The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has issued a statement rebutting a viral controversy surrounding a collection of  tips entitled “What to Do When You’re Attacked” found on the college’s website, stating that the page in question, which was purported by some to be an unrealistic response to a bill outlawing guns on Colorado campuses, predated the new law and did not constitute a shift in safety policies.

The page in question was first published in 2006 as supplemental “last resort” techniques as part of the Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD Systems) course.

But due to the passing of Colorado House Bill 1226 on Monday, which banned any concealed firearm on any college or university in the state, the page was assumed by many, including FOX News contributor Michelle Malkin, to be a direct result of the new law when it discovered that same day.

After the “10 tips” went viral, going so far as to spawn the Twitter hashtag “#UCCSTips,” the University of Colorado responded by updating the page with the following statement:

Update – February 19, 2013

  • The recent circulation of this web page containing information about rape prevention at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs was taken out of context on popular social media sites.
  • No policy was changed by the university and no advisories were sent to students.
  • This page is not related to the gun control discussions now taking place in the Colorado General Assembly.
  • This page was created in 2006 as supplemental material for women who had completed an internationally recognized Rape Aggression Defense course offered free of charge to UCCS students.
  • The 10 tips were considered last resort options when all other defense methods have been exhausted.
  • This site was intended as a reminder for graduates of the RAD program, an intensive self defense program, and part of a larger discussion of last-resort tactics.
  • As a response to recent interest in the page, the Department of Public Safety has updated this page to provide additional context and information about crime prevention and the opportunity to enroll in the RAD class.
  • We apologize for the miscommunication and any confusion that this page may have caused.

The ten tips have been removed. We apologize for the miscommunication and any confusion that this page may have caused.

In addition to removing the tips, the university also added new links to information on rape aggression defense as well as other crime prevention and safety techniques.