Missions and Philosophies of Colorado State University

Colorado State University (CSU)

By statute, Colorado State University is a comprehensive graduate research university with selective admission standards. Charged with offering a comprehensive array of baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, it holds exclusive statewide authority for programs in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, and veterinary medicine.Colorado State University has a unique mission in the state of Colorado. The land-grant concept of a balanced program of teaching, research, extension, public service, and engagement provides the foundation for the University’s teaching and research programs, Agricultural Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension, and Colorado State Forest Service. The University has long been a leader in recognizing the rapidly changing global environment, and has a commitment to excellence in international education in its instructional, research, and outreach programs. The University continues to make education and training accessible to deserving applicants from all classes and groups, and maintains a wide range of research, extension, and public service programs in response to the needs of the people of Colorado, the nation, and the world.


Inspired by its land-grant heritage, Colorado State University is committed to excellence, setting the standard for public research universities in teaching, research, service and extension for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado, the United States and the world.

Principles of Community

The Principles of Community support the Colorado State University mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service and engagement. A collaborative and vibrant community is a foundation for learning, critical inquiry, and discovery. Therefore, each member of the CSU community has a responsibility to uphold these principles when engaging with one another and acting on behalf of the University.

Inclusion: We create and nurture inclusive environments and welcome, value and affirm all members of our community, including their various identities, skills, ideas, talents and contributions.

Integrity: We are accountable for our actions and will act ethically and honestly in all our interactions.

Respect: We honor the inherent dignity of all people within an environment where we are committed to freedom of expression, critical discourse, and the advancement of knowledge.

Service: We are responsible, individually and collectively, to give of our time, talents, and resources to promote the well-being of each other and the development of our local, regional, and global communities.

Social Justice: We have the right to be treated and the responsibility to treat others with fairness and equity, the duty to challenge prejudice, and to uphold the laws, policies and procedures that promote justice in all respects.


Programs and Resources

CSU Police Department

Safewalk Program

Campus Service Officers (CSOs) are students employed by the CSU Police Department. They are available to walk with you anyplace on campus or within a three block radius of campus, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and Foothills Campus. CSOs receive training in a variety of safety and security-related subjects and are in constant contact with the CSU PD’s Dispatch Center via 2-way radio. Our CSOs are friendly, willing to help, and available to assist you. Phone: (970) 491-1155 – available from dusk to dawn 7 days week.

Bicycle Resources

All bicycles ridden or parked on the Colorado state university campus must be registered with the CSU Police Department. Exceptions to the registration will be made for bicyclists who are visitors to campus. A registration decal, known as a CSU bicycle license, must be placed on the bicycle and is valid for as long as the decal numbers are readable. Cost: $10.00

Morgan Library

The Morgan Library is available to faculty and staff as well as students. Your employee ID card serves as your library card as well.  Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 7am to midnight, Friday from 7am to 10pm, Saturday from 9am to 10pm, ad Sunday from noon to midnight.  It is located south of the Lory Student Center and West of the Clark Building.  There are computers available for use alone with specifically designated quiet areas for study.  Please visit the website for more information.

Parking Services

Parking Services offers permit and metered parking and configure parking lots to make sure everyone who can park has a place to park. Parking and Transportation Services and the Parking Services committee strive to keep up with the parking needs of our ever growing campus.

Parking lots are enforced as posted. Parking Citations are a necessary part of regulating our parking lots and we offer an appeals process for when unusual circumstances arise. Some lots have more than one permit type designated or rows that have different requirements from the rest of the lot. You must have a permit or pay meters year round as posted.

Special disability permits may be obtained upon certification of disability by Hartshorn Health Service, personal licensed physician, or state disability verification. Persons issued special (H) handicap permits may park in any A, Q, S, T, U, W, X, Z, Client areas, or Blue meters.  Please see Parking Services website for additional information: http://parking.colostate.edu/pages/GeneralInfo.aspx

Inclement Weather

The University has published an Inclement Weather Policy in the event of severe weather that designates the WCNR Dean’s Office as contacts if the University announces its closure.

If the University does not hold classes due to weather, Continuing Education does not hold classes either.  This policy is printed in each semester course bulletin.

To find out if CSU is closed:

  • Call 491-SNOW
  • Listen to local radio stations
  • Call the Director or the Assistant Director (each employee has a home telephone number list)
  • Use your best judgment for your safety (and others!)

University Holiday Schedule

University holidays are distributed to each department every year from the Human Resources Office.  Non- student hourly, student hourly and work-study employees are not entitled to payment for holidays unless work is actually performed on the day of observance.  State Classified hourly employees are entitled to payment for holidays if they either work the day before or the day after the holiday.  For State Classified hourly employees that are entitled to holiday pay, it is then calculated at the end of the month in which the day was observed.