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underwear/201703/0910078.html">Coloradounderwear/201703/0910078.html">Colorado State University urges students not to run around campus in their underwear

By Elizabeth Hernandez

The Denver Post

Posted:   04/30/2019 06:54:24 PM MDT


A group of about 850 people cheer at the start of the Cupid’s Undie Run, Feb. 25, 2017, outside the McNichols Civic Center Building. The event is a

A group of about 850 people cheer at the start of the Cupid's Undie Run, Feb. 25, 2017, outside the McNichols Civic Center Building. The event is a four-hour party that benefits the children's tumor foundation to raise money for the disease neurofibromatosis. (Daniel Brenner / DANIEL BRENNER)

Colorado State University is urging its students not to run around campus in their underwear.

The Fort Collins university is asking participants in a traditional end-of-the-year event called the Undie Run — during which students dart across campus in their skivvies — to skid to a halt, citing safety concerns.

In an email to students' parents with the subject line "CSU needs you to potentially have a conversation with your student(s)," Blanche Hughes, vice president for student affairs, and Jody Donovan, dean of students, discuss why the run is unsupported and unapproved by the campus.

The gathering is typically around sundown on the Friday evening of the last week of classes before finals. An unofficial event page called CSU Undie Run 2019 lists this year's event as happening on May 10.

"While this may sound like a harmless, fun tradition that allows students to blow off steam, we have significant and real concerns about it," Hughes and Donovan wrote.

Some of their concerns include:

•People showing up to take pictures or videos of participating students "for their personal use or to post online"

•People showing up with drugs or alcohol

•Participants climbing volleyball poles and diving into the crowd

•Unwanted touching

•After-parties where students remain in their underwear, creating a "tone that breeds harmful situations for our students"

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CSU officials estimated they've spent more than $150,000 in student tuition and fee money to cover the costs of property damage and security related to the annual undie run. The university said around 3,000 to 5,000 people show up for the event, including non-students or younger high school students.

"The run invokes an atmosphere of public intoxication and behavior that risks personal injury or serious injury to others and sexual misconduct," university officials wrote in an advertisement they play to run in CSU's student newspaper. "Past participants, particularly women, have reported groping and sexual assault during the run and at after-parties. The run creates an environment where this sort of behavior more easily occurs."

At the University of Colorado's Boulder campus, alumni organization The Herd has put on a similar event called The Nearly Naked Mile for more than 10 years, said Sara Abdulla, Herd program manager.

Abdulla said the event, which features students running a campus course in their underwear, goes through a CU approval process that includes meetings about safety. The alumni association hosts a dance party before the event and a philanthropic clothing drive.

"We have additional volunteers who man the perimeter to make sure we don't have anyone who isn't pre-registered trying to get in," Abdulla said. "All registrants have to be students with a valid student ID card, and they have to sign a waiver. We take safety seriously with this event, but it's a successful charity drive, and it's one of our favorite events. We love this event."

CSU officials said they recognize that some won't heed their warning and will participate in the Undie Run anyway. But they will be faced with police monitoring the situation who will take "enforcement action for any criminal offenses."

Elizabeth Hernandez: 303-954-1311, ehernandez@denverpost.com or @ehernandez



Hundreds of underwear-clad runners made their way downtown and around Civic Center Park in the Cupid’s Undie Run all to raise money for The

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