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Preparation of the Annual Crime Statistics and the Role of the Campus Security Authority

The Cornell University Police Department is responsible for assuring that the University is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. One of the requirements of the law is collecting statistical information from campus security authorities and local municipal police departments including:  the Ithaca Police Department and Cayuga Heights Police Department, the Geneva City Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, and the New York State Police. The statistics gathered from these entities represent crimes reported on the campus, public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities and remote classrooms. This information is published annually to the public and to the Department of Education.  You can see the most recent report here.

Role of the Campus Security Authority

The function of a campus security authority is to report to the appropriate law enforcement personnel, in this case the Cornell University Police Department, those allegations of Clery Act crimes that he or she concludes are made in good faith.  

A campus security authority is not responsible for:

  • Determining authoritatively whether a crime took place,
  • Performing an investigation, or
  • Attempting to apprehend an alleged perpetrator.

All of the above are the function of law enforcement personnel.

A Campus Security Authority should not try and convince a victim to contact law enforcement if the victim chooses not to. 

If you have any questions regarding reporting obligations, please contact Peggy Matta, the Clery Compliance and Support Administrator, Cornell University Police Department at 255-4393 or by email (mem25).