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Health / Safety

Letter to students regarding Rocky Mountain Showdown

September 15, 2011

The following letter to students is from Chief Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt, Colorado State University Police Department and Jody Donovan, Dean of Students:

Dear Students,

We’re all proud to be Ram fans and look forward to the Rocky Mountain Showdown game in Denver on Saturday.

The following information will help you prepare for the big game. As you enjoy the game, please remember the behavior of CSU fans reflects upon the university we all love. Here’s our opportunity to demonstrate how great CSU students really are.

If you go to Sports Authority Field for the game, the tailgating and visitor rules for the stadium are online.

Please note:

  • Cars can only use one parking spot, and blocking or saving a parking spot for a friend is not allowed. If you want to tailgate  with a group, be sure to arrive together.- You only can tailgate directly behind your car or in a landscaped area.
  • No open flames, but barbecue grills are allowed.
  • All tailgate parties have to end 30 minutes before kickoff.
  • No glass bottles or kegs in parking area or game and no selling of food or products.

The CSU vs. CU rivalry is a long tradition, which means that fans of all ages will be with you in the stands, including children who will hear you and watch you during the game (just think, this could be your grandma or little brother or sister sitting by you!).

Keep in mind that your actions in Denver can affect your standing as a CSU student. Names of students contacted by Denver police at the game and in the parking lot will be forwarded to CSU and those students also will undergo a review for disciplinary action from the university.

We know the majority of CSU students will represent CSU well, but keep in mind:

  • It is important to note that Denver police are in charge of safety at this game. They have sent an open letter to CSU students saying they will be cracking down on underage drinking, excessive drinking and unruly fans at the game. View the letter and information about detox.
  • If you do drink, designate a driver.
  • The average DUI can cost you $10,270 and people with DUIs can be passed over for internships and jobs after college. Learn more about what happens when you get a DUI.
  • Take care of yourself and your friends. Friends should stick together.
  • Ask for help if you’re concerned a friend has had too much to drink.
  • Don’t let friends leave a gathering with people you don’t know, and don’t leave your friends who may have had too much to drink.
  • There is a connection between sexual assault and alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drugs affect your ability to listen, understand if you’ve received sexual consent, or assess risks to your safety.

In town, if you are hosting a party, use CSU’s party registration system. You can sign up to get a phone call from police if neighbors complain about the party before police visit your home and issue a ticket. This can help you to avoid a $1,000 fine and misdemeanor noise violation charge.

If your party starts to get out of hand, call the police. If you’re attending a party that appears to be escalating into something bad, leave the area.

We know CSU students have excellent character. Thanks for doing your part to make CSU a great place.

Thank you,

Chief Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt, Colorado State University Police Department Jody Donovan, Dean of Students

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009