CSAs are employees who are in a professional position that makes it likely that students or others could report crimes to them. Under federal law, CSAs have a responsibility to tell the institution about such incidents.
CSAs include campus police and security, and people with significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings; any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution.
The function of CSAs is to report to the University of Oregon Police Department crimes that CSAs have learned about in their official capacity, so that the UO can take appropriate action, and also share information about campus-area crimes as required by federal law.
The federal law is the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, commonly known as the Clery Act, or just "Clery." U.S. higher education institutions must follow the Clery Act requirements, and track and publish crime and safety statistics, and related information, for their communities. The UO publishes an Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report each fall, and the police department publishes a Daily Crime Log, and issues Timely Warning Notices (known at the UO as Campus Crime Alerts) and other advisories about safety and security. For the sharing of information to be timely and accurate, and satisfy federal law, crimes must be reported right away.
CSAs must report crimes reported to them in their roles as a campus security authorities (the person knows what the CSA does for the UO, and is reporting because of that); not something overheard, not something discussed in a presentation made to a larger audience like a class discussion, workshop, etc. (such as public awareness events like Take Back the Night, which might include personal sharing).
CSAs are only required to report certain crimes that happen in certain places, to comply with federal law:
- Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
- Negligent manslaughter
- Aggravated assault
- Motor vehicle theft
- Arson or reckless burning
- All sex offenses (Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent.)
- Dating violence
- Domestic violence
- Hate crimes, meaning bias is at the root of any of the following:
- Threats or harassment
- Criminal mischief
Special note on drugging: Intentionally drugging a person is aggravated assault, if the intent can't be proven, or may be classified as an even more serious crime depending on the circumstances.
Complete Clery Crime Definitions and Terminology can be found in the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report.
All such crimes that occur on the UO's Clery Reportable Area must be reported; see map.uoregon.edu/clery for a visual guide, or contact the UO's Clery coordinator for more information, at 541-346-0670, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The university has an obligation to track and report crimes that may happen on official study or activity trips, such as study abroad. Information about these incidents should also be collected and reported to UOPD. The Clery Coordinator may follow up to determine if the incident must be documented.
For extensive information the Clery Act and how it is applied on campuses, download and read the Clery Act Handbook.