Involvement Questions

I am a parent or family member looking for ways to help my student get involved on campus…

We know that this semester is going to look different both for academics and student involvement on campus – our department and student organization communities recognize this and have been working hard this summer to find ways to connect with your student. There are a number of ways to get connected and find opportunities to get involved on campus. Here are a few things we encourage you (and your student) to check out:

  • Have your student take our involvement survey, and they will be matched with some involvement opportunities that we think they might like based on their interests.

  • Check out our student organization directory to find a student organization that you would like to get involved with. Please note that not all of our organizations will populate as we are currently in the process of re-registering our student organizations for the 2020-2021 academic year. This directory will be updated as more organizations register with our office, so be sure to check back periodically as we have over 500 student organizations to get involved in. Several of our student organizations have created messages just for students looking for places to get involved with, so have your student click through to explore some of our student organizations. 

  • Visit the Center for Student Involvement event page for opportunities to get connected through programs and events. Also, follow us on social media @CUBoulderInvolvement as we post lots of great information there too. 

  • Sign-up to participate in CU GOLD’s Core Leadership Program, which is a great way for students to meet new people, connect regularly with peers, and learn valuable skills. 

  • If your student is currently living on campus, we highly encourage them to connect with their RA to see what is happening on their floor and within their own communities. 

  • If your student is currently living off campus, we highly encourage them to connect with Off-Campus Neighborhood Relations which is an office that is dedicated to serving off-campus and non-traditional students. 

Still don’t know where to go to get involved? Send us an email at involvement@colorado.edu or connect with us over LiveChat on our website and one of our team members will be happy to help you. 

I am a new student looking for ways to get involved on campus…

First, welcome to CU! We know that this semester is going to look different both for academics and student involvement on campus – our department and student organization communities recognize this and have been working hard this summer to find ways to connect with students and help you get involved. There are a number of ways to get connected and find opportunities to get involved on campus. Here are a few things we encourage you to check out:

  •  Take our involvement survey and tell us about yourself and we’ll match you with some involvement opportunities we think you might like based on your interests.

  • Check out our student organization directory to find a student organization that you would like to get involved with. Please note that not all of our organizations will populate as we are currently in the process of re-registering our student organizations for the 2020-2021 academic year. This directory will be updated as more organizations register with our office, so be sure to check back periodically as we have over 500 student organizations to get involved in. 

  • Visit the Center for Student Involvement event page for opportunities to get connected through programs and events. Also, follow us on social media @CUBoulderInvolvement as we post lots of great information there too. 

  • Sign-up to participate in CU GOLD’s Core Leadership Program, which is a great way for you to meet new people, connect regularly with peers, and learn valuable skills.  

  • If you are living on campus, we highly encourage you to connect with your RA to see what is happening on your floor and within your community. 

If your are currently living off campus, we highly encourage you to connect with Off-Campus Neighborhood Relations which is an office that is dedicated to serving off-campus and non-traditional students.

Still don't know where to go to get involved?  Send us an email at involvement@colorado.edu or connect with us over LiveChat on our website and one of our team members will be happy to help you.

I am a new transfer student looking for ways to get involved on campus…

First, welcome to CU! We know that this semester is going to look different both for academics and student involvement on campus – our department and student organization communities recognize this and have been working hard this summer to find ways to connect with students and help you get involved. There are a number of ways to get connected and find opportunities to get involved on campus. Here are a few things we encourage you to check out:

  • Take our involvement survey and tell us about yourself and we’ll match you with some involvement opportunities we think you might like based on your interests.

  • Check out our student organization directory to find a student organization that you would like to get involved with. Please note that not all of our organizations will populate as we are currently in the process of re-registering our student organizations for the 2020-2021 academic year. This directory will be updated as more organizations register with our office, so be sure to check back periodically as we have over 500 student organizations to get involved in. 

  • Visit the Center for Student Involvement event page for opportunities to get connected through programs and events. Also, follow us on social media @CUBoulderInvolvement as we post lots of great information there too. 

  • Sign-up to participate in CU GOLD’s Core Leadership Program, which is a great way for students to meet new people, connect regularly with peers, and learn valuable skills.  

  • Off-Campus Neighborhood Relations is an office on campus aimed at serving off-campus living and non-traditional students. They are doing a lot for transfer students, particularly students living off-campus. A few organizations they help oversee include Non-Traditional Student Organization and Tau Sigma (a transfer student honors society).

Still don't know where to go to get involved?  Send us an email at involvement@colorado.edu or connect with us over LiveChat on our website and one of our team members will be happy to help you.

BuffConnect Questions

How do I access BuffConnect?

The easiest way to access it is via our website by selecting the blue BuffConnect button on our homepage or you can visit BuffConnect directly and bookmark the page for future use. Students will need to login utilizing their identikey and password.

My student organization is not showing up in the (new) BuffConnect. What do I do?

This summer, we upgraded our BuffConnect system. To access the new BuffConnect system, your student organization will need to re-register with the Center for Student Involvement. This recognition process will inform incoming student organization leaders of campus updates, review important campus policies & resources, and grant BuffConnect access. Student organizations are required to re-register on an annual basis with the Center for Student Involvement (CSI). Completing this recognition process will put your student organization in good standing with CSI for the 2020-2021 academic year. The annual deadline for completing registration items is September 30. 

More information on the annual recognition process for student organizations can be found here: https://www.colorado.edu/involvement/annual 

How do I navigate BuffConnect?

The BuffConnect Guide is a great resource for exploring features in BuffConnect and learning  how to navigate the student organization platform. If you can’t figure something out after looking through the guide, please reach out to your liaison or send us a message on LiveChat or email.

My student organization was told to update our Organization Registration form, how do I access it?

You should be able to access this form by following the instructions outlined for “view previously submitted forms” in the BuffConnect Guide on page three.

My student organization is trying to find out what available funds we have in our main account on BuffConnect. How can we find out what our balance currently is?

Currently you can contact our CSI Finance team at csifinance@colorado.edu to check the balance of your revenue account. Any unspent money from funding boards or other forms of student fees from last academic year likely did not roll over from the previous year.

Where can I find more information about Intramural and Club Sports as I don’t see them listed in BuffConnect?

Information about intramural and club sports can be found on the Campus Recreation website. If you are a member of a Sports Club and interested in having a BuffConnect portal, you can request this through our office by emailing us at studentorganizations@colorado.edu

Event & Meeting Questions

My student organization wants to plan an event this semester. What are our options?

The University of Colorado Boulder’s moratorium on in-person, on-campus events has been extended indefinitely for the fall semester. Limited activities related to move-in week and Fall Welcome are still being held and are adhering to safety protocols approved by campus leadership. Even though in-person events have been cancelled, there are still a lot of great events happening virtually. Check out our event’s page to see what is going on this week.

CU Boulder has developed guidelines for in-person events so that campus event planners can be prepared if the events moratorium is lifted for the fall semester.  The guidelines have been posted online now to provide time for those implementation discussions to occur and so that groups hosting events know what to expect and how to plan. Additionally, organizations should consider consulting the Division of Student Affairs In-Person Event Guide when considering future in-person events. Any adjustments to the guidelines will be communicated to the campus in advance of the moratorium being lifted.  

Also, check out CSI’s resource page for some tips for virtual organization operations and our best practices checklist for virtual events.

Can my organization host an event off campus?

Yes, student organizations can technically host events, meetings, and activities off campus. However, organizations should still ensure they are following all COVID-19 guidance and policies from the State, County, and City. This will still very likely include required face coverings, plans to maintain physical distance among attendees, and greatly reduced capacity limits. Student organizations should be aware that individuals, as well as the organization as a whole, can be held accountable for COVID-related violations through the Student Code of Conduct. Anyone interested in hosting activities off campus should thoroughly review the most current information from Boulder County related to COVID-19.

Can my student organization have in-person meetings?

Currently on campus, gatherings have a limit of 10 participants. The gatherings label does not include normal academic classes. Student organization meetings would fall under the classification of a gathering.

All gatherings are required to follow the campus requirements on wearing masks and physical distancing, and comply with all current campus safety recommendations. Currently there are limited spaces on campus for non-academic activities through Events Planning and Recreation Services. It will be difficult to find meeting spaces on campus, so we are encouraging student organizations to operate virtually as much as possible. For tips on how to run a successful virtual meeting, visit our resource page.

Can student organizations apply for event funding?

Yes, your student organization can apply for event funding, however funding will only be approved based on current campus guidelines and restrictions.  Virtual events are encouraged and can be funded by funding boards. Most funding boards are still finalizing their processes and procedures as they operate virtually this semester and CSI will message out to student organizations as soon as we have additional information. 

CU Boulder has developed guidelines for in-person events so that campus event planners can be prepared if the events moratorium is lifted for the fall semester.  The guidelines have been posted online now to provide time for those implementation discussions to occur and so that groups hosting events know what to expect and how to plan. Any adjustments to the guidelines will be communicated to the campus in advance of the moratorium being lifted. Additionally, organizations should consider consulting the Division of Student Affairs In-Person Event Guide when considering future in-person events.  

Also, check out CSI’s resource page for some tips for virtual organization operations and our best practices checklist for virtual events.

Can my organization receive funding for off campus events?

No, if you would be unable to hold the event on campus because of health and safety  concerns, University funds cannot be used to do it off campus.  The same liability exists if offering a place for the event to happen or providing funding to host the event.  Additionally, Student Fee Regulations (SFRs) indicate that Student Fee Funded events should, with rare exception, take place on campus.

Are there any resources available to student organization members about how to have conversations with peers about the importance of following COVID guidance and the impact it has on the campus community?

Yes, if students would like training on how to remind peers, organization members, and event attendees about policies and de-escalation practices, they should consider taking the Effective Peer-to-Peer Communications During COVID-19 Course in Canvas.

Financial Questions

How do I access my Organization’s finances? I can’t find it in BuffConnect.

Because of the update to BuffConnect, one of your Organization Administrators needs to attend a 30 minute virtual Finance Training .  Once your organization has completed the Registration process and is approved in BuffConnect, Organization Administrators will receive an email with information related to Financial training and access.  Contact csifinance@colorado.edu with questions.

My student organization wants to submit a funding request. What is the process to submit a budget?

Funding Boards will be starting to meet to hear funding requests soon; be sure that your organization has completed all necessary steps to have Finance access to be able to submit your organization’s funding requests on Buff Connect.  Once your organization has completed the Registration process and is approved in BuffConnect, Organization Administrators will receive an email with information related to Financial training,  access to organization finances, as well as submitting financial transactions including budget requests.  Contact csifinance@colorado.edu with questions.

Can student organizations apply for event funding?

Yes, your student organization can apply for event funding, however funding will only be approved based on current campus guidelines and restrictions.  Virtual events are encouraged and can be funded by funding boards. Most funding boards are still finalizing their processes and procedures as they operate virtually this semester and CSI will message out to student organizations as soon as we have additional information. 

CU Boulder has developed guidelines for in-person events so that campus event planners can be prepared if the events moratorium is lifted for the fall semester.  The guidelines have been posted online now to provide time for those implementation discussions to occur and so that groups hosting events know what to expect and how to plan. Any adjustments to the guidelines will be communicated to the campus in advance of the moratorium being lifted. Additionally, organizations should consider consulting the Division of Student Affairs In-Person Event Guide when considering future in-person events.  

Also, check out CSI’s resource page for some tips for virtual organization operations and our best practices checklist for virtual events.

Can my organization receive funding for off campus events?

No, if you would be unable to hold the event on campus because of health and safety  concerns, University funds cannot be used to do it off campus.  The same liability exists if offering a place for the event to happen or providing funding to host the event.  Additionally, Student Fee Regulations (SFRs) indicate that Student Fee Funded events should, with rare exception, take place on campus.

Will our student organization be able to request funding for food at our organization's meetings this year?

Due to health and safety concerns/ restrictions, meals at meetings will not be allowed in the same way as before.  Funding boards may approve funding for individual, prepackaged foods, but distribution and consumption of these items must follow all campus guidelines.

Can my student organization apply for travel funding?

The campus has suspended all university-funded travel – foreign or domestic, and therefore no student organizations will be permitted to receive funding for any travel experience until further notice. You can visit the campus website for more information regarding current travel policies.

My student organization wants to attend a virtual conference. Are we able to receive funding for this?

Yes, this is something that your student organization can request funding for. Funding boards are still finalizing their processes and procedures as they operate virtually this semester and CSI will message out to student organizations as soon as we have additional information.

Travel Questions

Can my student organization apply for travel funding?

The campus has suspended all university-funded travel – foreign or domestic, and therefore no student organizations will be permitted to receive funding for any travel experience until further notice. You can visit the campus website for more information regarding current travel policies.

My student organization wants to attend a virtual conference. Are we able to receive funding for this?

Yes, this is something that your student organization can request funding for. Funding boards are still finalizing their processes and procedures as they operate virtually this semester and CSI will message out to student organizations as soon as we have additional information.

General Questions

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

CU Boulder is continuously updating its information and guidance for the university community to address the changing status of COVID-19. Please visit the university’s website for more information about COVID-19.

If I feel I’m being treated unfairly, discriminated against or harassed based on my race or ethnicity, what should I do?

If you feel you are being treated unfairly, singled out or targeted based on your skin color, race, ethnicity or national origin, please know that there are reporting and support options available on our campus. You can visit Don’t Ignore It to explore these options. Discriminatory and harassing behaviors are against university policy and have no place in our community. Additional information about other health and wellness related support is also available.