2020 Annual Fire and Safety Report

Building Access

  • Most campus buildings and facilities are accessible to members of the campus community, guests, and visitors during normal business hours Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and when the university is closed, such as during a snow day.
  • Some buildings are open for designated hours on weekends, such as Morgan Library.
  • Exterior doors on campus buildings are locked each evening by Facilities Management. Buildings may be secured at different times based on factors such as night classes, special events, or computer lab times.
  • Do not prop building doors open or allow strangers into campus buildings that have been secured.
  • Do not lend keys or key cards or leave them unattended in your work or living space.
  • Do not give door entry or alarm codes to anyone you don’t know or who doesn’t have an authorized reason to have the code.
  • Report unlocked buildings after hours, problems with locks or security devices, and any other building security or safety issues to the responsible building proctor (contact information is on the Facilities Management website at colostate.edu/proctors), or Facilities Management dispatch, 970-491-0077.
  • Emergencies and situations posing an immediate threat to safety should be reported to CSU police immediately by calling 911.
  • CSU’s policy on building access, security and keys provides more detail on these matters. See http://policylibrary.colostate.edu/policy.aspx?id=556.

Residence Hall Security

Residence hall security includes the following measures:

  • The lobby area is staffed 24 hours a day.
  • Lobbies and common areas are open during dining center hours and then accessible only by residents of the building after hours via keycard access.
  • Floors and rooms are only accessible by residents with keycard access.
  • All common bathrooms on the floors are also secured.
  • Residents should not allow strangers access to the building, either by propping doors, lending keys, or opening doors for anyone waiting outside the building.
  • Visitors and delivery people may use a house phone located outside the main entrance to contact the appropriate host to gain access, once all entries to the building are locked in the evening.
  • All residence hall staff are trained on emergency response and have knowledge of evacuation and safety protocol in the event of an emergency.
  • All lobby doors and common areas can be locked down during an emergency to permit access to residents of the building only. The option of locking buildings down entirely to prevent any access into the building is also available.
  • CSU Police Department partners with Housing & Dining Services to develop a community-oriented policing program. A full-time, certified police officer is assigned to each residence hall and regularly patrols it to enhance relationships with students and increase security and safety awareness among students.

Campus Planning and Safety

Safety is an important consideration in planning, maintaining, designing, and remodeling of facilities on campus.

  • Exterior lighting is an important part of the university’s commitment to campus safety. The CSU Police Department monitors exterior lighting and reports issues to Facilities Management.
  • Once a year, a comprehensive survey of all exterior lighting, building safety, and security is conducted by CSU police, Facilities Management, Risk Management, and Environmental Health Services.
  • The campus community is encouraged to call the CSU police (970-491-6425) or Facilities Dispatch (970-491-0077) when they see a light out or any safety concern. Light posts have numbers on them that help repair people find them. If possible, provide the number when reporting a light out.
  • Facilities Management monitors door and security hardware daily. CSU police officers also report defective locking mechanisms to Facilities Management as soon as they are discovered.
  • Shrubbery, trees, and other vegetation on campus are trimmed on a regular basis.
  • Fencing, roadway, and sidewalk repairs are reviewed and completed at least annually.

The CSU Public Safety Team coordinates and facilitates effective campus disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery activities to minimize the impacts of emergencies on the campus community, facilities and environment. The university maintains written plans and holds regular emergency exercises. This team, made up of members from several campus departments, also coordinates efforts under Homeland Security for the university and makes safety and security policy for campus.

Emergency Blue Light Phones

More than 60 emergency blue light phones are located throughout the campus. These emergency phones ring directly into the CSU Police Department dispatch center by simply pushing a button. Visit www.maps.colostate.edu and click on the menu options for emergency blue light phones for locations.

Crimes on Non-Campus Property

Sororities and fraternities

Greek houses are located off campus and are not owned by the university. Because they are located off campus, they are under the jurisdiction of Fort Collins Police Services. Security in sorority and fraternity houses is managed by a variety of methods and people, and that information is available through the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at 970-491-0966.

CSU Student Conduct Services receives reports of crimes that occur in fraternities and sororities that are recognized as student organizations by Colorado State University from the CSU Police Department (which in turn receives crime information from Fort Collins police). Crimes occurring in fraternities and sororities are included in CSU’s crime statistics for purposes of reporting under the Clery Act.

Crimes committed in other non-campus locations of officially recognized student organizations are reported to the CSU Police Department by law enforcement agencies from those jurisdictions. In addition, crimes occurring in fraternities and sororities and other recognized student organization locations must be reported to CSU police by campus security authorities who have knowledge of them.

Off-campus locations

The CSU Police Department annually receives reports from Fort Collins police of all crimes that occurred within CSU’s Clery geography, including CSU property that is not on campus. CSU police officers and dispatchers monitor Fort Collins police radio traffic and view daily crime logs from that agency. Student Conduct Services also regularly receives reports of crimes reported to Fort Collins Police that involve students. For all other CSU property that is not on campus, the CSU Police Department regularly requests annual crime reports from law enforcement agencies, including for any international locations that fall within CSU’s Clery geography at any time.