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Campus Security Authorities

According to federal law, specifically The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (re-named the Clery Act in 1998), the Trinity University Police Department is required to report "statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to the local police agency or any official of the institution who has "significant responsibility for student and campus activities". Your position has been identified by Federal Law as a "Campus Security Authority".

The definition of "Campus Security Authority", according the federal law, is as follows: "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." For example, a dean of students who oversees student housing, a student center, or student extra-curricular activities, has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Similarly, a director of athletics, team coach, and faculty adviser to a student group also has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. A single teaching faculty member is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, except when serving as an adviser to a student group. A physician in a campus health center or a counselor in a counseling center whose only responsibility is to provide care to students are unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Also, clerical staff are unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

The criminal offenses that we are required to report are murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, liquor law violations, drug violations and/or illegal weapons possession.

We are also required to report statistics for hate (bias) related crimes for the following classifications: murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, vandalism, intimidation, simple assault, liquor law violations, drug violations and/or illegal weapons possession.

We are required to report offenses that occur on campus, in residence facilities, in non-campus property and on public property.

If you are aware of any crimes listed above that occurred during the calendar year and was not reported to the Trinity University Police Department, please call 210-999-7070 and ask to speak with Joann Lockard.

If you don't know whether or not the crime was reported to the Trinity University Police Department, then please contact Joann Lockard with any information that you have so that she can investigate its status. It would be very helpful if you could provide her with the date and the location of the incident. If you don't know the date it occurred, give her the date or timeframe when it was reported to you. If you don't know the exact location, provide as much information as you have, i.e. occurred in a residence hall, an academic building, on campus or whatever you know that will help her properly classify the crime. In addition, Mrs. Lockard will need a brief description of the incident so that she can appropriately classify it in accordance with the crime definitions published by the Federal Bureau of Investigations Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

If a serious crime that may cause an ongoing threat to the Trinity University community is reported to anyone who is defined as a Campus Security Authority, that individual should not wait until the end of the year to report that incident to the Trinity University Police Department. The institution has a responsibility to notify the campus community about any crimes which pose an ongoing threat to the community, and as such, Campus Security Authorities are obligated by law to report crimes immediately to the Trinity University Police Department. If there is any question about whether an ongoing threat exists, immediately contact TUPD at 210-999-7070.

Contacting the Trinity University Police Department will take just a few moments to complete and your assistance will assist the University in maintaining compliance with this federal law. If you have any questions regarding reporting obligations, please contact Joann Lockard at 210-999-7070 or by email at jlockard [at] trinity.edu. Thank you for your assistance in fulfilling these federal requirements.