Colorado State University campus with a view of the Rec Center and the foothills

Charge from the President

The safety and security of CSU students, faculty, and staff on campus and is essential. Safety measures must be consistently evaluated for improvement, and the safety climate must encompass all Rams, with equitable consideration of the lived experience historically marginalized groups.

As the nation examines the history and current climate of policing, it is also important for CSU examine its own safety and policing policies and practices.

The CSU Police (CSUPD) is committed to maintaining a safe environment which supports the academic mission of the University, and the health and wellness of the community, prioritizing education over enforcement whenever reasonably possible. Effective campus policing must begin with trust between police officers and the campus community they serve. This task force is not charged with dismantling CSUPD. Rather, it is a call to evaluate, and potentially reimagine, campus safety generally, and the work of CSUPD specifically, with a commitment to equity, inclusion and justice.

The Task Force will solicit input from members of the campus community; the Task Force will consider the work being done on other similar campuses; and the Task Force will provide a written report with recommendations to President McConnell by October 15, 2021.

Task force members

Jenelle Beavers (chair): Vice President for Strategy

Marc Barker: Vice President, Safety and Risk Services

Martin Carcasson: Professor, Communication Studies

Craig Chesson: Associate Dean of Students

Helena Gardner: Director, University Housing

Merry Gebretsadik: Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Associated Students of Colorado State University

Wendy Rich Goldschmidt: Interim Executive Director of Campus Safety & Security