Suffolk County Community College encourages the College community to immediately report
crimes or suspicious activity to the Office of Public Safety to help maintain the
safest possible environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Pursuant to the Clery Act, a federal law, the College is required to compile and
publish crime statistics in an Annual Security Report. As part of this obligation,
members of the college’s community who are considered to be Campus Security Authorities
are required to report crimes for inclusion as statistics in the university’s Annual Security Report.
Who is a Campus Security Authority?
“Campus Security Authority” is a Clery specific term that encompasses certain departments,
groups and individual College employees who have a duty to report crimes they become
aware of, as defined by the Clery Act.
The law defines a Campus Security Authority as “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.”
Examples of Campus Security Authorities:
Members of the Office of Public Safety
Title IX coordinators
Office of the Dean of Students
Athletics team coaches
Faculty and staff advisors to student organizations
Study abroad faculty and staff
Campus Security Authorities may also be identified by job function; that is any employee
who, by virtue of their job function, has significant responsibility for assisting
students or campus activities. Examples would be student advisors or formal or informal
The Clery Act requires that Campus Security Authorities be identified, notified and
Campus Security Authorities who have been identified by job title or function receive
annual notification and training and are asked to forward the training to anyone within
their department who they believe meets the Clery definition of a Campus Security
Authority by job function.
If you believe that you may qualify as a Campus Security Authority and have not received
notification or training, please contact the Office of Public Safety at 631 451-4584.
The Role of a Campus Security Authority
Campus Security Authorities should not investigate crimes or attempt to determine
whether in fact a crime occurred. Rather, a Campus Security Authority’s obligation
is to simply report the information that s/he has as soon as possible.
The College is required to disclose statistics for the following offenses that occur
on campus, or in non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College,
and public property within or immediately adjacent to campus.
If in doubt that a crime is reportable, please err on the side of reporting the matter.