On this page we have provided information and compiled questions we often get from students. To view the university policy on course evaluations, please see Administrative Policy Statement 1009
Online FCQ info for students
- Fall and spring terms: FCQs are administered on a Friday to Friday window during the last week of the session. Check the FCQ calendar for the current spring or fall term’s administration dates.
- Summer classes: Due to the variable lengths of summer courses, FCQs are generally administered the final week of your class, though there are exceptions. You will receive an email when your evaluations open that gives you the specific dates for your class.
Ensure you are accessing the correct portal based on your user group*
Students: Use the Course Evaluation portal, https://colorado.campuslabs.com/courseeval
Instructors: Use the Faculty portal, https://colorado.campuslabs.com/faculty
Administrators: Use the Administration portal, https://colorado.campuslabs.com/ce
*If you belong to multiple user groups (e.g. a graduate student who also teaches, an administrator who is attending a class), you will need to use multiple portals. You will not be able to access all your courses in one location.
If you experience performance issues with the Campus Labs platform, such as slow loading times or site outages, contact Campus Labs Support:
Online: https://courseevaluationsupport.campuslabs.com/hc/en-us, and click on green “Contact Us” button in the upper-right corner
Phone: 716-270-0000 (available from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday)
The results for the FCQ are meant to be used for the following:
- Individual instructors for use in improving their courses and teaching.
- Department chairs and deans for use in course assignments and in promotion, salary, and tenure decisions.
- Students for use in course selection.
FCQs are administered through the online vendor, Campus Labs, and email invitations and reminders are delivered through their system. Please know that your responses are secure and anonymous to your instructor.
It is possible comments on FCQ forms may not be viewed by anyone except the instructor. Students have the option of contacting the head of the academic unit offering a course to praise, criticize, make suggestions for improvement or make other comments.
How to provide comments and contact academic unit heads
- Address your comments to the academic unit head. The academic unit head vary by school, program or college.
- To find email addresses, locations, and phone numbers for academic units, consider doing a Google search for the department, program or college.
Yes. Any enrolled student on the class roster in CU-SIS will receive an invitation to complete an FCQ, including auditors. If an auditor is not on the class roster in CU-SIS, they will not receive an FCQ.
Mandatory Reporting and FCQs
All CU staff working with Faculty Course Questionnaires are mandatory reporters, which means that we are required to report violations of campus policies to the appropriate campus office.
Please note that the FCQ is not the most reliable way to report misconduct and should not be considered an alternative to filing an official report through proper channels. We will report allegations of sexual misconduct, protected class discrimination and harassment that get flagged by our software. However, we only read the flagged comments and are dependent on keywords to catch these allegations.
If you have experienced sexual misconduct, discrimination and/or harassment, please do not rely on a computer algorithm to flag it. Best practice is to make use of your campus resources, which are listed below:
As part of our mandatory reporting duties, we run a text analysis of student FCQ comments at the end of each term, flagging comments that contain keywords that were compiled with the assistance of the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance at the CU Boulder campus.
After flagging, comments are reviewed and discussed by at least two staff members of the Office of Data Analytics (ODA), which oversees the FCQ program. The review is to determine whether a student comment is reporting misconduct. Comments deemed reportable are then forwarded to the appropriate campus office.
The purpose is to help promote a safe campus environment for students, faculty and staff. For more information on campus policies and resources, please select your campus from the list below.
Boulder Mandatory Reporting
When is someone required to report?
The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) is responsible for addressing sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, exploitation and harassment, intimate partner abuse, and stalking), protected class discrimination and harassment, and any related retaliation at CU Boulder.
All employees who have the authority to hire, promote, discipline, evaluate, grade, formally advise, or direct faculty, staff or students are considered "responsible employees" and are required to report to OIEC.
- A responsible employee who becomes aware of sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, exploitation, and harassment, intimate partner abuse, and stalking), discrimination or harassment involving any member of the CU community must report it to OIEC.
- This applies whether the member of our community is the person who was subjected to the misconduct or the person accused of the misconduct.
- This applies regardless of where or when an incident occurred or how the information was conveyed to a responsible employee.
- The purpose of mandatory reporting is to ensure safety, offer support and resources (such as the Office of Victim Assistance), understand the scope of the concern, and to get the behavior to stop.
- When in doubt, contact OIEC for further guidance at 303-492-2127 or report at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to Report
If you are considering reporting a concern, you can explore your options. There are skilled people who deal with a range of harmful behaviors that impact members of the CU community.
If you are a responsible employee looking to better understand your obligation to report, read more about what mandatory reporting means and when it applies.
Discrimination & Harassment
Unfair treatment, abusive words or expressions, or intimidating behavior aimed at any member of the campus community based on an aspect of identity protected by CU Boulder policy is reportable to the university.
Sexual Assault, Stalking & Abuse in a Relationship
Sexual behavior that is unwanted, unwelcome, or not consensual, abuse within an intimate or dating relationship, and stalking are reportable to the university and/or police. The policy applies to current or past behavior, on or off campus, whether the perpetrator is known or unknown.
Hazing & Other Abusive Conduct
Hazing refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate and is reportable to the university.
Concerns About Someone
If a member of the CU community is a potential threat to themselves or others, or appears distressed, withdrawn, depressed, anxious, or in crisis, you can make a referral to case managers on campus who will outreach to the person of concern and offer resources and supportive services.
Behavior in a classroom or an academic setting (e.g., office hours or conversations with a faculty member) that interferes with normal academic functions is considered disruptive and there are options for addressing concerns. This doesn’t mean civil discourse or disagreements within an academic setting, but rather behavior that hinders the educational process. This applies when the behavior is directed at other students or faculty members.
There are resources for understanding the university standards for ethical behavior in academics settings, research activities, and professional conduct. This page includes links to policies and guidelines, and information about where to report concerns of ethics violations or research misconduct. There are also options for anonymous reporting.
UCCS Mandatory Reporting
A responsible employee who witnesses or receives a written or oral report or complaint of sexual misconduct, protected class discrimination and harassment, or related retaliation must promptly report it to the Title IX Coordinator/Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). A failure to report this information promptly to the Title IX Coordinator/OIE is a policy violation.
If an individual discloses an incident to a responsible employee who by definition is a mandatory reporter, but the individual wishes to maintain privacy and requests that no investigation be conducted, that no disciplinary action be taken, or that the allegation not be reported to law enforcement, the responsible employee remains required to report all relevant information to the Title IX Coordinator/OIE.
Who is a Responsible Employee?
A responsible employee is any employee who:
- Has the authority to hire, promote, discipline, evaluate, grade, formally advise, or direct faculty, staff, or students;
- Has the authority to take action to redress sexual misconduct as defined herein; and/or
- Has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator.
Examples of responsible employees include, but are not limited to: faculty, teaching assistants, residence advisors, academic advisors, coaches, supervisors, and anyone who leads, administers, or directs University programs.
*This does not include any medical, mental health, Ombuds, or counseling office personnel, in addition to any other offices covered by a statutory privilege or designated in campus procedures as not subject to mandatory reporting to the University.
How to Report?
Why Does a Responsible Employee Have to Report?
- To ensure that the Complainant, the person alleging the misconduct is safe. In addition to addressing the concerns, the Office of Institutional Equity often partners with other UCCS resources to ensure the Complainant is receiving all the support the individual needs during a time where they are often anxious, stressed, and confused.
- To understand the true nature and scope of the Complainant’s concerns. Often, Complainants only tell the responsible employee a fraction of what has been going on with the Respondent(s). The OIE provides a safe environment for the Complainant to discuss their concerns in depth. In exchange, the OIE can address those concerns by learning who is involved, what has been occurring, why the Complainant believes the conduct is occurring, and what the Complainant would like to see happen.
- To get the behaviors to stop. In order to enforce the policies, the OIE must be aware of the concerns. The OIE has been tasked with ensuring employees are acting in accordance with the policies and is in the best position to promptly and consistently address concerns across the campus.
Denver Mandatory Reporting
Any faculty or staff member who is considered a Responsible Employee, as defined herein, who witnesses or receives information regarding possible prohibited protected class discrimination or harassment is required to promptly report the information to the Office of Equity or his or her designee. Such information about the alleged conduct, where possible, should include:
- Name of the alleged complainant(s);
- Name of alleged respondent(s);
- Name of any alleged witnesses; and
- Any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident.
All other individuals who become aware of an incident of Prohibited Conduct are highly encouraged to report all known details about the Prohibited Conduct to the University Office of Equity by telephone, email, in person, or through the University’s online Incident Report Form.
The University may have an obligation to report to the police, keeping the name of the victim confidential, in circumstances where the incident includes an allegation that a crime has been committed.
Student responses on FCQs are anonymous to instructors and department leads, and the identities of respondents are confidential (e.g., only accessible to the Office of Data Analytics (ODA)). No student names appear in the FCQ data processed by the ODA and will never appear in public reports.
However, when legally required, we will identify a student to the proper person or agency. This is a very rare occurrence and is only done when legally required, such as when a member of the CU community (students, faculty, staff, etc.) threatens to inflict serious harm on themselves or others. For more information about confidentiality, click on the link for your campus below:
Boulder: Office of Victim's Assistance
Colorado Springs: Office of Institutional Equity
Denver: Policy Number 3054, Section E