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Campus Security Authority

CAMPUS SECURITY AUTHORITIES

Pursuant to a federal law known as the Clery Act, the College is required to compile and publish crime statistics in an Annual Security Report. As part of that obligation, members of the College’s community who are considered to be Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are required to report crime statistics for inclusion in the College’s Report. The law defines “Campus Security Authority” as “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.” CSAs include, but are not limited to, faculty advisors to student organizations, police and security departments, personnel in the Dean of Students office, the Residence Life office, Housing office, the College Service Center, the Equal Opportunity Office, and other officials who have a significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

In addition to reporting crime statistics, the College also has a responsibility to notify the campus community about any crimes that pose an ongoing threat to the community. Even if you are not sure whether an ongoing threat exists, immediately contact the Holy Cross Department of Public Safety at 508-793-2224.

Because of the Clery Act’s complex crime reporting requirements, it is imperative that we maintain an effective way to manage the reporting. As a result, the College requires CSA’s to notify the Department of Public Safety about crime information as soon as they become aware of it by completing this CSA Reporting Form.

Please note – if the Department of Public Safety responds to the scene, your reporting requirement is met and you are not required to complete the form.

CSAs should not investigate crimes or attempt to determine whether in fact a crime occurred. Rather, a CSA’s obligation is to simply report the information as soon as possible.

The College is required to disclose statistics for the following offenses that occur on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College, and public property within or immediately adjacent to our campus:

  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
  • Negligent manslaughter
  • Forcible sex offenses (rape, fondling)
  • Non-forcible sex offenses (incest, statutory rape)
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Stalking
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Hate crime – any crime that where the victim was selected because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, or disability
  • All liquor, drug, or weapons law violations resulting in an arrest or disciplinary referral
  • Arson

Definitions of the crimes can be found here: Crime Definitions

If the Department of Public Safety is called to the scene, the reporting requirement is met and no additional reporting action is necessary.

If you are in doubt as to whether a crime is reportable, please err on the side of reporting the matter. With the exception of liquor, drug, and weapons law violations, it is immaterial whether an arrest (or disciplinary referral) is made.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 508-793-2224 or publicsafety@holycross.edu.

 

CSA Reporting Form

Crime Definitions