Campus Updates and Alerts
Last Updated April 29, 2015
April 29, 2015 - Warning from CSUPD About Scam
The following is an official warning from the CSU Police Department about a phone scam in the area that is targeting many CSU students and employees.
A phone scam has recently targeted students, employees and others who live in the Larimer County area. The scam callers have found a way to "spoof" caller ID so that it appears that they are calling from a phone number associated with the Colorado State University Police Department or Fort Collins Police Department. Most recently, the call appears to be associated with Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, with that department receiving multiple complaints a day about the fraudulent phone calls.
Police in the area have received reports about this phone scam using the university’s online directory information, and potentially social media, to find phone numbers and personal information about the individuals they call.
The person calling claims to represent a local police department, the IRS, or another government agency and and may demand money from the individual they have called. In the past, the callers have even threatened to arrest an individual or suspend a student for various reasons.
IMPORTANT TIPS FROM CSUPD
- Virtually all attempts over the phone to solicit payment via PayPal, Western union or MoneyGram are fraudulent.
- Do not share sensitive, personal or financial information over the phone, even if the caller sounds legitimate and the information they are sharing is accurate. People who perpetuate phone scams go through extensive steps to make themselves look legitimate, so information from the caller or information on a website that is or appears to be affiliated with a business or agency that they claim to represent may not be truthful.
- If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from a law enforcement agency who is demanding money, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency to verify the information.
- If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the IRS or a government office, hang up and contact that office to verify legitimacy.
- Report these calls to the Federal Trade Commission or, if the call involves accusations regarding taxes and IRS affiliations, report the call to the US Treasury Inspector General (http://www.treasury.gov/about/organizational-structure/ig/Pages/default.aspx).
- If you have been a victim of recent fraud by providing financial information to a caller, please call CSUPD at 970-491-6425.
For more information about how to remove information from the university’s online directory, visit search.colostate.edu and view information under “What about Privacy?”
For more information about phone scams, visit www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams.
April 22, 2015 - Suspicious Activity
Earlier this week, Fort Collins Police Services received two reports of suspicious activity in neighborhoods north of campus that are heavily populated by students. While these incidents occurred off campus, we wanted to share this safety warning with you regarding those reports.
Both incidents occurred on Monday. In one instance a male was seen on the roof of a residence and appeared to be peeping into the window of a room where a female was working on the computer. In the second reported incident, a female woke up to find a male standing in her bedroom by the bed. The male did not touch the female. He is described as being in his 20s with dirty blonde hair and scruffy facial hair, and wearing a black hooded jacket and khaki pants. The suspect’s race is unknown.
If you have information about these incidents, call 911 or Fort Collins Police Services.
Please keep these basic safety tips in mind:
- Keep your doors and windows locked when your home or residence hall room is unattended. Keep your curtains drawn for privacy.
- Report to police anyone who is behaving suspiciously by calling 911 from campus to reach CSUPD, or 911 off campus to reach Fort Collins Police Services.
- In all situations, be aware of your surroundings and the people you are with, and leave a situation if it is making you uncomfortable.
- Take care of yourself and others. Make sure someone knows where you'll be and who you'll be with.
- See something: say something. Trust your instincts and don’t minimize what you are seeing or experiencing if you see something that doesn’t seem right.
- When you feel uneasy, take action or seek help immediately, and help friends who also may need to get out of a situation.
We also want to remind you of some great services here on campus that are available to you:
- Students who may be experiencing distress can speak with a counselor at the CSU Health Network. if you would like to speak with a counselor, please stop by the office at 123 Aylesworth NW during business hours, or call (970) 491-6053.
- The university’s Victim Assistance Team is available 24/7, 365 days a year at 970-492-4242. VAT is available if you are experience trauma related to interpersonal, sexual or relationship violence
- SafeWalk, a service provided by CSUPD, provides a safe escort from one point to another on campus or from anywhere on campus to a nearby location after dark. Call 970-491-1155.
- RamRide is a student-run program that offers safe, nonjudgmental and free rides home anywhere within the city limits on Thursdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. RamRide does not run during school holidays. Call 970-491-3333.
Emergency Communications at CSU
The Colorado State University homepage, www.colostate.edu, will be updated with emergency information as needed.
The University Safety site, www.safety.colostate.edu, is the primary repository for health and safety information related to incidents on and near campus.
Campus-wide email may be used to communicate emergency information and critical updates to students, faculty and staff.
CSU’s social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, also may be used to share emergency information or campus closure.
The University’s online newsletter, SOURCE, is a resource for information about university closures, such as a snow day.
CSU Police 911 Center
All campus calls to 911 are routed to CSUPD dispatch. Additionally, the center utilizes a community notification system that allows the University to call specific land-based phones in a targeted area.
University status number
Call 970-491-7669 to get the latest information about University operations and emergency closures, such as during severe weather.
Text message alerts
- The CSU Emergency Text Alert System is used to send text alerts in the event of an emergency on the Fort Collins campus. The system is only used during an immediate, ongoing safety emergency or unexpected closing of the campus, such as a snow day. [more information]
- The Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority allows you to receive alerts about off-campus emergencies and other important community news via your home, cell, or business phone, email, text messages, hearing impaired receiving devices, and more. [more information]
Emergency Broadcast System
Local cable and broadcast stations may be interrupted with emergency notifications.
Local and regional media outlets
Many media outlets list school closures, such as snow days, and also provide information during an emergency or regarding a university closure.
Fort Collins & Denver Media Outlets
- Radio stations broadcasting emergency/closure information: 530-AM, KOA-AM (850), KCSU-FM (90.5), KUNC-FM (91.5), KTCL-FM (93.3), KGLL-FM (96.1) or KPAW-FM (107.9)
- Television stations broadcasting emergency/closure information: News 7 on KMGH-ABC, Fox 31 News on KDVR-FOX, 9 News on KUSA-NBC, and News 4 on KCNC-CBS.
- Newspapers reporting emergency/closure information online: Coloradoan and Denver Post.