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Campus Security Authority Resources

Campus Security Authorities (CSA's) provide a critical link to getting campus community members the information and support they need when a crime has occurred. Many campus crimes, especially sexual assaults, are not reported to local police so their crime statistics may not be an accurate portrayal of what crimes are being committed on or immediately surrounding a particular campus.

The Clery Act requires that Wenatchee Valley College gather and publish its own crime log, annual crime statistics and issue timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees. This is all done in compliance with the federal mandate so that students, employees, and community members have a more accurate account of what crimes are taking place on and around campus, even if those crimes are never reported to or investigated by police.

“Campus security authority” is a Clery Act-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. If your institution has a campus police or security department, all individuals who work for that department are campus security authorities. A security department can be as small as one person.
  • 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), including individuals such as those who provide security at a campus parking kiosk, monitor access into a campus facility, act as event security, such as for sporting events or large, registered parties, or escort students around campus after dark (including other students).
  • 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. If the campus community reports criminal incidents to anyone or any organization in addition to police or security-related personnel, that individual or organization is a campus security authority.
  • 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.

Examples of CSA’s

Listed here are some examples of CSA’s:

  • Deans
  • Student Housing Staff
  • Public Safety Officers
  • Athletic Coaches
  • Student Activities Coordinators
  • Officials who oversee a student center
  • Student Judicial Advisors
  • Residents Advisors (RA’s)
  • Student Advisors
  • Faculty advisors to student organizations

Not CSA’s

Here is a list of examples of positions where the duties would usually not include a CSA role:

  • Administrative staff not responsible for student activities (e.g., payroll, facilities)
  • Non-public safety clerical staff
  • Individual faculty who DO NOT serve as advisors to registered student organizations
  • Counselors in the Counseling Center who provide privileged and protected sessions to individual students

CSA's are often the first person to whom a student, employee, or campus visitor reports a crime. Having well-trained staff members in this role is important in supporting the reporting party and ensuring an appropriate response by the college.

All CSA’s will be required to complete a training provided by Vector Solutions, “Campus Security Authorities: Roles and Responsibilities,” and pass a quiz. This training will be given annually for as long as the person’s role fits the description of a Campus Security Authority.

If you are made aware of any crimes occurring on campus-owned or leased property, you must immediately contact the public safety office at (509) 682-6659. You may also file an online report via the Incident Report.

Any reports involving sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking should be immediately referred to the Title IX Office at (509) 682-6716.

All Wenatchee Valley College employees have reporting obligations based on federal law, state law, and/or college policy. Employees are obligated to report all forms of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. Submitting a report does not automatically initiate an investigation. It does provide an opportunity for the parties involved to access supportive measures and learn about their options for resolution processes.

For more information regarding your role in reporting sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, please refer to Employee Reporting & Related Responsibilities.

Incident Report Form