at Colorado State University
Updated May 9, 2013
May 1: University is open and operating on a normal schedule – use caution on campus
Colorado State University is open and operating on a normal schedule today, Wednesday, May 1.
During any wet, spring snow, there are things to watch out for, such as snow falling off trees and buildings. The Public Safety Team wants to remind students, faculty and staff to be cautious when driving, walking or riding bikes under trees or beside buildings. The snow also may cause some tree branches to break, and heavy snow can unexpectedly slide off roofs. Obey signs and barriers across areas of sidewalks that have been closed. Facilities has closed areas where falling branches may be a problem.
Please report any broken or fallen tree branches to Facilities Management at 970-491-0077. Facilities crews are working hard to keep sidewalks, streets and parking lots clear.
April 17, 11:45 a.m. - University Operations Suspended at Noon
Fort Collins Campus Closed
Weather conditions are deteriorating and heavy snowfall is in the forecast throughout the day and into tonight. The county offices also are closing today at noon. Given this update and the increasing difficulty keeping campus streets and sidewalks clear, the university will close at noon today, Wednesday, April 17.
CSU doesn’t make decisions about weather closures casually, and on any given day, a lot of people will disagree (sometimes loudly!) with whatever decision gets made. Ultimately, the University’s goal is to balance the responsibilities we have for our students’ education with our concerns for the general safety of the campus community.
All classes and campus events scheduled for today are cancelled at noon through the rest of the day. This closure only impacts the Fort Collins campus and does not include other classes and CSU offices off campus, such as Extension offices. Please check with those offices for updates.
Transfort buses will continue to operate, so students will be able to catch their buses as scheduled.
Employees who have emergency functions should check with their supervisor for instructions. Employees with emergency functions include, but are not limited to, CSU police, Facilities Management, Housing and Dining, Environmental Health Services, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories.
Check the university's main webpage at www.colostate.edu, for updates on the status of operations at the university, including whether campus will open as scheduled tomorrow. Information also is available on local media outlets, the university’s social media sites, Today@colostate.edu and safety.colostate.edu, or the university's status line at 970-491-7669.
April 17, 5:30 a.m. - Normal Operations
Colorado State University is on a normal schedule today. The Public Safety Team will monitor conditions and the forecast throughout the day. Use caution while driving to campus and while walking across campus. If you feel you cannot travel to campus, please contact your supervisor or professors to make arrangements.
April 16 - University Resumes Normal Operations
Colorado State University is open today on a normal business schedule. Use caution while traveling and while walking across campus. If you feel you cannot drive to campus, contact your supervisor or professors to make arrangements.
April 15 - CSU Weather Closure at 3pm
Due to heavy snowfall, the forecast for continued snow, and the city's updated recommendation that people stay off city roads if possible, the university will suspend operations today at 3 p.m. All classes and campus events scheduled for today are cancelled at 3 p.m. through the rest of the day. The city also is closing at 3 p.m. Transfort buses will continue to operate even with the city closure, so students will be able to catch their buses as scheduled.
Employees who have emergency functions should check with their supervisor for instructions. Employees with emergency functions include, but are not limited to, CSU police, Facilities Management, Housing and Dining, Environmental Health Services, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Check the university's main webpage at www.colostate.edu for updates on the status of operations at the university, including whether campus will open as scheduled tomorrow. Information also is available on local media outlets, the university's social media sites, Today@colostate.edu and safety.colostate.edu, or the university's status line at 970-491-7669.
April 8 - Check tomorrow for status updates for Oval, other campus areas due to storm. [full story in Today @ Colorado State]
April 4 - Controlled burn near Prospect Road and Center Avenue
Arthur’s Ditch Company is working with Poudre Fire Authority on a controlled burn near Prospect Road and Center Avenue. The company has a permit for the burn. The burn, which is on property owned by the ditch company, is scheduled to continue until 3 p.m., but may conclude earlier. Until then, the campus community may smell smoke. The burn is being done in preparation for a project by the ditch company to correct flooding issues in the area, including flooding that has impacted the CSU Challenge Course.
March 15 - Soldier Canyon Fire
4 p.m. - At last report the Soldier Canyon Fire had burned 200 acres and was burning strongest on its southern edge. It’s important to note that Horsetooth Reservoir is between the fire and Fort Collins and the Foothills Campus. Both Lory State Park and Horsetooth Mountain Park have been closed and evacuated although emergency personnel say no structures are threatened at the moment.
March 11 - Robbery Reported Outside of Anatomy/Zoology Building
At 10:45 pm Sunday, March 10, CSUPD received a report of two suspects who reportedly robbed a female outside of the Anatomy/Zoology building.
CSUPD does not have a description of the two male suspects, other than one was wearing jeans and a hoodie sweatshirt.
If you have informaiton , contact CSUPD at 970-491-6425.
February 26 - Suspect Sought
Update, 2:50 pm: CSUPD has issued an "All Clear" following the arrest of a suspect in the incident at Corbett Hall. Thank you for your assistance.
CSUPD is asking that you be on the lookout for a white male, 18-19 years old, 5'7" tall and about 140 lbs, wearing a gray shirt with blue jeans who was involved in a disturbance using a 3-4 inch folding knife on the second floor of the G wing of Corbett Hall at 1:15 p.m. The suspect fled the area and may still be in Corbet Hall. No one was injured, but the suspect is still at large. Contact CSUPD with any information at 970-491-6425.
February 10 - Information Sought Regarding Fire at Allison HallColorado State University police responded to a report of a small, extinguished fire in Allison Hall at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. The fire, which took place in a men’s restroom on the third floor of the Northwest wing of Allison Hall, was quickly put out by students who noticed it two hours before a report was made to CSUPD. Police believe that someone intentionally set toilet paper on fire in one of the stalls, which, according to CSUPD, caused less than $25 in damage.
Anyone with any information about the fire is asked to contact Colorado State University Police at 970-491-6425.
January 24 - What to do if you get the fluThere has been a lot of attention recently paid to the severity of this flu season and the importance of taking steps to avoid getting sick or spreading the flu to others if you do get sick. Because of the severity of the current strains of flu, Larimer County Department of Public Health has requested that CSU employees and students stay home if they get the flu to help avoid spreading the virus to others.
Additionally, information was shared via email about the university system in place to help students and employees be excused from classes and work if they become ill with the flu - full text of the email.
January 15 - Public Safety Team urges you to get a flu shot now
The Centers for Disease Control reports that this flu season nationally is one of the worst in recent years, and infection rates are nearing epidemic levels. People are experiencing more severe symptoms than typical. When students begin to return to campus from winter break, the chance for students and employees to be exposed to the flu virus will increase substantially.
One of the best protective measures against the flu is a flu vaccine; Colorado State University recommends students and employees get one now, before the population of campus booms with the return of students and start of classes, to start building immunity. If you believe you have the flu, stay home and avoid contact with others.
At this time, the CSU Health Network has only a small supply of vaccines available, so if possible, students who are not currently in Fort Collins should get a vaccine from their local pharmacy or family doctor before returning to campus. Local students can get a vaccine through the CSU Health Network but should check on vaccine availability at 970-491-6548 before coming to campus. The CSU Health Network will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 15 for staff training, but will be open for normal business on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Employees also can get vaccines through their local health-care provider or pharmacy.
Students who become ill and may need to miss the first days of classes should contact Center for Advising and Student Achievement (970-491-7095) for help in alerting professors. Students also should contact their residence halls if the flu prevents them from returning to the hall on time.
Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly (the symptoms of a cold are slower to develop and less severe). The flu often starts with the rapid onset of fever, headache, fatigue, and body aches. Here's a list of flu symptoms:
If you believe you have the flu, avoid contact with others, cover your cough or sneeze, wash your hands often, and clean the areas around you. If you must interact with others, consider wearing a mask.
For more information about the flu, including information about flu prevention, visit http://www.health.colostate.edu/pages/resources/flu-prevention.aspx or http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
December 7 - Burglary at University Village
On December 7, 2012, at about 12:16 p.m., CSU PD responded to University Village on a report of a burglary in progress. The suspect was reported to be in the home, having entered from an unlocked door. He ran from the area before police could apprehend him. The suspect stole an undetermined amount of cash from inside the home. The suspect is reported as probably a white male, 25-30 years old, wearing a white baseball cap, maroon sweat shirt with a hoodie over the cap, and blue jeans. The male was last seen leaving the area of 1600 West Plum, eastbound. Also, there have been reports of 4 other burglaries in this general area according to Fort Collins Police Records in recent weeks. Citizens are reminded to secure their homes before leaving and promptly report any suspicious incidents to police.
October 18 - Alert from Fort Collins Police Services
FCPS is pursuing a suspect in an off-campus armed robbery near the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Aerimeter has been set set up west along Spring Creek Trail to Centre Avenue, from the intersection of Prospect Road and Center, south to Drake Road, and east to College Avenue. Use caution in this area. Information about the suspect from FCPS at fcgov.com/police/news.php?id=4572.
September 13: Peeping Tom Reported
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, CSUPD received two separate reports of possible peeping toms outside of residence halls. One incident is alleged to have occurred on Sunday evening (Sept. 9) and one incident is alleged to have occurred Wednesday night. CSUPD does not know if the two incidents are related.
A witness reported seeing two males looking into the window of a first floor room in the southeast wing of Ingersoll Hall at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. That incident was not reported to CSUPD until Wednesday. A witness said two males appeared to be taking pictures of a resident inside who was changing clothes. A second incident occurred on Wednesday evening. A witness reported seeing a male wearing a grey sweatshirt and an orange baseball cap peering into windows on the first floor of Summit Hall's D wing. CSUPD received the report at 7:20 p.m. and responded, but the suspicious person was gone when they arrived. Anyone with information should contact CSUPD at 970-491-6425.
September 7: CSUPD seeking suspect in campus thefts
September 11: Update - On the evening of Sept. 10, University Police arrested a suspect, David Gutzke, for multiple thefts on campus. Gutzke has been charged with one count each of felony 2nd degree burglary, felony criminal impersonation and felony identity theft, and two misdemeanor counts of theft. Gutzke is not affiliated with the university. The charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.
Colorado State University Police Department is asking for help in identifying a suspect in several thefts. Since the start of classes, there has been an increase of thefts on campus, mainly from unlocked and unattended offices and laboratories. CSUPD is releasing these images of the person they believe may be responsible for a number of these thefts. The suspect is described as a white male with blond hair, usually in a braid. He carries a large tan backpack. He may be using Transfort to get around. Anyone with information regarding the current thefts or suspect should contact CSU Sgt. Jason Meisner at (970) 491-5074.
August 31: Alert from Fort Collins Police Services
Fort Collins Police Services is reporting an assault that occurred at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, near 815 Centre Avenue, an off-campus location. According to FCPS, a female walking on Centre Avenue heard someone running up behind her before she was grabbed by a male. The victim fought off her attacker, was able to escape and called 911. A detailed suspect description is not available. Anyone with information should call Fort Collins Police Services Sergeant Volesky at 970-221-6020.
June-July 2012: High Park Fire - Campus updates related to the High Park wildfire are available at safety.colostate.edu/high-park-fire.aspx. The fire was 100% contained on June 30.
June: County warings related to rabid skunks - Campus updates related to skunk rabies in the county are available at http://safety.colostate.edu/rabid-skunks.aspx.
April 24: Fort Collins Police Investigate Series of Off-Campus Window Peeping Incidents - Fort Collins police are currently investigating three reports of window peeping which have occurred off campus in the city since the first of April. Although no one has been arrested, Fort Collins police believe it is likely the same man is responsible for all three incidents. [details]
Larimer County Sheriff's Office Warns about Door-to-Door Sales Scam
Timnath Police recently notified local law enforcement agencies that they had contacted a van of 13 individuals ranging in age from 17 to 26. They identified themselves as a magazine sales crew that was staying in the mountains and coming down to sell magazines. Most door-to-door magazine sales efforts are a scam aimed at taking money, or stealing checking account, credit card numbers and driver's license numbers. [ more information]
March 30: Arrest made in reported assault - Colorado State University Police Department has arrested a CSU student for two counts of false reporting. The male student reported being assaulted by an unknown white, college-aged male at approximately 9:25 p.m. last night, Thursday, March 29, near the Vietnam Memorial Bridge on campus. In addition, the same male student had also reported to CSUPD earlier in the week that he received an unsigned, threatening letter. The student was arrested and booked at the Larimer County Justice Center on two counts of false reporting to authorities.
March 29: Assaul reported - At approximately 9:29 p.m. on March 29, CSU Police received a report of a possible assault that occurred near the Vietnam Memorial Bridge. The victim received minor injuries. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a dark hoodie and dark glasses. He was reportedly on a dark colored bicycle and was last seen heading south from the bridge. Officers are searching the area for a suspect. Anyone with further information is asked to call CSU Police at 970-491-6425.
March 22: CSU Police Officer Struck By Vehicle, Discharged Weapon in Incident - Fort Collins Police are investigating a CSU police officer involved shooting incident that occurred last evening. The incident began around 11:15 p.m. last night when a Fort Collins police officer observed a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driving erratically and speeding in the 300 block of E. Mulberry St. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop; however, the driver failed to stop and per Fort Collins Police policy a pursuit was not initiated. A Be On the Lookout, or BOLO, message was sent to all patrol officers, including the Colorado State University Police Department.
Several CSU officers observed the vehicle stopped at the intersection of Pitkin and Shields streets around 11:35 p.m. A uniformed CSU police officer attempted to contact the suspect to prevent him from driving away and as he approached the car, the vehicle jumped the curb accelerating directly towards him. The front right side of the vehicle struck the officer causing him to fall backwards and the officer's handgun was discharged. The officer sustained minor injuries.
The suspect fled and the vehicle was soon after located by a Larimer County Sheriff K-9 Deputy in the area of Neil Drive and Stuart Street. The deputy took Felix Keil (D.O.B. 3-13-78) into custody at approximately 1:14 a.m. and has been booked on the following charges:
These charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.
Keil's booking photograph is not being released at this time because it will be used in a photo lineup.
March 14: University Hosts Training, Simulates Injuries - Colorado State University partnered with emergency responders in the city and county in a training exercise on Wednesday, March 14. [more]
Peeping Tom Suspect - CSU police are asking anyone with information to contact them regarding peeping tom incidents reported on campus. [more]
October Storm - Snow accumulation caused significant damage to trees on campus, resulting in some canceled classes and activities. [more]
Solicitors on Campus - CSU police received several reports that an individual or individuals have been entering classrooms to sell what they say are discount entertainment or show tickets and has also has recently investigated several reports of solicitors that were not legitimate and have stolen several hundred dollars from students. The university does not allow solicitation in classrooms or instructional buildings or in residence halls. Solicitation on campus is allowed at the LSC Flea Market or other pre-approved venues. Any attempts to solicit students or employees outside of those areas should be reported to CSUPD immediately at (970) 491-6425 or or 911 in case of an emergency. Please be prepared to tell CSUPD where the solicitation is taking place, a description of the person and anything else that may identify the individual.
Minor flooding on campus - Due to heavy rains June 9, Colorado State University experienced some inconveniences. The basement of Rockwell Hall took on a minor amount of water and use of the elevator was suspended until the water was removed. In addition, the C wing of Clark was without power. By mid-afternoon operations were normal.
Robbery Investigation Continues - Colorado State University police continue to look for the armed robbery suspect from the evening of April 26. [more]
July 27 - Alleged sexual assault that occurred off campus July 27. [more]
July 1 - Alleged sexual assault that occurred off campus June 28. [more]
June 6 - Shooting that occurred off campus June 6. [more]
May 9 - Robbery that occurrred off campus May 5. [more]
Feb. 28 - Arrest in sexual assault that occurred off campus Feb. 8. [more]
Peeping Tom Reports - CSUPD is investigating reports of a peeping tom in the Moby women's locker rooms. [more]
CSUPD Investigates Threat to Campus - (Feb 11) After consulting with CSU police, Colorado State University alerted students and employees of a possible threat to campus on Monday, January 31. That threat was found to be false and police can confirm that the threat has passed. Further information was not and cannot be released as work continutes to investigate and to apprehend the person or people who made the threat. [more]
Man Impersonating Police Officer (Jan 11)- Recently, Fort Collins Police Services learned of a man impersonating a police officer in the community. The department is asking for help in identifying the impersonator, who was reported to have made a traffic stop while dressed as a police officer and driving a vehicle that resembled a police vehicle: white, with police decals and emergency lighting. [more]
Meningococcal Disease in Larimer County - In response to the Fort Collins community seeing a higher than usual number of serious bacterial meningococcal infections over the last five months, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends all CSU students and employees 29 and younger get vaccinated for meningococcal disease. [more]
CSUPD Safety Alert Regarding Residence Halls - Colorado State University police have received reports from an on-campus student regarding a suspicious man outside of Parmelee Residence Hall. The student has reported a man outside her ground- floor residence hall window three times between December 11 and 15. [more]
Training Exercise on Foothills Campus - On Wednesday, Dec. 1, the University hosted a day-long training exercise on the Foothills Campus, designed to review and practice procedures used by emergency responders when hazardous materials may be involved. Participating agencies were Colorado State University Police Department, the Colorado National Guard, Poudre Fire Authority and EMS, the 8th Civil Support Team stationed out of Buckley Air Force Base, and CSU biosafety officers. For more information about Colorado State University's emergency response and evacuation procedures, please see the section on emergency procedures beginning on page 31 of the university's 2010 Safety Report or visit the university's Environmental Health Services website.
Police Seeking Robert "RJ" Gildea - After being contacted off campus by CSU Police, Robert "RJ" Gildea was arrested and charged with felony stalking, harassment, domestic violence and interference with university business for threats he made to an individual on CSU’s campus. [more]
Non-fatal Shooting on Campus Property - Sept. 8, CSUPD is investigated a report of a non-fatal shooting on campus. The shooting was reported to Broomfield police several hours after it occurred after the victim left campus and drove to that area. A suspect was arrested Sept. 23. [more]
Train-pedestrian Accident - Mar. 12 a train-pedestrian accident at Mason and Old Main Drive on campus resulted in traffic is being re-routed away from the East side of campus. Roads were closed in the immediate area of the accident and south along Mason Street. [more]
Weapons policy update - In January 2010 the University's existing weapons policy was updated to address a directive from the Board of Goevernors to include reasonable control of concealed-carry weapons on campuses. A draft of the revised policy was made available for review and comment on January 20. In February, the Board reviewed and approved the recommendation by the CSU System Chancellor to accept the updated weapons control policies for all three campuses. [more]
H1N1 influenza information - H1N1 influenza (also known as 'swine flu') hit the CSU campus, with more than 650 presumptive cases of H1N1 influenza being seen at the CSU Health Network before the winter break. Cases were mild to moderate and there have been a few hospitalizations. [more]
Bomb Threat at Foothills Campus - Friday, Dec. 18, the Colorado State University Police Department received information regarding a threat that a bomb would go off near the construction site of the Research Innovation Building at the university's Foothills Campus. An extensive investigation by law enforcement and the regional bomb squad revealed that there was not a bomb. [more]
Police drill on Foothills Campus June 23 - The Colorado State University Police Department will conduct a drill on the university's Foothills Campus at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23. The location of the drill is centered on a building close to the Infectious Disease Research Center. [more]
Public Safety Team monitors H1N1 (swine flu) - The Public Safety Team is monitoring the H1N1(swine flu) situation and keeping abreast of the updates. State and federal officials have reassured us that there is no need for alarm. [more]
Public Safety Team monitors H1N1 (swine flu) - The Public Safety Team is monitoring the H1N1(swine flu) situation and keeping abreast of the updates. State and federal officials have reassured us that there is no need for alarm. [more]
MarchText Message Hoax: CSUPD is alerting the campus community about a hoax circulating through cell phone text messages around campus.[more]
SAFETY NOTICE: Mountain lion alert for Foothills Campus. [more]
West Nile virus: A reminder issued from Larimer County. [more]
Guidelines for response to shooting violence on campus: Guidelines for the campus community have been developed based on the best practices established by CSUPD and other law enforcement experts[more]
Pandemic Flu Planning and Preparedness - The Colorado State University Emergency Management Team is developing a pandemic flu plan for the institution. The Emergency Management Team will assist departments and units throughout campus in developing specific preparedness plans. It will also conduct educational sessions to inform individuals on campus about pandemic flu and how to prepare. [more]
Agencies team up to fight the bite - Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been found in nine Colorado counties. Residents and visitors are urged to take appropriate precautions to avoid mosquito bites. [more]