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FAQ

Pedestrian Safety Tips:

  1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings: While walking, maintain a sense of situational awareness. Keep your eyes up and refrain from texting while walking. You should keep at least one ear free and able to hear things happening around you. You can only avoid the accidents you are watching out for.
  2. Use Sidewalks: The safest place for a pedestrian is the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk present and you have to walk on the street, walk against on-coming traffic and stay as far to the outside of the road as possible. Avoid shortcuts and alleys if possible.  
  3. Only Cross at the Crosswalk: The safest place to cross a street is at a marked crosswalk. Even in areas where crosswalks are automatically activated, stop first and look both ways. Make sure to press the button and wait for the crossing signal to indicate it is safe to cross.
  4. Always Watch for Vehicles in Both Lanes: When crossing at a crosswalk, watch for oncoming vehicles in all lanes to make sure that they have stopped. Always assume that the driver cannot see you, and cross when you know that they have stopped.
  5. Make Yourself Visible: When walking in low-light conditions, make sure to take efforts to make yourself visible to motorists. Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.

Bicycle Safety Tips:

  1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings: You should never rider a bicycle while listening to headphones. This prevents you from hearing other cyclists or motorists and increases the likelihood of an accident.
  2. Always Yield to Pedestrians: The proper place for a bicycle is on the road, riding with traffic. If you have to use a sidewalk, always yield to pedestrians. If approaching a pedestrian from behind, make your presence known and indicate on which side of the pedestrian you intend to pass.
  3. Always Dismount Your Bike When Going Through a Crosswalk: Crosswalks are for pedestrian use. Always dismount and walk your bike through a crosswalk abiding by the pedestrian rules for crosswalks as listed above.
  4. Obey all Posted Traffic Regulations While Riding on the Street: When riding on the street, a bicycle must obey the same laws as a car. Ride on the right quarter of the street closest to the curb and obey all posted regulations and stop lights.
  5. Make Yourself Visible: When riding in low light conditions, make sure to take efforts to make yourself and your vehicle visible to pedestrians and motorists. Wear reflective clothing and make sure you have a functional headlamp and tail lamp.
  6. Always Assume Drivers Cannot See You: When passing a stopped vehicle or crossing at an intersection or crosswalk, always assume that drivers cannot see you. Stop, look both ways, and make sure all lanes of cross traffic have seen you and stopped. Make sure that vehicles know where you are on the road and that motorists stop before you cross. 

Questions and Answers

  1. How safe is the campus?
    Colorado college is a relatively safe campus which is located in a neighborhood that borders downtown Colorado Springs.  The campus is in an urban setting and is not secluded.  The college has historically been less susceptible to many violent crimes more prevalent in our principal cities and at larger college.  However, one’s own safety should not be overlooked no matter where you are.  We urge all members of the campus community to take responsibility to assist in safeguarding our community.
  2. Where is the Campus Safety office located?
    The Campus Safety office is located in the center of the student residences, on the southeast corner of the Edith Gaylord House (1124 N. Cascade).  The office is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  3. What is the staffing of the Campus Safety department?
    The Campus Safety department consists of 18 Safety Officers which patrol the campus by foot, in carts and in vehicles.  Colorado College Safety officers are not police officers and do not have powers of arrest.  Four shifts work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Campus Safety Department reports to the Vice-President for Student Life.
  4. What safety programs and services are available on campus?
    Several safety programs and services are available on campus:  A “Whistle Stop” program, “Safe Ride” program, “Self Defense” programs, “Emergency Call Box” program, “Safety Lighting” program, “Safety Inspections” program, “VAT Student Contacts” program, “SARC” (Sexual Assault Response Coordinator), Security/Safety Tips over campus e-mail, Timely Warnings/Security Alert Notices and Flash Messages, and Residence Hall programs.  All these programs and services are described in the campus safety information handbook which is disseminated annually to all staff and students.
  5. What is the Campus Safety’s relationship with the Colorado Springs Police Department?
    Colorado College has formed a cooperative relationship with the Colorado Springs Police Department.  Colorado Springs Police help in patrolling the campus at those times when there is a higher likelihood of incidents.  For instance, on Friday and Saturday nights, a Colorado Springs Police Officer patrols throughout the campus and the immediate surrounding neighborhoods.
  6. What should I do if I see suspicious or dangerous activity?
    If you observe suspicious or dangerous activity immediately contact security at extension 6707 or an emergency call box.  Always give your location and nature of the activity and be prepared to respond to the dispatcher’s questions or instructions.
  7. What should I do in case of a campus emergency?
    In case of a campus emergency contact Campus Safety at the emergency number, extension 6911.  If an individual requires immediate medical attention or you observe an actual fire in progress, first contact 911 and then contact Campus Safety. 
  8. Where do I obtain information concerning parking on campus?
    Visit the “Parking Information” page.