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SafeWalk, Mugs team up for campus safety

April 24, 2013

When you're burning the midnight oil on campus, leaving in the dark and feeling uncertain about being alone as you exit a building, do you wish you had pal to walk you to your car? You do.

Front of the SafeWalk key tagColorado State University Police Department provides the SafeWalk service – a student escort trained in safety and security who can walk you to your car or a location within a few blocks of campus. The escorts are Campus Service Officers, or CSOs, who are friendly CSUPD student employees who walk any student or employee to class, their car, or a nearby off-campus location from dusk until dawn, seven days a week, year-round. In extremely cold weather, the CSOs may also have access to a warm vehicle for the escort.

SafeWalk and Mugs team up

This free service is now the focus of a new partnership between the university and Mugs Coffee Lounge on Laurel. In support of safety on campus, the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity and Mugs have teamed up to create a key fob that all employees and students can carry on their key chain with the SafeWalk contact information on one side, and a coupon for Mugs on the other. Mugs also has offered to be a “safe wait” location where people can wait until a CSO arrives to escort them – and enjoy the benefits of the key tag coupon for a free pastry or 50 cent discount off their $10 purchase.

The key tab will be distributed on campus to all employees and students in April.

Back of the key tag“SafeWalk is a wonderful service that CSUPD is proud to offer and support,” said Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt, chief. “If you are ever feeling a little unsure or uneasy about walking alone, please give us a call.”

The partnership is a result of a request from President Tony Frank to the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity after the commission conducted an informal survey about safety on campus and awareness of safety resources. The commission was charged with increasing awareness of safety resources on campus.

“We wanted to highlight a program on campus that was already established and successful, but may not be widely known, said Becca McCarty, a member of the commission about the partnership. “We selected the SafeWalk program because it is a great resource, especially for anyone who may feel uncomfortable walking around campus at night, but isn’t used as often as it could be by the many students and employees work late into the night. By creating these key tags, we can remind individuals about the program and encourage them to keep the phone number on them at all times. With the generous coupon deal from Mugs, we hope all faculty, staff and students will add them to their key rings. This way, should they wish to have a CSO escort, they will have SafeWalk contact information at their fingertips.”

SafeWalk service has long history at university

The SafeWalk program was started in 1993 at the request of the Associated Students of Colorado State University. At the time, ASCSU found that numerous campuses across the nation have similar programs and the student government wanted to create a program that would enhance the safety of the CSU campus.

SafeWalk employees are not sworn CSUPD officers and are not armed, but receive professional, ongoing law enforcement training. CSOs also are supervised by a CSUPD member and a complete background check is required for the position.

Any student, faculty or staff member can request a SafeWalk from anywhere on the main or south CSU campus or from within a two-block surrounding areas, to anywhere on campus or within a two block area of campus.

You can recognize CSOs by their distinct yellow shirts or jackets. They also carry identification and radios that directly connect to the CSUPD 911 dispatchers.

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