A Campus Security Authority (CSA) is an individual or organization who is associated with the university that has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Individuals at Temple who meet the criteria for being CSAs include, but are not limited to:
- A dean of students or vice president who oversees student housing, a student center or student extracurricular activities
- A director of athletics or a team coach
- A faculty advisor to a student group
- A student resident assistant (RA) or a student who monitors access to resident halls
- A coordinator of Greek life
Temple Police, as well as campus security personnel, are also CSAs.
A crime is reported when a victim, witness, other third party or even the offender brings it to the attention of a CSA or local law enforcement personnel. It does not matter whether or not the individuals involved in the crime or reporting the crime are associated with the university. If a CSA receives the crime information and believes it was provided in good faith, he or she should report it to Temple Police. In “good faith” means there is a reasonable basis for believing that the information is not simply rumor or hearsay.
There are two groups of individuals who, although they have significant responsibilities for student and campus activities, are not considered CSAs under the federal Clery Act. They are pastoral counselors and professional counselors.
A pastoral counselor is defined as a person who is associated with a religious order or denomination, is recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling, and is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.
A professional counselor is defined as a person whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the institutions community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification. This definition applies to professional counselors who are not employees of Temple but are under contract to provide counseling at the institution.