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Health / Safety

Your safety and health at CSU

September 1, 2010

Dear Students,

Welcome to Colorado State University. We’re glad to have the opportunity to share the next year with you, and we hope your time at CSU is enjoyable. Our goal is to provide you with an optimal opportunity for getting a great education and making lifelong friends, which means your health and safety are our top priorities. CSU is generally a safe place, but students who are aware of their surroundings and smart about their health and safety are an important component of making this campus a great place to be. With that in mind, we’d like you to read and consider the information below.

Safety

At this time students have not been identified as being involved in last weekend’s (Aug. 21-22) events in Old Town. However, the event is a good reminder of Colorado Riot Laws pertaining to students. During street gatherings or riots, police use video surveillance to identify the people who are misbehaving AND people who are watching. These types of situations typically don’t get out of hand without an audience, so in Colorado, bystanders – those who are only standing and watching - are also prosecuted for their role.

If students are arrested for participating or watching a riot, they face a range of discipline from CSU including suspension or expulsion upon a conviction and also will have a felony or misdemeanor criminal record. Under state law, the student cannot re-enroll at CSU or enroll in any state university in Colorado for one year.

The host of an out-of-control party that turns into a riot can also be held liable for all costs incurred, including police overtime and repairs to streets, cars and other property. Know the law and use good judgment if you find yourself in a crowd that seems to be getting out of control: Heed police warnings and leave the area. If a police officer orders you to leave an area, you’re breaking the law if you fail to comply.

General safety tips

Following the general safety tips below can help keep you, your friends, and campus safe.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy, get out of the situation immediately. Be assertive if you don’t like someone’s behavior toward you or a friend.
  • Take care of yourself and your friends. Let someone know where you are or where you are going and when you’ll be back. Help friends navigate difficult situations and get them help if you need it.
  • Students in residence halls should keep room doors locked when the room is unattended and at night. Do not allow people without a key to “tailgate” through locked doors. Get to know your RAs and ask them for help if you need it.
  • Students who live off campus should keep their doors and windows locked when not at home and at night.
  • Keep your valuable possessions with you or in a safe place.
  • Contact police immediately if you see someone acting suspiciously and call CSU police during an emergency by dialing 911 from anywhere on campus.

Use campus services designed to help keep you safe. SafeWalk provides a safe escort from one point to another on or near campus after dark by calling (970) 491-1155; RamRide is a student-run program that offers safe, nonjudgmental and free rides home anywhere within the city limits on Thursday, Fridays, and Saturday evenings by calling (970) 491-3333.

If you have been sexually assaulted or suspect you have been assaulted, get to a safe place and call the police or someone you trust and have that person come to you immediately. Police will prioritize a student’s welfare and safety in reporting a sexual assault over other issues such as underage drinking. The university has a 24 hour Victim Assistance Program and an advocate may be reached by calling (970) 491-7111 day or night.

Sexual misconduct is a violation of the Student Conduct Code and anyone guilty of sexual assault or misconduct may face suspension or expulsion from the university and criminal charges.

Health

Fort Collins experienced several very serious cases of bacterial meningitis this summer which sadly resulted in the deaths of two young men and the serious illness of several others. Meningitis is an inflammation of membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.  Symptoms include a high fever headache and stiff neck and develop over several hours to two days after exposure.

While the illnesses were NOT tied to the Colorado State University campus, the Centers for Disease Control and our local health experts recommend that college-aged individuals get vaccinated for meningitis.

This is particularly an important consideration for students living in residence halls. Student vaccines are available through the CSU Health Network at the Hartshorn Building. For more information, visit health.colostate.edu/MedicalServices/Immunizations/Meningitis.cfm.

Research shows that many students at CSU actually don’t drink alcohol and most don’t engage in excessive alcohol consumption. CSU certainly discourages alcohol consumption among those who are not legally old enough to drink, and campus police do enforce Colorado laws related to alcohol consumption. However, if you choose to drink, please don’t get so intoxicated that you are not able to take care of yourself. Designate a sober friend and driver. Take care of yourself and your friends.

Also, be aware of the connection between alcohol and sexual assault. Alcohol consumption makes it more difficult to think clearly, communicate, listen, give consent or understand if consent has not been given, or assess risk, which can lead to sexual regrets or violation. Do not walk home alone from a party or bar or let a friend walk alone and do not accept a ride from someone you do not know. Also remember that most sexual assaults of college students are committed by someone the victim knows and trusts. We encourage you to familiarize yourselves with the safe-ride home program offered by student volunteers through RamRide.

Finally, we want to let you know that campus will be more congested than normal on Friday, Aug. 27. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Justice rented rooms in the Lory Student Center for a workshop that was attended by about 1,500-2,000 people. Although participants at this conference were asked to park at Hughes Stadium and take a shuttle to the main campus, it was fully expected that parking and traffic on campus was impacted. Parking along Meridian Avenue between Plum Street and University Avenue was closed from Thursday evening through Friday evening.

There also was increased foot traffic on the Plaza, including participation in the free speech zone on the Plaza by special interest groups, and many more people than normal in the Lory Student Center, including people using food service businesses. Dignitaries spoke at the event so security at the Lory Student Center and across campus also was increased.

Students and employees were encouraged to carpool, walk, or use alternative transportation to campus to avoid any problems parking and traveling across campus.

Updates on safety issues

Over the course of the school year, we will provide updates on safety issues important to our campus community. More information about safety at Colorado State University is always available at www.safety.colostate.edu.

Thank you,
The CSU Public Safety Team


Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
E-mail: dellrae.moellenberg@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-6009