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

Health Care and Insurance

Please click here for information about health care and insurance.

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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