On behalf of the CU Boulder Police Department (CUPD), I want to welcome you for the 2017–18 academic year. As the chief of the police department, I will assure you that the top priority for every member of our department is to maintain a safe environment. A key component of that goal is keeping you informed about crime and campus safety issues.
At CU Boulder, serious criminal activity is unusual. Theft and other property crimes make up the bulk of our cases. But when a major crime occurs, we are going to tell you about it so you can take proactive measures for your personal safety.
The Clery Act is a federal law requiring we inform you when certain types of crimes are committed on or adjacent to our campus. These warnings fall under two categories: emergency notification and timely warning.
An emergency notification is used for any type of significant emergency anywhere on campus. These messages will come to your colorado.edu email account and as a text to your registered cell phone, typically with the subject line “CU Boulder Alert.”
An emergency notification can be issued for anything from a weather event closing the campus to an active harmer situation on campus.
A timely warning is issued when a specific crime has occurred on campus property (or adjacent to campus), and there is a serious or ongoing threat to students, employees and visitors. Crime categories that may necessitate a timely warning include:
- Criminal homicide
- Sex offenses—including rape, fondling and incest
- Aggravated assault
- Motor vehicle theft
- Domestic violence
- Dating violence
- Hate crimes
When a timely warning is issued, you will receive an email to your colorado.edu account typically with the subject line “CU Boulder Alert.” Timely warning notifications are required by federal law, so as a CU Boulder student or employee, you will not be able to opt out of these emails.
The best way to be informed about crime trends and crime prevention tips is by following us on our social media channels. We are active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To find us, just search for CUBoulderPolice.
All of us at CUPD are proud to be your police department and we are looking forward to a great year. Go Buffs!
Chief of Police