2018 Annual Fire and Safety Report

Every reported victim of an incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking covered by university policy, whether the incident occurred on or off campus, will receive written notification of options and rights.

These options and rights apply to both students and employees, although the specific options may be different in each case. These include:

  • Both parties receive a copy of the policy and procedures and notice of the specific nature of the allegations against the responding party.
  • Victims receive information about:
    • Protective interim measures.
    • The resources available to victims including the Employee Assistance Program and Ombuds Office, and Women and Gender Advocacy Center.
    • How to make a report to the police, if the victim has not already done so.

The university provides support to people who have been the victims of any crime or violation of university policy. People who have been victimized by a university student may choose to report the incident to the CSU police or to Student Conduct Services at the Student Resolution Center to initiate criminal or disciplinary action. In addition to any action deemed necessary by CSU police, a report will also be forwarded to Student Conduct Services for consideration of disciplinary action against a student.

Colorado State University will provide victims of crime, including crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, with the best possible care and services. CSU will provide written notification to students and employees about support and services available to them, including:

  • Physical and mental health services
  • Victim advocacy services
  • Legal assistance
  • Visa and immigration assistance
  • Student financial aid
  • Help with academic issues that may arise
  • Changes to living situations
  • Help with transportation situations
  • Help with employment situations
  • Protective interim measures
  • Other services available for victims, both within the university and in the community

The above support and services are available to victims whether or not they choose to report the incident to law enforcement. To learn more about these support services and the option to have changes made to a victim’s situation, contact the office of Support & Safety Assessment (http://supportandsafety.colostate.edu/, 970-491-7407).

The resources and services at Colorado State University include:

  • CSU Police Department 970-491-6425
  • Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Team 970-492-4242
  • CSU Health Network 970-491-7121 (available to students who pay fees)
  • Counseling Services 970-491-6053 (available to students who pay fees)
  • Support and Safety Assessment 970-491-7407
  • Student Conduct Services 970-491-7165
  • Student Legal Services 970-491-1482 assists students who are victimized by crime, including assistance with non-immigrant U visas through a free initial consultation and a referral to an immigration attorney. Student Legal Services will advise victims regarding legal and university processes, victim impact statements for the prosecutor’s office, no contact orders, civil protection or restraining orders, and the like. When Student Legal Services has a conflict of interest preventing assistance for a victim, the office will assure that the student is put in contact with the victim advocacy program through the District Attorney’s office. If there are other areas of need not served by that program, Student Legal Services may refer a victim for an initial advisement by a community attorney at no charge to the student.
  • Office of International Programs 970-491-5917 also provides assistance with visas to return to the United States after an absence, and referrals to immigration attorneys.
  • Office of Financial Aid 970-491-6321
  • Registrar’s Office 970-491-4860
  • Health Network Student Conduct Services 970-491-7165 (available to students who pay fees)

Resources available in the community include:

  • SAVA – Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center 970-472-4204
  • Crossroads Safehouse 970-530-2353
  • RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

CSU police will investigate reports of crimes and can provide options for pursuing criminal or civil charges, or university discipline against the assailant. Crimes reported anonymously will also be investigated.

Victims who receive personal support from university resources can expect:

  • To be treated with respect
  • To have confidentiality maintained (within the bounds of the law and university policy)
  • To have university or criminal proceedings fully explained
  • To receive assistance in relocation within or to other housing if desired
  • To receive referral information for support services
  • At the victim’s request, to receive university cooperation in using university procedures to deter harassment or retribution

If university disciplinary action is initiated, the victim can expect:

  • To be notified of scheduled disciplinary proceedings
  • To be apprised of potential hearing outcomes
  • To attend the disciplinary hearing as a witness, if requested by the accused, hearing officer, or panel, or if the victim desires to do so
  • To be accompanied by an adviser or support person at the hearing
  • To provide a victim impact statement for consideration by the hearing officer or panel
  • To be informed of the outcome of the hearing
  • At the victim’s request, to be informed (to the extent permitted by law) of the impending return of the perpetrator to campus, if the conditions of the suspension or dismissal were met prior to the victim’s departure from campus

The university will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the institution against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be provided notice.

Brochures detailing victims’ rights in crimes, published by the Larimer County District Attorney, are available at all local law enforcement agencies including CSUPD. CSUPD also carries information about campus resources for students.

Procedures Victims Should Follow

When an incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking is reported, victims are informed by WGAC (www.wgac.colostate.edu, 970-491-6384) or Support and Safety Assessment (http://supportandsafety.colostate.edu/, 970-491-7407) that it is important to preserve evidence so that a successful criminal prosecution remains an option, as well as to aid in any action to obtain a protective order. The victim of a sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical exam – which is important both to address any health issues that may arise and so that evidence may be collected. Any clothing removed should be placed in a paper, not plastic, bag.

When an incident of interpersonal violence occurs, consider:

  • Documenting evidence of violence, such as bruising or other visible injuries, by taking photographs.
  • Evidence of stalking including any communication, such as written notes, text messages, emails, voice mail or other communications should be saved and not altered in any way.
  • A victim does need not make a formal report to law enforcement or Colorado State University to access support resources, including confidential campus and community resources.
  • While confidential resources may encourage a victim to report the incident to police, these offices will maintain confidentiality and not share identifying information with police.
  • Confidential campus resources include:
    • Victim Assistance Team 970-492-4242
    • Women and Gender Advocacy Center 970-491-6384
    • Women’s Clinic at CSU Health Network 970-491-1754
    • Counseling Services 970-491-6053
  • Confidential community resources include:
    • SAVA – Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center 970-472-4204
    • Crossroads Safehouse 970-530-2353
    • RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Support Offered by the CSU Women and Gender Advocacy Center

The CSU Women and Gender Advocacy Center (970-491-6384, www.wgac.colostate.edu) provides ongoing advocacy for survivors of interpersonal violence. The center provides support around legal, medical, emotional, academic, and campus disciplinary options and concerns, and will go with a survivor to on-campus or off-campus services, including to the police or hospital. The Women and Gender Advocacy Center also trains and oversees the CSU Victim Assistance Team.

Date rape drugs

For information on date rape drugs like GHB, Rohypnol, or Ketamine, contact:

Health Education and Prevention Services (970) 491-1702

Women and Gender Advocacy Center (970) 491-6384

 

How to reduce your risk:

  • Always keep your beverage in sight. Don’t leave it while dancing or going elsewhere.
  • At a bar or club, accept drinks only from the bartender or server.
  • Avoid group drinks, punch bowls, or drinks being passed around.
  • Open your own containers.

 

If you experience the following symptoms, tell someone immediately or go to the hospital (or CSU Health Network if your symptoms occur during business hours):

  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Time that can’t be accounted for and can’t be attributed to anything else
  • Any other unexplained symptoms

If you choose to report the incident to law enforcement authorities and you believe a beverage you consumed was drugged, try to retain a sample of the beverage

The university provides a Victim Assistance Team free of charge to students who are the victims of interpersonal violence.

  • Victim advocates receive special training on the physical, psychological, and legal ramifications of sexual assault.
  • Advocates are bound by state statute to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Any information a victim’s advocate learns while supporting a victim must be treated confidentially and cannot be released without the victim’s permission.
  • Advocates will provide information about options related to crime reporting, but the final decision is up to the individual victim.
  • The Victim Assistance Team confidentially supports campus community members who have experienced interpersonal violence.
  • Advocates receive special training in the physical, psychological, and legal ramifications of interpersonal violence.
  • Team members on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
  • Request an advocate by calling 970-492-4242.
  • Contacting the team does not require the caller to make a police report.
  • General information regarding Victim Assistance Team can be obtained by calling the Women and Gender Advocacy Center at 970-491-6384.
  • Victims Assistance Team advocates work closely with victims and campus and community law enforcement agencies. This includes assisting victims of sexual assault in reporting these crimes to the police if they choose to do so.
  • CSU advocates are informed on medical, law enforcement, legal procedure, and campus disciplinary options and can provide other referral sources to help ensure interpersonal violence victims receive the services they want or need, such as counseling.
  • Advocates will provide information about options related to crime reporting, but the final decision is up to the individual victim.

The City of Fort Collins also provides a team that can assist employees and other members of the community free of charge. More information is available at https://www.fcgov.com/police/victims-assistance.php.

Personal Safety Tips

  • Be alert for unhealthy dynamics in relationships.
  • Avoid people who do not allow you to make decisions for yourself – who make you feel you “owe them” something.
  • Because of the frequency of acquaintance sexual assaults in campus communities, it is best to be very explicit with dates about how intimate you expect the relationship to be.
  • The vast majority of sexual assaults reported within the CSU community are committed by someone the survivor knows (more than 95 percent).
  • Do not assume that a person knows what you are comfortable with. Unfortunately, some people believe that consent to any level of intimacy implies consent to sexual intercourse. This is not true – anyone can say “no” or “stop” at any time. Silence never equals consent.
  • Often, assailants target victims who have been using drugs, alcohol or other intoxicants because of their increased vulnerability. In Colorado, it is a criminal offense to have sexual contact or intercourse with someone who has been using drugs, alcohol or other intoxicants if they are unable to indicate their consent or lack of consent.
  • In some instances, drugs are used that impair someone’s ability to know what is going on and to subsequently make them more vulnerable to sexual assault. Drugs like GHB or Rohypnol (roofies) can be secretly slipped into a beverage, nonalcoholic and alcoholic drinks alike. The drug has no smell or taste and generally no color. These drugs can be present at bars and clubs, but also at parties and intimate gatherings. The reality is that date rape drugs can be slipped into your drink at any social setting.
  • Some people also intentionally coerce their intended victim to become intoxicated on alcohol.
  • Victims of sexual assault are not at fault for what has been done to them, whether drugs, alcohol or other intoxicants were used or not. The perpetrators of this crime are fully responsible for their illegal behavior.
2018 Annual Fire and Safety Report