Campus Updates and Alerts

Last Updated February 9, 2016

February 9, 2016 - Courtesy warning from CSU Public Safety regarding off campus incident

This morning at 6:20 a.m., Fort Collins Police Services received a report of a burglary in progress on the 300 block of West Laurel Street. Although the suspect ran from the address, he was quickly detained several blocks north of campus by Colorado State University Police and was charged by Fort Collins police. The suspect is not a CSU student or employee. The incident was not on campus, but it is directly north of the university’s Oval.

Although this situation was resolved quickly, and no one was injured, it serves as a good opportunity to remind you of some basic safety steps you can take to help reduce the risk of incidents such as this in our community:

  • Keep your doors and windows locked when you are home, and when your home or residence hall room is unattended. If you choose to open a window, only do so while you are at home and can be aware and mindful. Keep your curtains closed 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:

  • 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.

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.