For on-campus Students

Dear CU Student,

We wanted to let you know that Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano has announced that the CU-Boulder campus will reopen Monday, Sept. 16, for classes and business operations. While a significant number of campus buildings experienced flooding, all classrooms and business services will be operational. It is possible some classes might be canceled or postponed due to faculty availability, but most are expected to be held as normal.

We realize this has been, and will continue to be, a time of extra stress. The Provost’s office is asking faculty to be flexible in working with students affected by the flood. Please notify your professors and instructors if you have challenges impacting your academic progress.

An emergency resource table will be set up in front of the UMC at Baby Doe’s on Sept. 16, 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Off-Campus Housing, Office of Victim Assistance, Housing and Dining Services and academic advisors will staff this table. 

The Office of Victim Assistance will also be at the table to check-in with impacted students and staff. It can offer information on counseling and advocacy, as well as information about local support and resources. Academic advisors will also be on hand at the tables to assist students with academic needs arising from the flood and its impacts.

As of today, rain is still falling in Boulder and flash flooding remains a concern. Flash Flood Safety Reminders:

  • Please continue to stay away from all standing or moving water at all times.
  • Moving water is extremely dangerous, as is the debris that you may not be able to see.  Be aware that flood waters may contain construction materials, glass, metal, large rocks, tree branches, etc. Use your best judgment and watch out for the well-being of your friends as well.

Our city and surrounding cities are still in crisis mode. This means all of the emergency responders are taxed to their limits. Please don't make yourself part of the emergency unnecessarily by irresponsible actions or activities. 

For more information, please call the Emergency Call Center at 303-413-7730. The Red Cross has an active website as well. Also, don't forget that there are campus support resources available to you should you need them. If after hours, call 303-492-8855.

While the weather still threatens, volunteer opportunities are greatly limited. Please do not leave items at donation centers at this time. Please visit or dial 2-1-1 for additional information on making a donation. We understand that many people want to help in times of great need. After the situation has calmed, volunteer organizations will begin to coordinate the cleanup effort and donation centers will be established. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please check with the Volunteer Resource Center on campus for updates. For the latest updates on public transportation to and from campus visit the RTD website

A number of fun activities have been arranged in residence halls across campus. To find out about them, and for any other questions or support, check with your Resident Assistant or hall front desk. For Housing and Dining updates, please also check the website at, Facebook at CU Boulder Housing and Twitter at @cuboulderliving.

Deb Coffin, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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