Published: Sept. 1, 2016

At any point during the school year, CU Boulder students, faculty and staff may receive an email and/or a text message notifying you about criminal activity or a dangerous situation on campus.  This is done because of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

The Clery Act, as it is usually referred, is a federal law that requires all universities who participate in federal financial aid programs to send warnings and notifications to you when certain incidents occur on or near campus.  These warning fall under two categories: Emergency Notification or Timely Warning. 

An Emergency Notification is used for any type of significant emergency that poses an imminent threat to our campus community.  These emergencies can range from a weather event such as a snow storm or flooding to an active harmer situation on campus. 

When there’s an imminent threat to our campus community, you will receive an Emergency Notification as an email to your Colorado.edu account and as a text message.  You might also receive a pop-up on your computer screen or receive the message through public address systems or other channels.

Graphic announcing a Timely Warning if to followA Timely Warning is issued when a specific crime has occurred on campus property and there is a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees. 

Timely Warning Crimes

  • Criminal homicide or non-negligent manslaughter
  • Negligent manslaughter
  • Sex offenses — includes rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Stalking
  • Arson
  • Hate crimes that meet the federal definition

When a Clery crime poses a serious or ongoing threat to our campus community, you will receive a Timely Warning Notification as an email to your Colorado.edu account, and we’ll update our website and social media accounts.