Current Alerts

All classes, operations on normal schedule Tuesday, Feb. 16

CSU will be open Tuesday, Feb. 16, and all face-to-face, remote and hybrid classes, operations and activities are on a normal schedule.

As a reminder, CSU began Phase 3 instruction at the beginning of this week; all face-to-face, online and hybrid classes are now meeting.

During inclement weather or an emergency closing the university, you are urged to visit the university’s web resources at www.SOURCE.colostate.edu and www.safety.colostate.edu for information about the status of the university. Information about a closure also will be shared though the university’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter, as well as via a university-wide email to all employees and students, and a text message to subscribers.

University closing, all classes canceled, operations suspended for Monday, Feb. 15

Colorado State University will close on Monday, Feb. 15; all in-person, hybrid and remote classes and operations (meetings, work functions) are closed/canceled due to extreme cold weather moving into the region. Facilities Management is asking that individuals avoid coming onto campuses and entering buildings.

All COVID-19 CSU saliva screening and nasal swab testing appointments scheduled for Monday are canceled and all CSU screening and testing sites are closed.

COVID-19 public health standards require that increased outdoor air be circulated through buildings. Unfortunately, the university’s heating systems will likely not be able to keep building temperatures above suitable levels for operations because of the extremely cold weather.

While we realize that some employees working remotely could work even while in-person operations are closed, the Public Safety Team is formally canceling all operations in the interest of equity.

CSU employees with emergency duties or who are essential employees 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.

Closure information and updates on the status of operations at the university is posted at this site. Please continue to check this website, local media outlets, CSU’s social media networks and SOURCE.colostate.edu for updates.

Update to menacing report – Jan. 22. 9 a.m.:
All Clear: The suspect in this menacing incident called CSUPD after seeing the alert. CSUPD is investigating the incident to determine if a weapon was displayed. The suspect is cooperating in the investigation. Anyone who saw the incident or has information about the incident, call CSUPD at 970-491-6425.

Menacing report – Jan 21, 2021:

CSUPD received a report of a male showing a gun to a pedestrian following a confrontation in the Moby parking lot at 9:15 p.m. between three individuals a vehicle and the pedestrian. The driver of the vehicle showed a gun to the pedestrian during a verbal exchange. No one was injured in the confrontation.

Two males and one female were in the vehicle. Vehicle is described as a red Mazda CX5 or Nissan Murano/Rouge-type of SUV. Partial license plate beginning with the letters AC.

The vehicle was last seen going east on Laurel Street away from Main Campus.

Call CSUPD at 970-491-6425 if seen.

Security camera still shots of the vehicle are below.

Indecent exposure incident reported outside of Edwards Hall

Colorado State University Police Department received a report of a window peeper in a tree on the north side of Edwards Hall. The suspect was seen masturbating while in the tree shortly before midnight on Jan. 19.

The suspect is described by multiple witnesses as a male wearing a very dark, possibly green, puffy or thick winter coat and black pants. He was carrying a large backpack. Through the use of security camera footage, CSUPD believes the suspect was driving a white 2008 to 2010 year Toyota Scion XB. The suspect drove off campus toward the south on Meridian and Whitcomb shortly after midnight, leaving a parking spot on Hughes Street directly north of Academic Village. The suspect is believed to have driven onto Main Campus and parked in that area yesterday at 6 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call CSUPD at 970-491-6425.

Resources:

  • Women and Gender Advocacy Center provides confidential resources to students including academic, medical, and emotional support. Call 970-491-6384 during business hours Monday-Friday.
  • CSU student Victim’s Assistance Team is provided by the Women and Gender Advocacy Center, this team responds 24/7 to assault victims and their families and provides confidential support. Call 970-492-4242 and ask to speak with an advocate.
  • CSU Health Network provides confidential medical and emotional support services to students. Counseling Services: (970) 491-6053

Safety tips:

  • Residence Halls have multiple levels of security; do not allow anyone to “tailgate” into a residence hall behind you after using your keycard to get entrance into a hall or floor.
  • 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.
  • Keep your residence hall, apartment or home doors and windows locked when you are away from home and at night. Keep your blinds or curtains drawn for privacy.

Suspect getting into vehicle before leaving Main Campus

Suspect vehicle exiting Main Campus shortly after incident

Stock image of a vehicle of the same color, make, model and years

Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

Dear University Community,
As inauguration day approaches, there are understandable, heightened concerns among our students, faculty and staff about the safety of our campuses and community members.

We want to reassure you that the Colorado State University Police Department, along with law enforcement agencies from across Northern Colorado and the state, are working together to monitor intelligence. One of our community’s greatest safety strengths is that local and regional law enforcement agencies work and train together routinely; we have strong, mutual relationships that are focused on the community’s collective safety.

At this time, there are no credible threats of violence directed toward the Fort Collins area. CSUPD and our law enforcement colleagues, including state and federal agencies, will remain ready, however, and a plan is in place to respond to safety concerns, should threats emerge, and to swiftly hold those who perpetrate criminal acts legally accountable.
While we believe that our campuses and the city will remain peaceful, there will be increased police vigilance throughout the week.

Colorado State University Police Department remains committed to and focused on safeguarding our community at all times, and we are ready to respond to any safety concerns during these times of uncertainty.

As always, if you see something on our campuses that appears to be a safety concern, please call 9-1-1 as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Colorado State University Police Department
The CSU Public Safety Team

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020: Peeping incident reported in Campus West neighborhood

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, a window peeping incident was reported at International House. International House is university housing in the Campus West neighborhood. The window peeping incident took place at 5:45 p.m. at the southwest corner of the complex, near the intersection of Elizabeth Street and City Park Avenue.

The suspect was standing outside of an apartment. He was described as a male of average height and dressed in all black: black pants, black beanie stocking cap, black hooded jacket over the beanie, and a black face covering that may have been a ski mask style. When the suspect saw the reporting party, he immediately left and was last seen going south, leaving the housing complex area.

CSUPD searched the area for the suspect, but did not find him. These security camera images, while not ideal quality, show the suspect leaving the area; if you recognize this person or have information about this incident, call CSUPD at 970-491-6425.

Please see continued information about resources and safety tips below the photos

 

Resources at CSU:

  • Colorado State University Victim Advocates are available to provide confidential crisis intervention and emotional support to CSU students, staff and faculty through the Women and Gender Advocacy Center. Advocates provide information about academic, legal, medical, emotional, and student conduct resources to survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. They also offer support to secondary survivors, such as intimate partners, friends, family, and you. Services at the WGAC are free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 970-492-4242 and ask to speak with an advocate. These services continue to be available, even while university operations are virtual and online.
  • CSU Health Network provides confidential medical and emotional support services to students or provide referrals to services in other states, if students are studying remotely.

Safety tips for on or off campus:

  • Report to police anyone who is behaving suspiciously by calling or texting 911 from campus to reach CSUPD, or 911 off campus to reach Fort Collins Police Services. Report concerns immediately, so police can follow up while the person who is behaving suspiciously may still be in the area.
  • Keep your residence hall, apartment or home doors and windows locked when you are away from home and at night. Keep your blinds or curtains drawn for privacy.
  • Residence halls and many apartment buildings have multiple levels of security; do not allow anyone to “tailgate” into a residence hall or apartment building behind you after using your keycard or key to get entrance into a building or floor.

Thank you,

The Public Safety Team

Email to all students, faculty and staff, sent Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

Dear University Community,

The Colorado State University Public Safety Team and CSUPD have been working with a broad base of local stakeholders to prepare and plan for Election Day, Nov. 3. Partners from both the university and community are collaborating daily to ensure safety protocols are in place to support the operations of our campuses before, during and after Election Day.

On Main Campus, this is grounded in the extensive work that has been done — particularly in SLiCE (http://www.civicengagement.colostate.edu/) and the College of Liberal Arts (https://www.libarts.colostate.edu/classroom-climate/) to promote positive civic engagement and offer guidance on how to productively participate in challenging conversations.

In recent weeks, leaders from units across the university, including the Division of Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, the President’s Office, and the CSU Police Department have discussed what resources our students, faculty, and staff will need both before and following the election. These resources have been shared and will continue to be available, and will be updated and expanded as needed.

For Tuesday, Nov. 3 specifically, CSUPD has engaged SafeWalk volunteers and is partnering with Fort Collins Police Services to provide resources and support needed and to prepare for a range of situations. During any emergency, you may call or text 9-1-1 from any location in the county. If you are on a CSU campus, immediately tell the dispatcher to ensure you are connected with CSUPD as quickly as possible.

To report general questions about election polling sites, contact the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder’s office at 970-498-7852.

“CSU and CSUPD are committed to ensuring each person has the ability to exercise their right to vote, and – like each day – we work to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors through collaboration with and support from several campus offices and civic partners,” said Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt, interim executive director for campus safety and security.

We are incredibly proud of the way our CSU community has responded to the COVID-19 challenges: with resilience and by truly embodying our Principles of Community. We are confident that our community will call on those same strengths in the coming days and weeks. The safety and wellbeing of all students, faculty, staff and visitors is now, as always, our top priority.

Thank you,

The Public Safety Team and CSUPD

University closing offices, canceling face to face classes and activities Monday, Oct. 26 for weather

CSU is closing all offices and canceling face-to-face, hybrid and remote classes Monday, Oct. 26, based on weather conditions and forecasts. Non-academic, remote events and meetings are proceeding online as scheduled, unless canceled by the organizer. Employees who are not able to attend remote meetings due to other obligations should notify the meeting organizer and supervisor.

All COVID-19 CSU saliva screening and nasal swab testing scheduled for Monday are canceled.

Closure information also is available at www.safety.colostate.edu.

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.

Check safety.colostate.edu for updates on the status of operations at the university. Information about the university’s status also will be available on local media outlets, through CSU’s social media networks and on SOURCE.colstate.edu.

CSUPD looking for graffiti suspect

CSUPD is asking for assistance in identifying the person in these photos, who is a suspect in spray painting graffiti on Main Campus buildings early this morning. The suspect was caught on surveillance camera at 3:20 a.m. and is believed to have caused more than $2,500 damage to Canvas Stadium, the Yates Chemistry Building and the Chemistry Research Building with magenta colored spray paint. If you have information, please call CSUPD at 970-491-6425.


Oct. 14

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

We have passed the two-month mark of firefighters battling the Cameron Peak Fire. As you know, wind and hot weather have made fighting the fire very difficult and the fire behavior is extreme.

We know that students and colleagues may be impacted by evacuations, and we want to offer information about resources:

* CSU Cares is a fund that helps to provide emergency assistance to CSU faculty and staff. This fund can help faculty and staff who may be facing unexpected and immediate expenses related to a fire-related evacuation, animal and pet boarding, and more. The application is available in both English and Spanish. While the fund cannot cover all expenses, it can help during a time of need. Applications are reviewed by a committee.

To learn more about the fund, to apply or to donate, please visit https://commitmenttocampus.colostate.edu/rams-for-rams/.

* The Employee Assistance Program offers a wealth of resources, including mental health support. The program can also connect faculty and staff to legal experts, support with pet care, and child and elder care resources. In addition, the Care Program offers information about resources. Information about both are at https://eap.colostate.edu/.

* Employees who may be impacted by evacuations or poor air quality may have questions about taking leave from work. Employees can reach out to Human Resources at (970) 491-MyHR (6947) to discuss leave options. We encourage supervisors to be flexible with faculty and staff who may be facing emergency circumstances.

* Students who also are impacted by evacuations or other concerns are encouraged to contact Student Case Management at 970-491-8051 or by clicking on https://studentcasemanagement.colostate.edu/ to schedule an appointment online.

We send our thanks and best wishes for safety to the firefighters and countless others who are working on the Cameron Peak Fire, including our own employees who work in emergency response and management, our Mountain Campus staff, and those employees who provide the resources and support mentioned in this message.

Now and always, Rams take care of Rams,

The Public Safety Team

Oct. 11: The Oval is closed for the remainder of the evening due to safety concern as windy conditions have broken a few branches on the historic Elms. Oval Drive and all sidewalks around and inside the Oval are closed until tomorrow morning.

CSUPD All Clear 2: 10 p.m.: Dominic Tricarico, suspect from this morning’s alert, has been located by CSUPD.

CSUPD update 9 a.m.: While CSUPD continues to investigate and look for Tricarico, at this time, there is not information to indicate a threat to the general university population on or off campus. All activities on campus are proceeding as scheduled.

Sept 25 5 a.m.:

CSUPD looking for non-student Dominic Tricarico in connection with a possible 2nd degree assault earlier this p.m. at Edwards Hall. The assault was reported to CSUPD at 3:38 a.m. Tricarico may be armed. Suspect description: 5’10”, white male, brown hair, blue eyes, large chest tattoo of two hands with interlocking fingers. In a white Audi sedan, license plate CEWA85. Call 911 to report if seen. A photo of suspect is below.

CSUPD is on Main Campus looking for the suspect and investigating the assault, and information has been sent to all local law enforcement with Tricarico’s description.

Dominic Tricarico

Safety tips for on or off campus:

  • Report to police anyone who is behaving suspiciously by calling or texting 911 from any campus to reach CSUPD, or 911 off campus to reach Fort Collins Police Services. Report concerns immediately, so police can follow up while the person who is behaving suspiciously may still be in the area.
  • Keep your residence hall, apartment or home doors and windows locked when you are away from home and at night.
  • Residence halls and many apartment buildings have multiple levels of security; do not allow anyone to “tailgate” into a residence hall or apartment building behind you after using your keycard or key to get entrance into a building or floor.

Sept 8: Oval closed as precaution due to snowy forecast

Current weather forecasts are calling for several inches of snow tonight and into tomorrow morning, bringing safety concerns about mature trees on campus. In an abundance of caution, Oval Drive and all sidewalks around and inside the Oval will close tonight at 5 p.m. and remain closed into tomorrow until snow accumulation on the historic Elm tress can be assessed and addressed as needed. Leaves hold snow on branches, and a heavy snow may cause branches to crack or break. Trees in the historic area of Main Campus are more than 100 years old and may be especially susceptible to breaking under the weight of heavy snow.

The CSU Public Safety Team will watch the forecast and conditions this evening and over night and additional areas with snowfall on trees may be closed or cordoned off.

The university generally does not cancel classes and business operations due to snowy conditions, which are expected in Colorado. Closures for snowy weather are rare and often do not occur within an academic year. More information about the university’s weather guidelines is at https://source.colostate.edu/university-guidelines-weather-closure/.

University response information regarding COVID-19

Information about the university’s response to COVID-19 can be found at this link.

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

The CSU Emergency Text Alert System is used to send text alerts in the event of an emergency on the Colorado State University Fort Collins campus. The system is only used during an immediate, ongoing safety emergency or unexpected closing of the campus. Sign up now.

Report a Concern

  • Emergencies: Call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Non-emergencies: Contact CSUPD Phone: (970) 491-6425
  • Tell Someone if you are concerned about a student or an employee’s mental health and safety.

University communications during an emergency

The university uses various communications vehicles during an emergency, and to communicate about general safety advice. More information.