Message to undie run organizers and those considering attending
Dear CSU students:
We know that the non-university-sponsored undie run is scheduled for May 1. This run is unauthorized and not approved by the university.
This email is a direct message to the run organizers and to anyone considering attending.
To those considering attending:
- We ask that none of you participate in or attend the run. The run has never been approved, organized or supported by the university. Among other things, it poses a safety concern to our community.
- This year, there is an added concern for public health, exposing yourself and others to COVID, including new and more contagious variants.
- The undie run has historically been an occasion where non-consensual groping has occurred. If you choose to go, ask for explicit, verbal consent before touching another person. If someone chooses to assault you, you can contact CSUPD at 970-491-6425 or by telling an officer in person, or contact the CSU Victim Assistance Team 24-hour hotline at 970-492-4242.
- The run is touted as a CSU student tradition. However, most years it has not been organized by students.
- Non-students who are not part of the CSU community attend the event every year for the sole purpose of taking photos and videos of participants in their underwear (without their permission), and then keep those photos for personal use or to post online. The university – and participants – have no control over how those photos are used or distributed.
- The run annually costs the university between $10,000-$15,000 in your tuition money due to damages to property and safety concerns. Since the run began several years ago, the university has spent approximately $165,000-170,000 of student money to cover these costs.
- Police will be present to identify any individuals who are involved in illegal activity. Students also will be held accountable through the conduct system.
To the organizers of the event:
- We have been notified by Larimer County that this unauthorized gathering is in violation of current public health guidance. You may be held civilly and criminally responsible for violating those orders.
- Violation of a public health order is a misdemeanor and can be punished by a fine of $1,000 and up to one year in jail. You also can be held responsible for the costs of abating any resulting illnesses (https://coag.gov/app/uploads/2020/04/COVID-19-All-Public-Health-Order-Enforcement-FAQ-3.31.20.pdf).
- Any organized event on university property also requires the organizers to purchase liability insurance. If anyone is injured or harmed, you can be held legally and financially responsible.
- Individuals organizing or promoting this event, including on social media accounts, are responsible for this event and its consequences.
University employees do talk to students who we work closely with about the run each year. We have identified organizers in the past. We are asking that anyone with information about individuals involved in promoting or organizing the run to contact Marc Barker at Marc.Barker@colostate.edu or 970-491-0601.
Please help us end this gathering, which causes harm to individuals, property, and the community.
The Public Safety Team