A student riding a bike on a bridge.The Student Handbook is designed to orient you to CU Boulder as you begin your summer experience. It contains information about on-campus student resources and policies, as well as university portals and access requirements. Read this information carefully to help you transition into the community.

Remember there are many people available at CU Boulder to answer your questions and help you find the academic and personal path that is right for you. If you do not find the information you need in this section, we encourage you to contact SummerInfo@Colorado.edu

The Buff OneCard is your official student ID. It is official verification that you are eligible for student privileges. Regularly enrolled students receive their first Buff OneCard for free. Registered nondegree students may purchase a Buff OneCard for $30

Visit the Buff OneCard website or call 303-492-0355 for more information. 

MyCUInfo is the University of Colorado Boulder’s secure portal. It allows students to register online for classes, view their schedules, pay tuition bills and much more. See the sections below for specific information on updating your emergency and general contact information through MyCUInfo.

CU Boulder is committed to providing timely warnings and/or emergency notifications to the campus community. Serious threats that could warrant text message alerts include severe weather, campus operating status and imminent dangers affecting our campus community.

Each semester, students are required to verify their emergency contact information as part of the registration process. Visit the Complete Your Preregistration Items page for more information. Keep your emergency notification information up to date through MyCUInfo

Current contact information is required for all students. CU Boulder is not responsible for important information not reaching you due to outdated or invalid addresses.

You can update your information through MyCUInfo at any time. Visit the Update Your Personal Information page for instructions. 

Email is an official means of communication between students and CU Boulder administrators and faculty. Students are expected to check the messages sent to their university-issued Gmail account on a regular basis. Once summer classes begin, all mailings related to summer (except for bills) will be sent to your CU Boulder Gmail account.

In addition, all students are required to follow University of Colorado policies including the Colorado Creed and the Copyright and Fair Use policy. A complete list can be found on the University of Colorado Boulder Catalog website.

An IdentiKey is automatically assigned to all incoming degree and nondegree students. It consists of your CU Boulder login name and IdentiKey password, and provides you with access to the university’s online services. It must be activated through CU Boulder’s Identity Manager before use.

Visit the OIT website to learn more or contact the IT Service Center at help@colorado.edu or 303-735-4357 for assistance. 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. View the University of Colorado Boulder’s FERPA policy.
 

FERPA gives students the right to inspect their own education records and also prohibits school officials from disclosing personally identifiable information about students to third parties without written permission. If you would like to give a third party (e.g., a parent or grandparent) access to your education records you must complete a FERPA Consent to Release Form.

If you wish to access your personal information over the phone or in person without your photo ID, you are required to provide a security passphrase to confirm your identity. Visit the Set Your Security Passphrase page for details.

Security phrases should not be shared. See the Confidentiality of Student Records section above for more information.

Students who require classroom accommodation must register with Disability Services. Accommodations are determined based on documented disabilities. Visit the Disability Services website for more information. 

To schedule an appointment call 303-492-8671 or email dsinfo@colorado.edu.

Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) provides the full-spectrum of services in support of student veterans, veteran dependents, and military affiliated students on campus. VMA is a “one-stop shop” for the transition to CU Boulder, success during school, and post-school success. VMA processes VA educational benefits, has in-house academic advising and tutoring, and maintains key relationships with over 20 other campus partner offices that are critical to the success of student veterans and veteran dependents at CU Boulder. The office is located on the third floor of the Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE Building).

For more information visit the Veteran and Military Affairs website, email veterans@colorado.edu, or call 303-492-7322.

Undergraduate students can take a leave of absence from the university for up to three consecutive semesters (including summer) from their last graded semester without having to reapply to CU Boulder.
 

Eligible undergraduates have the option to maintain certain university benefits while on leave, such as Recreation Center access and health insurance through Wardenburg Health Services, for an additional fee. Visit the Leave of Absence page for eligibility information.