The Department of Public Safety encourages all members of the campus community to report crimes to campus police on a timely basis. However, under the Clery Act, Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are required to report Clery Act qualifying crimes which occurred on campus, in certain non-campus buildings owned or controlled (leased) by the College and in public areas near campus. CSAs should only report those crimes that have not been previously reported to College Police or another College CSA.
The intent of including non-law enforcement personnel in the CSA role is to acknowledge that some community members and students, in particular, may be more likely to report incidents to other College partners who the person involved knows and trusts.
If the reporting party wants the Department of Public Safety (DPS) contacted, the CSA should contact DPS and if the CSA can verify that Lafayette College police responded and completed a police report, then it is not necessary for the CSA to complete and submit this form. However, if the CSA can’t verify that campus police responded and took a report, then the CSA must complete and submit this form.
When in doubt, a Campus Security Authority Reporting Form should be completed and submitted.