Campus Security Authority

What you need to know!

The Clery Act, enacted in 1990 and amended in 1998, 2008, and the Campus SaVE Act of 2013, requires higher education institutions to report crime statistics to current and prospective students and employees and to educate and define Campus Security Authorities for the purpose of who crimes may be reported. Crimes and incidents, especially sexual assaults, may not be reported to campus police and security officers, but they may be reported to others. That’s where Campus Security Authorities come in.

The law defines four categories for a Campus Security Authority:

  1. Campus Police/Security Offices
  2. Non-security officers responsible for monitoring college property: Resident Advisors and Campus Safety Students
  3. People designated as those to whom crimes should be reported: Administration and Student Affairs
  4. Officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities and regular contact with students: Student Affairs and Club Advisors

If you are aware of a crime or incident that may be a crime, it must be reported to an authority.  If it is a crime in progress or an emergency, call Carilion Police @ 540-981-7911 or Roanoke City Police @ 911. 

Otherwise, report it to a college Administrator or Student Affairs.

When in doubt, report it!

The law requires a crime to be reported for the calendar year in which it was first reported to a Campus Security Authority, not necessarily when it occurred.

CSAs can access the training tool here.

Required Reportable Crimes

Criminal homicide                                                                             
murder, non-negligent manslaughter, and negligent manslaughter , including vehicular  manslaughter

Sex offenses                                               
rape, sodomy, sexual fondling, sexual assault with object & non-forcible:  statutory rape and incest

Domestic violence                                                                                       
violent act committed by current or former spouse or lived with as a spouse against adult or youth who is protected from that person’s act under domestic/family violence laws

Dating violence                                                                                       
violence act by a person who is or has been in a relationship of a social, romantic or intimate nature, determined by length and time of relationship and frequency of interaction

engaging in conduct directed at an individual that would cause any reasonable person to fear for their safety or inflicts emotional distress

Aggravated assault                                                                               
unlawful attack upon another with intent to inflict severe injury, using weapon or means likely to produce death or great bodily harm

taking/attempting to take something by force, violence, threat, or by putting victim in fear

unlawful entry into a structure to commit a felony or theft

Motor vehicle theft                                                                                  
theft of automobiles, trucks, etc., including “joyriding” (taking by person without lawful access)

willful or malicious burning/attempt to burn structure, vehicle, or personal property of another

Hate Crimes
A hate crime is when there is evidence of both hate motivation and the victim was specifically selected because of actual or perceived age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

We must report hate crimes, including any of the previously listed crimes, as well as simple assault, larceny- theft and destruction/ damage/ vandalism of property


Campus SaVE Act

campus save actCampus Sexual Violence Elimination Act or Campus SaVE Act, added the crime categories of national origin and gender identity, and crimes of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

We must also report arrest and disciplinary actions for liquor, drug and weapon violations.

Crimes must be reported if they occur on-campus, on public property adjacent to campus (roads, sidewalks) and on non-campus property owned or controlled by Jefferson College.

We have a responsibility to notify the campus community about any crimes which pose an ongoing threat to the community, and, as such, campus security authorities are obligated by law to report crimes to the Campus Police/Security Department, Administration, Safety Officer or member of Student Affairs.

Even if you are not sure whether an ongoing threat exists, immediately contact one of the above authorities.

Thank you for your continued efforts in providing for a safe and comfortable environment for our students, employees and visitors.

For more information on campus safety:

About Jefferson

College Safety