The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act final rule of November 1, 1999, designates certain members of the College community as Campus Security Authorities.
According to federal law, the Palomar College Police Department is required to report statistics concerning certain criminal offenses reported to the University Police or any Campus Security Authority that occur on campus, , on non-campus property utilized by the College, and on public property adjacent to the campus. The criminal offenses that are required to report are murder/non-negligent manslaughter; negligent manslaughter; sex offenses; domestic violence; dating violence; stalking; robbery; aggravated assault; burglary; motor vehicle theft; arson; liquor law violations; drug law violations; and/or weapons law violations arrests and referrals to Student Affairs.
The following groups of people are considered Campus Security Authorities and thus have an obligation to report allegations made in good faith to the Palomar College Police Department:
- A campus police department or a campus security department of an institution. If your institution has a campus police or security department, those individuals are campus security authorities. A security department can be as small as one person.
- Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department (e.g., an individual who is responsible for monitoring the entrance into institutional property). Include individuals who provide security at a campus parking kiosk, monitor access into a campus facility, act as event security, or provide safety escorts around campus.
- 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. Your institution must publish a number of safety and security related policy statements. If you direct the campus community to report criminal incidents to anyone or any organization in addition to police or security-related personnel, that individual or organization is a campus security authority.
- 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. An official is defined asany person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution.
To determine specifically which individuals or organizations are Campus Security Authorities , consider the function of that individual or office. Look for persons whose functions involve relationships with students. If someone has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, he or she is a Campus Security Authority.
Pastoral and professional counselors are not required to report crimes for inclusion into this report. However, if and when they deem it appropriate, they are encouraged to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for the inclusion into the annual crime statistics. Counselors should always consider any possible need for the issuance of required timely warning(s) in situations that involve an immediate, on-going threat to the campus community.