Health and Safety

Health Tasks for All New Students

About the CSU Health Network

Good physical and mental health are important to students’ academic success. The CSU Health Network is every student’s home for health care while at CSU. Enrolled students are entitled to full access to the many services offered, including medical services, counseling services and health education and prevention services. Students registered for six or more credit hours receive up to five counseling sessions per semester at no additional charge.

New Student Requirements & Recommendations

To keep our campus healthy and safe, there are several tasks all new students must complete. The following is a broad overview of the requirements and recommendations for new students. Follow the links for more detailed information about each.

Complete the Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault Program
Due by the 1st day of class
Required for all admitted students (Except INTO students)
* Transfer students of any age who have taken Haven at another institution will need to repeat this course at CSU.

Complete the AlcoholEdu Program
Due by the 1st day of class
Required for students under age 23 (Except INTO students)
* Transfer students under age 23 who have taken AlcoholEdu at another institution will need to repeat thois course at CSU.

Fulfill the Immunizations Requirements
Due by the 1st day of class
MMR required for all students
Meningococcal required for students living in student housing

Complete Important Health Forms
Due by the 1st day of class
Recommended for all students

Fulfill the Health Insurance Requirement
Before the 10th day of class
Required for international students enrolled in any credit level

Consider RamCare
Enroll by the 10th day of class
Recommended for students with private health insurance

For more information about CSU Health Network services or requirements for new students, log on to

CSU Health Insurance

Mandatory Health Insurance

International students, scholars and their dependents are required to have health insurance.

CSU Health Insurance

All International Students who are enrolled at Colorado State University are required to maintain health insurance, and are automatically enrolled in the CSU Student Health Insurance Plan each semester. Each semester, the premium cost will be billed to your student account. Coverage begins on the Monday before classes start (the day before Orientation) and lasts until the next semester’s coverage begins. For more information on this requirement, including coverage dates, premium costs, and lots of other information about the benefits of your plan, please visit the International Student Health Insurance webpage from the CSU Health Network.

NOTE: International students belong to a different group plan than American students for their student health insurance.  If you were billed for the domestic student rate, but believe that you should be billed the international student rate for health insurance, please meet with someone in the Office of International Programs to resolve this issue.  Please note that charges from a previous semester cannot be modified.

New Service: Direct Billing to Insurance Companies

Starting this year, the CSU Health Network will direct bill students’ insurance companies to eliminate the burden of students having to file their own insurance claims. This will save students money, since many do not follow through with the claim filing process. We are pleased to announce that beginning June 1, 2015, CSUHN electronic health insurance claims submission will begin for medical services.

Charges for medical services (including all provider office visits) will be submitted to students’ health insurance plans, and students’ out-of-pocket costs will be dependent on their health insurance plan benefits.

Non-CSU Health Insurance

To opt-out of the CSU Student Health Insurance Plan, students must demonstrate proof of comparable coverage via the Insurance waiver process (instructions found on the International Student Health Insurance webpage).  The deadline to submit a waiver request is by the 10th day of classes.

You will automatically be billed the CSU insurance if you do not complete the waiver or if your requested insurance is not comparable to the CSU insurance standards. Dependents are also required to have medical insurance, but are not eligible for CSU health insurance.

Insurance for Dependents

Dependents of international students and scholars are also required to have adequate health insurance. However, CSU no longer offers the option of enrolling spouses, dependents, or domestic partners in the CSU Student Health Insurance Plan. Please look through this list of alternative health insurance services for any family members who will be attending you.

If you have any questions about insurance may contact the Student Health Insurance Office at (970) 491-1355.

University Policy

The following is the official University policy regarding health insurance for students and their dependents as issued by the Governing Board of Colorado State University:

August 16, 1978

“All non-immigrant students and accompanying dependents are required to enroll in the Student Health Service’s insurance program (or to show proof of equivalent protection).”

May 22, 1968:

“All full-time, alien students will be required to have reasonable and adequate insurance protection against illness, accident, hospitalization, and death.

The University will negotiate a group insurance policy each year to provide for current minimum standards of protection. Students who document proof of equivalent protection may be exempted from payment of premiums for the University group plan. All other alien students will be assessed the premium from the group plan at the time of payment of tuition and fees.

Providing documentary proof of equivalent insurance coverage is the responsibility of the student. The responsibility of ruling as to equivalency rests with the University.”

Where to find Health Care Services

CSU Health Network Services

The CSU Health Network (CSUHN) provides a full range of medical, dental, optometry, physical therapy, counseling, and education &prevention services for free or minimal fees for students. They even have International Student Care coordinators that are specially trained in assisting international students in using the American health care system. They also offer dental services.

After Hours Health Care

The CSU Health Network at Colorado State University is open 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The clinic is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and official CSU holidays. If you need medical care while the Health Service is closed, a list of facilities is provided below.

CSU Health Network After Hours Services
Mental Health Crisis Intervention (CSU): (970) 491-7111
24/7 Nurse Helpline: (970) 491-7121

*Note: The Nurse Helpline is not able to provide prescription refills or schedule appointments.

Life-Threatening Emergencies

  • Dial 911 and seek care at the nearest hospital emergency room facility (Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins).

General Medical Emergencies

Poudre Valley Hospital                                                                       
1024 South Lemay Ave.
24 Hour Emergency Service
(970) 495-7000

Associates in Family Medicine Urgent Care
3519 Richmond Dr.
Open M-Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-9pm
(970) 204-0300

Harmony Urgent Care Center (in-network provider for Student Health Insurance)
2127 E Harmony Rd. Suite 140
M-S 8am-7pm
(970) 297-6250

First Care
2160 West Drake Rd.
Open M-F 9am-9pm; Sat. 9am-6pm; Sun 12pm-6pm
(970) 221-5595

General Care
620 South Lemay Ave.
M-F 8am-7pm; Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
(970) 482-6620

Women and Gender Advocacy Center

WGAC offers education, resources and support around issues of health and wellness, sexual abuse, and more. They have many great programs and events aimed at supporting personal health in these areas as well.

The Women and Gender Advocacy Center serves as confidential advocates providing resource and support for students navigating the academic, legal, medical and emotional aftermath of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and/or relationship violence.  WGAC offers many educational programs, trainings and workshops that are facilitated throughout campus by our professional staff and peer educators.  One of the more high profile campaign’s that students look forward to is the Consent Turns Me On (CTMO) campaign, which is a large part of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) events every April.


Student Case Management

If you or someone you know is going through a crisis, Student Case Management can help you navigate the many resources and services that are available at CSU. It’s a good starting place to determine the best approach to the current situation.

They can assist on a range of crises, including medical mental health, alcohol or other drugs, behavioral, and other crises. If you are concerned about a fellow Ram’s mental health and/or safety, we encourage you to Tell Someone.

You can call (970) 491-1350 to discuss concerns about any member of the CSU community. Referrals will be made to campus resources that can develop strategies and use resources to discreetly help students and employees who may be in distress. Referrals may also be made using the online Health and Safety Referral Form. 

Emergency Communication Systems

The Emergency Text Alert System is used to send alerts in the event of an emergency on the Fort Collins campus. The system is only used during a safety emergency or unexpected closing of the campus, such as a snow day.

Learn more and sign up here.

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Walking home at night? Call Safewalk for a Campus Service Officers (other students employed by CSUPD) to walk you anyplace within a 3 block radius of campus, any day of the week all year.



Hours of Operation

  • Phone: (970) 491-1155
  • Hours: Dusk until dawn, 7 days a week year around.

Safety Tips from CSUPD

Familiarize yourself with safety issues you may not have been aware of, and how to protect yourself in these simple steps.

Around Campus

  • Always keep your items of value (backpack, books, phone, purse, computer, keys, and etc.) with you.
  • Always lock your bike to a bike rack.
  • If it is late at night SAFE WALK can walk you to your car, residence hall, or house if it is within the service boundaries.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Avoid getting overly involved in handheld electronic devices that may distract your attention.

Home Safety

  • Always lock your doors.
  • Have your windows locked whenever you are not home.

Fire Safety

  • In the residence halls please do not burn candle or incense. Do not use any open coil appliances.
  • Remember to turn off the stove and/or oven in any of the resident hall kitchens or if you are cooking in your apartment.
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your apartment or house.

Residence Hall Safety

  • Do not leave your keys in the door knob.
  • Do not leave your door open when the room is unattended. This includes you just going to the bathroom
  • Keep your door closed and locked while you are sleeping.
  • Always keep personal information, access codes, credit cards and other electronic information confidential.
  • Keep items of value that are easy to take out of sight.

Auto Crime

  • Always lock your car.
  • Make sure the windows are rolled up.
  • Do not leave your car running unattended.
  • Do not leave valuable items in your car. If you do, make sure they are not visible.


  • Let friends/family/roommate know where you are going and when you plan to be back.

Reporting Suspicious Situations:

Whenever you see, hear or “feel” that something is not right, error on the side of caution and contact the CSU PD! We would rather be proactive than reactive.

Further Safety tips from OIP

Print this Safety Tips List from OIP for automobile, walking, and general safety tips.



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