Ithaca College strongly encourages everyone to report any crime that occurs on or around campus for a number of reasons. Under the Clery Act, certain crimes reported to a Campus Security Authority (CSA) must be included and published in the daily crime log and ASFSR. Further, the Clery Act requires institutions of higher learning to issue timely warnings and emergency notifications to the campus community in the event of a situation that requires students, faculty and staff to be informed of the event and/or take immediate action to protect their safety and wellbeing. In order for this to occur, it is critical that Campus Security Authorities are identified and trained on what must be reported and understand the reporting structure of Ithaca College. If CSAs fail to report and/or if the College has not properly identified and train these individuals, it can cause the College to suffer significant fines and jeopardize Title IV funding.
Identification and Responsibilities of Campus Security Authorities
The primary function of CSAs is to report allegations of Clery Act crimes received or witnessed to the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management. By accepting the role of an individual with significant responsibility for members of the Ithaca College community, it is essential that the safety and wellbeing of students and employees is at the forefront of our minds.
How do I know if I am a Campus Security Authority?
At Ithaca College, position information is used to assist in the identification of positions that may qualify the incumbent to be a CSA. However, position details cannot identify every position that has CSA responsibilities, therefore it is also up to individuals to review their position responsibilities and comply with the training and reporting requirements if their position fits into the definition of a Campus Security Authority.
If I am a CSA, how do I fulfill my annual training obligation?
Ithaca College is in the process of collaborating with the Clery Center for Security on Campus to bring the most up-to-date and accessible training program to the campus community. Course materials will be uploaded into Sakai and made available to all Campus Security Authorities during the summer of 2019. In the interim, CSAs and supervisors with questions or training requests can contact the Clery Act and Crime Prevention Coordinator at (607) 274-3759.
CSAs are encouraged to report all crimes reported to them, on a timely basis, to the Office of Public Safety so that trained professionals can determine whether or not an event constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to the campus community. If you are made aware of a Clery Reportable Crime, you can report in any of the following ways:
If there is an emergency, or a serious and continuing threat to anyone, call 911 or the Office of Public Safety immediately at 607-274-3333
If the incident is not an emergency, or serious and continuing threat, you can make a report by contacting the Office Public Safety.
What information should I be prepared to report?
Type of crime, location of crime, date of crime, date crime was reported to you.
Location of Crime
While the Clery Act requires institutions to collect, classify and report crimes within their Clery geography, as a CSA, you are not expected to determine whether or not a reportable crime occurred within said geography. You are simply required to share information and general location of the crime that occurred to the Office of Public Safety.
For more information on Clery Geography, please click here.
Do you have a dual role as a Responsible Employee under Title IX?
CSAs, as defined in the Clery Act, and Responsible Employees, as defined in Title IX guidance, are very similar in the scope of their responsibilities and obligation to report certain information to designated college officials. However, these roles are also different in terms of the types of information that must be reported and who that information should be reported to. Please see below for more information on the function and responsibility of a Responsible Employee.