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.

Alcohol Policies. Service of alcohol on the Boulder campus and at university sponsored activities at off-campus locations is governed by the Alcohol Service on Campus Policy. Administrators, alumni, faculty, guests, staff, and students must adhere to all applicable state and local laws and university regulations related to the sale and use of alcoholic beverages. Those persons or organizations making decisions that control the service of alcoholic beverages are responsible for compliance with applicable laws and university policies.

Standards of Conduct. The information contained within Students’ Rights and Responsibilities Regarding Student Conduct applies to all students at CU-Boulder regardless of designation, program, or residence. To obtain a copy of the entire publication, contact the Office of Judicial Affairs, Regent Administrative Center, room 206. 303-492-5550. The code is also available online at The regulations apply primarily to acts of misconduct occurring on university premises. However, violations of standards occurring off campus and that have, or may threaten to have, a significant impact on the university’s mission or activities, or on the health, safety, or security of the university and members of the university community, fall within the jurisdiction of the Office of Judicial Affairs and might lead to disciplinary action. For this reason, the university adjudicates off-campus cases that are felt to impact the university’s educational mission and/or the health and safety of members of the community. These cases have included distribution/sale of drugs or alcohol and assaults, and have often resulted in sanctions of suspension. It should be noted that in the case of a student who is found guilty via the university’s due-process procedure to have endangered the health, safety, or welfare of an individual through the provision of alcohol or other drugs in violation of state and federal laws, the minimum disciplinary sanction shall be suspension. Students can have fun but in a responsible way so that the safety of others is not in danger. In effect, a student would not face suspension for first-time illegal possession or consumption of alcohol, but the university would hold accountable any student who provided alcohol or other drugs in violation of state and federal laws and as a result caused harm or potentially endangered another person.

Advertising Events Where Alcohol is Served 1. Advertisements should include a statement in which responsible use of alcohol is encouraged or the choice not to drink is supported. Examples: “Don’t drink and drive,” “Nonalcoholic refreshments available,” “Don’t abuse alcohol,” or “If you use it, Don’t abuse it,” etc. 2. Promotion of alcohol or of activities at which alcohol will be consumed should not encourage any form of illegal use, misuse, or over-consumption, nor place emphasis on quantity or frequency of use. 3. Advertising should emphasize activities, other than the consumption of alcohol, as the primary purpose of the event. 4. Advertising should not associate consumption of alcohol with the performance of tasks that require skilled reactions (e.g., athletic activities, operation of motor vehicles, use of machinery, etc.). 5. Advertisements for these events should be sensitive to social concerns such as sexism, racism, and ethnocentrism. Drug Policy The sale, manufacture, distribution, use, and/or possession of illegal drugs is prohibited. Students accused or suspected of violating the university’s drug policy may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action. Contact the Office of Judicial Affairs at 303-492-5550 for more information concerning the university’s drug policy and disciplinary procedures, as well as students rights within the disciplinary procedures. Note: Please check the Office of Judicial Affairs website at affairs/judicialaffairs for the most current policies. Safety on Campus Police Officers and Citizens The majority of interactions between citizens and university police officers are voluntary contacts, often initiated at the request of a citizen. Those contacts include filing routine police reports, attending crime prevention programs, consulting with an officer concerning specific safety issues, and meeting with officers to discuss community concerns. Contacts also include planning special events such as concerts or parties, or working together to plan community responses to serious emergencies such as fires, floods, or severe winter storms. Officers frequently initiate voluntary contacts with citizens, such as stopping to talk with people during routine patrols through residence halls or other campus buildings, routine follow-up on cases, asking for advice or assistance from citizens in an area where a crime or other incident (fire alarm, etc.) has just been reported, or any number of casual situations that occur between people living and working in the same community. There are occasions in which a police officer initiates contacts that are not voluntary. Traffic violations are the most frequent contact under these conditions. While most citizens prefer not to engage in a contact for a traffic infraction, most do so and the contact is completed with civility. There are circumstances in which an officer may use varying degrees of force to gain compliance. An officer may stop someone based on a reasonable suspicion that a person has committed a crime or is involved in criminal activity, or is about to be involved in criminal activity. The Colorado Peace Officer’s Handbook states: “there is a ‘reasonable suspicion’ that a particular situation exists if a reasonable police officer (that is, a knowledgeable, trained, and cautious officer with good common sense) draws conclusions from information given to him or facts he has personally observed indicating the persons or vehicle may have been or may be involved in criminal activity and therefore is a proper object of investigation.” Generally, an officer is seeking the identity of the person(s) stopped and an explanation of the person’s actions, and the stop lasts only long enough to satisfy those goals. An officer may also stop someone based on probable cause. According to the Colorado Peace Officer’s Handbook, probable cause to arrest exists when the officer has sufficient specific reliable information to believe that under the totality of the circumstances there is a fair probability that the suspect has committed or is committing a crime. Officers may take various actions to accomplish a stop based on reasonable suspicion, including verbal requests and nonphysical or physical compliance techniques. Officers are trained to use the least force necessary to accomplish the stop safely. An officer may conduct a frisk for weapons if there is reasonable articulative suspicion allowing the frisking of a person. A “frisk” of the passenger compartment for weapons is legally permissible. Once an arrest is made, the arrestee is searched, including anything in his or her possession or control and within his or her immediate reach. Peace officers are authorized to use force to take a person into custody, and are trained to use the least force necessary to accomplish an arrest effectively and safely. Once a full custody arrest has been made, officers handcuff the arrestee, and in cases of violent, combative arrestees, may have to use restraints to control the person’s feet and legs. Officers are responsible for the physical safety of those in their custody, so they are especially cautious in controlling people who have shown a propensity for wild, violent behavior. Officers may order people to move, disperse, or refrain from specified activities in the immediate vicinity of a riot. A class 3 misdemeanor is committed if a person knowingly disobeys such an order. Emergency Procedures Fire Safety There are two major elements in any fire safety program: fire prevention and fire preparedness. One has to prevent fires but also be ready for fires that do occur. Fire Prevention • Store all items safely and in designated areas only; e.g., not in corridors, attics, or stairs. Practice good housekeeping and notify your building proctor if you notice areas cluttered with storage or rubbish. • Keep household and office combustibles away from all potential ignition sources. • Cook safely in designated areas using proper appliances. • Use electricity safely. Do not overload electrical circuits. • Smoke in designated areas only and safely extinguish cigarettes. • Portable electric heaters should not be used except under extraordinary circumstances and after conditional approval by the campus fire marshal, at 303-492-4042. • Use candles safely and in specifically permitted areas only. Fire Preparedness • No items, including storage or decorative items, should be located closer than 18 inches to fire sprinklers. • Notify your building proctor if a portable fire extinguisher or any part of a fire protection system appears damaged. • Never block any fire door open. • Know two ways out and use/practice them occasionally. • Know when to go, where to go, and how to go to escape a fire. • Keep corridors clear of hazards. • False activation of any fire safety device or equipment is dangerous and a criminal offense that is punishable by fines, imprisonment, and university disciplinary actions. 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. 10. Await emergency response personnel at safe location. 11. If you suspect that someone is missing or trapped, contact the emergency personnel outside the building. 12. If you are trapped, close all doors between you and the fire. Stuff cracks around doors to keep out smoke. Wait at a safe window and signal/call for help. If there is a phone in the room, call 9-1-1 and tell them exactly where you are. 13. Stop, drop, and roll if your clothing catches fire. If You Hear a Fire Alarm Do items 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 13 listed above. Hazardous Materials Emergencies Chemical, biological, and radioactive materials are present in some teaching and research facilities on the campus. The following precautions and responses are recommended when a hazardous materials spill or release of toxic matter is detected. • Do not approach the spill. Avoid contact with materials. • Stay upwind of the spill. Avoid breathing gases, fumes, or smoke. Vapors may be harmful even if there is no odor. • Activate a fire alarm or hazardous materials spill alarm. • Evacuate all persons immediately and call 9-1-1 from a safe location to report the type, quantity, and location of the spill and any injuries or exposures. • Administer first aid until paramedics arrive. • Do not re-enter the affected area and keep others out. Remain available to assist emergency responders. Even if you are certain that the spill poses no immediate danger of personal injury or health concerns, report it by calling 9-1-1. Use absorbent material or other containment methods to try to keep the contaminant from spreading. Do not allow it to enter drains or the environment. Natural and Man-made Hazards Natural Hazards Emergency Preparation Procedures Flash flooding of Boulder Creek is a major risk. Because of the danger to life and property, flood hazard brochures are distributed annually to members of the university community working and living along the flood path. Copies are available from Emergency Management at 303-492-5162. Although other natural or man-made disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, or hazardous material incidents are less likely to occur in this area, they are managed in a similar way. Flash flood warnings are provided by announcements on local radio and television, by outdoor warning sirens and public address systems with sirens followed by announcements concerning evacuation, and by personal notification by police, fire, and university officials if time permits. You also may call the university public information hotline, 303-492-5500, for information. Do not call 9-1-1 for information because you might jam emergency lines and prevent others from reporting emergencies. flash flood warning means that flash flooding is imminent or is already occurring. If you see flooding and/or a warning is issued, follow instructions and act quickly. You might have only seconds to evacuate before flood waters arrive. Proceed to high ground away from flood paths. • Do not walk or drive across flowing water. • If your vehicle stalls or is surrounded by water, abandon it and move to high ground on foot. Do not attempt to outrun a flood in a vehicle. Cars will float in as little as one foot of water, likely carrying occupants to their death. • Use special caution at night because flood danger is more difficult to recognize. • Keep a battery-powered portable radio or television tuned to local stations for emergency instructions. • Prepare an emergency kit with flashlights, batteries, food, water, and clothing. Shelters are located at strategic points in north Boulder for those residents living and working north of Boulder Creek. Shelters for residents living and working south of Boulder Creek may be located on campus in the Balch Fieldhouse, the Coors Events/Conference Center, the University Memorial Center, and Williams Village Darley Commons. You will be directed to an appropriate location where basic necessities and medical care will be provided. For additional information about emergency preparedness, contact the Emergency Management coordinator at 303-492-5162.

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