Statistics & Safety Information

CAMPUS SECURITY AUTHORITIES (CSA)

A Campus Security Authority (CSA) is an individual who is an official of the institution that has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including but not limited to:

• PVCC Police Officers

• PVCC Security Officers

• PVCC Title IX Official

• Professional staff in the dean of student services office

• Staff in a student center building

 • Student Activities office

• Student Discipline Staff

• Faculty or staff advisors to student organizations

• Director of Athletics, team coaches, or athletics staff (if applicable)

Examples of individuals who would not meet the criteria for being campus security authorities include:

• A faculty member who does not have any responsibility for student and campus activity beyond the classroom; and

• Clerical or cafeteria staff

Under Clery, 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 individual/s involved in the crime or reporting the crime are associated with the institution. If a CSA receives the crime information and believes it was provided in good faith, he or she should document it as a crime report in MAXIENT and provide this report to the PVCC department of public safety and campus police. In “good faith” means there is a reasonable basis for believing that the information is not simply rumor or hearsay. CSAs are not responsible for investigating crimes. Their role is to report all incidents immediately, no matter how minor an incident may seem. All investigations and crime classifications are the responsibility of sworn law enforcement personnel.

There are two classifications of individuals who, although they have significant responsibilities for student and campus activities, are not considered CSAs under Clery. 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 institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification. This definition also applies to professional counselors who are not employees of the institution but are under contract to provide counseling at the institution.

Although pastoral counselors and professional counselors do not have to report crimes that are brought to their attention while serving in an official capacity, they are encouraged to inform their client/s of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

If employees are aware of any crimes that occurred on campus that were not reported to PVCC’s department of public safety and campus police, it is important that he/she complete a MAXIENT  report immediately. Staff can also view a presentation that educates them on their Clery reporting responsibility. The presentation is available at [coming soon].

It is important to remember that should at any time a crime be reported to anyone who is deemed as a Campus Security Authority, that individual should not wait until the end of the year to report that incident to the department of public safety and campus police, but notify the department immediately by calling 434.981.6362. The department of public safety and campus police has a responsibility to notify the PVCC community about any crimes that pose an ongoing threat to the community.