Under the Clery Act (20 U.S.C.
state § 1092) and its implementing regulations, Colorado State University (CSU), through designated personnel, is responsible for issuing a “timely warning” if a crime has been reported and CSU determines there is a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. In addition, CSU is required to send an “emergency notification” if there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus.
The decision to issue a “timely warning” or an “emergency notification” will be decided on a case-by-case basis in compliance with the Clery Act and after consideration of available fact. The issuance of a timely warning may depend on the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community, and possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Similarly, the issuance of an emergency notification depends upon the particular health or safety threat. CSU will, without delay, take into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the emergency notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
The Public Safety Team, through its Executive Committee, will determine if an ongoing or continuing threat is a serious situation on or off campus, such that a timely warning should be issued. A timely warning will be issued if two or more members of the Executive Committee agree it should be sent. Because of its urgent nature, the Chief of the Colorado State University Police Department, or designee – at the Chief’s discretion has the authority to decide that an emergency notification should be sent. In addition, the Executive Committee of the Public Safety Team – by agreement of two or more members – also has the authority to decide that an emergency notification should be issued.
If a “timely warning” or “emergency notification” is deemed necessary, it will be issued by the Colorado State University Police Department or the Public Safety Team, through any or all of the following notification methods: (1) CSU e-mail system; (2) Emergency Alert, text-based messaging system; (3) Everbridge/reverse 911; (4) CSU Emergency Telephone Network; and (5) Emergency Broadcast System. The warning, or a link to the warning, may also be posted on the CSU home page, the CSU Police Department home page, the CSU Department of Public Safety website or other CSU web resources, as well as local media sites. A copy of the notice may also be posted in residence halls and other CSU building locations. Please pay careful attention to both types of warnings as they are designed to provide information that will enable you to take action to protect yourself. In the event of an emergency notification, a follow up message(s) will also be provided via the methods previously described to keep the campus community reasonably informed of the status of the event.
Anyone with information that may warrant a timely warning or an emergency notification should report the circumstances to the CSU Police Department by phone at (970) 491-6425 or in person at the CSU Police Headquarters in Green Hall.
CSU is required to test its emergency notification methods. Typically, such tests will be conducted at the beginning of each semester and the summer session. Tests will be conducted by the Public Safety Team’s communications committee, and will include information advising that it is a “TEST.” These tests are designed to prepare you in case there is an actual emergency.