Addressing alcohol and other drug issues

Alcohol Education at CU-Boulder

  • All new CU-Boulder students are required to take Alcohol-Wise, an online educational tool about responsible drinking, before they arrive on campus.
  • Parents of incoming CU-Boulder students are sent a copy of the book "A Parent Handbook for Talking With College Students About Alcohol."
  • Addressing Alcohol Concerns Together, a coalition of campus, city, county and community leaders examines ways that irresponsible alcohol consumption negatively affects the university community.
  • The Community Health program at CU-Boulder's Wardenburg Health Center, provides students with information about alcohol and other drugs through a number of avenues, including year around programs.
  • The Community Health peer-led program The After Party gives students an opportunity to talk openly about their experiences with someone needing help around drinking and to develop and practice skills for identifying and dealing with high-risk situations.
  • Off-Campus Student Services coordinates CU/City Walkabouts during the fall semester to welcome students back to school and provide information about safe parties and local ordinances, as well as encouraging safe behavior.

New Student Orientation at CU-Boulder

  • Just Another Party - An interactive theater presentation on how to take care of friends and intervene in a realistic scenario involving sexual assault and alcohol abuse.
  • True Life: I'm a First Year Buff - An education program meant to help students succeed on campus and in the classroom, while also helping them adjust to life in their residence hall.
  • Student Responsibility 101 - Office of Student Conduct, the University of Colorado Police Department and students from the campus Honor Code office introduce students to social and civic responsibility. The session concludes with mandatory training regarding discrimination and sexual harassment on campus.
  • I Wish I'd Known - Community Health student educators focus on health and wellness issues that impact academic success, with special emphasis on alcohol. Students learn how alcohol is processed, how to recognize the causes and signs of alcohol toxicity, and how to help a friend who has had too much to drink.
  • What the Help?! - Incoming students explore the factors that promote or prevent helping behavior, as well as intervention options and skill-building for effectively intervening in real-world situations that students are likely to encounter.
  • Stress, Risk Taking, Alcohol/Drugs: What Every CU Parent Should Know - Campus health¬† professionals share strategies with parents for talking to their student about topics that impact health, wellness and academic success. Topics include stress, sexual health and drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Student Responsibility 101 for Parents - Office of Student Conduct, the University of Colorado Police Department and students from the campus Honor Code office discuss the student conduct code, social and civil responsibility, communal living and how parents can partner with university officials to ensure student success.


  • All campus student are required to abide by the Student Conduct Code.
  • Students who violate the alcohol/drug policy while attending orientation events risk potential revocation of their admission following a due process review of conduct violations by the Office of Student Conduct.
  • The University of Colorado Police Department has a strong relationship with the Boulder Police Department, and has jurisdiction for both on- and off-campus infractions.
  • The Office of Student Conduct sends parents a letter when their student has violated an alcohol and other drug policy.

Student Engagement at CU-Boulder

  • CU hosts a number of large and small new student welcome and involvement events that give students the opportunity to get acquainted with each other, the campus and the surrounding community before fall semester classes start.¬†
  • CU-Boulder promotes ongoing alcohol-free events on campus, from movies, music and bowling to laser shows at the campus planetarium through its In the Mix site.
  • Oasis, a student group, works to create a community dedicated to meaningful connections and healthy activities without the need for recreational use of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Through programs like What Kind of Buff are You?, CU-Boulder tries to engage students before they even enter school.
  • CU-Boulder has 13 Residential Academic Programs that provide students with a shared learning and living experience on campus.
  • CU has a number of campus organizations to serve the unique needs of the student body including the Veteran Services Office, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, International Student and Scholars Services office, Disability Services and the Center for Multiculture Affairs.
  • Bear Creek Apartments provide housing for upper division students (900 bed spaces).
  • Housing and Dining Services continues efforts to encourage students to live on campus beyond their freshman year through the "Life is Short, Live on Campus" campaign.
  • CU-Boulder offers 32 club sports. Most clubs are open to all experience levels-novice to seasoned expert, with some clubs offering try-outs.
  • CU-Boulder has dozens of student organizations - both university affiliated and independent - that provide leadership opportunities and link students with surrounding communities.


Spring break: Be safe wherever you are

With visions of ski resorts, warm beaches or a staycation on the minds of many, watch this brief video for some tips on being safe whether you remain in Colorado, travel elsewhere in the country or go abroad for spring break.

The No. 1 health hazard for college students?

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Program offers a variety of services to educate students about the choices they make when using alcohol and other drugs to prevent substance abuse from becoming a problem.

Minor in Possession

A minor in possession offense can lead to more than just a "bad night." For more information on student conduct visit