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Campus Security Authorities

Under the Clery Act, 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'."

If a member of the Drexel community reports a crime to anyone who is deemed a Campus Security Authority (CSA), or if a CSA is otherwise made aware of any crime that occurred on campus that may not have been reported to the Department of Public Safety, the CSA should notify Public Safety immediately by calling 215.895.2222. The CSA must also complete a Crime Reporting Form. The Department of Public Safety has a responsibility to notify the University community about any crimes that may pose an ongoing threat.

Who are Campus Security Authorities?

A Campus Security Authority is an individual who is an official of the institution that has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including but not limited to:

  • Drexel Police Officers
  • Allied Universal security officers
  • Title IX Officials
  • Professional staff in a dean of students' office
  • Staff in a student center building
  • Student Activities office
  • Student Housing staff
  • Student discipline staff
  • Faculty or staff advisors to student organizations
  • Resident Assistants
  • Director of Athletics
  • Team coaches
  • Athletics staff
  • A coordinator of Greek Affairs
  • Physicians in campus health centers
  • Victim advocate or a sexual assault response team in a campus rape crisis center
  • Campus judicial proceedings
  • Co-op and academic advisors
  • Supervisors of student employees

There are two classifications of individuals who, although they have significant responsibilities for student and campus activities, are not considered CSAs under Clery:

  • Pastoral counselor: An individual who is associated with a religious order or denomination, is recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling and is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.
  • Professional counselor: An individual whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the institution's community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification. This definition also applies to professional counselors who are not employees of the institution but are under contract to provide counseling at the institution.

Pastoral counselors and professional counselors are encouraged to inform their client/s of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

CSA Responsibilities

Under the Clery Act, a crime is reported when a victim, witness, other third party or even the offender brings it to the attention of a CSA or local law enforcement personnel. It does not matter whether the individual/s involved in the crime or reporting the crime are associated with the institution. If a CSA receives the crime information and believes it was provided in good faith, he or she should document it as a crime report and provide this report to the Drexel University Department of Public Safety. "In good faith" means there is a reasonable basis for believing that the information is not simply rumor or hearsay.

CSAs are not responsible for investigating crimes. Their role is to report all incidents immediately, no matter how minor an incident may seem. All investigations and crime classifications are the responsibility of sworn law enforcement personnel.

CSA Crime Statistics Reporting Form

Crime Reporting Definitions [PDF]