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
Cheerleading & Mascot
Dean of Students Office
Dean of Students
Associate Dean of Students
Student Life Director
STAR Center Director
STAR Center 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