The Clery Act requires colleges to compile and publish statistics on certain criminal offenses that occur on or adjacent to college properties. Although Berklee strongly encourages everyone to report any crime to the Public Safety Department, there may be instances where where the reporting party only wants to report a serious crime to another college official. Clery defines these officials as a campus security authority, or CSA. Colleges are required to identify these specific employees who might receive these serious crime reports.
The purpose of this page is twofold:
- To help CSAs understand and perform their role in complying with the Clery Act. Please view the Campus Security Authority Reference Manual here.
- To help the Berklee community better understand the roles and responsibilities of CSAs
If you are a CSA and would like to submit a Clery Crime Report Form online, you may do so here. You may also print a hard copy of the form here.
What is a campus security authority (CSA)?
A CSA is a term used in the Clery Act to describe someone who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. That person could be:
- a campus police department or a campus security department of an institution.
- any individual or 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.
- any individual or organization specified in an institution's statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
- 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.
Note: pastoral and professional counselors are not considered a campus security authority when acting in their roles as a pastoral or professional counselor.
What are a CSA's responsibilities?
As a CSA, you must immediately complete a CSA Clery Crime Report Form for certain crimes reported to you. Under the Clery Act, a crime is considered reported as soon as it is brought to the attention of a CSA, and in some situations an immediate warning to the campus community might be necessary. More detailed information can be found on the reporting form.
Note: although you are only obligated to complete a Clery CSA Crime Report Form for certain type of crimes, any crimes should be immediately reported to Berklee Public Safety so appropriate action can be taken for the health and safety of our community.
What locations are reportable under Clery?
Clery requires statistics for crimes that occur:
- on campus,
- on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus, and
- in or on non-campus buildings or property that your institution owns or controls.
If you are unsure what location category the reported crime falls under, simply provide all the details on the report form, and it will be reviewed.
What do I do if a crime occurs that is reportable under Clery?
If a crime is still in progress or continues to be a threat to the victim or others please contact Berklee Public Safety at 617-747-8888 immediately.
If a report of a crime comes to your attention please follow the instructions on the CSA Clery Crime Report Form.
How soon does a Clery CSA report form need to be submitted?
It is important that you contact Berklee Public Safety and complete a CSA Clery Crime Report Form immediately. Depending on the circumstances, and the possibility of a continued threat to the campus community, a timely warning BENS Alert may be required.
Who should I contact if I have any questions regarding Clery or CSAs?
If you have questions concerning the information provided on this website, please contact Chief David Ransom.