Public Safety

Campus Security Authorities

CSA-logoThe Department of Public Safety, specifically the Director of Public Safety, is responsible for maintaining the most current list of Butler University Campus Security Authorities (CSA). The Clery Act requires that the University identify other individuals or offices, in addition to the University Police Department, with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

Alleged crimes reported to Campus Security Authorities are then reported by them to the designated individual or office required to collect such reports. The office designated at Butler University is the Department of Public Safety/University Police. CSAs can file the required notice by documenting it on the University Crime Reporting Form. If you need assistance in classifying the crime, after completing the form, please contact Andy Ryan.

Note: Crimes in progress should be reported immediately to the University Police by dialing 911 from any campus phone.

According to the Clery Act the following categories constitute CSAs:

  • University Police - all members of the University Department of Public Safety, including all sworn law enforcement officers, are Campus Security Authorities.
  • Individuals with Campus Security Responsibilities - Any individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department, such as an individual who is responsible for monitoring entrance into institutional property. Examples of this category are: parking enforcement staff, event security staff and bicycle patrol staff.
  • Individuals Designated by the Campus - Any individual or organization specified in an institution's statement of campus security policy as one to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
  • Officials with Significant Responsibility for Student and Campus Activities - An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student conduct proceedings. If such an official is a pastoral or professional counselor as defined below, the official is not considered a campus security authority when acting in those capacities. Examples of this category are: Deans of Students, Student Housing Officials, Students Conduct Officials, Officials who oversee a student center, Officials who oversee student extracurricular activities, Director of Athletics, Team Coaches and Faculty Advisors to student groups.

If a student, faculty, or staff member tells a Campus Security Authority about a criminal incident that was not reported to the University Police they are required to report the information under federal law. CSAs completing the form should not include the name of the reporting party or other individuals in the report if the person making the report request confidentiality. CSAs should not investigate the crime or attempt to determine if a crime did occur. University Police personnel may later contact the reporting CSA or others to gather additional information.

Updates to the Clery Act effective for 2013

Three crime classifications have been added for reporting purposes if made known to a Campus Security Authority:

  • Domestic Violence - Defined as violence committed or an attempt to commit an offense that has an element of the use of force or threatened use of a deadly weapon and is committed against a current or former spouse, parent, guardian of the accused; a person with whom the accused has a child in common; person who was cohabitating with the accused as a spouse, parent or guardian; or a person who was or had been similarly situated to a spouse, parent or guardian of the accused. (Indiana Code 35-41-1-6.3)
  • Stalking - Defined as knowing or an intentional course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another person that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or threatened and that actually causes the victim to suffer terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or threatened. (Indiana Code 35-45-10-1)
  • Dating Violence - Defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: length of the relationship, Type of relationship, frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Two additional categories have been added to the classification of hate crime reportable:

  • National Origin - National origin discrimination solely on the basis of a person's nationality, country of birth, ancestry, ethnicity or foreign accent.
  • Gender Identity - Gender Identity discrimination solely on the gender a person identifies with, whether one perceives oneself to be a man, a woman, or describes oneself to oneself in some less conventional way), but also can be used to refer to the gender that other people attribute to the individual on the basis of what they know from gender role indications (clothing, hair style, etc.).

If you have any questions about the provisional changes, please contact Andy Ryan or Lindsey Birt