Campus Security Authorities (CSA)

The information below is for the sole use of those person designated as Campus Security Authorities (CSA) at and for Middlebury College as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistic Act, (Clery Act) as part of the Higher Education act of 1965. The following information is drawn from The Handbook for Campus  Safety and Security  Reporting, U.S Department of Education.

Who is a Campus Security Authority?

What is a Campus Security Authority  responsible for?

What crimes have to be reported?

Location explained

Campus Security Authority Report Forms


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Who is a Campus Security Authority?

›Someone who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including but not limited to student housing, student discipline, athletics, and campus judicial proceedings
Middlebury College has designated the following as Campus Security Authorities for Middlebury College:
  • Public Safety staff;
  • vice president for student affairs, dean of students;
  • Commons heads, Commons deans, Commons coordinators, CRAs, CAs, or RAs, judicial affairs officers;
  • human relations officers, Title IX coordinator;
  • director of outdoor programs, student activities program and events manager, associate dean of students for student activities and orientation, assistant director of student organizations and orientation, associate dean of students for residential and student life;
  • the director of Athletics and coaches;
  • director, center for race and ethnicity, associate director, intercultural center;
  • director of community engagement, assistant director of community engagement, assistant director of community engagement, Organic Farm educator, Global Food Studies coordinator, MiddCORE director;
  • the Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator;
  • Posse mentors;
  • advisors to student groups, clubs or organizations;
  • any faculty or staff who travel with students on programs to foreign or domestic locations;

What is a Campus Security Authority responsible for?

›A crime is reported when it is brought to the attention of a CSA, and the report is made in good faith.  The CSA must report the crime to Public Safety as soon as possible.   This can be done by filling out the Campus Security Authority crime report web form. 

›Fill out the information on the form and send it in at the time you receive the information
›You need to complete the form any time you receive information from a victim, witness or third party (friend, relative, etc.) even if you think it may have already been reported
›You are not responsible for investigating the incident or determining whether a crime took place. You just have to report it.
›The Department of Public Safety will determine if a timely notice to the community is required or necessary.
›Public Safety will also contact the CSAs annually for crime reports, and if you will need to provide information on these reports or provide a statement that you did not receive any reports.
›In a report, you should disclose the name of the person making the report (if known).  
›When in doubt, contact Lisa Burchard or a member of the Public Safety staff for clarification

What Crimes have to be reported?

Homicide - Murder | Non-negligent manslaughter; and negligent manslaughter (including vehicular manslaughter)

Aggravated Assault | Unlawful attach upon another with intent to inflict sever injury or great bodily harm

Rape | including sodomy or sexual assault with object

Fondling | The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.

Statutory Rape | rape victim under the legal age of consent.

Incest | Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.

Burglary | Unlawful entry into a structure to commit a felony or theft

Robbery | Taking or attempting to take something by force; violence; threat; or by putting victim in fear

Motor Vehicle Theft | Theft of automobiles; trucks; etc.; including "joyriding" (taking by person without lawful access)

Arson | Willful or malicious burning / attempt to burn structure; vehicle; or personal property of another

Dating Violence |Violence committed by a person (A) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (B) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:

(i) The length of the relationship;

(ii) The type of relationship;

(iii) The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. 

Dating violence | includes threats of, or use of,physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, economic or psychological action to influence or control the victim.

Domestic Violence | Felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person's
acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Stalking | Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or
the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress

Liquor Law Violation | Underage possession or consumption; distribution to minors.

Drug Law Violation | Use or possession of a controlled substance; sales or distribution; growing; possession of paraphernalia.

Weapons Possession Violation | Use or possession of an illegal weapon.


Clery Crimes also include hate crimes.

A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias. Bias is a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity/national origin.

For Clery purposes, hate crimes include any offense in the following two groups that is motivated by bias.  (The terms “Group A” and “Group B” below are used for the purposes of discussion only.)

Categories of hate crime offenses

Group A (definitions above) 

• Murder and Non-negligent manslaughter

• Rape

• Fondling

• Incest

• Statutory Rape

• Robbery

• Aggravated assault

• Burglary

• Motor vehicle theft

• Arson


Group B (definitions below)

• Larceny-theft

• Simple assault

• Intimidation

• Destruction/damage/vandalism of property


Larceny-Theft is the unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. (Larceny and theft mean the same thing in the UCR.) Constructive possession is the condition in which a person does not have physical custody or possession, but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing.

Simple Assault is an unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.

Intimidation is to unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.

Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property is to willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.

Location explained

 Use the CSA report for crimes reported to have occurred:

  • On campus
  • On campus in a residence hall
  • On public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus
    • example: Hillcrest or College Street
  • In or on non-campus buildings or property that your institution owns or controls.  Examples:
    • 51 Main Street
    • Mills College during the Summer Programs
  • ›››Noncampus - definition
    • ›Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution;›
    • Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.

Campus Security Authority Crime Report Form


  • ›A resident assistant who has been identified as a CSA is told by a fellow student that she has been raped and is seeking emotional and medical support.
›CSA reports using the form regardless of whether the student pursues it with the JAO or police.


  • A student mentions to her boyfriend that a number of rooms on her dorm floor were broken into during the previous night’s football game. Later that day, her boyfriend tells the athletics director what he heard. The AD asks which dorm it was and what, if anything else, the boyfriend knows about the incident.

The AD should document the information and forward it to the school’s campus security department per the school’s crime reporting policy.


  • ›Ms. Jones, director of Student Housing at your school, gets a call from the director of a counseling center in town. The caller wants to let the director know that four students from the school sought assistance at the center and told the center’s counselors that they had been sexually assaulted on Middlebury College campus and were seeking emotional support. They did not want police investigations.
›These are third party reports and Ms. Jones, having no reason to believe that they were not made in good faith, should document all of the information she was given and forward the reports to the Lisa Burchard


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