Crime Reporting and Campus Security Authorities (CSAs)

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Campus Security Authorities: Offices/Authorities for Reporting Crime

What is a Campus Security Authority?

In accordance with the Clery Act, our school discloses statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to local law enforcement agencies or any official of the institution identified as a “Campus Security Authority.” Campus Security Authorities (CSA) are non-law-enforcement individuals who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities and who by the very nature of their significant roles, responsibilities, or job title, may reasonably be identified by students and employees as officials or authorities to whom crime should be reported. The college provides training and/or notification to those offices/officials that have been identified as CSAs, with emphasis on their obligation to immediately report a crime to Ithaca College Public Safety.

The criminal offenses for which we are required to disclose statistics are as follows: murder/non- negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, liquor law violations, drug abuse violations, and weapons: carrying, possessing, etc. We are also required to report statistics for bias-related (hate) crimes for the following offenses: murder/non-negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny-theft, vandalism, intimidation, simple assault, and damage/destruction/vandalism of property. Additionally, we are required to disclose statistics for offenses that occur on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by our school, and public property within or immediately adjacent to our campus. Moreover, the college has a responsibility to notify the campus community about any crimes that pose an immediate or ongoing threat to the campus community.

As such, CSAs are obligated by law to report crimes to Public Safety. Although every institution wants its campus community to report crimes to campus law enforcement, we know that this doesn’t always happen. Similarly, we strongly encourage any victim to immediately report a crime and have it investigated; however, we do so with the understanding that an investigation will occur only if the victim so chooses. The victim of a crime on campus can make a voluntary, confidential report to public safety about the crime and choose not to have it further investigated. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with the victim’s wish to keep the matter confidential while taking steps to ensure the future safety of the victim and others. With such information, the college can keep accurate records of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or perpetrator, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the college.

In recognizing that some students or employees are more comfortable or more inclined to report crimes to someone other than the campus law enforcement, the following campus offices/officials are provided as alternative means for reporting a crime. Even if you are not sure if a crime has occurred or whether an ongoing threat exists, immediately contact IC Public Safety or one of the following offices. When unsure, err on the side of reporting. Note: the counseling center staff, health center staff, and chaplains are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform the students they are counseling that the opportunity exists to make a confidential report of a crime to the public safety office if they so choose.