Published: Dec. 2, 2015
Lisa Severy, CU Boulder bridge

As the semester winds down and we look forward to Winter Commencement, it is a good time to reflect on what has been a wild semester here at CU-Boulder. From everyday stresses to global events arriving on our doorstep, we know that many people in our community have been impacted by crisis and trauma.

Please take care of yourself in this push to the end of the semester and finals – get some sleep, eat well, exercise and drink plenty of water – and, if you need additional support, please contact one of our many resources listed below to get the help you need. 

If you are graduating this semester, congratulations and well done! Be sure to contact Career Services if you need help with your graduate school applications or have yet to start looking for your next job. For everyone else, enjoy the upcoming break and we look forward to seeing you back in Boulder in January!


Lisa Severy,

Interim Dean of Students

Campus resources:

Confidential Support Centers:

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) 303-492-6766 or 303-492-5654

  • Up to six free mental health visits for fee-paying students at either CAPS location: Center for Community (C4C) or Wardenburg Health Center
  • Walk-in hours available Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • All services are confidential and include individual counseling, groups and workshops, psychological testing, psychiatric care, and more.
Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) 303-492-8855
  • Free, confidential counseling, advocacy, information and referrals for ALL CU community members, students, staff, faculty and their significant others
  • Specialize in life disruptive events, including, but not limited to crime, gender violence, grief, bias motivated incident, harassment and violence

Reporting information:

Report Bias Motivated Incidents, Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

  • A report of sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment, crimes or related retaliation may be pursued in different ways. Depending on the nature of the alleged conduct, a complainant or victim may pursue a criminal process, a university process, both processes or neither process. A victim may also decline to notify authorities.

Other supportive resources, non-confidential:

Disability Services 303-492-8671

  • Provide students with disabilities the tools, reasonable accommodations and support services to participate fully in the academic environment.
  • Learn self-advocacy and create a network of resources.

Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Queer (GLBTQ) Resource Center 303-492-1377

  • Provide skills to create a safer space for GLBT students within the university community
  • Promotes leadership development for GLBT and ally students via student leadership retreats, workshops, and convening the Queer Student Leader Coalition.
  • Provides information dissemination and referral; educational, cultural and social programming; advocacy and voice for the GLBT community

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) 303-492-8057

  • Institutional responsibility for international students once they are admitted to CU
  • Help departments bring in visiting scholars and researchers to CU
  • Help answer questions concerning their legal status or other issues pertinent to their stay at CU
  • Act as liaison with CU and community members-especially during difficult times
  • Manage bias motivated incidents and educate faculty on the needs of Jewish students
  • Foster inclusiveness and offer support and programming across multiple identities
  • Consult with Legal Counsel as necessary around freedom of speech issues

Veteran Services 303-492-7322

  • Provide a key point of contact for information for the veteran/military community
  • Establish and operate an informal veterans support group
  • Assist in the transition from the military to campus life
  • Develop an informal mentoring program for student veterans

Cultural Unity and Engagement Center 303-492-5667

  • Provides support and resources that promote academic, personal and professional success for all students.
  • Provides innovative programs and services that address that intersections of our multiple identities with special focus given to underrepresented populations on campus

Women’s Resource Center (WRC) 303-492-5713

  • Peer groups for people with shared interests or identities
  • A supportive, women-centered space where students, faculty, staff and community can hang out, network, build community, and gain strength from one another
  • Staff and volunteers engage in policy work to improve women's equity on campus, dedicated to providing information and assistance in order to improve women's ability to self-advocate

CU Collegiate Recovery Center (CUCRC) 303-492-9642

  • A recovery-focused, sobriety-friendly community and resource center that supports well-being and recovery from substance use and other addictive behaviors or mental health issues
  • Safe, non-judgmental and confidential place where you can talk with someone and find help if using drugs or alcohol or other behaviors are impacting your life
  • Alcohol– and drug–free social events, meetups and activities
  • Peer mentors, student-led discussion groups and 12-Step Meetings
  • Professional staff experienced in addiction and recovery
  • Referrals for additional support services on or off campus
  • Sobriety-friendly campus housing community