About National Campus Safety Awareness Month

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month: a month devoted to providing education to students, faculty and staff about daily, extensive safety efforts across the university.

The month, passed by Congress, brings attention to safety resources available at the university, ranging from mental health support to driving tips that reduce bike vs. car accidents.

During National Campus Safety Awareness Month, we’re focused on empowering and educating our university community through safety related training and awareness. Join us in making our university campuses safer for everyone.

Trainings and Educational Opportunities

Lory Student Center Plaza educational fair: More than 20 university and community offices who have a safety responsibility for CSU campuses will be represented on the Lory Student Center Plaza during a safety fair.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, Lory Student Center Plaza

BeReal about CSU Safety: Panel discussion highlights comprehensive response to emergencies: Representatives from university offices will discuss how the university holistically responds to safety concerns and emergency situations.

Panelists are:

  • Marc Barker, assistant vice president for Safety and Risk Services
  • Janelle Patrias, Health Network Mental Health Initiatives manager
  • Shannon Archibeque-Engle, associate vice president for Inclusive Excellence
  • Aaron Fodge, Alternative Transportation manager
  • Jody Donovan, associate vice president for Student Affairs
  • Jay Callaghan, CSUPD chief of police
  • Nicole Reed, Housing & Dining assistant safety coordinator

10 a.m. – noon, Friday, Sept. 30, Lory Student Center Ballroom

Week of Sept 5-9: Bicycle and transportation safety week

This week features opportunities to learn about safety biking, skateboarding, scooter riding and driving from Colorado State University police, Parking and Transportation Services, Transfort, and FC Moves.

Rams Ride Right: A partnership between Parking and Transportation Services and CSU Police Department to reward bicyclists, skateboarders and scooter riders for their safe and lawful riding. Pop up locations at high traffic areas across campus throughout September to be “caught riding right” and earn $5 Ram Cash.  

Month of September
Pop up locations
Learn more: https://bicycle.colostate.edu/sample-page/encouragement/ramsrideright/

Bicycle Friendly Driver: CSU campuses and the surrounding area are filled with bicycles, scooters, skateboards, pedestrians and cars. Driving safely in these areas can be a challenge. The city of Fort Collins, FC Moves Department, offers this bicycle-friendly driver class to help everyone move around safely.   

Bicycle Friendly Driver is a 1 and one-half hour interactive class that educates all drivers on the best and safest ways to share the road with people on bicycles. The class addresses:  

  • Why sharing the road is the safest alternative for all road users 
  • What’s legal and what’s not legal 
  • Common crashes and how to avoid them 
  • Why bicyclists “take the lane” and what you should do in response while driving 
  • How to navigate bicycle and pedestrian related infrastructure like sharrows, bike boxes, toucans, etc. 

Upon successful completion of the class, participants will receive a certificate and sticker, which can be displayed on their vehicle. For more information about FC Moves visit their website at https://www.fcgov.com/fcmoves/

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, Green Hall (CSUPD)
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept 8, Green Hall (CSUPD)
Register: https://colostate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jTppV6yPj8XE22

Smart Cycling – Road Rules: Smart Cycling: A free, two-part class designed to teach rules of the road, improve skills and build confidence.

  • 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Monday, Sept 12, LSC Room 324
    5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15,  CSU Health and Medical Center, Rm 2012
    8 a.m. – noon, Sept. 17, Walk and Wheels Skills Hub (1600 W Drake Rd, Fort Collins)
    Register: pts.colostate.edu/smartcycling

Sept. 19-23: Collegiate safety week

Learn about laws that govern the university’s emergency response and transparency, understand your role within Title IX and how to support students who have been impacted by sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence, and learn about the Clery Act, which governs how the university communicates in an emergency and an annual transparency report.

What is Title IX? Do you know your rights under Title IX? When we hear Title IX, equal access and representation in athletics or admission practices is usually the first thing that comes to mind – but that’s only part of the picture. Since its enactment in 1972, this federal civil rights law has grown substantially, transforming educational landscapes. Learn about the progression of Title IX as it applies to addressing instances of sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence in higher education, including proposed changes to current regulations anticipated to come down in 2023. 

10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, Lory Student Center Room 300

Understanding Your Role as a Responsible Employee: CSU faculty and staff a who work closely with students are uniquely positioned to support those in our community who may have been impacted by instances of sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence. Employees are required to report any instances of interpersonal violence disclosed to them to the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity. Do you know if you’re a “responsible employee” – an employee required to report these instances — or what that entails? How you can best support students impacted by instances of interpersonal violence or who are navigating processes related to interpersonal violence and sexual misconduct?

10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 19, Lory Student Center Room 312
Register: https://colostate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jTppV6yPj8XE22

Week of Sept 12-16: Environmental and health safety week

Training and educational opportunities the second week of September provide guidance on stress reducing mindfulness practice, how to use an automated external defibrillator if someone is experiencing a cardiac emergency, fire preparedness and safety, hands-only CPR training, and fire extinguisher training.

Breathing 101: Why our breath is so important: We live in turbulent times, people are stressed in ways that we’ve never expected with a global pandemic, social unrest and a range of other concerns. Explore how to use your breath to help calm your system and decrease stress levels and at the same time increase focus, clarity and overall health. Delve into the science and physiology of how your nervous system can be supported by breathing in a learning circle format and a “start where you are” philosophy. No previous experience is required.

10 a.m. -11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 12, Lory Student Center Room 322
Register: https://colostate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jTppV6yPj8XE22

Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training: Approximately every 5 hours and 56 minutes, there is a fatal opioid overdose in Colorado. Through the training, participants will receive harm reduction strategies, comprehensive prevention education regarding the opiate crisis, the influx of fentanyl, and how to prevent accidental overdose. Narcan nasal spray helps reverse an opioid overdose without the use of a needle free, or need for assembly. Narcan is designed for community use and does not require professional training. Link to training: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-overdose-prevention-naloxone-training-tickets-385901500777  

2 – 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, Lory Student Center Room 304
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-overdose-prevention-naloxone-training-tickets-385901500777  

Fire Safety and Community Emergency and Preparedness: A station-styled, interactive, experiential learning, resource fair featuring information and activities with university and community safety and emergency experts including a smoke-filled room experience, hands-only CPR, and fire extinguisher training.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, Intramural Fields near Lory Student Center
Registration not required

Sept. 26-30: Interpersonal safety week

Learn about protecting yourself from fraud, active assailant responses, supporting survivors of interpersonal violence, resources for reporting concerns about a student or employee who may be struggling, how the university assesses threats, and a self-defense course.

Tell Someone: Reporting Mental Health Concerns in the CSU Community: Tell Someone is a CSU service where anyone can report concerns about a student or employee who may be struggling with issues such as mental health, stress management, and safety, as well as share concerns about threats of violence against themselves or others. This presentation will discuss warning signs someone might be experiencing a difficult situation, when and how to support, and what you can expect in filing a Tell Someone report. 

1 – 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, Green Hall (CSUPD)
Register: https://colostate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jTppV6yPj8XE22

Self Defense: Learn basic concepts on how to keep yourself and others safe in everyday life when confronted with someone who wants to victimize you.   

9 – 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, Green Hall (CSUPD)