PNW Camps and Reporting Responsibilities

Identification and Responsibilities

Camp staffers are CSA!

All camp staff have been identified as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) because of the important role they hold as camp staff during Purdue University Northwest summer camp(s).

In addition to other camp staff responsibilities, camp staff also have a significant role in maintaining the safety of campers and the campus community.

Why are camp staff a CSA?

There are four categories of individuals associated with Purdue University Northwest that are considered CSAs:

  1. A campus police department (PNWPD).
  2. Any individual who has responsibility for campus security but does not constitute a campus police department.
  3. Any individual or organization specified in Purdue’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
  4. An official who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities.


Purdue University Northwest expects campers to report criminal offenses to their camp leaders, and campers are considered students under this definition.

What are the responsibilities of a CSA?

The function of a CSA is to report to the Purdue University Northwest Police Department (PNWPD) allegations of Clery Act crimes or attempts that he or she receives in their capacity as a CSA. These specific crimes listed below must be reported ASAP to allow Purdue University Northwest the opportunity to review reports and update the campus community as needed.

Indiana law requires all persons over the age of 18 to report suspected child abuse to the police or Child Protective Services. You may call 911 or use the same form listed below to report.

Make sure all campers are aware of all Timely Warnings, Rave Alert, or Alertus (webscreen capture) emergency notifications issued, and assist them in taking appropriate action to ensure their safety.

How are Clergy Act Crimes reported?

If this is an emergency or someone is in danger, call or text 911 immediately!

Report a Non-Emergency Crime

What should a CSA NOT do?

CSAs are not responsible for investigating incidents or reporting incidents that they overhear students talking about (or that the CSA otherwise learns about in an indirect manner).

A CSA is not responsible for determining whether a crime took place—that is the function of PNWPD.

A CSA should not try to apprehend the alleged perpetrator of the crime. That, too, is the responsibility of law enforcement.

It is also not a CSA’s responsibility to try and convince a victim to contact law enforcement if the victim chooses not to do so. The incident does need to be reported by the CSA to PNWPD.


If a camp staffer is unsure whether a crime qualifies as a Clery Act crime, REPORT IT.
PNWPD and Clery Administration will make the final determination.

For questions related to the Clery Act, email Brian Miller, PNW’s Clery Compliance Administrator, at

Contact Information

Purdue University Northwest Police Department
2300 169th St. Hammond, Indiana 46323
(219) 989-2140

Clery Crimes

  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • Sex Offenses include:
    • Rape: Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
    • Fondling: Touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim.
    • Incest: Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
    • Statutory Rape: Sexual intercourse with a person who is under 16 years old.
  • Robbery: Taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
  • Aggravated Assault: Unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
  • Burglary: Unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. A structure has four walls, a roof, and a door.
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: Theft of any self-propelled vehicle that runs on land surface and not on rails. This includes but is not limited to automobiles, golf carts, hoverboards, electric scooters, mopeds, and motorized wheelchairs.
  • Arson: Willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud.
  • Hate Crimes: “A criminal offense committed against a person or property which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias.” All Clery crimes mentioned above, plus Larceny-Theft; Simple Assault; Intimidation; Vandalism. Bias can be race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or national origin.
    • Larceny-Theft: Unlawful taking, carrying, leading or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. Constructive possession is the condition in which a person does not have physical custody or possession but is in a position to exercise dominion or control over a thing.
    • Vandalism, Destruction, or Damage of Property: Willfully or maliciously destroying, damaging, defacing, or otherwise injuring real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.
    • Simple Assault: Unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness. Include all assaults that do not involve the use of a firearm, knife, cutting instrument or other dangerous weapon, and in which the victim did not sustain serious or aggravated injuries.
  • Intimidation: Unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack. A person is assumed to be placed in “reasonable fear” if he or she reports threatening words or other conduct to law enforcement personnel. To be the victim of Intimidation, one doesn’t have to be the intended target of the offender. For example, a person who reports to law enforcement seeing anti-gay threats on a bathroom wall is considered a victim.