2020 Annual Fire and Safety Report

The landmark federal law adopted in 1990 and amended in 1998, now called the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, section 485(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, requires institutions of higher education to disclose campus crime statistics and security information.

This report meets the Clery Act’s requirements, provides valuable information to current and prospective students, employees, and their families about safety and security at Colorado State University, and outlines the university’s policies on drugs, alcohol, and interpersonal violence, among others. Interpersonal violence includes sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

This report is created out of a collaborative effort across campus. Those involved in compiling statistics and information include these CSU offices:

  • Colorado State University Police Department
  • Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity
  • Division of Student Affairs
    • Housing & Dining
    • Women and Gender Advocacy Center
    • Support & Safety Assessment
    • Student Conduct Services
    • Fraternity & Sorority Life
    • CSU Health Network
  • Office of General Counsel
  • Division of Operations

The Annual Fire and Safety Report and University Drug and Alcohol Policy informs the university community about:

  • Statistics for the types of crimes that the Clery Act requires the university to publish. These Clery crime categories are:
    • Criminal homicide (murder and non-negligent manslaughter)
    • Sex offenses (sexual assault, rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape)
    • Aggravated assault
    • Arson
    • Robbery
    • Burglary
    • Motor vehicle theft
    • Hate crimes, defined as “a criminal offense that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias against the victim,” including the above crimes plus larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, destruction or vandalism of property
    • Dating violence, domestic violence and stalking
  • Statistics of these crimes are provided for the previous three years. The statistics show these crimes that occurred on campus property and certain non-campus property and public property associated with the university, including:
    • Crimes by type, location and year
    • Fires in on-campus student housing
    • Arrests for liquor law violations, drug law violations, and carrying and possessing illegal weapons
    • In addition, statistics are reported for students referred to university disciplinary action for liquor law violations, drug law violations, and carrying and possessing illegal weapons, regardless of whether an arrest has been made.
  • We report statistics for Clery crimes that occurred on properties that are within the university’s “Clery geography,” which are geographic areas defined by the Clery Act. This includes:
    • On-campus property: all properties that the university owns or controls within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area that are used in any manner related to the institution’s educational purposes, including the residence halls and apartments.
    • Public property: all public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus, not including private homes and businesses.
    • Non-campus buildings and property: all other property that the university owns or controls that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and that is located outside of the reasonably contiguous campus area, including buildings or property owned or controlled by a student organization officially recognized by CSU.
  • Statistical information is requested from our law enforcement partners within Colorado, in other states, and in international locations, when the property is considered university non-campus property under the Clery Act.
  • Statistics are maintained for all fires that occurred during the previous three years in on-campus housing.

The CSU Police Department requests and compiles the statistics for the report each year, based on information received from the offices and agencies listed above and from campus security authorities. Those statistics are counted and compiled into classifications for the report. Offices across campus review content in the report for which they have oversight. Then, a compliance committee works to ensure that the report meets the requirements of the Clery Act and provides the most accurate information regarding crime, fire, safety and related policies at Colorado State University to students, employees, parents, potential students and employees, and the general public.

More information about university policy related to the Clery Act is at http://policylibrary.colostate.edu/policy.aspx?id=557.

The report also includes information about procedures, policies and crime prevention programs including:

  • How to report a crime to CSU police
  • Law enforcement databases of registered sex offenders
  • Drug, alcohol and sex offenses
  • How and when the university issues warnings to campus of potentially dangerous criminal and emergency situations
  • Campus evacuation procedures

This report is available online at http://safety.colostate.edu. A printed copy is available by request from the CSU Police Department or may be printed from the online version. The police department also makes the daily crime and fire logs available to anyone on request.

This annual report is published no later than Oct. 1 of each year, unless otherwise determined by the US Department of Education, and a notice of its publication is distributed via email to every CSU student and current employee. The Office of Admissions notifies prospective students of the report availability, and prospective employees are notified as they apply through the Talent Management System.