CU Boulder provides comprehensive safety resources for students and members of our campus community. We encourage students to learn about these resources and support a culture of personal responsibility to help us build an safe university community.
Your student is automatically signed up to receive alerts on safety concerns. These include campus closures, extreme weather and other emergency notifications. Students are encouraged to add their cell phone number in Buff Portal to receive safety alerts via text message.
Laptop registration can help prevent theft. CU Boulder and the Boulder Police Department offer a registration program that is quick, easy and free. To date, no registered laptops have been reported stolen.
Students can register their electronic devices at the Office of Information Technology Service Desk inside the CASE building. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Encourage your student to register their laptop and share these tips for preventing laptop theft.
If your student is bringing their bike to campus, remind them to register their bike. Bike registration is required and can be completed online. By registering their bike, your student has access to the on-campus Bike Stations for free tune-ups and maintenance. This also helps CU Boulder Police with identification when bikes are stolen.
There are a variety of bicycle racks across campus for students to park their bikes. Encourage your student to take precautionary measures to prevent bike theft. CU Boulder Police recommend using the U-lock style of locks rather than cable locks. Share more tips with your student to help prevent bike theft.
CU NightRide is a student-operated program that provides free nighttime transportation. Encourage your student use CU NightRide and download the TapRide app. This free service is similar to Uber and Lyft, and is a great option to get home safely if your student is out late. There’s also the Late Night Transit bus that runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights during the regular semester.
All residence halls have electronic key card access. External doors, interior living areas and individual room doors require coded access cards. Students are issued these at check-in. Students are asked to promote security by not propping doors or letting non-residents into the building.
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.
As in any area where 400+ people may live, there is always the possibility of theft. Insurance policies are not required for students. However, students are encouraged to carry their own personal property insurance while living in the residence halls. Students are strongly encouraged to lock their rooms when they leave, even for a few minutes.
Residents are automatically signed up to receive emergency notifications. Students will receive Rave Alerts in the event of campus closures, extreme weather and other emergencies. Notifications are sent via text and email. They are also available on the web and the campus info telephone line.