the campus remains informed and that individuals coming forward to report a potential crime have access to the information and resources they deserve. To ensure CSAs have a clear understanding of their roles, Drexel University is providing mandatory online CSA training to all employees in Career Pathway, which is accessible via the "Employee" tab in DrexelOne under the "Development and Certifications" header.

We understand that some individuals' roles may not fit the definition of a CSA. However, because employee roles within the University can often change, this training is mandatory for all faculty and professional staff, regardless of whether you are currently a CSA. The training, titled "The Clery Act at Drexel," will be made available on April 25, 2017 and is due to be completed by June 2, 2017.

We all play a role in ensuring the safety and security of our campus community. Even if your role within the University does not fit the definition of a CSA, Drexel University encourages all employees to report crime. Any student, faculty or professional staff member who is a victim of crime, observes an incidence of crime, or witnesses suspicious activity is strongly encouraged to promptly report the information to the Department of Public Safety by calling 215.895.2222 or 9-1-1.

Thank you for helping us not only to comply with this federal law, but also to ensure we are all doing everything we can to respond to and prevent future crime on our campus. If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, please email dps@drexel.edu.