Campus Updates and Alerts

Last Updated September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015 - CSUPD responded to a report of a man with a gun

CSUPD responded to a report of a man with a gun in Morgan library at about 7:40pm tonight. Suspect was rapidly taken into custody and there is no ongoing threat to campus. CSUPD has confirmed that the gun very closely resembles a real working weapon but has been verified as a non firing, replica of a gun and is not an actual gun.

April 29, 2015 - Warning from CSUPD About Scam

The following is an official warning from the CSU Police Department about a phone scam in the area that is targeting many CSU students and employees.

A phone scam has recently targeted students, employees and others who live in the Larimer County area. The scam callers have found a way to "spoof" caller ID so that it appears that they are calling from a phone number associated with the Colorado State University Police Department or Fort Collins Police Department. Most recently, the call appears to be associated with Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, with that department receiving multiple complaints a day about the fraudulent phone calls.

Police in the area have received reports about this phone scam using the university’s online directory information, and potentially social media, to find phone numbers and personal information about the individuals they call.

The person calling claims to represent a local police department, the IRS, or another government agency and and may demand money from the individual they have called. In the past, the callers have even threatened to arrest an individual or suspend a student for various reasons.


  • Virtually all attempts over the phone to solicit payment via PayPal, Western union or MoneyGram are fraudulent.
  • Do not share sensitive, personal or financial information over the phone, even if the caller sounds legitimate and the information they are sharing is accurate. People who perpetuate phone scams go through extensive steps to make themselves look legitimate, so information from the caller or information on a website that is or appears to be affiliated with a business or agency that they claim to represent may not be truthful.
  • If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from a law enforcement agency who is demanding money, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency to verify the information.
  • If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the IRS or a government office, hang up and contact that office to verify legitimacy.
  • Report these calls to the Federal Trade Commission or, if the call involves accusations regarding taxes and IRS affiliations, report the call to the US Treasury Inspector General (
  • If you have been a victim of recent fraud by providing financial information to a caller, please call CSUPD at 970-491-6425.

For more information about how to remove information from the university’s online directory, visit and view information under “What about Privacy?”

For more information about phone scams, visit

Emergency Communications at CSU

The Colorado State University homepage,, will be updated with emergency information as needed.

The University Safety site,, is the primary repository for health and safety information related to incidents on and near campus.


Campus-wide email may be used to communicate emergency information and critical updates to students, faculty and staff.

Social media

CSU’s social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, also may be used to share emergency information or campus closure.


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

CSU Police 911 Center

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

University status number

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

Text message alerts

  • The CSU Emergency Text Alert System is used to send text alerts in the event of an emergency on the Fort Collins campus. The system is only used during an immediate, ongoing safety emergency or unexpected closing of the campus, such as a snow day. [more information]
  • The Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority allows you to receive alerts about off-campus emergencies and other important community news via your home, cell, or business phone, email, text messages, hearing impaired receiving devices, and more. [more information]

Emergency Broadcast System

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

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

  • 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.