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Clery Act Compliance

Campus Security Authorities

The goal of the Jeanne Clery Act is to ensure that accurate information about crime and safety programs on campus is available to the public.  The Clery Act recognizes that people report crimes through many different avenues and people may not want to report crimes to the police for a variety of reasons.  To ensure that the Annual Security Report reflects the number of Clery defined crimes reported on campus, certain employees are designated as "Campus Security Authorities."  Campus Security Authorities (CSA's) are required to report any crimes reported to them.  It is important to note, however, that any employee can report Clery reportable crimes to Clery Compliance even if not formally designated as a CSA. Report here.

Campus Security Authority FAQ

The Clery Act defines CSA's as falling into four groups:

  1. Employees in University Police

  2. Employees or volunteers who have responsibility for campus security but are not part of the police department.  

  3. Employees or places that are listed in the Annual Security Report as places where crimes can be reported.  For a list of those locations, refer to the Annual Security Report.

  4. Officials of the University who have a significant responsibility for student and campus activities.  This group constitutes the largest group of CSA's on campus.  Positions that fall into this category are designated based on their duties and are reviewed by the Clery Compliance Team.  The people in these positions often work in Student Affairs, Title IX, or student housing, serve as club or academic advisors, coach athletics teams, support student clubs and Greek organizations, or have responsibilities for student discipline.

CSA's are notified of their status and assigned annual training.  If you think you may be a CSA and have not been designated, please contact Jamie Hogan at

Yes.  There are certain types of positions that cannot be designated as CSA's and are not required to report crimes.  Professional counselors, religious counselors, and physicians in the health center are generally exempt.  There may be exceptions to that rule, however, so please contact the Clery Office if you are unsure about your status or the status of someone you are speaking with.

While confidentiality is critically important, it is also important that the community has an accurate understanding of crime on campus.  The Clery Office does not need any personal details about the victim or the person reporting the crime for Clery reporting.  Only the type of crime, when the crime happened, and enough information to classify the crime is required.  No personally identifying information needs to be reported.  Unless your situation warrants a Timely Warning to the campus, that report will only be translated to a statistical count. 

If a Timely Warning is required, there will be no information that could identify you included.  Fresno State has a legal responsibility to notify the campus community in a timely manner about any crimes on and immediately around the campus that pose an ongoing threat to the community.

The Clery Act requires all reports of crimes to be reported to the Clery compliance officer.  No investigation is necessary.  The Clery staff make determinations on the classification or non-classification of reported crimes using the information we have in our best judgment.  It is not necessary to have all the facts or be certain the reported crime occurred.  Police investigations are not required in order for a crime to be Clery reportable.  When in doubt, report the crime and let the Clery Office decide.

To report a crime that could present an ongoing threat to the community, or other type of emergency, call 911 or 559.278.8400 to report the incident.

Submit any possible non-emergency Clery crimes using the Clery Crime Reporting Form.  If the Clery Director needs further information, you will be contacted.  

The Clery Act identifies the types of crimes that need to be reported, as found on the Clery Geography and Clery Crime section of this website, which include:

  • specific Criminal Offenses

  • Hate Crimes

  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA Offenses)

You can find the extended definitions here.  If you are unsure if something qualifies or meets the requirements, report it and let the Clery Compliance Team decide.

Incident location is an important factor in determining Fresno State's responsibilities under the Clery Act. It also matters whether or not Fresno State has ownership or control of that location, and how it functions in relation to Fresno State's overall operations. There are three Clery geography categories as found on the Clery Geography and Clery Crime section of this website, which include: On Campus, Noncampus and Public Property.

The Clery Act is a federal law that requires that CSA's report crimes.  Failure to do so can subject the University to significant fines and potential loss of financial aid support.  For this reason, employees could face disciplinary action for failure to report Clery crimes.

If a serious crime that may cause an ongoing threat to our campus community is reported to your department, please notify the Fresno State Police Department immediately by dialing 559.278.8400 or 911.

The goal of Clery is to ensure that we provide honest and accurate information to the community.  These reports not only report our crime statistics, they allow us to understand campus safety better so we can design safety programming for students and ensure we have the resources to keep campus safe.  There are many reasons people do not report crimes to the police, and that is a person's right.  It is important, however, that those crimes are still reflected in our report and not ignored.

Yes.  Do not rely on another person or department to report a crime.   Fulfill your obligation and report the crime.  The Clery Compliance Team reviews reports to ensure we don't double count reports.

No.  Reports need to be made as soon as possible.  This is especially true if a crime could present an ongoing threat to the community.   In such instances, the Clery Act also requires we issue Timely Warnings notices to the campus.  Delay of such notices is a significant violation of the Clery Act.