Campus is a safe place

Dec 032003
Authors: Jason Kosena

On Tuesday over Thanksgiving break most students and faculty

were as far from campus as they could get.

Whether they had already left Fort Collins to visit family or

friends over the holiday, or were enjoying the leisure of a week of

no classes here in town, most people who use CSU’s campus on

regular basis were not aware of the bomb scare that was happening

at Morgan Library.

Police were called on Tuesday after a library faculty member

noticed a couple who were walking around inside Morgan looking


When police made contact with the suspicious individuals,

officers found a device with them that looked as if it might be

explosive in nature and detonated it in a safe container.

“The device found with (the individuals) looked weird and as if

it could have been explosive,” said Gerry Bomotti, the vice

president of administrative services at CSU.

The device in question has been determined to be inert and not

an explosive in nature, according to the CSU Police Department.

Some may have questions about safety on campus after events

similar to this one occur.

“We really don’t face any dangers that are any different than

other facilities in Fort Collins face on a daily basis,” said Capt.

Bob Chaffee with the CSUPD. “Everyone is responsible for their own

safety here at CSU and (in Fort Collins).”

Chaffee also said people should not hesitate to call the police

if they see something that makes them nervous or uneasy.

“If you see something that doesn’t seem right to you, give us a

call,” Chaffee said. “We check on a lot of situations every week

that have no criminal implications. But if you see anything that

makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up (call the


Because CSU has an open campus and is open to the public, it is

impossible to guarantee the safety of every student and faculty

member, but CSU has done a lot to make it a safer place for

patrons, Chaffee said.

More lighting and emergency phones around campus, extended

security in the resident halls and a template for emergency

planning at Health Services are some of the security measures in

place already.

“We want to educate people to be aware but not paranoid,”

Chaffee said. “If we wanted to make campus completely safe we could

have hundreds of national guardsman with dogs around campus, but

that would be paranoid behavior.”

Bomotti agrees with Chaffee and said students should feel safe

on CSU’s campus.

“In my opinion, the library and the (Lory) Student Center are

the safest buildings on campus,” Bomotti said. “This is because

when these buildings are open, there is always staff in the


Students seem not to be deterred from the library though, as it

was busy on Wednesday despite the bomb scare a week earlier.

“I think it’s safe in here. I have never seen an incident that

seemed even remotely dangerous,” said Travis Laas, a senior

biological science major.

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