The Parkland College Public Safety Department encourages all members of the campus community to report crime. However, under the Clery Act, Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are required to report Clery Act-qualifying crimes which occurred on campus, in public areas bordering campus and in certain non-campus buildings owned or leased by the college.
Who is a CSA?
1. All Parkland College Police Department employees.
2. Any individual who has responsibility for Parkland College campus security (e.g. an individual who monitors access into a campus facility)
3. An individual or organization specified in Parkland College’s campus security policy
4. An Parkland College official who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities
Examples of CSAs (not a complete list):
• Dean of Students
• Faculty/Staff Advisors to student clubs
• Athletic Coaches
• Study Abroad Program Coordinator
• Student Life professionals
• Department Directors
Examples of individuals who do not meet the CSA criteria:
• A faculty member who does not have any responsibility for student and campus activity beyond the classroom
• Clerical staff
• Cafeteria staff
What should a CSA tell a reporting party?
The following is a sample of what CSAs can tell a reporting party who comes to report a crime:
“As part of my position on campus I am a federally mandated crime reporter for the College. I am required to report this incident to College Public Safety for data gathering. If you request confidentiality, the Report Form will not include your name, or that of any other involved individuals. My report will contain only the information you provide. I also need to inform you that the information about this crime will be evaluated by the College Public Safety Department to determine if there is a need for a Campus Safety Notice. Even if you decide to give your name, the Campus Safety Notice will not include any personally identifiable information about you. Do you have any questions? Would you like to help me fill it out?”
What is done with CSA Reports?
The Parkland College Public Safety Department reviews CSA reports and makes a determination if an incident warrants timely warning and/or emergency notification of the College community and whether it is a reportable crime in the Annual Security Report. The Clery Compliance Coordinator will consolidate crime data from multiple sources, report qualifying crime data to the federal Department of Education, publish campus security reports and inform the campus community when and where Annual Security Reports are available.