Resources: Health & Wellness

Alcohol Use at the University

CU-Boulder is committed to excellence in all aspects of personal and academic life. Alcohol abuse and misuse is a significant impediment to achieving this excellence. Therefore, CU-Boulder permits only responsible, legal consumption of alcohol. The university complies with all federal, state, and local laws concerning alcohol and illegal drugs. As a CU-Boulder student, you are responsible for acquainting yourself with the laws and university policies regarding alcohol and illegal drugs.


Like most universities with buildings dating to the 1970s, the CU-Boulder campus includes a number of facilities built with materials that contain asbestos. To help in the prevention of unnecessary disturbance of asbestos, it is important for you to not disturb any building materials in CU-Boulder facilities.


Yes, we have bears in Colorado. Remember this when hiking: carrying packs of yummy, odorous food makes you attractive to bears. And occasionally we have bears in Boulder. Stay safe—and prevent the bears from being killed for being a nuisance—by keeping your neighborhood clean. To avoid problems with bears and other wildlife, consider the following tips: 

Closing Campus

Hazardous storms and other emergencies occasionally force the campus to close. Closures for emergencies that occur at night normally are announced by 6:00 a.m. Daytime closures or evacuations are announced as decisions are made. Information on the nature of the emergency and any necessary instructions will be posted on the main CU-Boulder website and sent via campus text alerts. | 303-492-4636

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services offers counseling programs and activities for all CU-Boulder students. All contacts are confidential. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. In the event of an emergency during working hours, you may call our main number and press "2" for immediate professional assistance. | Center for Community S440 | 303-492-6766


From time to time, we all have difficulties with our personal relationships, social life, classes, or finances. As a result, we may feel depressed or anxious without being able to link these feelings to a single problem. Other crises arise when we are victims of physical assault, harassment, or discrimination; have a serious substance abuse problem; or feel violent or suicidal. If you find yourself in a crisis, don’t hesitate to call the Office of Victim Assistance at 303-492-8855 for free and confidential assistance.

CU NightRide

Any CU-Boulder student, staff, or faculty member may receive a free safe escort by vehicle to or from campus and throughout Boulder city limits. CU NightRide is based out of the UMC at the reception desk on the second floor. Campus escorts are provided by a micro-minivan and are usually available within five minutes. Rides are available by heading to the CU NightRide dispatch desk in the UMC or from any location by calling 303-492-SAFE (7233). | 303-492-SAFE (7233)

Disability Services

Disability Services’ mission is to provide students with disabilities the tools, reasonable accommodations, and support services to participate fully in the academic environment. Furthermore, their mission is to promote an accessible and culturally sensitive campus through outreach and by building partnerships within the university community and beyond. Disability Services expects and coaches the campus community to embrace and embody a fully accessible and culturally sensitive campus.


In case of emergency—when seconds count—call 9-1-1. Know how and when to call to save a life, report a fire, or stop a crime. You can call 9-1-1 from any telephone, and emergency outdoor telephones are also located strategically throughout the campus. For general fire safety guidelines and information, please visit the campus Fire and Life Safety webpage at


Environmental Health and Safety

The Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) department provides comprehensive services relating to hazardous materials and occupational safety. EH&S also provides leadership in environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance assistance to the campus community. | south of Police and Parking Sevices on Regent Drive | 303-492-6025


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