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Chancellors' Communique

Campus Safety, 11-2-15


​Dear colleagues,

In the wake of recent tragic shootings on campuses throughout the country, we want to reiterate that the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our foremost priority. Here are some resources you can use to prepare for emergencies, ensure you receive timely updates and report potential problems.
 
Preparedness
This month, the Emergency Management division of the University Police will be offering presentations on each campus and at CU South Denver about what you can do in the event of a deadly threat on campus. These trainings will include a video screening and Q&A.
 
CU Anschutz
Friday, Nov. 6, 2 – 3 p.m., Education 2 North, Room 1303
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Education 2 North, Room 1102
Monday, Nov. 30, 9 – 10 a.m., Research 1 North, Room 1006 (Hensel Phelps Auditorium)
 
CU Denver
Thursday, Nov. 12, 8 – 9 a.m., Student Commons Building, Room 2600
Monday, Nov. 16, 10-11 a.m., Lawrence Street Center, Terrace Room
Friday, Nov. 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m., CU Denver Building, Room 470
 
CU South Denver
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 8-9 a.m.
 
If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled events or would prefer to view an online video on the topic, there are a number of options:
• All faculty, staff and students can view Run>Hide>Fight, a video on the CU Anschutz University Police website and the Auraria Campus Police website.
• Faculty and staff can take the SkillSoft course CU: Active Shooter Awareness, available on the university’s portal, accessed through my.cu.edu
• Members of the CU Denver community can view the Auraria Campus Safety Video.
• The Standard Response Protocol on Campus video provides an overview of emergency responses specifically on campuses.
 
Receiving Emergency Information
The university’s Emergency Notification System (RAVE) provides emergency notification when conditions develop on or near our campuses or CU South Denver that pose an imminent threat of danger to the campus community. All students, faculty and staff automatically receive emergency alerts and campus closure notifications to their university-issued e-mail address. 
In addition to receiving alerts, you can also hear recorded current updates regarding campus emergencies. Call the emergency information line for your location: 
• CU Anschutz: 877-463-6070
• CU Denver: 303-556-2401
• CU South Denver: 303-649-4001
 
Reporting
We all play an important role in keeping each other safe. Here are some contacts and resources for emergency and non-urgent situations.
• CU Anschutz: If the situation is urgent, call 911 from any campus phone. From a cellphone, contact the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Police Department at 303-724-4444. 
• CU Denver: If the situation is urgent, call 911 from any campus phone. From a cellphone, contact the Auraria Campus Police Department at 303-556-5000. You can also text a tip to Auraria Police at 720-593-8477.
• CU South Denver: Emergencies at the CU South Denver location should be reported by calling 911 or the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office 303-660-7505.
 
Apart from emergency situations, you may have students or colleagues who are dealing with academic, social, financial or other issues that can affect their well-being. If you see someone who appears to be in distress, has made threatening comments or gestures, or appears to be exhibiting unusual behaviors, contact the university CARE team at ucdenver.edu/CARE or 303-352-3579.  To report faculty or staff members who are a threat to themselves or others, please contact the Faculty and Staff Threat Assessment and Response Team (FaST), at FacultyStaff.Assessment@ucdenver.edu or call 303-315-0182.

While it is an unfortunate fact that absolute safety can never be guaranteed, working together we can fulfill our shared responsibility to make our campuses and surrounding areas safe places to study, work and live.

Best,
Don Elliman
Chancellor, CU Anschutz
 
Jerry Wartgow
Chancellor, CU Denver
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