Columbus State Community College encourages students, faculty, staff and visitors to educate themselves about the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and the resources available. The Clery Act, as part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies.
A Campus Security Authority (CSA) is:
- An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, this broad category includes deans, coaches, and faculty advisors to student groups. For example, a dean of student who oversees a student center or student extra-curricular activities, has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Similarly, a director of athletics, team coach or faculty advisor to a student group also has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. A single teaching faculty member is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, except when serving as an advisor to a student group. If you have been identified as a CSA, you are required to complete training, found in Cornerstone, on an annual basis.
- If you are aware of a reportable crime and are unsure if it has been reported to the appropriate authorities please use this link to the Campus Security Authority Crime Report Form. In addition, if a CSA receives a report of a serious crime that may cause an ongoing threat to the college community, that individual should not wait to report the incident. The institution has a responsibility to notify the campus community about any crimes that pose and ongoing threat to the community. Here is a list of reportable crimes, locations, and their definitions.
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to:
- Publish an Annual Security Report (ASR) disclosing campus security policies and documenting three calendar years of select campus crime statistics.
- Provide crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education.
- Issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes that pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees.
- Keep a public crime log accessible to the public.
- Uphold rights for survivors of sexual assault.