Why should I contact Tell Someone?
Tell Someone is a resource for anyone who has concerns about the well-being of a CSU student or employee, or the overall safety of the campus community. Reporting to Tell Someone gives trained staff an opportunity to offer support to community members and ensure the overall well-being and safety of our campus community.
What if I am not sure if I should use Tell Someone?
Tell Someone is also a place to ask questions. Tell Someone staff are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday if you would like to talk through a situation or you need help deciding whether a Tell Someone referral is the best next step.
Tell Someone is a means to identify CSU community members in need in addition to keeping our campus a safe and supportive place. Referrals give staff an opportunity to problem solve and respond. Tell Someone is designed to help CSU community members, not to punish them.
Should I approach the person I am concerned about?
If you feel comfortable, you can have a conversation with the person of concern to let them know that you are concerned about them and that you would like to connect them with CSU resources and support. For tips on how to help someone in distress, see Support and Safety Assessments Five Dos and Don’ts.
If you do not feel comfortable or safe talking to the person in distress, staff have strategies for discreetly and safely reaching out to and approaching people of concern.
It can be helpful for the person of concern to know the University will be contacting them and why. In fact, we find students are more likely to be open to seeking support when students are expecting an outreach.
We cannot always guarantee anonymity on all cases and Tell Someone staff can help walk you through different options when anonymity is not possible.
I don't have a great deal of information. Should I wait before using Tell Someone?
Tell Someone allows staff to identify CSU community members in distress and connect them with support. Every report helps staff gather information and connect dots to how a person may be struggling. Tell Someone staff can provide you with tips on signs to look for that may indicate a person needs support and how you can help.
What happens after I submit a Tell Someone referral?
Tell Someone staff are trained to assess information and connect people in distress to offices, individuals, and resources across campus to ensure each situation receives a tailored response. Tell Someone staff assess and respond to individuals who may present a threat to others. This assessment and response does not replace a police response, but works in tandem with it.
Staff will review every report submitted and make every attempt to address the concerns you submit with care and discretion.
How does Tell Someone impact the status of students or employees?
Tell Someone is designed to help CSU community members, 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. Individuals in distress will be supported appropriately by the CSU community.
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. Staff may follow up with you to gather more information.
Am I able to submit a concern anonymously?
While we cannot guarantee anonymity in all cases, we handle each Tell Someone with a high amount of sensitivity to all people involved. You may request to 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 to allow us to be able to follow up with you to clarify information or get more detailed inforamtion.
Who can use Tell Someone?
Tell Someone is available to all people who have concerns for a CSU community member. This includes and is not limited to students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends.
What happens after I make a referral?
Tell Someone staff will review your referral and check other available information resources on the person you are concerned about. Staff will identify appropriate resources to connect that person to, and will address possible safety concerns to the CSU community or the person you’re concerned about.
Please note that Tell Someone is staffed during regular University business hours, between 8 a.m. -5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and in accordance with University recognized holidays and closures. In case of an emergency, immediately contact CSU police by calling 911 or the department’s non-emergency number at (970) 491-6425.