Published: Oct. 26, 2017

Fall is hands-down my favorite time of the year. There are so many enjoyable aspects and fun activities to do!

Dean of Students Akirah Bradley
Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Akirah Bradley

CU Boulder Chief of Police Ken Koch
CU Boulder Chief of Police Ken Koch

I recently went on a peak-to-peak drive in the mountains to see the gorgeous colors of the aspen trees. Local farms and businesses are open to the public for various activities, including pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes. The Boulder Farmers Market near Pearl Street is another great way to celebrate fall. There are a few more Saturdays left to bundle up against the chilly weather and visit the farmers market for seasonal food and beverages, including my absolute favorite—warm apple cider.

The fall season also means it’s Homecoming at CU Boulder, and I’m looking forward to welcoming our alumni back to campus this week. Homecoming is a great opportunity to go outside your comfort zone and meet new people; I hope you’re able to expand your Buff network and meet alumni who are working in industries you might be interested in joining one day.

As Halloween weekend is also approaching, I encourage everyone to celebrate responsibly and have fun. As you do so, please be mindful and respectful.

Ken Koch, our CU Boulder police chief, has asked me to share some tips with you to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others.

  • Remember to use the buddy system.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and know when to make the call for help. Sometimes people take advantage of the party environment—if you doubt someone's motives or are concerned about your safety or someone else's, keep an eye on the situation and don’t hesitate to call for help.
  • If you plan to celebrate by dressing up in a costume, consider the impact your decision might have on others. Be respectful and avoid carrying fake weapons, as they can appear real to law enforcement and others. 
  • Avoid choosing a mask that covers your entire face. These masks can restrict your eyesight and make walking a treacherous task.
  • Know what you are eating and drinking.
  • If you are of age and intend to drink, know your limits and help your friends stay within their limits. If you think your friend is in danger due to alcohol or other drugs, call 911 and put them in the recovery position.
  • If you are out at night, it is harder for drivers to see you. Be aware of your surroundings and mindful of traffic.
  • Download the free LifeLine Response mobile safety app. The app features two ways to call for help in case of an emergency.
  • Get home safe. Use the free CU NightRide service or a rideshare like Lyft or Uber.
  • If you are hosting a party, use the Party Registration Program and keep your noise levels down. The No. 1 reason police are called to a party is noise. 

And remember, you're a Buff wherever you are! Be aware. Be considerate. Be responsible.

Akirah Bradley,
Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs