CSU has a statement of student rights and responsibilities. It begins with: "Colorado State University expects students to maintain standards of personal integrity that are in harmony with the educational goals of the institution; to observe national, state and local laws, and university regulations; and to respect the rights, privileges and property of other people." I believe the majority of CSU students respect their responsibilities. These men and women deserve to be proud of their character and accomplishments. But unfortunately, thousands of CSU students are not as honorable. These immature "adults" embrace a culture that glorifies underage drinking, alcohol abuse and associated, uncivil and violent behaviors. Off campus, they show little regard for hard-working citizens who are just trying to raise their families in peace, or elderly residents surviving on fixed incomes in homes they bought decades ago. This culture is tearing apart long-established family neighborhoods, and it is building support among the city's voters for more legislation and better enforcement. If this culture and its consequences are unacceptable, then it is time to raise our expectations. Underage drinking is not OK. Disorderly conduct and public drunkenness are not OK. Violence and vandalism are not OK. Violations of the city's noise ordinances and municipal laws are not OK. If you agree, please support CSU administration and Fort Collins City Council to formulate solutions and make difficult decisions. But more important, please choose to make yourself part of the solution.
Fort Collins community member