Safety Programs and Procedures

Overview of Safety at CSU

Updated April 2009

Campus Security

The Colorado State University Police Department is a fully-functional law enforcement agency, comprised of state certified police officers, including a Patrol Division with officers on foot, bikes, motorcycles, and in squad cars; an Investigations Unit with plain clothes detectives; and a K-9 unit.

  • The main campus comprises about one square mile (not including the Foothills Campus and Veterinary Teaching Hospital). This area is patrolled by police officers 24-hours a day, year around.
  • The Foothills Campus receives additional security from trained security officers through our federal government partners.
  • All buildings on campus are routinely patrolled by foot, bicycle, motorcycle and car, and University officers routinely patrol inside resident halls for security.
  • All 911 calls generated on campus go directly to the CSU Police 911 Center . CSU Police can generally respond to an emergency call on the main campus, within a couple of minutes.
  • CSUPD works cooperatively with Fort Collins Police Services and Larimer County Sheriff's Department.

Security in Residence Halls and University Apartments

At Colorado State University, personal security and safety in and around campus residence halls has been approached proactively.

All exterior doors in the residence hall system are monitored for proper position and alarmed; all external fire tower doors are designated "Emergency Exit Only" and will activate an alarm if opened. In addition, all doors to the residential living areas have access control. All community bathrooms have electronic key pad entry. Finally, front desk coverage in all residence halls is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with on-site security patrols. [more]

Active Shooter Response

  • Background checks are executed on new employees.
  • While CSUPD can not prevent people from traveling on and off of campus, officers are vigilant and have several programs in place to encourage campus participation in security.
  • CSUPD officers are trained for attacks such as the ones at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University and have procedures in place for that type of situation.
  • Plain clothes detectives routinely deal with faculty, staff and students across campus to keep abreast of unusual circumstances and reporting online, including anonymous reporting. CSUPD officers receive specialized training for active shooter situations.
  • CSU PD deploys officers on motorcycles and bicycles, allowing them to maximize a timely response to emergency situations.
  • CSUPD sponsors an annual Citizens Academy to create a closer partnership with faculty, staff and students in reporting suspicious activity and crimes; encouraging all on campus to take an active role in campus security.
  • Resident Hall staff is alerted to imminent situations. This allows them to provide counseling and support to students who are upset, but also alerts them to be aware of suspicious behavior.