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Campus Security Authorities

According to a federal law known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, our school is required to disclose “statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to local law enforcement agencies or any official of the institution who is defined as a ‘Campus Security Authority.’”

The law defines “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.” An example would be a dean of students who oversees student housing, a student center, or student extra-curricular activities and has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. Similarly, a director of athletics, team coach, and faculty advisor to a student group also has significant responsibility for student and campus activities. A single teaching faculty member is unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, except when serving as an advisor to a student group. Clerical staff, as well, are unlikely to have significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

Campus “pastoral counselors” and “professional counselors”, when acting as such, are not considered to be a campus security authority and are not required to report crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics. As a matter of policy, they are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into the annual crime statistics.

Federal regulations define counselors as:

  • Pastoral Counselor - An employee of an institution who is associated with a religious order or denomination, recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.
  • Professional Counselor - An employee of an institution whose official responsibilities include providing psychological counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification. 

We are required to disclose statistics for offenses that occur on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by our school, and public property within or immediately adjacent to our campus. This includes the Harrisburg campus and the Philadelphia campus. Also please be aware that we are required to report violations that occur off campus while in an official college capacity. Clery report statistics are reported based on the calendar year not the academic year.

The criminal offenses for which we are required to disclose statistics are murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, liquor law violations, drug abuse violations and reports of weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.

We are also required to report statistics for bias-related (hate) crimes for the following offenses: murder/non-negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny-theft, vandalism, intimidation, simple assault, and damage/destruction/vandalism of property.

In emergency situations, these crimes should be reported by calling the police at 911. In non-emergency situations, reports can be made to Campus Safety at ext. 6565 from a campus phone or by calling 717-691-6005 from off campus. It is recommended that CSAs save this number on their cell phones in the event they are not near a campus phone.

Our school has a responsibility to notify the campus community about any crimes which pose an ongoing threat to the community, and, as such, campus security authorities are obligated by law to report crimes to the Campus Security immediately. Even if you are not sure whether an ongoing threat exists, immediately contact Campus Safety at 6565.

The Department of Safety advises every crime victim of his or her right to report the crime to the appropriate law enforcement agency and assist the victim in that process if desired. All reported criminal incidents are promptly investigated by the Department of Safety or turned over to the appropriate local law enforcement agency for investigation.

Substantiated incidents may result in College disciplinary action as well as referrals to local law enforcement for criminal prosecution. College discipline proceedings may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following any off-campus civil or criminal proceedings. Crime victims or concerned persons may address questions regarding counseling and health resources, changes in academic or living situations, college discipline processes, and/or crime reporting to the Office of the Vice Provost/Dean of Students (Ext. 5234). The Engle Center for Counseling and Health (Ext. 5357) can be reached for counseling and health questions.

Below is a list of positions that have been identified at Messiah College as Campus Security Authorities to report crimes for the annual federally mandated Clery Act report:

  • Department of Safety
  • Director for Department of Safety -- Title IX Deputy Coordinator
  • Office of Human Resources & Compliance
    • Assistant Director; Manager of Employment and Recruiting Services
    • HR Project Manager
    • HRIS & Payroll Manager
    • Benefits Manager
    • Compliance Coordinator
    • HR Specialist
    • Administrative Assistant, Human Resources & Compliance
  • Director of Conference Services
  • President
  • Executive Assistant to the President and Assistant to the Board of Trustees
  • Executive Coordinator for the Office of the President
  • Special Assistant to the President and Provost for Diversity Affairs
  • Provost
  • Associate Provost
  • Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Vice President for Advancement
  • Vice President for Finance & Planning
  • Vice President for HR & Compliance - Title IX Coordinator
  • Vice President for Information Technology
  • Vice President for Operations
  • Dean, School of the Arts
  • Dean, School of Business, Education and Social Sciences
  • Dean, School of Science, Engineering and Health
  • Dean, School of the Humanities
  • Assistant Dean of General Education and Common Learning
  • Department Chairs
  • Leaders/Facilitators of Trips under Education Abroad Department
  • Director of Academic Advising
  • Vice Provost Dean of Students
  • Associate Dean of Students
  • Director of Residence Life- Title IX Deputy Coordinator
  • Director of Housing
  • Residence Directors
  • Residence Assistants
  • Athletic Director
  • Associate Director of Athletic Operations - Title IX Deputy Coordinator
  • Associate Director of Athletics
  • Athletic Coaches (Head & Assistant)
  • Director of Career Services
  • Director of Internship Center
  • Director of Student Involvement & Leadership Development
  • Director of Multicultural Programs
  • Director of International Student Programs
  • Director of International Programs
  • Director of the Agape Center
  • Director of Engle Center
  • Director, The Oakes Museum of Natural History
  • Director/Master Teacher, Early Learning Center
  • Master Teacher, Early Learning Center
  • Childcare Teacher, Early Learning Center
  • Administrative Assistant, Early Learning Center
  • Substitute Teacher, Early Learning Center
  • Student Organization Advisors