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September2013 Volume 8 | Issue 1

Welcome from President Tony Frank

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President Tony Frank

Welcome to the 2013-2014 academic year at Colorado State University!

Perhaps, more appropriately, I should begin by saying “welcome – and thanks.” As parents and family members, you’ve made sacrifices and worked hard to ensure your student would have the opportunity of a CSU education. We at CSU honor that – and are grateful to you as members of our extended Ram family.

For returning students and those in their first year, this time of year always brings a fresh sense of purpose and anticipation. It also brings the normal stresses and fears that go along with any major life transition. Moving into the residence halls or that first off-campus apartment; getting used to new people and surroundings; balancing the pressures of school, work, studying, and extracurricular activities – these things can be overwhelming for many, if not most, students.

We want you to know that Colorado State offers a strong support network to assist students with any of their challenges, from academic concerns to roommate conflicts. And we also expect students to take responsibility for their CSU experience and to seek out and ask for help when they need it. I’d like to ask you, as parents and family members, to help reinforce this message. If your student is having trouble in class, encourage her to go directly to her professor or adviser. If your student is struggling emotionally, encourage him to visit our CSU Counseling Center. If you don’t know how best to advise your student, feel free to call our Parent and Family Programs team any time, and they’ll be happy to talk through some different approaches.

As a father with three college-age daughters, I’ve been through the ups and downs with my own kids – and the hardest part is to resist diving in and trying to fix every problem for them. (Believe me, when you’re the University president, this temptation can be really tough to resist.) But our most successful students are those who learn early on that they’re in charge of their education – and what they get from their CSU experience and the relationships they build here depends on how much they are personally willing to invest in terms of their energy, passion, and commitment. As parents and family, our role is to back them up, hold them accountable – and encourage them to speak up and reach out when they need a hand.

We also hope you’ll stay connected with the institution through our RAMFAM network.  RAMFAM is a way for you to hear from me and others about the issues impacting our campus. (I apologize in advance for the epic length of some of the e-mails you’ll get from me this year; as our students and faculty will tell you, brevity is not always my strong suit. But on the bright side, if you’re having trouble sleeping, reading one of my messages on the budget may help …)

We really do value your involvement and partnership in our CSU community. Please never hesitate to write us, call, ask questions, or share your ideas – and thanks for entrusting your student to Colorado State.

Let’s have a great year!

Dr. Tony Frank


P.S. One of the persistent questions asked is, “Why does college cost so much?” It’s an important question, and the answer is fairly complex. So, over the summer, I worked with artist and recent CSU graduate, Karina Mullen, to create a video that illustrates where your student’s tuition dollars go. You can view it here.  We hope you find it informative.

Dear CSU Parents and Families:

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Jody Donovan and Kacee Collard JarnotThe campus is alive and bustling with new and returning students navigating the construction fences and crowds to get to their classes, meetings, on-campus jobs, and recreational activities.  We were definitely ready for classes to end last spring and we are all happy for students’ return to campus this fall.

As always, the parent and family e-newsletter is full of great articles focused on relevant and timely information just for you.  Please take time to glance through each article, especially President Frank’s welcome letter, and make sure you click on the outstanding video describing where your tuition dollars go.  Also note the Homecoming & Family Weekend article with updates on events and registration.  The committee has planned a terrific program full of fun activities for students, families and alumni.

Lastly and most importantly, I’m pleased to announce that Kacee Collard Jarnot has been promoted to Director of Parent & Family Programs here at CSU.  Kacee has been working with Colorado State parents and families for the past six+ years and has proven to be an invaluable asset to our RamFamily.  She works tirelessly to anticipate parent and family questions and concerns related to campus resources, services, processes, and deadlines.  Kacee is creative, absolutely brilliant, and a joy to work with, so it was an easy decision for me to step aside and celebrate Kacee’s leadership for Parent & Family Programs.  Kacee and her tremendous team are focused on serving parents and families.  Over this next year, you’ll likely come to know and interact with our fabulous staff: graduate student, Maria Marinucci, Executive Assistant Arthur Sintas, and undergraduate student intern, Janisa Garcia.

This summer I was also given new responsibilities and am now serving as an Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs as well as the Dean of Students (I like multiple titles & responsibilities!).  In this role I supervise 8 offices (Adult Learner & Veteran Services, Career Center, Conflict Resolution & Student Conduct Services, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Off-Campus Life, Parent & Family Programs, Student Case Management, and Student Legal Services) and am responsible for a variety of campus/student crisis and public safety initiatives, work on enhancing the academic and co-curricular collaboration between in-class and out-of-class learning, and the catch-all—“other duties as assigned.”  I’m thrilled to begin my 17th year at Colorado State University, remain passionate about working with students, and look forward to seeing many of you at Homecoming & Family Weekend (October 11-13th).



Jody Donovan, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Parent and Family Programs
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Colorado State University
201 Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-6680


RAMFAM Association Video: Life of a Tuition Dollar

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By Nik Olsen, Assistant Director of Administrative Communications

It’s a simple question that often yields a long, complicated answer: “Why does college cost so much?”

Moreover, it’s a fair question for any student, parent, or taxpayer to ask. Certainly, a college education is an investment of time, effort, and, of course, money -- and it also can pay huge dividends down the road for graduates and for society, which benefits from having well-educated citizens and voters.  But trying to explain how that education is funded can sometimes generate even more confusion.

Colorado State University President Tony Frank regularly sends long, explanatory budget updates to the campus community – emails he describes as “a cure for insomnia.” But recently, he decided to take a different approach, using a method of communicating a complex topic through drawings known as graphic recording. He worked with artist Karina Mullen, a 2013 CSU graduate with experience illustrating TED talks, to create a video called, “Where Do My Tuition Dollars Go?

“I have three daughters in college myself, and when I look at their tuition bills, I know it’s easy to wonder, ‘Why does college cost so much? And why does tuition go up year after year?’” Frank said.

The video explains the life-cycle of an average tuition payment. Among the illustrated points:

  • 82 percent of tuition goes directly toward educating students, as funding for the classroom, faculty, library, and advising.
  • 8 percent goes to student services and scholarships.
  • About 3 percent covers non-academic functions like custodial staff, administration, fundraising, and admissions operations.
  • About 6 percent goes to operations and plant maintenance.

The video also gives a breakdown and explanation of student fees.

“Using images and text together really helps people understand information better and remember it at a much higher rate,” says Mullen, who has founded a company (and also works at CSU in the Warner College of Natural Resources).

CSU is already working on similar productions to explain the University’s budget process among other complex questions.

“We take our commitment to openness and accountability seriously,” President Frank said. “Our goal with this video is just to share information in a way that makes sense for the people who are paying the bills.”

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Learning Outcome: From "Doing" to "Coaching"

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By Kacee Collard Jarnot, Director of Parent & Family Programs

During Preview or Next Step Orientation, we shared how we believe when a student comes to college, it impacts the entire family.  As William Bridges’ model suggests, each family member moves through the phases of letting go, the neutral zone, and new beginnings in his or her own time.  I also believe this model plays out in each academic year for students and families, so whether this is your student’s first semester at CSU or the start of your student’s senior year, there are endings and new beginnings.  I hope you’ll take a second to review the model to help frame the semester.

As I think about how much students grow throughout their years in college, I’m in awe of the amount of love and support families provide students.  Students often share their family members’ wisdom and advice was a main cornerstone in their success, and will continue to be throughout college.  And here’s the thing:  students are going to make knuckleheaded decisions while in college.  Some knuckleheaded decisions will have bigger consequences than others.  Students will always test the limits on how much studying they really need to do before a big exam, or whether or not the staff members in Residence Life really mean Zero Tolerance for drugs and alcohol in the halls, or how many hours of sleep does one really need to function the next day.  As students learn these and many other important lessons through trial and error, they need a support person to help process through it and encourage better decisions in the future.  Sometimes that’s a conduct officer at CSU, but more than likely, it is a trusted family member.

I believe our shared goal is to help students grow into wonderful, educated citizens of the world, but sometimes struggle with the balance between “doing” or “telling” and “coaching” or “guiding”.  If it is that difficult for me, a CSU staff member, to step back and let students learn from their experiences, what does that mean for parents and family members who have been at the helm for 17+ years?!

Wherever your student is in his or her college journey, learning how to walk the tightrope between directing your student’s actions and encouraging and supporting him/her to take the right action can be tricky.  If we learn by making mistakes, at what point has your student had enough experience to feel ready to take on full adulthood and all the responsibilities that come with that title?  He or she might be ready now, but I can tell you I wasn’t ready to take on the world at 18 (although I thought I was).  Some of you might feel at a loss on how to help your student make good choices throughout their collegiate experience.  As I started writing this article, I found resources in the form of great articles from College Parents of America to support you in this journey toward your students’ adulthood.

At its core, college is about learning to make good decisions (both academically and outside of the classroom).  It’s our job, collectively, to guide them in the direction that makes the most sense for their future and my job to offer resources and guidance as I am able. Thank you for being our partners in this journey!

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Career Center Insights: Job Searching Beyond Help Wanted Ads

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By Summer Shaffer, Associate Director of Communications, Outreach, & Technology, CSU Career Center

Job searching is not likely to appear on many people’s list of “favorite things to do”, however the process of job searching can be much more engaging than searching and applying to help wanted ads.  The Career Center offers students the tools and events to help them land a job or internship.

Every year the Career Center offers an array of opportunities for students and alumni to take an active approach in their job/internship search process.  Activities include drop-in and one-on-one career counseling, a variety of workshops, self-exploration opportunities, networking/connect events based on industry interest areas and career fairs (check out our calendar of events).

Career fairs are an excellent way for students to make meaningful connections with hundreds of employers, through both networking as well as asking about available opportunities.  Katie Flint, Senior Associate Director of Employer Relations for the CSU Career Center offers, “Employers come to our career fair because they want to hire a Ram, which is why it’s so important for our students to take advantage of these events. When else in their lives will they have employers actively seeking them out?”  This year’s Fall Career & Graduate School Fair will be on September 17 & 18 in the Moby Intramural Practice Gym.  Each day offers students the opportunity to visit with employers interested in hiring majors defined by industry focus areas.

It is important that students begin to prepare themselves prior to the career fair.  The Career Center offers Resume Rush, resume and cover letter writing workshops, and career fair preparation workshops.  Resume Rush (September 10 – 14 & 16, 10 am – 3 pm) offers students an opportunity to have their resume critiqued by a career counselor or an employer and get last minute questions regarding the career fair answered.  “Because we have thousands of students coming out to the career fair, it’s very important that students are prepared and know what to expect before they come to the main event. That’s why we strongly encourage students to take advantage of the career fair preparation workshops and resume critiques that are happening before the fairs. The more prepared a student is, the more an employer will take notice of them,” commented Flint.

Beyond Resume Rush and workshops offered by the Career Center, encourage your student to actively research organizations they are interested in.  Flint shares, “Research! Research! Research! It is vital for a student to do their research ahead of time so they can determine which employers they want to visit with and know something about the employer and the opportunities they have to offer. The worst thing a student can do is approach an employer and ask “What does your organization do?” Employers hate that question and often use it as a way to separate out which students they are interested in”.

For more information on Career Center services, events or Career Fairs visit our website!

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Assessment Results: Involvement Opportunities and RamLink

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SLiCE StaffBy the Staff of the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) Office

Over the summer, we asked what your student was most looking forward to in coming or returning to CSU.  Many of you, 15% to be exact, responded that your student was most excited about service opportunities, while 24% of you said your student couldn't wait to get involved with everything!  RamLink is a great way for students to find ways to get involved, as described below.

The SLiCE team is gearing up for an exciting semester. The 2013 Fall Involvement Expo and Grill the Buffs was a collaborative, one-day event this year on the Intramural Fields.

A great resource that provides Colorado State University students an avenue to find out about events such as the expo is RamLink. RamLink also offers a way for students to record and track all of their service and involvement hours.

“RamLink is Colorado State University’s online involvement portal where students can log in and discover involvement and service opportunities relevant to their interest areas,” Philip Mayhoffer, RamLink student coordinator, said. “Through RamLink, they can engage with students with similar interests and can connect to organizations that will help them find their place at CSU.”

The website provides students a chance to find registered student organizations — anything from the Swing Dance Society to the A+ Gaming Club. If a student cannot find what they are looking for, then they also can start a student organization, discover the variety of offices on the campus, and have an easy way to find campus links.

Each student has a Co-Curricular Transcript that is automatically generated by RamLink as they join organizations and participate in events.

“This transcript is an impressive complement to a traditional resume and can really set someone apart in a job search,” Mayhoffer said.

As mentioned earlier, the website also is a great way to stay connected with upcoming events. Every SLiCE event is posted here as well as applications for our programs and workshops. RamLink offers an opportunity for registered student organizations to post events as well.

“I use RamLink to stay up to date on what is happening on campus,” Mayhoffer said. “The events calendar and virtual flyerboard give an excellent overview of the special events, speakers, and service opportunities that are coming up.”

RamLink is the place for students to go to get involved and leave their mark in the CSU community.

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Homecoming & Family Weekend and RAMFAM Association Meeting

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Homecoming and Family Weekend

By Kacee Collard Jarnot, Director of Parent & Family Programs

Register for Homecoming & Family Weekend by September 27, 2013!

Homecoming & Family Weekend is just around the corner!  It kicks off Friday, October 11, with a session focused on helping families explore students’ housing options after their first year of living in a residence hall.  Visit the Parent & Family website for handouts from past Housing Options After the First Year sessions, but be sure to attend this year’s session on October 11 to have the most up-to-date information about living options.

We’ve also confirmed President Tony Frank, Executive Vice President/Provost Rick Miranda, Vice President for Student Affairs Blanche Hughes, and the ASCSU President Nigel Daniels for a Friday afternoon (October 11) RAMFAM Association meeting.  What we love about this event is it gives CSU leadership a chance to share current issues and host a Q&A session with families.  Will they discuss the future of tuition?  Give stadium updates?  Register and attend to find out!

We also hope you'll join us on Saturday for the Homecoming & Family Weekend Tailgate, providing families an opportunity to connect and show your Ram Pride before the football game vs. San Jose State.

Programming for Family Weekend ends after the Homecoming Football game.  We hope you'll enjoy Saturday evening and Sunday morning with your student in Fort Collins!  Here is a tentative list of all the Family Weekend Events – check the Homecoming & Family Weekend website for updates:

Friday, October 11, 2013

  • Housing Options After the First Year
  • RAMFAM Association Meeting
  • Festival on the Oval
  • Homecoming Parade
  • Pep Rally, Bonfire, Lighting of the A
  • Music: Women's, Men's, and University Choruses Concert

Saturday, October 12, 2013

  • 5K Race
  • Hillel Bagel Brunch
  • The Official Homecoming & Family Weekend Tailgate
  • Homecoming Football Game (CSU vs. San Jose State)
  • Volleyball Game (CSU vs. Boise State)

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Meet the Staff: Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

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Fraternity and Sorority StudentsBy Lauren Misiewicz, Associate Program Coordinator / Advisor for the National Pan-Hellenic Council

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) works collaboratively with other offices and departments at CSU to support the fraternity and sorority community on campus.  The FSL Office is staffed by devoted practitioners who support the community’s governing council officers and chapter leadership.

Meet the Staff

Lindsay Sell, Director

Lindsay is very excited to be joining FSL as of September 2013.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from CSU, and also held the position of President of the Panhellenic Council as an undergraduate.  Lindsay earned her Master of Science degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from CSU.  She is committed to her membership in Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity for Women, and routinely volunteers and is recognized for her contributions to the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA).

Amy Bell, Program Coordinator / Advisor for the Panhellenic Association

Amy joined the CSU FSL in Fall of 2010 as a Graduate Assistant, primarily advising the Panhellenic Association, and has since continued to serve the fraternity and sorority community full-time after graduation.  She earned a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from CSU.  Prior to coming to CSU, Amy attended Kansas State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minors in Business Administration, Chemistry, and Political Science.  Amy is a member of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity and currently volunteers as the National Academic Director, overseeing academic reporting and scholarship initiatives within the fraternity.

Lauren Misiewicz, Associate Program Coordinator / Advisor for the National Pan-Hellenic Council

Lauren completed her undergraduate work at Purdue University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication.  She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, and traveled as an Educational Leadership Consultant for her Fraternity after graduating from Purdue.  After stepping off the road, she continued her education at the University of Kansas, earning her Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration while working as a graduate assistant in Greek Life as Panhellenic Advisor.  Lauren began working at CSU in March of 2013, and also volunteers for her Fraternity as a Member Orientation Liaison, approving new member education processes for the organization’s Western chapters.

Carter Gilbert, Graduate Assistant / Advisor for the Multicultural Greek Council

Carter is a 2nd year Master's student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program at CSU.  He came to CSU after earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production at Texas Christian University ('10).  Carter serves as the staff advisor for the Multicultural Greek Council and its affiliated chapters, and is a Fraternity Graduate Advisor for the chapters of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and Theta Chi Fraternity.  He also volunteers as an advisor for his national fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, and regularly attends regional and national conferences.

TC Ricks, Graduate Assistant / Advisor for the Interfraternity Council

TC is a 1st year Master’s student in the SAHE program at CSU.  He graduated from UC Berkeley, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations.  TC advises the Interfraternity Council, and serves as the Fraternity Graduate Advisor for Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.

Upcoming Events

  • August 29, 2014: IFC Recruitment Kick Off
  • September 7-10, 2014: Panhellenic Sorority Formal Recruitment
  • September 9-13, 2014: National Pan-Hellenic Council Week of Events

To learn more, please check out our website!

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Taking Stock

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Taking StockBy Teresa Metzger, Assistant Director for Residence Life 

Retention research has shown that by the 4th week of classesstudents can predict how they are doing in their classes and how they are transitioning to college life. Taking Stock, an academic initiative, has been developed by Residence Life and the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) to support the academic needs of CSU students. On Friday, September 13th, all students living in the residence halls will be invited to take a survey as part of the Taking Stock initiative. This survey, the Student Success Inventory, is intended to measure how well each student is transitioning to college life. Before students agree to take the survey, they consent to have the results released to the Residence Life Staff and Academic Success Coordinators. Students will receive feedback regarding their results, describing how they are doing academically and personally. Research has shown that peer to peer interventions are one of the most successful practices. Therefore, your student’s RA will be contacting them to have a conversation regarding their transition to CSU in areas of residence hall experience, classes, academic resources & policies, campus resources, & support services.

In addition to the Taking Stock program, the Early Grade Feedback program is an additional academic initiative that collaborates with faculty members who volunteer to report either an “S” (satisfactory) or “U” (Unsatisfactory) grade for students early on in the semester, based on test scores, assignment grades, and/or class attendance. Students will receive an e-mail informing them of their “U” status and hall staff within the residence halls will reach out to students with one or more “U” grades to guide them towards helpful campus resources. It is recommended that students meet with faculty about their grades. They are also invited to receive guidance from Academic Support Coordinators and Residence Directors to take action to improve their grades.

We want to help all CSU students’ transition well to campus. Please be sure to ask your student if they have taken the Taking Stock survey. Parents are a very important part of this process. If you or your student has any questions or concerns call the Office of Residence Life at (970) 491-4705.

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Accreditation Notice

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HLC Accreditation graphicBy Kate Hawthorne Jeracki, Department of External Relations

Higher Learning Commission invites comments by Oct. 4.

Colorado State University is in the process of reaffirming its academic accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, its regional accrediting agency. As part of this process, CSU has prepared a self-study which is posted, along with other information about the accreditation process, for review online at

The Commission invites the public to submit comments about the university to be considered as an additional part of its evaluation. The university will host an on-campus visit by a team from the Commission November 4-6, 2013, when the team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. Colorado State University has been accredited by the Commission since 1925.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the university to:

Third-party Comment on Colorado State University
The Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs and must be in writing.

 All comments must be received by the Commission no later than Oct. 4, 2013.

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General Safety Tips

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By Dell Rae Moellenberg, Senior Public Relations Coordinator, CSU Police Department Public Information Officer 

Those of you who have returning students know that we periodically remind them – and you ---  of some good safety rules. It isn’t an accident that we intentionally bring up safety each fall as classes start. We want your student to be aware of some special safety considerations this time of year.

We also want to remind your student of some great services here on campus that can help you stay safe.

Safety Resources

SafeWalk, a service provided by CSUPD, provides a safe escort from one point to another on campus or from anywhere on campus to a nearby location after dark. Call 970-491-1155.

RamRide is a student-run program that offers safe, nonjudgmental and free rides home anywhere within the city limits on Thursdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.  RamRide does not run during school holidays. Call 970-491-3333.

Sexual Assault

Statistics show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. The vast majority of sexual violence is perpetrated by someone the survivor knows. If you or anyone you know have been affected by any form of sexual violence (regardless of how recent), the Women and Gender Advocacy Center is a confidential place on campus to assist you in accessing resources and services that will be most helpful for your healing process.

The only person who can prevent a sexual assault is the person who is going to commit it. Sexual activity without consent equals assault. The best practice for obtaining or giving consent is to get a clearly stated, sober and fully conscious YES.

Remind your student to be aware of his or her surroundings and the people they are with, and leave a situation if it is making you uncomfortable.  Report to police anyone who is behaving suspiciously by calling 911 from campus to reach CSUPD, or 911 off-campus to reach Fort Collins Police Services.

Take Care of Yourself & Others

We remind your students often to take care of themselves and others. Make sure someone knows where he or she will be and who they’ll be with. Trust their instincts. When they feel uneasy, get out of the situation immediately and help friends who also may be in an uneasy situation.

Drink Responsibly

The majority of CSU students who choose to drink alcohol do so in moderation. Learn more through CSU Health Network's More Isn't Always Better website.

If your student does drink, please remind him or her to:

  • follow the law. If he or she chooses to drink, be 21 or older to avoid underage drinking legal issues.
  • set a limit on the number of drinks consumes and stick with it.
  • alternate alcoholic drinks with water.
  • pace drinks to one or less per hour.  Drinking games and taking shots make it tough to keep track of how much one is drinking.
  • always know what he or she is drinking; never leave a drink unattended or accept a drink from someone they don’t know.
  • avoid mixing alcohol with medications, illegal drugs, or energy drinks.
  • know how he or she will get home safely before you go out. Have a designated sober driver. The average DUI can cost more than $10,000 as well as affect job and internship opportunities.
  • stay and leave with the same group of friends.
  • remember that if your student receive a police citation of any kind off campus, they also are not exempt from university sanctions.

CSU Responsible Action Exemption Policy

CSU has approved a new policy called Responsible Action Exemption, which exempts students from disciplinary action when they call for help for themselves or others in an alcohol or drug-related emergency.

The student in need of medical attention will be exempt for their first incident only; they may face university disciplinary action for subsequent violations.  The caller must comply with the same steps listed in the Colorado Safe Haven Law AND the student in need of assistance must notify Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services within 3 business days of the incident to receive an exemption.  The student will be required to complete an assessment and possibly treatment, as required by the university.  You can view the entire policy on the More Isn't Always Better website.

We know CSU students have excellent character. Thanks for supporting your student's safety on campus!

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Healthy Student, Happy Family: A Message from the CSU Health Network

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By Christina Berg, Director of Health Education and Prevention Services, CSU Health Network

Good health is essential to the academic success of students.  The CSU Health Network is your student’s partner in staying mentally and physically healthy while at college.

The CSU Health Network: Your Student’s Health Home at CSU

The CSU Health Network offers health care right on campus, providing comprehensive medical, mental health and health education and prevention services to optimize the health of students and the campus community.  Services include primary medical care, counseling, a full pharmacy, radiology, lab, dental and optometry services, physical therapy, immunizations, tobacco cessation and more.  For a complete list of medical, counseling, and health education and prevention services and hours of operation, please visit our website.

The student health and counseling fee, that is part of your larger fee package, provides unlimited office visits with primary care medical and psychiatric providers and offers up to five individual/couple counseling sessions per semester.  These fees also subsidize CSU Health Network services, such as radiology, lab, pharmacy and specialty services.  Health Education and Prevention Services is supported by the student health fee and work to identify campus health priorities and support students in making healthy choices.  CSU Health Network charges may be billed to student accounts or paid by MasterCard, Visa, check or cash.

CSU Student Health Insurance Plan

The CSU Student Health Insurance Plan picks up where the student health fee leaves off.  Though the CSU Health Network provides comprehensive care, insurance coverage is important in case of an emergency or if off campus services are needed.  The CSU Student Health Insurance Plan provides benefits both within the CSU Health Network and off-campus.

Please note: Beginning January 2014, all CSU students will be required to carry health insurance, in compliance with the Health Care Reform Act.

RamCare Supplement Program

  • Do you want the convenience of on-campus healthcare without the hassle of coordinating with your private health insurance?
  • Does your health plan have great catastrophic coverage but falls short when it comes to minor illness and injuries?
  • Do you have a high deductible when you are out of network?

If so, the RamCare Supplement Program may be for you!

The RamCare Supplement Program is designed for students who have another health insurance plan.  It covers certain services at the CSU Health Network that would otherwise be billed at the time of services.  For details, visit our website.

First Year Guide for Parents and Families

The CSU Health Network has put together a guide that provides information and discussion resources on topics like boundaries and fitting in and what to do if your son or daughter is sick or is struggling with their transition.  You can check out the guide online.

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