Mandatory Reporters (Campus Security Authorities)
Campus Security Authorities (sometimes referred to as “mandatory reporters”), as defined by the Clery Act, have an obligation to report allegations of Clery Act-defined crimes that they conclude are reported in good faith. Recognizing that many individuals (particularly students) may be more comfortable reporting an incident to college officials outside of Campus Safety, Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) include campus personnel beyond the Campus Safety department.
As defined by the Clery Act, a CSA is any college official who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. This includes, but is not limited to, employees working with student housing, student conduct proceedings, anyone serving as an advisor to a student group or organization, and any person who has the authority and duty to respond to Clery-defined crimes. Examples include the Director of Residence Life, Athletic Director and coaches, faculty advisors to student groups, RAs, etc. Faculty members acting in their capacity as instructors and academic advisors are not considered CSAs.
Professional counselors at Cornell’s Counseling Center and the college’s Chaplain, when acting in the capacity of those jobs, are not CSAs and are not required to report crimes disclosed to them. They are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion in the college’s annual report of crime statistics.
At Cornell College crime allegations may be reported to the Campus Safety Office or the Dean of Students.