November 09, 2013 – Safety reminders from CSU Public Safety Team

This fall, several sexual assaults or attempted sexual assaults have been reported on or near the east side of campus. For more information about those assaults, visit www.safey.colostate.edu.

We wanted to remind you of some important safety tips and let you know how the university is responding.

CSUPD is working hard to keep campus safe. They have increased patrols in the area and are thoroughly investigating these assaults in partnership with Fort Collins Police Services. The Safety website (www.safety.colostate.edu) has a composite drawing of the suspect in the Nov. 9th assault near campus, as well as descriptions of the suspect or suspects in the two previous incidents.

CSUPD and the university also conducted a safety assessment in the area of the recent incidents and, as a result, took steps to improve visibility in the area and added lighting. The most recent (Nov. 9th) incident took place just off campus, further south than where the first two incidents occurred. CSUPD immediately conducted an additional safety assessment of campus property near that assault location, and CSUPD and FCPS are taking immediate action to improve safety in the area.

Please take a moment to review these safety tips:

– Do not walk alone at night. Walk with a friend or friends or call CSU SafeWalk service, which is provided through the CSU Police Department. SafeWalk can walk you to your car, residence hall, or house if it is within the service boundaries. More information about SafeWalk is available at http://police.colostate.edu/pages/safe- walk.aspx.

– When driving, on or off campus, always lock your car doors. Do not stop or get out of your car for strangers. Make sure your car windows are rolled up. Do not leave your car running unattended.

– Let friends/family/roommate know where you are going and when you plan to be back.

– Whenever you see, hear or “feel” that something is not right, err on the side of caution and contact the police by calling 911. Trust your instincts.

– Always be aware of your surroundings. Avoid getting distracted by your phone or other electronic devices.

– Trust your instincts. When you feel uneasy, pay attention and get out of the situation immediately. Be assertive if you don’t like someone’s behavior and send a clear and forceful message. If you feel uneasy about a situation a friend is in, act on your instincts to get them out of the situation.

CSU SEXUAL ASSAULT RESOURCES

– Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Team – provides confidential support and advocacy to CSU students who have been sexually assaulted. The team is made up of volunteers from across campus, showcasing different backgrounds, who assist victims of all genders, and any family or friends with the physical, psychological and legal aftermath of sexual assault. To reach the CSU Victim Assistance Team 24/7 call 970-492-4242. http://wgac.colostate.edu/victim-assistance- team-volunteers

– Women and Gender Advocacy Center – provides programs and resources focusing on all genders, social justice, and interpersonal violence prevention. Call 970-491-6384 during business hours M-F. http://wgac.colostate.edu/

– CSU Health Network Counseling Services – CSU students may access the CSU Health Network for counseling support. Student may visit counseling services at 123 Aylesworth NW or call us at (970) 491- 6053. http://health.colostate.edu/services/counseling-services/

Be safe. Take care of yourself and each other.

Fall 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013 – Sexual assault reported on campus

At 10 p.m. CSUPD responded to an reported sexual assault near the Jack Christiansen track, which is west of College Avenue and north of Pitkin Street. The female victim reported she was walking on the track when a large male wearing a black ski mask and a brown or tan Carhartt-style jacket, work boots and Levis, armed with a knife, attacked her from behind. The suspect was last seen running east towards College Avenue. If you have information about this assault, please contact CSUPD at 970-491-6425.

Monday, September 16, 2013 – University is Open and Operating on Normal Schedule

Colorado State University is open and operating on a normal schedule Monday, September 16. The Public Safety Team will continue monitoring conditions and updates will be posted here.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 – University Operating on Normal Schedule Monday

Given what we know now about current and anticipated road conditions, Colorado State University expects to be open for business as usual Monday morning. We understand that the texts and emails sent on Friday took much longer than usual to reach people, so we will confirm that we are open on the university website, the safety.colostate.edu website, and the (970) 491-SNOW phone line by 6:30 a.m. tomorrow. Please check those sources first as they will be the most reliable.

We will continue to monitor conditions overnight, but unless anything changes significantly during that time period, you can plan on CSU being open. The campus continues to be in good shape with no significant flooding or leaking, and while some bridges over the Poudre remain closed, there are many ways into and around town now. For the latest information on road closures and safe routes, consult the links listed here and please heed all cautions, warnings, and detours.

The University is working closely with emergency managers and has provided Chrisman field as a landing spot and coordinating point for the helicopters engaged in evacuee rescues. We also recognize that many across our campus and community have been directly impacted by the flood and need our help and support.  University students, faculty, staff, and retirees impacted by the Colorado flooding may be eligible for emergency funding support through CSUCares, a fund designated to provide emergency monetary relief in the face of natural disasters.  We anticipate a significant need for this support in the coming weeks, so if you are able, please consider making a gift to CSU Cares at https://advancing.colostate.edu/CSUCARES. To apply for assistance through CSUCares, visit https://advancing.colostate.edu/CSUCARES/APPLY. We also encourage your generous support of the American Red Cross to help people across Colorado and other Western states where flash flooding has forced thousands of people from their homes. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  The University Counseling Center and Employee Assistance Program are available to support any members of our community who need counseling services or support.

September 13, 2013

10:05 p.m. – Campus Alert – Attempted Sexual Assault at Jack Christensen track

CSU Police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault that happened around 8pm at the Jack Christensen track on the northwest corner of South College and Pitkin.

The male victim reported being pushed to the ground by a male wearing a ski mask. The assailant is described as being about 6′ tall,
180-200 lbs. with a raspy voice.

Please be vigilant and cautious. Anyone with information should call the CSU Police Department at (970) 491-6425

When more information is available, it will be posted to www.safety.colostate.edu.

7:37 a.m. – University is Closed Due to Changing Conditions

Updates will be posted as they are available. The CSU Public Safety Team and emergency staff are monitoring weather developments and are in close contact with county emergency personnel.

Assistance for the Campus Community
CSUCares – University students, faculty, staff, and retired faculty and staff impacted by the Colorado flooding may be eligible for emergency funding through CSUCares, a fund designated to provide emergency monetary relief.

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6:40 a.m. – University is Open, Public Safety Team Continues Monitoring Weather, Water Conditions

Colorado State University is open Friday, September 13, but we want the campus community to be aware that because of high water on the Poudre River, the City of Fort Collins has closed bridges over the Poudre River as well as bike trails along the Poudre and Spring Creek. Also, Poudre School District is closed today. There are warnings to keep clear of flooded areas and standing water. Please be aware of closures, adhere to the warnings, and use caution when traveling.

While the current rainstorm has caused flooding and road problems in parts of Northern Colorado and the Front Range, Colorado State University has not experienced any major flooding or serious leakage problems and is open for business as usual although there are road closure issues to consider when traveling to campus today, most notably the bridge closures noted above.

Some TransFort routes have been cancelled or rerouted.

There is one CSU facility closure: The Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory will remain closed today due to its proximity to the river.

September 12, 2013

4:40 p.m. – Public Safety Team Monitoring Weather, Water Conditions

Fort Collins and communities across Northern Colorado continue to experience serious problems with flooding in some areas, and many streets, bike trails and transportation routes are closed or restricted. Please use the resources at safety.colostate.edu to stay informed and heed all warnings and closures posted by the City of Fort Collins and others. In particular, stay away from ditches, underpasses and the Poudre River and Spring Creek bike paths.

At this time, Colorado State University has been fortunate not to have experienced any major flooding or leakage problems. We continue to work closely with city and county emergency personnel to monitor the weather situation and will keep the safety.colostate.edu website updated as new information becomes available.

1:20 p.m.

While the current rainstorm has caused flooding and road problems in parts of Northern Colorado and the Front Range, Colorado State University has not experienced any major flooding or serious leakage problems and is open for business as usual.

The CSU Public Safety Team and emergency staff are monitoring weather developments and are in close contact with county emergency personnel. Updates from the team will posted here.

Summer 2013

August 23, 2013

Larimer County health officials are reminding everyone to take extra precautions against being bitten by a mosquito, given the increase in cases of West Nile virus in the county. The increase is due to a high number of mosquitoes in the community that are carrying the virus.

By mid-August, health officials had confirmed 30 cases in the county, including eight people who have a neuroinvasive strain that can cause meningitis, encephalitis and paralysis. This is an unusually high number of cases.

County health officials recommend the following steps to protect yourself:

  • The best defense is to wear mosquito repellant when outdoors. Wear an effective mosquito repellant, one that has been approved by the CDC or the EPA as effective against West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes. Use repellent only as directed. Only use what you need. If you need to be outside, wear long sleeves and long pants in addition to mosquito repellant. (see chart)
  • Eliminate standing water in rain gutters, plants, fountains, outdoor items and children’s playground equipment
  • Avoid spending time outside between dusk and dawn For other tips and more information about West Nile virus, including symptoms, visit www.larimer.org/health/cd/westnile.cfm.

“We expect the number of human cases to continue rise over the next few weeks despite the recent spraying,” said Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Larimer County Department of Health. “We believe all the reported illnesses so far have occurred in individuals who were bitten in July, when the number of infected Culex mosquito was beginning to rise rapidly. These cases are only being reported to public health now. People infected in August will be reported to us in the coming weeks and months.”

August 8, 2013 – West Nile alert from the City of Fort Collins.

Evidence of the West Nile virus has been increasing in the City of Fort Collins. City officials are encouraging residents to sign up for an email notification system that will send alerts if spraying for mosquitoes becomes necessary in six specified regions of the city. Officials are also asking residents to be extra vigilant in wearing repellant when mosquitos are most active.

The City of Fort Collins also works with Colorado Mosquito Control to conduct at-home visits. During these visits, Colorado Mosquito Control will review ways to reduce mosquito habitats at a residence, identify potential breeding grounds, and treat potential larval sites with mosquito larvicides. To request a free inspection within the city, call the mosquito hotline at 970-663-5697.

June 28, 2013 – Report of Robbery, CSUPD Seeks Information

CSUPD responded to a report of a robbery 2:30 a.m. today at Pitkin and Mason streets. Two male victims were assaulted and robbed by three male suspects. No description is available at this time. Anyone with information should call CSUPD at 970-491-6425.

June 27, 2013 – Test of Emergency Communications

This is a test of the CSU emergency communications systems. There is not an emergency on campus, but in an emergency, you may receive information through emails, text messages or online at www.safety.colostate.edu or www.colostate.edu.

Anyone with a university EID should register for the university emergency text alert system.

The Public Safety Team sends messages only when there is an emergency within or very near the physical boundaries of campus and the emergency specifically threatens the campus community.

Employees and students living off campus should register for the Larimer County Emergency Notification system, LETA, to receive alerts about incidents that may impact their residence at http://www.leta911.org/. The LETA system is not a replacement for the university’s emergency alert system, but will provide information about emergencies impacting communities outside of campus boundaries.

The university and county systems do NOT track the location of subscribers when sending messages, so update your contact information and address preferences if they change.

June 24, 2013 – UPDATE: Chemistry Building All-Clear

Authorities have determined that the substance found in the package was harmless and have lifted the evacuation of the Chemistry Building. Additional testing and review are being conducted as a precaution.

June 24, 2013 – Suspicious Package, Building Evacuated

CSUPD, Poudre Fire Authority and other university and local emergency officials responded to a call at 3:30 p.m. today in the Chemistry Building regarding a suspicious package containing an unknown substance.

No injuries have been reported and authorities are investigating the package. The building is currently evacuated as a precaution.

Preliminary indications are that the substance is not harmful but officials are exercising caution and are conducting tests. However, testing is not completed at this time.

May 29, 2013 – Local emergency agencies will practice in LSC

Local emergency responders are teaming up with the university for a training in the Lory Student Center June 1-3. Campus employees, summer students and visitors may notice a large number of emergency response vehicles in the area, but should not be alarmed.

“Because the LSC is closed while it is being remodeled, it gives local emergency responders a rare opportunity to practice working together in a large, complex building,” said Ken Quintana, CSU’s emergency management coordinator.

Participating agencies include CSUPD, Poudre Valley Fire Authority, Poudre Valley Hospital, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority and Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue. Firefighters and police officers will practice search and rescue techniques, forcible entry, interagency collaboration and response systems.