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President, Dean of Students on campus safety

President Davidson gives a speechAfter last week's tragedy at a Florida high school, President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., and Braelin Pantel, associate vice president for Student Engagement & Wellness and dean of students, share important information on reporting concerning behavior, receiving emergency alerts and accessing resources after traumatic events.

If you missed President Davidson’s letter to the MSU Denver community last week, she outlined a number of ways to report and receive information about emergency situations as well as counseling services available to students, faculty and staff.

"One of the number one goals of any educational institution is to keep its students and employees safe. That is why tragedies like the school shooting in Florida strike so deeply at our hearts. As we send our thoughts and prayers to those grieving for lost loves ones, I want to assure you that we are doing everything in our power to prevent an incident like this from happening on our campus.

That said, we need your help. Please make sure your contact information is updated in Banner so that you receive messages from our Emergency Alert System. And if you witness a situation that seems unusual or suspicious, don't hesitate to alert the Auraria Police Department. Call 303-556-5000 or text a tip to 720-593-TIPS (8477). I'd also encourage you to review the Auraria Campus emergency procedures, and if you serve in a leadership role, be sure your department, division, office or group is up to speed on these important processes. 

After traumatic events like this, please be reminded that the MSU Denver Counseling Center offers grief counseling and support to students, faculty and staff. Please avail yourself of this resource as needed. The Counseling Center is located in Tivoli 651 and can be reached by phone at 303-615-9988. After-hours mental health support is also available at 303-615-9911.

In my view, the best response to tragedies like this is to make an even greater effort to come together, to get to know each other and to treat each other with respect. Together, we can keep our community united and our campus safe."

Pantel offers additional information on getting help for students whose behavior could be perceived as a danger to themselves or others.

"There are times when a student may give off signs that cause concern or indicate they may be in distress. If you are worried about a student's well-being or behavior, contact the CARE Team to consult. The CARE Team is here to listen, provide intervention and referrals, and assist with navigating a variety of student concerns.

In the event of a health or safety emergency, please contact the Auraria Campus Police Department when applicable, and then follow up by filing a CARE report. To learn more about the CARE Team and how to file a report, please visit msudenver.edu/deanofstudents/care."