According to federal law, specifically The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (recently re-named the Clery Act), University police departments are required to report “statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to the local police agency or any official of the institution who is defined as a ‘Campus Security Authority.'”
The definition of “Campus Security Authority,” according the federal law, is “an official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” These include security and law enforcement officers; deans; coaches; residence hall staff; overseers and advisors to student clubs and organizations; and other campus officials or volunteers who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities,” such as, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. 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. Likewise, clerical staff, and a physician in a campus health center or a counselor in a counseling center whose only responsibility is to provide care to students.
The criminal offenses that we are required to report are: murder/non-negligent manslaughter; negligent manslaughter; sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible); robbery; aggravated assault; burglary; motor vehicle theft; arson; liquor law violations; drug violations and/or illegal weapons possession. We are required to report offenses that occur on-campus, in residence facilities, in non-campus property and on public property.