To discuss the legal requirements for reporting crime that occurs on and around campus.

To help you

  • Answer questions pertaining to State laws that require reporting of crimes to the Police Department
  • Understand the requirements of the Federal Law (The Clery Act).

Colorado Revised Statutes 18-8-115 – Duty to Report a Crime

Every individual or corporation who has reasonable grounds to believe a crime has been committed has a duty to report the suspected crime to law enforcement authorities.

Duty to Report a Crime carries important safeguards that protect the individual reporting the crime. The law shields the reporting person from all liability so long as the suspected crime was reported in “good faith.”

“Good Faith” just means the reporting person reasonably believed what he or she was told about the crime, the reporting person did not deliberately embellish the facts, and he or she did not just “make up” the crime being reported.

20 United States Code 1092(f)

Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended)

(Also known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 or the Clery Act.)

“All public and private institutions of post secondary education receiving federal financial aid must provide timely warnings of campus crime and publish an annual campus crime report.”

Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University in 1986. The law enacted in her memory is intended to ensure that students and others are informed about violent campus crimes so they can make informed decisions.

The Clery Act requires that universities report crime statistics to current and prospective students and employees.

The Clery Act is very specific about which campus offices must report crimes. Certain campus offices are considered “Campus Security Authorities” under the Clery Act.

“Campus Security Authority” is defined by function, not title. You may be campus Security Authority if you or your office:

Have significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

Have routine contact with students.

Examples of “Campus Security Authorities”

  • University Police
  • Non-police security staff who monitor or control entrance to property
  • Residence Hall Desk Staff
  • Parking Staff
  • Building security staff
  • People or offices designated under CSU policy as those to whom/which crimes should be reported
  • Residence Life Professional and Resident Assistant Staff
  • Dean of Student Staff
  • Officials with Significant responsibility for student and campus activities
  • Coaches
  • Greek Life advisors
  • Student activities coordinators
  • Faculty advisors to student organizations

Who is NOT a “Campus Security Authority” under the Clery Act

  • Administrative staff not responsible for students (e.g. payroll, facilities)
  • Clerical Staff
  • Individual faculty members who do not serve as an advisor to a registered student organization.
  • Doctors in the Student Health Center, or Counselors in the Counseling Center, who only provide care to individual students.

Who is Exempt from reporting under the Clery Act

  • Licensed professional mental health counselors (including doctoral interns and VAT Victim Assistance Team)
  • Pastoral counselors (employed by religious organizations to provide confidential counseling) who are working within the scope of their license or religious assignment at the time they receive the crime report.

I think I’m a Campus Security Authority. What do I need to do?

If someone tells you about a crime or an incident that may be a crime, you must record the information and submit a report.

  • Just get the facts, experts will do the analysis
  • Do not worry about duplicate reporting. Those issues will be addressed by staff members compiling the final report.
  • When in doubt, report it!
  • CSUPD 970.491.6425

Most Part I UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) crimes (serious crimes that you should call the police for anyway):

  • Criminal Homicide
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arson
  • Sexual Assault

“Hate Crimes” must also be reported even if they are not UCR Part I crimes.

Definitions of reportable UCR Part I Crimes

Criminal Homicide: murder, non-negligent manslaughter, and negligent manslaughter (including vehicular manslaughter)

Aggravated Assault: unlawful attack upon another with intent to inflict severe injury, using weapon or means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

Robbery: taking/attempting to take something by force, violence, threat, or by putting victim in fear

    • Questions concerning robbery:
      • Was force or a weapon used or threatened?
      • Was the victim injured?
      • Did the victim feel fearful, threatened or endangered?

Burglary: unlawful entry into a structure to commit a theft or other crime.

    • Questions concerning Burglary:
      • Was item taken from inside dorm room, office, store, lab, or other structure?
      • Was structure, room, store, or office open, closed, or locked?
      • Did the thief have permission or a legal right to be in the room, store or office? If the suspect is unidentified the crime gets classified as a burglary.

Motor Vehicle Theft: theft of automobiles, trucks, etc., including “joyriding” (taken by person without lawful access)

Arson: a willful or malicious burning/attempt to burn structure, vehicle, or personal property of another

Sexual Assault: knowingly inflicts sexual intrusion/penetration


Defining Hate Crimes

Against a Person: Any UCR Part I crime, or any other crime causing bodily injury or intimidation where there is evidence of bias or hate motivation and that the victim was selected because of an actual or perceived race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

Against Property: vandalism or theft of personal property, victimizing a house of worship, or an ethnic organization. The incident may involve any expression of bias or hatred (e.g. graffiti, symbols, comments) referencing a race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.