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Health / Safety

Welcome to students from Chief of Police, Dean of Students

August 19, 2011

Welcome to Colorado State University.

The following letter was sent to CSU students on Friday, August 19.

Dear students,

Welcome to Colorado State University. We’re glad to share the next year with you.

We want you to make the most of your time at CSU. We strive to provide the best environment possible to learn and make lifelong friends, and want you to be healthy and safe so you can get a great education.

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. With that in mind, please consider the following information.

Health:

•        Fort Collins experienced several very serious cases of bacterial meningitis last year. 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and local health experts recommend that college-aged individuals get vaccinated for meningitis, particularly if they live in residence halls. Student vaccines are available through the CSU Health Network at the Hartshorn Building.

http://health.colostate.edu/MedicalServices/Immunizations/Meningitis.cfm.

•        Many students at CSU choose to not drink alcohol or don’t drink excessively. If you choose to drink, designate a sober friend and driver to be with. Take care of yourself and your friends. There is a connection between alcohol and sexual assault. Alcohol consumption makes it more difficult to think clearly, communicate, listen, give consent, assess risk or if consent has been given – any of 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 know being a student can be stressful. If you’re concerned about your own or a friend’s level of stress or someone’s state of mental health, we want you to Tell Someone so the university can connect you or others to people who can help. To Tell Someone, visit www.safety.colostate.edu or call (970) 491-1350. If you are concerned that someone is at an immediate risk of hurting themselves or someone else, please call CSU police immediately at (970) 491-6425 or 911.

Safety:

•        You’ll find that campus is generally a safe place to be. That’s partly due to students and employees calling Colorado State University police with any concerns. Here are some good tips:

- 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 they 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 or 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.

- 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, Friday and Saturday evenings by calling (970) 491-3333.

- 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.

- If you have been 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 can be reached by calling (970) 491-7111 day or night.

More information about safety at Colorado State University is available at www.safety.colostate.edu.

Thank you,

Jody Donovan, Dean of Students

Chief Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt, CSU Police

 


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