At CU Boulder we take the safety of our students very seriously. Below are the procedures we follow should an emergency occur.
Residence Hall Safety and Security
All residence halls are equipped with electronic key card access. External doors, interior living areas and individual room doors require specifically coded access cards, which students are issued at check-in. Residents have access to a 24-hour front desk staffed by community assistants (CAs) that provide security and assistance. Resident advisors (RAs) live in the building and oversee a wing or floor.
Safety and security is a shared responsibility between the university and the student. While we have taken many measures to ensure the safety of the students living in the residence halls, we also expect students to take steps and actions in protecting the safety of themselves and their community.
Rave Alerts are the emergency alerts CU Boulder uses to communicate about campus closures, extreme weather and other emergencies in real-time. Texts are received on mobile devices and notices are available on the Web, via email and on the campus info telephone line. Residents are automatically signed up when they become students.
In addition to prohibiting items from the residence halls that are considered a fire hazard, each hall conducts a fire drill each semester. All residence halls are also equipped with smoke detectors as well as fire suppression systems.
Policy and Community Safety Officers
CU Police Department (CUPD) creates a strong presence on the campus as well as surrounding areas. They respond directly to any emergencies in residence halls and other campus buildings. CSOs are staff that directly report to CUPD and work to support residence hall staff in the evening and overnight hours to address safety concerns.
To enhance safety and security efforts in the halls and dining centers, security cameras are located near external doors, inside main entrances/lobbies and around other public areas. The camera’s locations only record data in areas considered public, where people would not expect privacy.
Hall staff, including resident advisors (RAs) and community assistants (CAs), receive emergency training at the beginning of the school year on emergency procedures, mandatory reporting, active harmer training and fire safety (with the Boulder Fire Department). Each hall has a live-in hall director, a Master’s level professional with student development experience.
Bear Creek Apartments Safety and Security
Bear Creek buildings are equipped with electronic key card access. External doors and apartment doors require the coded access cards (your Buff OneCard), and room doors require a metal key, all of which are issued at check-in.
Safety and security is a shared responsibility between the university and the student. While we have taken many measures to ensure the safety of the students living in the residence halls, we also expect students to take steps and actions in protecting the safety of themselves and their community. To find out more about what you can do to help, visit the safety information in OnCampus.
Each room is equipped with automatic fire suppression sprinklers, which are activated by heat/fire, not smoke. Each room is also equipped with a battery-powered smoke detector. Tampering or deactivating a smoke alarm is prohibited and may result in contract termination and/or prosecution.
In the case of floods, tornadoes, fire and/or other emergencies that may require evacuation, we have detailed instructions on what procedures to follow. Visit the Bear Creek Emergency & Evacuation section of OnCampus.
Graduate and Family Housing Safety and Security
To maintain your home security, keep your photo ID separate from your apartment keys and do not mark your keys with your apartment number or address. If you lose your keys, alert the Graduate & Family Housing Office right away. An emergency apartment lock change (at a cost of $45) can be processed and you will be issued a new set of keys.
Community awareness and prevention are additional lines of security available to you.
- Report suspicious behavior/people to CUPD at 911 or 303-492-6666
- Do not leave personal items, etc. in public areas and lock bikes to provided racks
- Park your car in a well-lit area and do not leave anything of value within view
Fire is a danger to all residents, and everyone must be aware of prevention efforts and prohibited items and practices. We ask you to carefully review the safety section of the Graduate & Family Housing Handbook to become familiar with these so you can partner with us in keeping the community safe. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Graduate & Family Housing Office at 303-492-6384.
Fire Sprinkler System
To ensure proper and worry-free operation of your fire sprinkler system:
Exercise awareness and caution around sprinkler equipment. It should be free of any obstructions as it could be damaged and/or activated. Damaging a sprinkler head can lead to accidental activation which causes water to be released into your apartment.
There is the possibility of floods, tornadoes, severe wind storms and/or other emergencies that may require evacuation. We have set up a comprehensive guide to help you in case of an emergency and ask that you read through it and become familiar with it. It is available in full in the Graduate & Family Housing Handbook under the safety section.