From: Administrative E-Memo (memofrom@Colorado.EDU)
Date: Sun Mar 27 2011 - 01:05:05 MDT
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 01:05:05 -0600 (MDT) From: Administrative E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: A Reminder of CU Safety Precautions and Community Resources
TO: CU-Boulder students
FROM: Office of the Dean of Students
CU Police Department
SENDER: Deb Coffin
DATE: March 28, 2011
SUBJECT: A Reminder of CU Safety Precautions and Community Resources
On March 18, the Boulder community experienced a terrible crime on University
Hill. Just before 2 a.m. last Friday morning, Todd Walker, a Colorado resident
and University of New Hampshire student who was visiting Boulder, lost his life
in what police describe as a botched robbery attempt. The suspect, a
22-year-old male from Longmont, has been arrested and charged with first-degree
While such stranger assaults are rare in Boulder, people are advised if
confronted by a robbery suspect to take the assailant seriously: cooperate and
do not challenge an assailant. Be the best witness you can be, and do not
prolong the situation - comply and end the encounter as soon as possible, then
notify police immediately.
In light of this tragedy, University of Colorado at Boulder officials are
reminding students of important personal and community safety measures to keep
in mind when they are out and about on campus and in the Boulder community.
Among the tips advised by CU police and safety officials are:
- Remember to use the buddy system. Don't walk home alone and don't leave
friends alone while out at night.
- Remember to close and lock doors and windows to help prevent burglaries and
- Report all suspicious activity and persons by calling 9-1-1. In
non-emergencies, call campus police at 303-492-6666 or Boulder police at
- When it comes to personal safety, it is always better to err on the side of
caution by contacting one of the numbers listed above with concerns.
- If you think somebody is following you, switch directions or cross the street
and call 9-1-1. Walk toward an open store, restaurant or lighted house. If you
are afraid, yell for help to attract the attention of others.
- Have your car or house key in hand before you reach the door. Don't be
searching for keys while you are walking.
- Remain aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Remember that alcohol impairs judgment and the ability to recognize dangerous
- Tell your roommate/friends where you are going and when you expect to be back
if you are going out by yourself.
- Remember to use the party registration program for all parties. Party
registration is open to all CU students in neighborhoods throughout the city of
Boulder. Students can register parties at Off-Campus Student Services, UMC 313,
Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon for a party on Friday or Saturday
nights. Students must register in person and show their Buff One Card.
- Don't be a passive bystander. If you see a crime in progress, call 9-1-1 and
assemble a group to aid a victim.
- All residence hall residents should be conscientious about any people trying
to enter buildings without an escort or "tailgating," entering residence halls
with a group of students. Doors leading to living areas in residence halls
remain locked 24 hours a day and visitors must be escorted by a hall resident.
- Most interpersonal violence is done to you by someone you know. Therefore, be
prepared to intervene as a bystander, talk with friends about respecting
personal boundaries and identifying warning signs when someone you know is
intrusive or steps over the line.
CU-Boulder community safety measures already in place include:
- CU Police Department employs full-time, commissioned officers who patrol the
campus and respond to reports of emergencies and crimes 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. Students should call 9-1-1 for police, medical and fire
emergencies both on and off campus, and 303-492-6666 for non-emergencies on
campus and 303-441-3333 for non-emergencies off campus.
- With input from the Safety Initiatives Coalition, the University of Colorado
Student Government (CUSG) developed and administered a safety survey in spring
- The bystander intervention program was introduced during New Student
Orientation 2009. The new presentation encourages students to take
responsibility for the safety of peers and teaches the skills necessary to
intervene in certain situations.
- CU Facilities Management operates the Eyes and Ears Program, which makes all
Facilities Management employees available as an emergency communication
resource. If an employee witnesses an emergency or is flagged down, he or she
will radio for help and stay close by until help arrives.
- Campus officials encourage students to learn about the prevention of sexual
assault and acquaintance rape and the resources that are available for victims.
Trained professionals offer free, confidential information and counseling,
including reporting options and advocacy. For information on prevention
education, call the Gender Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator at
- Campus administrators encourage all students, faculty and staff to sign up
for Campus Alerts to receive breaking news about campus emergencies. To access
the system, the CU-Boulder community should go to http://www.colorado.edu/alerts/.
- CU Facilities Management, working with the CU Police Department and other
campus safety officials and safety advocates, twice a year completes a
"lighting walk" audit of campus lighting and obstructions like bushes and
brush. As a result, lighting has been added in several areas of campus to
- There are more than 60 emergency phone kiosks located across the main campus,
east campus, Williams Village and Bear Creek Apartments and in the Regent Drive
and Euclid Avenue parking lots. Students and others can use them to connect
directly to campus police to report crimes in progress, suspicious persons,
medical emergencies or concerns about personal safety.
- CU NightRide, created by CUSG, offers free, nighttime escorts to students,
staff and faculty around campus and anywhere within the Boulder city limits. To
request a ride, call 303-492-7233.
- Community Health uses interactive education, peer-facilitated programs and
campuswide campaigns to raise gender violence awareness and bystander
intervention training. For information call 303-492-2937.
- During orientation, new students learn about crime reporting and personal
safety resources and how to obtain more safe-living tips in "Ralphie's Guide to
Student Life" http://www.colorado.edu/ralphie/tag/safety/. Residence hall
advisers, the CU Police Department and the Off-Campus Student Services office
also can help students with safety issues.
For more safety information, go to http://www.colorado.edu/safety.
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