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Campus Security Authority (CSA)

Campus Security Authority (CSA)

Definition

The Emerson College Police Department (ECPD) is required to report statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to the local police agency or any official of the institution who has “significant responsibility for student and campus activities”.

According to federal law, specifically, The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (re-named the Clery Act in 1998), the definition of “Campus Security Authority (CSA) is as follows: 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.

Similarly, the Director of Athletics, team coaches, and faculty advisors to student groups, also has significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

A single teaching faculty member is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, except when serving as an advisor to a student group.

A physician in a campus health center or a counselor in a counseling center whose only responsibility is to provide care to students are unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

Clerical staff is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

ECPD is required to report The Following Criminal Offenses:

  • Murder/Non Negligent Manslaughter,
  • Negligent Manslaughter,
  • Sex Offenses (forcible and non-forcible),
  • Robbery,
  • Aggravated Assault,
  • Burglary,
  • Motor Vehicle Theft,
  • Arson,  
  • Domestic Violence,
  • Dating violence,
  • Stalking
  • Liquor Law Violations,
  • Drug Violations and/or
  • Illegal Weapons Possession.

ECPD is also required to report statistics for hate (bias) related crimes for the previous stated crimes and also:

  • Larceny,
  • Vandalism,
  • Intimidation, and
  • Simple Assault.

ECPD is required to report offenses that occur on campus, in residential housing facilities, in non-campus property and on public property immediate to and adjacent to the College.

When a Crime has Occurred

The CSA will need to complete the Crime Statistic Report Form and return it to Deputy Chief Eric Schiazza at eric-schiazza@emerson.edu.

  • If the CSA does not know whether or not the crime was reported to the ECPD, please complete the Crime Statistic Report Form and ECPD will investigate the crime statistic.
  • The CSA should provide ECPD with the date and the location of the incident. If the date it occurred is unknown, provide a timeframe when it was reported to the CSA.
  • If the exact location is unknown, the CSA will provide as much information as he/she has, i.e. occurred in a residence hall, an academic building, on campus or whatever information that will help ECPD properly classify the crime.
  • In addition, ECPD would like a brief description of the incident so that it can appropriately classify it in accordance with the crime definitions published by the Federal Bureau of Investigations Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Remember, if a serious crime that may cause an ongoing threat to the Emerson College community is reported to anyone who is defined as a Campus Security Authority, that individual should not wait to report that incident to the ECPD. Emerson College has a responsibility to notify the campus community about any crimes which pose an ongoing threat to the community.

If you have any questions about this request or you would like to discuss the specifics about an incident, please feel free to contact Deputy Chief Schiazza at 617-824-8636.