June 1, 2010
You can play a vital part in helping to ensure the Boulder campus is a safe place to live and work.

Take a moment to read this section, and please help us by knowing and following the university's safety policies and procedures. This information is provided to you as part of the University of Colorado at Boulder's commitment to safety and security on campus and is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990 as amended.

Access to Campus Facilities

Protect your space. Don’t let unescorted guests “tailgate” into your residence hall.

Residence Halls

All residence hall doors that lead to living areas are locked 24 hours a day. The lobbies or common areas of residence halls are open from 7:00 a.m. to midnight. During these hours, a resident may enter the hall through the lobby or common area or use an access card to enter the hall through several outside doors. Access to residence halls is restricted to residents and  guests. Friends and guests of a resident may enter the lobby or common areas and use a house phone to contact the resident they are visiting. The resident then may admit the guest. Please help maintain high security by not admitting unescorted guests. At check in, residents are provided with keys for their room, mailbox, and the outside doors of their hall. Keys may be metal keys, electronic access cards, or a combination of both. Outside doors to residence halls should never be propped open, and malfunctioning doors should be reported to the hall office. Residents are advised to lock their rooms whenever they leave and to carry their key/access card at all times. All residence hall keys remain the property of the university, and duplication of residence hall keys is prohibited. It is against residence hall policy for people to have residence hall keys that were issued in someone else’s name. Only original university keys are accepted when residents check out of the halls. If a resident loses his or her keys, the lock on the room door is changed at the resident’s expense. It is the responsibility of the resident to notify the residence hall office if keys have been lost. For security reasons, female residents are not housed in ground floor rooms. Residents should never allow strangers to follow them through locked security doors into their residence hall.

Campus Buildings

As a member of the campus community, you (as well as university guests and visitors) have access to most campus buildings and facilities during regular hours (Monday through Friday) and for scheduled events on Saturdays and Sundays, excluding most holidays. The University Police Department’s Community Safety Operations is responsible for locking and unlocking designated university buildings and for patrols of campus grounds and buildings. If you need assistance in gaining authorized entry outside of business hours to a university building or room and no other help is available, you may call the University Police at 303-492-6666.

CU NightRide • 303-492-SAFE 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 UMC 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 the number above.


Maintenance of Facilities and Security

Please report any exterior lighting problems by calling the Facilities Management 24-hour service desk at 303-492-5522.


Exterior campus lighting is essential in creating a safe campus environment. Motor vehicle parking lots and structures, main pedestrian walkways and bike paths, and most campus building exteriors are lighted all night long. Maintenance, custodial, police, parking, and residence hall personnel advise the Facilities Management service desk on a daily basis of any lighting outages that occur. Exterior lighting receives periodic inspections to identify any unreported lighting failures. These failures are assigned a high priority in the high-voltage electrical shop and are normally repaired within 24 to 48 hours.

Trees, Vines, and Shrubs

The campus groundskeepers trim trees, vines, shrubs, and other vegetation on a regular basis to enhance campus security. Obstructing vegetation is trimmed away from pedestrian walkways, building entrances, windows, and lighting fixtures. Building proctors are encouraged to report any specific concerns regarding vegetation to the Facilities Management service desk.

Doors and Locks

University police officers and Community Safety Operations personnel regularly patrol the exterior and interior of campus buildings throughout the night, on weekends, and during holidays. These officers report door lock and security hardware failures to Facilities Management on a daily basis.

University Police • 303-492-6666 CU-Boulder maintains a full-service police department with 40 full-time officers to respond to reports of criminal acts and campus emergencies. These officers are state certified and hold police commissions with the state of Colorado and the city of Boulder. The University Police Department (UPD) received the Professional Standards Compliance Award from the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police in recognition of its high professional standards of conduct and service. You can report crimes to the UPD 24 hours a day by calling the communications center at 303-492-6666. The center is equipped with enhanced 9-1-1 and nonemergency phone lines.

Police Response

The University Police Department responds to all reports of crimes that occur on campus and other properties owned and operated by CU-Boulder. City of Boulder police respond to crimes reported elsewhere in the city. UPD and the City of Boulder Police Department, however, have a close working relationship and coordinate their responses to crimes when appropriate. The UPD’s communications center relays reports of crimes in progress via radio to uniformed officers in the field. These officers patrol the campus by car, bicycle, and foot. Officers are authorized to carry firearms and are trained in laws concerning the use of force. Officers respond to crime reports as appropriate, using state and municipal laws as guidelines. These officers decide to detain, arrest, or merely warn offenders based on established standards of criminal or constitutional law. University police officers write reports on all law violations and use them to compile year-end statistics for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. University police officers also review reports of old or “cold” crimes. CU detectives follow up crime reports that have investigative leads. Detectives analyze each assigned case and issue summonses or obtain arrest warrants when required. University detectives coordinate with the district or city attorney’s offices for the filing of criminal charges. Cases involving students also are referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for review and possible university sanctions. UPD crime reports containing information that might affect the security of other university units are routed to those units and appropriate administrators.

Law Enforcement Authority

The police officers of the University Police Department receive their police authority via the provisions of the Colorado Revised Statutes, 24-7-103 and 16-2.5-101 et seq., and through their city of Boulder commissions. The Board of Regents has delegated authority to UPD to enforce university rules and regulations as well as municipal and state laws. University police officers have full police authority on all properties owned or controlled by the university and have authority within the city of Boulder. University police officers receive the same training as other full-service police officers in Colorado; they must successfully complete an authorized Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy with a minimum of 546 hours of specialized instruction. Also, all university officers must successfully complete an on-the-job field-training program under the supervision of experienced officers and supervisors. This training lasts a minimum of four months and covers security and crime concerns specific to the university community. Finally, officers must complete a probationary period of one year before being certified to their staff positions.

Interagency Relationships

The University Police Department recognizes the importance of maintaining close and cooperative working relationships with the City of Boulder Police Department, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, and the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. UPD meets with these departments on a formal and an informal basis and on specific issues as the need arises. It also conducts joint training exercises with these departments on a regular basis. All of these law enforcement departments share a computer-aided dispatching system and other information systems to track offender criminal histories and arrest information, and they share crime trend information as well. UPD has direct lines of communication with these other departments that allow for fast, efficient coordination when necessary. UPD also works with other state and federal law enforcement agencies as required.

Emergencies on Campus

Medical Emergencies

Call 9-1-1 for emergency medical assistance. Urgent and routine medical treatment for non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries is available on campus at Wardenburg Health Center. Boulder Community Hospital operates a 24-hour emergency room at 1100 Balsam Avenue, 303-440-2037, and at 4747 Arapahoe Ave, 720-854-7000. Deaf or hard-of-hearing persons may reach Boulder Community Hospital through TTY/TDD at 303-440-2268.

Emergency Telephones

You can use the emergency outdoor telephones, situated in strategic locations around campus, to report crimes in progress, suspicious persons, medical emergencies, or concerns about your personal safety. Large “Emergency” signs identify these telephones and blue marker lights illuminate the locations at night.

Fire Alarm Response

City ordinances and university regulations require you to evacuate the building when fire alarms are activated. Persons who fail to comply risk serious injury or death and are subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal charges. Nearly all university academic buildings and residence halls are equipped with modern fire detection and alarm systems. Fire alarms might also be activated in the event of a hazardous materials emergency (e.g., a chemical, biological, or radioactive accident). Fire drills might be conducted from time to time. As with actual fire alarms, fire drills require immediate evacuation of the building. You will be told when to return to the building. See Safety on Campus for additional information on fire safety and procedures.

Family Emergencies

If someone needs to reach you during class for a life-or-death family emergency, they should call the University Police at 303-492-6666.

Crime Prevention

Crime Report Information

Guidelines regarding how and when to report a crime are provided at new student and residence hall advisor orientations. This information also is provided at new staff and faculty orientations. Colorado Revised Statute, 18-8-115, Duty to Report a Crime, requires all persons who believe a crime has been committed to promptly report the suspected crime to law enforcement authorities. Timely advisories are made to the community when known crime risks might endanger students or employees. These reports are made using one or more of the following methods:

  • initiating press releases
  • making reports available to the press for police blotter publication in newspapers
  • submitting advisory and prevention information for posting on student information bulletin boards
  • preparing and distributing crime-alert bulletins
  • providing summaries of crimes reported to the police on the UPD website (
  • using the campus alert text messaging system

Sex Offender Registration Information

Sex offenders currently required to register must provide notice when they are employed at, volunteer at, or are enrolled at CU-Boulder. Law enforcement information concerning registered sex offenders at CU-Boulder may be obtained from the Records Division of the University Police Department during normal business hours.


The University Police Department offers a CrimeStoppers program to encourage the anonymous reporting of crime-related activity. Rewards are given when the information leads to an arrest and the filing of criminal charges. Information on criminal activity received through confidential informants or third-party reporting is investigated by a university detective or patrol officer. You may make an anonymous report of a crime on the Crime Stoppers website at

Security Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs

The University Police Department offers a number of security awareness and crime prevention programs. Two full-time university police officers are dedicated to crime prevention education. The police department also cooperates with other units on campus to present security and safety programs.

Crime Statistics The University Police Department believes that a well-informed community remains a safety-conscious one. Numerous efforts are made to keep you and all other members of the campus community informed about campus crime and crime-related problems. Written reports are made for all crimes reported to the University Police Department. A synopsis of reports is posted on the UPD website for press and citizen review. These reports also are maintained in the UPD’s records sections and are used to compile year-end statistics for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report and Clery report. In addition, the department publishes a comprehensive annual report of campus crime-related information. A copy of this annual report is available to the media and any member of the campus community; contact the UPD press information officer at 303-492-7311. Although Greek organizations at CU-Boulder are located off campus, the Boulder Police Department monitors crimes reported in these off-campus areas and coordinates responses and investigations with the UPD when appropriate. The Boulder Police Department publishes weekly crime statistics, including the types of crimes and their locations, in the Boulder Daily Camera. Boulder crime statistics are also available by calling 303-441-3470. Download the Reports of Criminal Offenses