Resources: Health & Wellness


If You Discover a Fire

1. Leave the fire area and close the door to the area. 

2. Sound the fire alarm. 

3. Immediately evacuate the building via the shortest and safest exit route. 

4. Do not use elevators. 

5. If you notice smoke, use the alternate escape route. 

6. Test doors with the back of your hand before opening them. 

7. Crawl low if you have to go through smoke. 

8. Go to a safe area or to a pre-assigned exterior assembly area for your building. 

9. From the nearest phone in safe area, call 9-1-1. 

First-Year Students

First-year students have many exciting new opportunities and face a number of potential challenges. Those who become involved in their university community, both inside and outside the classroom, typically perform at higher levels in both the academic and personal aspects of their lives. Connect with your peers, meet regularly with faculty members, or touch base with a resident advisor (RA) to find out about the many resources and experiences that the university has to offer. The choices you make in the first year have a huge impact on what kind of Buff you will be at CU and beyond.

Health Insurance

CU-Boulder encourages students to research various health plan options in order to make informed choices about health care. CU-Boulder has a mandatory policy that requires all students taking 1 or more credit hours to be covered by a health insurance plan. Students may elect coverage under their own insurance, through an employer, or through their parents; however, you will be automatically enrolled and billed by the university for the Student Gold Health Insurance Plan unless you select the Wardenburg Campus Care Plan or waive coverage by the semester deadline.


Marijuana is the most-used illegal recreational drug in America, and its use has surged in recent years, especially among young people. It affects several important brain activities, including coordination, short-term memory, and the ability to make decisions; these effects may continue for weeks or months after discontinuing habitual use. It also affects the lungs the way smoking does, increases heart rate and blood pressure, weakens the immune system, and impacts sexual and genetic development. Quitting the habit is hard.


As a CU-Boulder student, you are part of the university and Boulder communities. Because of this, you have a responsibility to celebrate your accomplishments in a way that keeps your communities safe. Be safe, be successful, be a smart partier. Students living off campus can register their Friday or Saturday night parties with Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations.

Recreation Center

The Student Recreation Center is a student fee-funded facility with policy set by the UCSU Joint Board on Recreation Services (mostly a student group). The Student Recreation Center is open seven days a week for approximately 16 hours per day with most of the areas available for open recreation much of the time. Visit our website for a complete listing of the facilities and programs we offer—including the outdoor program and intramural and club sports.


Please see for information on how you can play a vital part in helping to ensure the Boulder campus is a safe place to live and work.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is against the law. It is specifically prohibited on campus and in the university community. The university’s definition of sexual assault encompasses sexual contact, sexual intrusion, and sexual penetration without consent. Acquaintance rape accounts for the majority of rapes committed, and includes situations in which a person is without the physical or mental capacity to consent (often due to being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs). Violators can be arrested, charged with a crime, and may face university discipline.

Sexual Harassment

 See Discrimination and Harassment.


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