Campus Updates and Alerts

Last Updated October 19, 2014

October 19, 2014 - Larimer County’s Department of Public Health and Environment working closely with medical providers to be prepared if an Ebola infection is diagnosed locally

Larimer County’s Department of Public Health and Environment is working closely with local medical providers to be prepared if an Ebola infection is diagnosed locally. The organizations are coordinating their activities and sharing preparedness plans through the Larimer County Emergency Health Care Coalition, a broad-based coalition that includes representatives from local hospitals, clinics, public health, emergency medical services, and other health care-related agencies. This coalition also includes Colorado State University health professionals.

For more information from Larimer County Department of Public Health and Environment about Ebola preparation: www.co.larimer.co.us/news/newsDetail.cfm?id=2630

Information about Ebola: www.co.larimer.co.us/health/cd/Ebola_Information_10-13-2014.pdf

October 11, 2014 - Larimer County Sheriff looking for man assaulting women in Fort Collins area

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a Hispanic male who they believe is responsible for assaulting several women in and near Fort Collins. http://www.larimer.org/news/newsDetail.cfm?id=2624

October 3, 2014 - Fort Collins Police Services warns of a male making unwanted advances and assaulting women

Fort Collins Police Services is warning of a male making unwanted advances and assaulting women in the community in the last several weeks. The incidents have occurred off campus, in the areas near or between Shields Street and Taft Hill Road and West Prospect and West Drake Roads and occur in the early to late evening hours.

http://www.fcgov.com/police/news.php?id=5608

September 19, 2014 - CSUPD warns of money phone scam targeting students, employees, using main CSUPD number

A phone scam has recently targeted students and employees. 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, the FBI or the IRS. CSUPD has 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 students and employees they call.

Today CSUPD received more than a dozen reports from the CSU community of someone who identified themselves as a CSUPD officer or investigator from a number that appeared to be the non-emergency number for the police department (970-491-6425). The person calling claims to represent CSUPD and demands money from the student or employee they have called, threatening to arrest or suspend them for various reasons.

In other reports, the caller has said they represent someone from government agency such as the IRS. On the phone, they assert that the student or employee may be facing an arrest warrant for outstanding fines or that the individual owes back taxes, and discusses liens, court dates and wage garnishments.

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.
  • 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 phone scams, visit www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams.

September 16, 2014 - CSU, Fort Collins Police received reports of man asking sexually explicite and inappropriate questions

On Tuesday, September 16 at 3:20 p.m., Fort Collins and Colorado State University Police Department dispatch received multiple calls from females reporting a male who was in the area of Laurel Street directly north of the CSU campus who was making them uncomfortable by asking sexually explicit and inappropriate questions. Witness accounts vary widely, however the suspect has been described as a dark skinned male, mid to late 20s, 6 feet tall or taller and thin. He spoke with a Middle Eastern accent. He was described as wearing a plaid or checkered short sleeve shirt and jeans or shorts. His vehicle was described as a tan or silver older model car. The suspect was last seen entering Spruce Hall on the CSU campus at 4 p.m.

Anyone with information should call CSUPD at 970-491-6425.

September 5, 2014 - CSU employees, students being targeted by phone scam

CSUPD is continuing to receive several reports about a phone scam that is using the university’s online directory information. A caller, who says that they represent someone from law enforcement or a government agency such as the IRS, uses the online directory, and potentially social media, to find student and employee phone numbers and personal information. On the phone, they assert that the student or employee may be facing an arrest warrant for outstanding fines or that the individual owes back taxes, and discusses liens, court dates and wage garnishments. Students are told that they can be expelled from CSU. The caller demands payment immediately over the phone.

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 (http://consumer.ftc.gov/) or, if the call involves accusations regarding taxes and IRS affiliations, report the call to the US Treasury Inspector General (www.treasury.gov/tigta).
  • If you have been a victim of recent fraud by providing financial information to a caller, please call CSUPD at 970-491-6425.

Virtually all attempts over the phone to solicit payment via PayPal, Western union or MoneyGram are fraudulent.

For more information about phone scams, visit http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams.

August 27, 2014 - Fort Collins Police investigate a series of window peeping, burglaries in western Fort Collins

Fort Collins Police are investigating a series of incidents involving reports of a male who is window-peeping and burglarizing several residences in Fort Collins. These incidents have occurred in the western portion of Fort Collins and include an area from Mason Street on the east, to Taft Hill Road on the west, and from Prospect Road on the south to Mulberry Road on the north. For more information, visit www.fcgov.com/police/news.php?id=5553.


Emergency Communications at CSU

www.colostate.edu

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

www.safety.colostate.edu

The University Safety site, www.safety.colostate.edu, is the primary repository for health and safety information related to incidents on and near campus.

Email

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.

Today@Colostate

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.