Taking the step to express a concern about someone can evoke mixed feelings. The following are questions designed to help you explore and consider your options.

Why should I contact Tell Someone?

What if I am wrong about the person?

Should I approach him/her first?

I don't have a great deal of evidence; should I wait before notifying someone?

What will happen to the person of concern when I submit a Tell Someone report?

Will this report adversely affect this person's status as a student or employee?

How will I know that the situation has been addressed?

Will the person be able to find out that I submitted the concern or can I report anonymously?

What do I do if I know a CSU community member who may need to be referred to Tell Someone?

Who can make a Tell Someone referral?

What happens after I make the referral?

How do I know if this is a Tell Someone issue or if it is more appropriately handled by other campus resources?

 

            Why should I contact Tell Someone?

Tell Someone is a resource for anyone who has concerns about the well-being of a CSU student, staff or faculty member or the overall safety of the campus community. Reporting to Tell Someone gives trained staff an opportunity to offer support to community members of concern and ensure the overall well-being and safety of our campus community.

 

What if I am wrong about the person?

Tell Someone is also a place to ask questions. Tell Someone staff are available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM if you’d like to talk through a concern more or you want help deciding whether making a Tell Someone report is the best next step.

Tell Someone was designed as a mode for identifying CSU community members in need and as a means of keeping our campus a safe and healthy place for everyone. Referrals give staff an opportunity to explore the full picture and respond with the appropriate supports. Tell Someone is designed to help CSU community members of concern, not to punish them.

 

Should I approach him/her first?

If you feel comfortable, you can have a conversation with the person of concern to let them know that you’re concerned about them and that you’d like to connect them with resources and supports at CSU. For tips on how to help someone in distress, see Support and Safety Assessments 5 Do’s and Don’ts.

If you don’t feel comfortable or safe talking to the person in distress, then DON’T approach them. Staff have developed strategies for discreetly and safely reaching out to and approaching CSU community members of concern.

It can be helpful for the person of concern to know the University will be contacting them and why, however, reports can still be responded to with discretion if this notification has not occurred prior to making a Tell Someone report.

 

I don't have a great deal of evidence; should I wait before notifying someone?

Tell Someone allows staff to identify CSU community members in distress and connect them with the necessary supports proactively. Every referral helps staff to create a holistic and informed view on how to keep our campus community safe.

 

What will happen to the person of concern when I submit a Tell Someone report?

Tell Someone reports go to the Office of Support and Safety Assessment (SSA) at CSU.  Staff at SSA are trained to assess and follow up with people in distress. Information from a Tell Someone report may be shared in order to help protect the safety and health of a person of concern, but all reports are treated with discretion and a reasonable expectation of confidentiality.  Staff will review every report submitted and make every attempt to address the concerns you submit on the Tell Someone form.

 

Will this report adversely affect this person's status as a student or employee?

Tell Someone is designed to help CSU community members of concern, not to punish them.  Staff responding to a referral will take into account the concerns of the campus, as well as the needs of the student, faculty or staff member of concern. Individuals in distress will be supported appropriately by the CSU community and available resources.

 

How will I know that the situation has been addressed?

When submitting a Tell Someone report you may request to receive a confirmation that the report has been received. Additionally, staff may follow up with you for more information. Intended action steps or outcomes are considered confidential and therefore will not likely be shared with parties who are not immediately involved, but every attempt will be made by supporting staff to review and address your concerns.

 

Will the person be able to find out that I submitted the concern or can I report anonymously?

Reporting parties may remain anonymous when reporting through the Tell Someone online-form, and may request to remain anonymous when calling; however, it’s strongly encouraged to leave contact information for responding staff to be able to follow up if necessary. Staff responding to a community concern may need to follow up with clarifying questions or for additional information as their ability to respond may be limited without adequate information.

 

What do I do if I know a CSU community member who may need to be referred to Tell Someone?

1. If you feel there is an immediate threat, call 911.

2. To make a referral to Tell Someone, you may use the online reporting form or between 8 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday you can call (970) 491 - 1350. You will be asked to share some basic information about: the person of concern; how best you can be contacted in case Tell Someone staff have follow-up questions; and the incident or behavior that prompted your referral.

3. If you feel comfortable, you can reach out to the individual in distress to let them know that you are concerned about them and that there are resources at CSU to support them. In many cases people will indicate that they could use some help. At CSU, the following resources are available for students/staff/faculty who are struggling:

Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) - (970) 491-5836

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - (970) 491-1527

Student Health Network – (970) 491-7121

Counseling Services – (970) 491-6053

Resources for Disabled Students (RDS) - (970) 491-6385

Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC) – (970) 491-6384

Student Case Management – (970) 491-8051

Conflict Resolution – (970) 491-7165

 

Who can make a Tell Someone referral?

Anyone who feels concerned about a CSU community member or has a concern about safety can make a Tell Someone referral; including students, parents, faculty, staff, and other community members.

 

What happens after I make the referral?

A staff member within the Office of Support and Safety Assessment will review your referral. SSA will identify the best resources and supports on campus for the person of concern and either make the appropriate referrals or respond to address safety concerns within the community. Please remember that Tell Someone referrals will only be reviewed during office hours, between 8 AM and 5 PM on Monday through Friday, and in accordance with University recognized holidays and closures. Immediate concerns should be directed to CSU Police Department or the Mental Health Crisis Intervention line at (970) 491-7111.

 

How do I know if this is a Tell Someone issue or if it is more appropriately handled by other campus resources?

Sometimes it’s hard to know how concerned about a community member we should be or what resources are available to support them. If you’d like to talk through a concern more or you want help deciding whether making a Tell Someone report is the best next step, Support and Safety Assessment staff are available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM at (970) 491-1350 to talk.