Undergraduate Studies

Criminal Justice Organization


CJO Students with The Honorable Judge Devin R. Odell, District Court Judge, 8th Judicial District

The Criminal Justice Organization at CSU is a student-led club dedicated to providing undergraduate students with opportunities to explore their interests related to the diverse fields of criminology and the criminal processing system. CJO provides its members with a variety of meaningful social and professional opportunities including meet and greets with professionals working in the fields of crime and justice, fieldtrips, organized volunteer opportunities, and on-campus social events. If you are interested in joining (and we hope you are!), read on.


If you are interested in becoming a member of CJO please contact our student President, Ashlyn Whitbeck, at awhitbec@rams.colostate.edu or our faculty advisor, Professor Tara Opsal, at tara.opsal@colostate.edu. For a small membership fee, any CSU student can be a member of CJO during their academic career at CSU. We use these fees to fund CJO events.


Each year CJO organizes a variety of events to meet the diverse interests of the group. We plan less formal events like documentary and pizza nights so that we can get together and have fun while thinking critically about issues connected to crime and justice. Guest speakers are especially central to our organization as they provide valuable insight into the fields many of us desire to work. Guest speakers CJO has invited to campus include defense attorneys, patrol and correctional officers, victim advocates, crime analysts, and renowned faculty who study issues related to the criminal processing system. Relatedly, many of our members enjoy our organized field trips to courtrooms and correctional facilities. Finally, our membership is committed to service. Thus every year we choose a specific campus or community service project in which to engage. Previous projects include CSUnity (students go out in Fort Collins and do various yard work),Treatslyvania (giving out candy to kids at Lee Martinez Farm), and RamRide (a safe ride program on the weekends).


For more questions on how to get involved, when/where meetings are, or anything else, please contact:

CJO Faculty Advisor, Professor Tara Opsaltara.opsal@colostate.edu

Colorado State University