Reporting an Incident

Campus Security Authorities

Campus Security Authorities include officials whose functions involve relationships with students. If someone has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, he or she is a Campus Security Authority.

The following are defined by the Jeanne Clery Act as Campus Security Authorities:

  • Office of Campus Safety and Security personnel.
  • Other Individuals with responsibility for campus security but are not Office of Campus Safety and Security personnel, i.e., those responsible for monitoring entrance into institutional property, such as parking enforcement staff, event security staff and patrol staff.
  • Officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, included but not limited to those involved in student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings, students who serve as judicial affairs officials, officials who oversee student extracurricular activities, faculty advisors and those who oversee student programs.
  • Individuals Designated by CCS—Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as one to which students and employees should report criminal offenses. CCS-designated Campus Security Authorities include: 
    • Campus Safety Director, Managers, and Officers
    • Dean of Students
    • Residence Life Staff
    • Resident Assistants (RA)
    • Student Engagement Staff
    • Institutional Equity and Inclusion Staff – including Title IX Coordinator
    • Human Resource Staff
    • Faculty and Staff who act as advisors to student organizations
  • CCS Personal Counseling staff maintain a high level of confidentiality in all areas of their work with students. If a student provides a member of the Counseling staff with information regarding being a victim of a crime, confidentiality will be maintained with the exception of limited situations as outlined below:
  • The crime includes information that would be indicative of the student’s plan to harm either themselves or another person
  • First-hand information regarding the abuse of a child or incapacitated person
  • Under Michigan Mental Health Law, counselors are obligated to directly report this information to the appropriate authority.
  • All students reporting being the victim of a crime are given information on multiple avenues for reporting the crime to the appropriate authority. Students will be given contact information for the CCS Dean of Students, CCS Campus Safety, and the Wayne State University Police.

Reporting Criminal and Other Serious Incidents

Should a member of the CCS community observe or suspect criminal or suspicious activity, we ask that this information be promptly reported to Campus Safety office located on the first floor of the Taubman Center or the first floor of the Kresge Ford Building on the Ford Campus. Our officers can accept reports in person or by telephone. Campus Safety’s phone number for routine calls is 313-664-7444 on the Ford Campus and 313-664-1444 at the Taubman Center. Both lines are in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Campus Safety Officers are non-sworn officers and have no powers of arrest. They may investigate incidents and detain individuals until the arrival of police. Victims or witnesses may report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics by informing Campus Safety that you wish this information to remain confidential.

CCS encourages all members of the College community to engage in accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to Campus Security and the appropriate law enforcement agencies, when the victim of the crime elects not to, or is unable to, make such a report. Prompt reporting is important as it facilitates immediate investigation and the preservation of evidence. Reports may form the basis of criminal charges (violations of state or federal law) and/or college discipline cases (violations of the Code of Student Conduct).

Complainants may also file criminal reports directly with the Wayne State Police Department at (313) 577-2222 or the Detroit Police Department at (313) 224-1212. Complainants wishing to file a criminal report with the Wayne State or Detroit Police Departments may request assistance with initial procedures from CCS Campus Safety. Once a criminal report is filed with the Wayne State or Detroit Police, the decision to prosecute is made at the discretion of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is also responsible for providing follow-up communication with the complainant.