Campus Security Authorities
In accordance with the requirements of the Clery Act, the college is required to designate certain officials as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs). CSAs are required by law to report certain crimes which they may become aware of by whatever means to the Safety and Security Department.
Reports received from CSAs are included in the college’s annual crime disclosures, daily crime log, and may be disseminated as Timely Warning notices as required. No personally identifying information about the victim or reporter is included in these disclosures.
All crimes that are reported to the Department of Safety & Security by CSAs will be investigated, or referred to the appropriate Law Enforcement agency for investigation as appropriate.
Who are Campus Security Authorities?
The Clery Act defines four categories of individuals or groups as CSAs:
- Campus security department
- Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but do not constitute a campus police or security department. (ex. Contract security for events, building access monitors)
- 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. HACC has designated the campus vice presidents, campus deans of student services, and campus deans of academic affairs as officials who may receive crime reports.
- Officials of the institution who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. Examples of officials in this category include student life directors, club advisors, coaches, and student judicial officials.
Exemption for Professional Counselors
HACC’s professional counselors, when acting in their professional capacity, are not considered campus security authorities. As such, they are not required to report crimes for inclusion in statistical disclosures that they become aware of in the course of their professional responsibilities. Professional counselors are encouraged to provide their clients with guidance on how to report crimes to Safety and Security or other campus security authorities.
However, under law, professional counselors have a duty to report crimes which represent a serious and ongoing threat to the safety of the student or the campus community as a whole. Such disclosures may be distributed as timely warning notices and/or as reports to law enforcement agencies, depending on the nature of the threat.
A professional counselor is defined as an employee of the College who provides, within the scope of their license or certification, psychological counseling services to the College community.