Campus Security Authority

Campus Security Authority Procedural Policy Statement

Why do we need Campus Security Authorities(CSA)?

Sam Houston State University(SHSU) encourages everyone in the campus community, whether students, staff, faculty or visitors, to promptly report crimes to University Police Department (UPD) at 936 294-1800, whether on the SHSU main campus or at the Woodlands Campus. The emergency number for UPD is 936 294-1000 from internal campus phones only. Whether in Huntsville, Walker County or Montgomery County, the emergency phone number is 911. If off campus, you can report to the Huntsville Police Department at 936 291-5480, or the Walker County Sheriff’s Department at 936 435-8001. .

However, for various reasons, not all victims of crimes wish to make a report to law enforcement. For example, a victim of a sexual offense may turn to a SHSU resident advisor for assistance, or a student whose car was stolen may report the theft to the SHSU’s Dean of students. Campus Security Authorities fill the niche to improve accurate crime reporting for all Universities and Colleges.

Who are Campus Security Authorities?

In order to avoid constant changes due to the ever changing requirements of either Federal law or SHSU requirements for Campus Security Authorities, the listing for those authorities were assigned to this website by Policy FO-64, allowing for continuous growth or expansion of the large number of CSA’s we already have and without going through constant changes of the policy. The current policy currently lists the following for CSA’s:

• All Provosts/Associate Provosts,

• Vice Presidents, Associate Vice presidents

• All Deans, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans

• Directors of Campus Departments

• Academic advisors

• Residence Life Managers and Resident Advisors

• Athletics Directors and Coaches

• Faculty and staff advisors to student organizations

• All University Police Personnel

• Outside law enforcement hired for special events

This currently gives us almost 800 CSA’s serving the Sam Houston community. This number may vary to those CSA’s who leave employment with SHSU and the rate of new hiring.

Do CSA's receive training?

There are approximately 450 CSA’s, with changes constantly occurring with hiring, termination or reassignment at SHSU. Human Resources, based on SHSU policy and procedures, tracks the current personnel and lists in their duties as an employee who assigned the position of CSA.

The CSA Coordinator, currently a designee of the SHSU Chief of Police, works with Human Resources to assure training for all CSA’s, and is notified by HR with both the addition or deletion of a CSA, assigned training, registration of training and completion of training by SHSU Human Resources through Talent Management. Should a CSA fail to take the training in the 30-day window once the training is presented to the CSA, the CSA Coordinator is notified, and Human Resources will warn the CSA that his/her department head that the CSA has failed to complete the assigned training task. If the training is not completed within ten days, the director or other supervisor will then be notified advising that the employee CSA has not completed their training. All CSA’s have completed their training at this point in the training cycle. Training has been modified each year for CSA’s, with the addition of the CSA video provided by for 2017 with the change in training again beginning in the Fall of 2017. Additional training is also provided by the CSA Coordinator in person to Resident Advisors or by request. Other agency law enforcement officers are personally trained at the SHSU Police Department and records of training retained at the SHSU PD.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a CSA?

The function of a Sam Houston State University Campus Security Authority is to report alleged crimes that they have personally received to the SHSU Police Department Chief of Police for the purposes of statistical reporting. Overhearing that a crime has occurred is not a reportable crime. It is not the duty of the CSA to investigate any crime reported to them, but simply to make the report.