Campus Security Authority

The Century College walking bridge in the summer.

Campus Security Authority

Century College encourages all reports of crime to be made to the Century College Public Safety Department or local law enforcement; however, crimes may also be reported to individuals on campus who have been identified as Campus Security Authorities. The intent of including non-law enforcement personnel as campus security authorities is to acknowledge that some individuals may be inclined to report such incidents to other individuals on campus.

An important component of compliance with the Clery Act is ensuring that crime data is collected from all applicable sources defined in the law. In order to comply with the Clery Act, Century College collects crime information from local law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction over Century College’s Clery Geography and a wide range of individuals who have been identified as Campus Security Authorities.


What is a Campus Security Authority?

Public Safety is the department responsible for identifying positions that are classified as a Campus Security Authority. A 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.

While there are many CSAs at Century College, the following groups of individuals comprise of the bulk of CSAs on campus

  • Public Safety Department Staff
  • Title IX Staff
  • College President
  • Vice Presidents
  • Deans
  • Supervisor
  • Academic Advisors
  • Club Advisors
  • Athletic Coaches

What does a CSA do?

If you are the victim of a crime and are unsure how you want to proceed, you may want to consider speaking with a Campus Security Authority.

Campus Security Authorities can explain the different reporting options available and help you decide which option is best for you.

In some cases, you may be able to make a confidential report that would not initiate any additional action through the College or the criminal justice system. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With this information, the University of Minnesota can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents occurring on campus, determine crime patterns, and alert the campus community of potential danger.

If you have been identified as a CSA, access the training below:

If you have not been identified as a CSA, but you believe you meet the definition described above, contact the Clery Compliance Officer:

Nate Mens