The university only sends emergency text and email alerts when there is a situation that presents an ongoing threat to the physical area of campus, such as an incident on campus or when a suspect in a serious incident may be moving toward campus. If an incident is quickly resolved by police (a suspect is arrested, for example), no alerts are sent. The university does not send alerts about incidents that occur off campus in the community and do not threaten campus.


How CSU will notify you during an emergency

Safety website:

This website – the University Safety website – is the primary repository for health and safety information related to incidents on and near a Larimer County campus.

University-wide email

University-wide email is be used to communicate all emergency information and critical updates to students, faculty and staff. Emails are sent to faculty, staff and students, who cannot opt out of the emergency email system.

Text message alerts
  • Opt-in CSU Emergency Text Alert System is used to send text alerts in the event of an emergency on a Fort Collins campus. The system is only used during an immediate, ongoing safety emergency or unexpected closing of Larimer County campuses, such as a snow day. All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to sign up. Sign up or manage your subscription.
  • Opt-in Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority allows you to receive alerts about significant on or off-campus emergencies and other important community news from law enforcement agencies that are within the community. This includes alerts both from CSUPD and from other agencies who are not associated with the university. You can receive alerts from city police, for example, for your home address via your home, cell, or business phone, email, text messages, hearing impaired receiving devices, and more. [Sign up]
Social media

The CSU Police and Safety Facebook and Twitter accounts share all emergency alerts that are of an urgent nature and may present an immediate threat to the life or safety of those on the physical grounds of campus. CSU’s social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, may also be used to share emergency information or campus closure.


Additional emergency communications options:

These communications channels may or may not be used during an emergency or Larimer County campus closure, depending upon the nature of the emergency.


The University’s online newsletter, SOURCE, is a resource for information about university closures, such as a snow day.

Colorado State University homepage:

The Colorado State University homepage – – may be updated with emergency information as needed.

University status information number

Call (970) 491-7669 to get the latest information about University operations and emergency closures, such as during severe weather.

Emergency Broadcast System

Local cable and broadcast stations may be interrupted with emergency notifications.

CSU Police 911 Center

All campus calls to 911 are routed to CSUPD dispatch. Additionally, the center uses a community notification system that allows the University to call specific land-based phones in a targeted area.

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 that communicate when CSU is closed (due to weather or other issues)
  • 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.