HHE. Campus Security Authorities (CSA)

In 1990, Congress enacted the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Title II of Public Law 101-542) which amended the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA). This act required all postsecondary institutions participating in HEA’s Title IV student financial assistance programs to disclose campus crime statistics and security information. The act was amended in 1992, 1998, 2000 and 2008. The 1998 amendments renamed the law the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. It is generally referred to as the Clery Act and is in section 485(f) of the HEA. On March 7, 2013 the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) (Public Law 113-14) was signed into law and includes amendments to the Clery Act.

Under the Cleary Act, a crime is “reported” when it is brought to the attention of a campus security authority (CSA), a South Plains College Police officer, or local law enforcement personnel by a victim, witness, or third party or even the offender.  South Plains College identifies the following positions as CSAs:

Athletic Department – including all coaching staff:

Director of Athletics



Track & Field

Cross Country


Cheerleading & Mascot

Team Managers

Dean of Students Office

Dean of Students

Associate Dean of Students

Student Life Director

STAR Center Director

STAR Center Advisors

UpwardBound Director

UpwardBound Advisors

Campus Police, Security, and Building Monitors






Resident Hall Directors

Resident Hall Advisors

Director of Health & Wellness, when not in counseling session

Associate Director of Student Health - School Nurse

Dean of Reese Center

Director of the Plainview Center

Executive Director of the Lubbock Career and Technical Center

Vice President of Student Affairs

Student Club/Organization Advisors (faculty or staff member)

Faculty or Staff Member responsible for sponsoring or chaperoning student trips (academic or student activities)


Campus security authorities must complete training once per academic year (August 1 – July 31).  For new employees, new employees must complete the training within 30 days of their employment or prior to any trip with a student group, whichever comes first.

Crimes reported by a campus security authority must be submitted using the Campus Security Authority Reporting Form found on athttps://www.southplainscollege.edu/referrals.php.

Although students and employees may report crimes to any campus security authority (CSA), it is encouraged that reports are made directly to a South Plains College police officer or the Dean of Students. If a report is made to a CSA, the appropriate form must be used and submitted to the South Plains College Police.  To aid in the investigation of crimes it is preferred that reports are not anonymous, but anonymous reports of crimes for inclusion in the annual security report may be made through an online complaint form found athttps://www.southplainscollege.edu/referrals.php or in person to an SPC counselor located in Health and Wellness. Counselors will, if they deem it appropriate, inform the persons they counsel of procedures for reporting crimes voluntarily and confidentially for inclusion in the institution’s annual security report. 


Approved: Executive Council

June 18, 2018