Campus Security Authority Information

Campus Security Authority Information

Campus Security Authority

Campus Security Authority (CSA) are mandated reporters to the Department of Public Safety or designated University office for those reported allegations of Clery Act crimes which they receive in their capacity as a CSA, for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics. The Clery Act requires all institutions to collect crime reports from a variety of individuals and organizations that are considered to be “Campus Security Authorities” under the law. According to the Clery Act, a “Campus Security Authority,” or CSA, is “an official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” The function of a person’s position determines this. Under this federal Act, many positions qualify as CSAs, including student life professionals, public safety staff, student advisors, personnel acting as advisor on a student trip, coaches and others due to the function of their job responsibilities.
In most cases it is possible for a CSA to fulfill their responsibilities while still maintaining victim confidentiality. Campus Security Authority reports are used by the University to compile statistics for Clery Act reporting and to help determine if there is a serious or continuing threat to the safety of the campus community that would require a mass notification (i.e. Rowan Timely Warning or Rowan Alert). A CSA report does not need to automatically result in the initiation of a police or disciplinary investigation if the victim does not want to pursue this action.

Examples of individuals who would not meet the criteria for being Campus Security Authorities include:

  • Faculty member who does not have any responsibility for student and campus activity beyond the classroom
  • Clerical or cafeteria staff
  • Pastoral Counselor is defined as a person who is associated with a religious order or denominat ion, is recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling, and is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.
  • Professional Counselor is defined as a person whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of the counselor’s license or certification. This definition applies even to professional counselors who are not employees of the institution, but are under contract to provide counseling at the institution.

For more information on CSAs please contact the University’s Clery Compliance Office at (856) 256-4562 or