Involvement Questions

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

First, welcome to CU! 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 may be of interest. This directory will be updated as more organizations register with our office, so be sure to check back periodically as we have more than 500 student organizations to get involved in. 

  • Visit the CSI events 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 Housing & Neighborhood Relations – 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! 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 may be of intereste. This directory will be updated as more organizations register with our office, so be sure to check back periodically as we have more than 500 student organizations to get involved in. 

  • Visit the CSI events 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.  

  • Connect with Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations – 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.

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

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 may be of interest to your student. This directory will be updated as more organizations register with our office, so be sure to check back periodically as we have more than 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 CSI events 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 Housing & Neighborhood Relations – 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.

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 log in with their IdentiKey and password.

My student organization is not showing up in BuffConnect. What do I do?

To access BuffConnect, 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 and resources, and grant BuffConnect access. Student organizations are required to re-register on an annual basis with CSI. Completing this recognition process will put your student organization in good standing for the academic year. The annual deadline for completing registration items is September 30. 

More information on the annual recognition process for student organizations

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.

How do I add an event to BuffConnect?

Please use this quick guide to submit your RSO/RSGO events to BuffConnect for approval. Approval of events can take 1-3 business days. Please note: Approval within BuffConnect does not guarantee campus/space approval. Please follow normal procedures for reserving your on-campus space.

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” on page three of the BuffConnect Guide.

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 Recreation Services 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 and Meeting Questions

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

Yes, your student organization can plan an event this semester. For in-person events, student organizations will be required to go through the campus events approval process. Virtual events are still encouraged as well. Both virtual and in-person events can be funded by funding boards. Contact your CSI Liaison directly if you have questions about what your student organization can receive funding for right now. Please remember that confirmed event space is required prior to submitting a budget request for an in-person event. 

A campus event approval process has been established in support of the updated campus Events and Activities Policy. All approved in-person, on-campus activities, events and gatherings will be held in accordance with applicable public health guidelines with the goal of providing safe and meaningful experiences for members of the university community. Additionally, organizations should consider reviewing the Division of Student Affairs In-Person Event Guide when planning in-person events.  

If your student organization is planning a virtual event this semester, 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 host events, meetings and activities off campus. However, organizations should still ensure they are following all COVID-19 guidance and policies from the state and county. 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. 

Additionally, event hosts of off-campus events that use some type of university funding must follow all other relevant campus policies including procurement and financial rules governing the use of university funds and resources. However, because these events take place off-campus, such events and/or activities are outside the purview of the approval process; event and/or activity hosts assume all responsibility, legal or otherwise, for hosting safe events and activities. 

For events which have an on-campus and off-campus component, the following departments reserve the right to require the event to follow the event management and approval process: CU Boulder Fire and Life Safety, Risk Management and CU Boulder Police Department.

Given the unique health and safety risks posed by COVID-19, and in an attempt to promote safe practices for events and activities, all other components of the campus’ Event and Activity Policy are required of all events, including off-campus events.

What COVID-19 mitigation strategies will my student organization need to implement for an in-person event?

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as to support the health and safety of individuals and the CU Boulder community, the following mitigation strategies are strongly encouraged and may be required as part of event approval: 

  • Any attendee experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not attend the event.

  • All in-person events must include a mechanism for tracking the attendees at the event, including but not limited to taking reservations or having sign-in sheets to allow for follow-up contact tracing in the event that attendees are determined to have been exposed to a person infected with COVID-19. Records of attendance must be retained by the event organizer to be presented upon request for no less than 21 days following the event. Attendance tracking includes all attendees, staff, and student organization members present at some point during the in-person event.

  • Create a queue at entrances that ensures a minimum of six feet of physical distancing between individuals, and pace entry to prevent congestion.

  • Operate on a one-in-one-out basis when at capacity.

  • Remind attendees to observe six feet physical distancing, when possible, before, during, and after events.

  • Post signage with easy-to-interpret graphics in commonly used languages reminding everyone to maintain six feet of distance, wear masks, wash hands, etc.

  • Establish single-direction traffic flow in and out of the venue area and seating areas. Consider separate entrances and exits.

  • Conduct enhanced cleaning and disinfection of common touch points (doors, stairwell handles, light switch, elevator switch, etc.). The CDC has cleaning guidance for assistance.

  • Encourage attendees to use touchless hand sanitizing stations at entrances and in high-traffic areas.

  • Limit, wherever possible, the sharing of tools, equipment, or other resources.

  • Use seated-only catering services or food services. Food and drink services must follow the same guidelines as restaurants and bars.  If the event is catered, do not allow for self-service stations or buffets.

  • Consider shorter event duration times or limited admission windows to reduce the need for patrons to use restroom facilities, which can be a source of transmission.

Remove games or activities that require or encourage mingling, congregating and sharing materials. This includes things like board or recreational games, bounce houses, ball pits, shared dance floors (except for planned performances), and amusement booths and rides at fairs.    

The above information is a part of the campus Events and Activities Policy.

Can my student organization have in-person meetings?

According to the university’s Event and Activity Policy student organization meetings can take place, however depending on the size, time, and location they may be considered an event/activity and must go through the events and activities approval process.

All in-person student organization meetings are required to follow the campus requirements on wearing masks in indoor spaces, and comply with all other current campus policies. When feasible and appropriate, student organizations should consider virtual meetings and operations. 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.  Contact your CSI Liaison directly if you have questions about what your student organization can receive funding for right now. 

CU Boulder has developed the campus Events and Activities Policy to help event planners plan safe opportunities for our campus community that follow current guidelines and restrictions. Any adjustments to the guidelines will be communicated to the campus through the CU Boulder Today or through a campus administrative memo. Additionally, organizations should consider reviewing the Division of Student Affairs In-Person Event Guide when planning in-person events.  

If your student organization is planning a virtual event this semester, 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?

In most cases, student organizations are encouraged to host events on campus when requesting funding and likely will not receive funding for off-campus events.  However, due to some potential limitations on space availability, rare exemptions may be granted.  Please note the inability to find space due to late or inefficient planning will not warrant an exmption.  Approval and allocation of funding will be at the discretion of the individual student funding boards. 

To apply for funding, 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 our finance team at csifinance@colorado.edu with questions.

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.

If you are an Organization Administrator, you must review and sign a Finance Access agreement form to receive access to the BuffConnect Finance tool.  To request this access for yourself, or other Organization Administrators within your organization, complete the Student Organization Leadership and Roster Update form indicating you wish to Grant Finance Access, and list the email of those to receive the access.  Those identified will receive a follow up email with a link to the Finance Access agreement form.  Once the form is received and approved, Admins will be notified that they have received the access and will see a “$” in the Admin toolbar.

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

First, be sure that your organization has completed all necessary steps to have CSI Finance access to be able to submit your organization’s funding requests on Buff Connect. Once your organization has completed the annual 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. Once organizations receive access to the finance system, they should set up a meeting with their assigned liaison prior to submitting a budget request.

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.  Contact your CSI Liaison directly if you have questions about what your student organization can receive funding for right now. 

CU Boulder has developed the campus Events and Activities Policy to help event planners plan safe opportunities for our campus community that follow current guidelines and restrictions. Any adjustments to the guidelines will be communicated to the campus through the CU Boulder Today or through a campus administrative memo. Additionally, organizations should consider reviewing the Division of Student Affairs In-Person Event Guide when planning in-person events. Please remember that confirmed event space is required prior to submitting a budget request for an in-person event. 

If your student organization is planning a virtual event this semester, 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?

In most cases, student organizations are encouraged to host events on campus when requesting funding and likely will not receive funding for off-campus events.  However, due to some potential limitations on space availability, rare exemptions may be granted.  Please note the inability to find space due to late or inefficient planning will not warrant an exmption.  Approval and allocation of funding will be at the discretion of the individual student funding boards. 

To apply for funding, 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 our finance team at csifinance@colorado.edu with questions.

Will our student organization be able to request funding for food this year?

At their discretion, funding boards may approve funding for food at events or meetings, but student organizations should follow all current health and safety guidelines.  This includes allowing adequate distance between attendees when unmasked/ eating, purchasing individual serving/ prepackaged food options as opposed to potluck or buffet style meals, wearing gloves when handling food, cutlery, or dishes, and providing opportunities for attendees to clean or sanitize their hands.

Can my student organization apply for travel funding?

Organizations may request funding to travel to conferences or competitions that support the mission of the organization, by submitting an Expenditure request in BuffConnect.  As with all student fee funding requests, please submit the request well in advance of your trip (a minimum of 30 days), and do not make any purchases before your request is fully approved.  Note that university policy requires that all airfare purchases be made through Christopherson, the university’s travel agency.  No reimbursements will be allowed for airfare purchased by students.

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

Yes, this is something for which your student organization can request funding. 

To apply for funding, 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 our finance team at csifinance@colorado.edu with questions. Funding to attend a virtual conference is considered “travel” funding.

Can I buy branded or customized masks for my event or student organization members for promotional purposes?

If you are using university funding, including funds allocated from CUSG funding boards, there is only one vendor approved for masks (4Imprint), and if the “logo” you are using includes any of the University of Colorado branding (e.g. interlocking CU, the university name, etc.) additional royalty fees will apply.

Travel Questions

Can my student organization apply for travel funding?

Organizations may request funding to travel to conferences or competitions that support the mission of the organization, by submitting an Expenditure request in BuffConnect.  As with all student fee funding requests, please submit the request well in advance of your trip (a minimum of 30 days), and do not make any purchases before your request is fully approved.  Note that university policy requires that all airfare purchases be made through Christopherson, the university’s travel agency.  No reimbursements will be allowed for airfare purchased by students.

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 to attend a virtual conference would be considered “travel” funding and should be requested as such.

To apply for funding, 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 annual 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 our finance team at csifinance@colorado.edu with questions. Once organizations receive access to the finance system, they should set up a meeting with their assigned liaison prior to submitting a budget request.

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.