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Campus Security Authorities (CSA)

What is a CSA?

The Clery Act designates members of the campus community as CSAs. When these individuals become aware of a crime that occurred on or around campus, they have an obligation under federal law to report the information to the GRCC Police Department, Clery Compliance Officer or Title IX. 

CSAs do not need to investigate a crime but simply need to report information in an accurate and timely manner as our institution has a responsibility to notify the campus community about crimes that pose a serious or ongoing threat to the community.

Who are CSAs?

The Clery Act designates the following individuals as Campus Security Authorities (CSA):

  • Members of an institution’s campus police or campus security department.
  • Any individuals who are responsible for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department.
  • Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual 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 discipline and campus judicial proceedings. 
    • An official is defined as any person who has the authority and duty to take action or respond to a particular issue on behalf of the institution.

What are the obligations of a CSA?

  • Report all Clery crimes to the GRCC Police Department. 
  • Per GRCC policy, CSA’s must complete annual Clery training, a reminder email will be sent to you in October.  CSAs are required to complete a Confirmation Survey after winter and fall semester of each academic year, a reminder email will be sent.  If you are not sure if you completed the Clery Training and/or the Confirmation Surveys, sign into Blackboard, under My Course List, click Clery Training & Confirmation Survey CLERY.CSA.TRAINING then click on Grades and Confirmation Records in the left-hand menu.  

How do I report a Clery crime?

If you are a GRCC CSA and are made aware of an alleged Clery Act crime, you must report that information to the GRCC Police Department.  If you are unsure whether the incident is reportable under the Clery Act, please contact GRCC Police or the Clery Compliance Officer (CCO) as soon as possible and report it.

If you are unsure for any reason whether an incident should be reported, please report the incident. CSAs are NOT responsible for investigating or reporting incidents that they overhear students talking about in a hallway conversation; that a classmate or student mentions during an in-class discussion; that a victim mentions during a speech, workshop, or any other form of group presentation; or that the CSA otherwise learns about in an indirect manner.

Need Assistance?

If you need assistance reporting an incident, you may reach out to the Clery Compliance Officer, Robin Graves, at, or via telephone at (616) 234-4013 or contact the Chief of Police, Rebecca Whitman, at or by telephone at (616) 234-4012.