Campus Updates and Alerts

Last Updated April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016

This is a courtesy message from the CSU Public Safety Team about two off-campus armed robberies that were reported overnight which we want our campus community to be aware of.

Fort Collins Police are leading the investigation. Read their full press release.

If updates from FCPD are available, CSU will also post them on this website.

We'd like to take this opportunity to remind members of our campus community to report anyone who appears to be acting suspiciously to CSUPD. In all situations, trust your instincts and do not minimize what you are seeing or experiencing if you see something that does not feel right.

We also want to remind you of some great services here on campus that are available to you:

  • 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 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.

March 28, 2016

Update: On March 28th, 2016 an assault was reported in the area of the Jack Christiansen track on CSU’s campus. After investigation, it was determined that some of the information initially provided to the CSU Police was false and no assault occurred at this location.

Colorado State University Police Department received a delayed report of a physical assault that occurred at 11:30 a.m. today on campus near the Jack Christiansen Memorial Track.

The suspect is described by the female victim as a light-skinned male with medium length brown hair and a beard, between 6’1” and 6’3”. He was wearing black sweatpants, a black hoodie jacket, and a black or dark beanie hat. He was possibly driving an older model black Toyota sedan. The suspect may have visible facial injuries inflicted by the victim.

If you have information about the suspect or this incident, please contact CSUPD at 970-491-6425.

Additional resources for students who may be concerned about this incident include the CSU Health Network Counseling Center (970) 491-6053 or Women and Gender Advocacy Center (970) 491-6384.

Students are encouraged to report anyone who appears to be acting suspiciously to CSUPD. Trust your instincts and do not minimize what you are seeing or experiencing if you see something that does not feel right.

March 23, 2016

7:30 pm - CSU will be open Thursday

CSU will be open Thursday, March 24, on a normal schedule. Please be cautious while traveling to and around campus. If you cannot get to campus due to weather or road conditions, contact your instructors or supervisor.

The city and county indicate that road crews are keeping up with clearing roads. Please be cautious while traveling to and around campus and consider using public transportation instead of driving. Please plan extra time to reach campus. While walking on campus, be aware of snow that may be falling from trees overhead as the snow melts.

6:58 am - CSU canceling all classes and closing offices

CSU is closing and canceling all classes and events on Wednesday, March 23, based on recent weather conditions, forecasts and recent information from the city and county about road closures and crew progress in keeping roads cleared as snow continues throughout the day. CSU employees with emergency duties are asked to coordinate with their supervisors or directors to determine their work status. Emergency employees include, but are not limited to, CSU Police, Facilities Management, Housing, Environmental Health Services, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Diagnostic Laboratories.

March 16, 2016 - Fort Collins police respond to robbery report near campus

10:11 pm

Fort Collins Police Services has cleared the area where an armed robbery was reported earlier this evening. There is no ongoing threat related to the report.

9:30 pm

Fort Collins police are responding to a call regarding a reported armed robbery in the area of College Avenue at the intersection with Elizabeth Street, and near campus. Police officers are on the perimeter of campus at College Avenue as a precaution. Police have no indication that a suspect is moving toward campus, but are securing the area as a safeguard.

March 16, 2016 - CSUPD Alert: Avoid Laurel, Mrytle and Sherwood Streets

5:22 pm

Fort Collins Police and CSU police have cleared the area of Laurel and Sherwood and Sherwood and Mrytle. The incident is resolved and it is no longer necessary to avoid the area.

5:00 pm

Ft Collins and CSUPD continue to advise to stay away from Laurel and Sherwood, and Sherwood and Mrytle Streets while they respond to an incident. Please exit campus through other routes.

4:30 pm

Fort Collins and CSU police are requesting that individuals avoid the area of Laurel Street at Sherwood and Mrytle due to an ongoing incident. Police have responded and are investigating. More information will be share shared when available, and, when available, updates will be posted here.

Emergency Communications at CSU

The Colorado State University homepage,, will be updated with emergency information as needed.

The University Safety site,, 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.

Social media

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.