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
“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.