Campus Security Authorities (CSAs)

Who is a CSA?

The term Campus Security Authority, or CSA, “is a Clery-specific term that encompasses four groups of individuals and organizations associated with an institution.”

  • A campus police department or a campus security department of an institution.
  • Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department (e.g., an individual who is responsible for monitoring the entrance into institutional property).
  • Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
  • 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. An official is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution.

CSUMB CSAs by Position

The following positions are some campus CSAs outside of sworn personnel, but you can be redirected to the full list. For contact information on professional staff, see the campus Directory.

Position Title Department
AVP for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Dean of Students Office
Director of Student Housing & Residential Life Student Housing & Residential Life
Community Director Student Housing & Residential Life
Resident Advisor Student Housing & Residential Life
Title IX Coordinator and DHR Prevention Administrator Office of Title IX Administration and Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation Prevention
Student Organization Advisor Inter-Club Council, Multicultural Greek Council, and Sports Club Council
Athletic Directors & Assistant Directors Athetics
Coaches & Assistant Coaches Athletics

What is the function of a CSA?

What Does a Campus Security Authority Do?

The function of a campus security authority is to report to the official or office designated by the institution to collect crime report information, such as the campus police or security department, those allegations of Clery Act crimes that he or she receives. CSAs are responsible for reporting allegations of Clery Act crimes that are reported to them in their capacity as a CSA. This means that CSAs are not responsible for investigating or reporting incidents that they overhear students talking about in a hallway conversation; that a classmate or student mentions during an in-class discussion; that a victim mentions during a speech, workshop, or any other form of group presentation; or that the CSA otherwise learns about in an indirect manner.

What Shouldn’t a Campus Security Authority Do?

A campus security authority is not responsible for determining authoritatively whether a crime took place—that is the function of law enforcement personnel. A campus security authority should not try to apprehend the alleged perpetrator of the crime. That too is the responsibility of law enforcement.

It’s also not a CSA’s responsibility to try and convince a victim to contact law enforcement if the victim chooses not to do so. ASK them, don't convince.

Crimes Mandated to Report

The criminal offenses CSAs are required to report are murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson. CSAs are also required to report reports of bias-related (hate) crimes for all of the aforementioned crimes in addition to incidents of larceny-theft, vandalism, intimidation, simple assault, and damage/destruction/vandalism of property. For purposes of CSA reporting, please define a hate crime as any crime manifesting evidence that the victim was selected because of their actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, or disability. Additionally, CSAs must report incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, liquor law violations, drug abuse violations and weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.

If a CSA is in doubt as to whether a crime is reportable, please err on the side of reporting the matter.

Reports can be made by anyone to include students, faculty, staff, otherwise affiliated, local community members, visitors, and otherwise non-affiliated.


CSAs will be notified and offered training annually. CSAs can access EDU: Clery Act Basics training through SkillPort.

Note: If you are not already logged into SkillPort, you will be prompted to log in and then sent to the appropriate page.

CSAs are no longer receiving training through D. Stafford & Associates (DSA). All CSUMB employees should have Skillport access.

Any departments with volunteers whose function qualifies them as a CSA should contact the Clery Compliance Officer to arrange training.

If you have received notice of your CSA designation and cannot access the training assigned to you, contact the training administrator at or (831) 582-3154.

Procedures and Forms

Procedures and the CSA Reporting Form is now on the Google Drive. Only those designated as CSAs can access the folder by clicking the hyperlink.

If you have received notice of your CSA designation and cannot access the Google Drive, contact the Clery Compliance Officer at or (831) 582-3154.

If you have any questions regarding CSAs, contact the Clery Compliance Officer at or (831) 582-3154.

The University encourages the entire community to report crimes and other emergency situations immediately to help maintain the safest possible environment.