Clery Act Reporting Requirements & Crime Statistics
Campus Security Authorities
Suffolk County Community College encourages the College community to immediately report crimes or suspicious activity to the Office of Public Safety to help maintain the safest possible environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Pursuant to the Clery Act, a federal law, the College is required to compile and publish crime statistics in an Annual Security Report. As part of this obligation, members of the college’s community who are considered to be Campus Security Authorities are required to report crimes for inclusion as statistics in the university’s Annual Security Report.
Who is a Campus Security Authority?
“Campus Security Authority” is a Clery specific term that encompasses certain departments, groups and individual College employees who have a duty to report crimes they become aware of, as defined by the Clery Act.
The law defines a Campus Security Authority as “An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings.”
Examples of Campus Security Authorities:
- Members of the Office of Public Safety
- Title IX coordinators
- Office of the Dean of Students
- Athletics team coaches
- Faculty and staff advisors to student organizations
- Study abroad faculty and staff
Campus Security Authorities may also be identified by job function; that is any employee who, by virtue of their job function, has significant responsibility for assisting students or campus activities. Examples would be student advisors or formal or informal student mentors.
The Clery Act requires that Campus Security Authorities be identified, notified and trained.
Campus Security Authorities who have been identified by job title or function receive annual notification and training and are asked to forward the training to anyone within their department who they believe meets the Clery definition of a Campus Security Authority by job function.
If you believe that you may qualify as a Campus Security Authority and have not received notification or training, please contact the Office of Public Safety at 631548-2690 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Role of a Campus Security Authority
Campus Security Authorities should not investigate crimes or attempt to determine whether in fact a crime occurred. Rather, a Campus Security Authority’s obligation is to simply report the information that s/he has as soon as possible.
The College is required to disclose statistics for the following offenses that occur on campus, or in non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College, and public property within or immediately adjacent to campus.
- Sexual Assault
- Aggravated Assault
- Vehicle Theft
- Dating Violence
- Domestic Violence
- Hate/Bias Crimes
If in doubt that a crime is reportable, please err on the side of reporting the matter.