Spring break is almost here, and I’m sure you all are looking forward to escaping your normal routines for a bit. If you are going on vacation or visiting your hometown, I hope you travel safely and have a fun trip.
Colorado is a great place to spend spring break—there’s so much to do in the Boulder/Denver area in terms of outdoor activities, restaurants and attractions. If you’re in the Boulder area over spring break, I encourage you to explore the community beyond campus, spend some time outside or try a new restaurant (my personal favorite is the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse).
No matter where you choose to spend your spring break, I hope you make some time to relax and recharge before classes begin in April.
St. Patrick’s Day weekend is also approaching; if you plan to celebrate, please be responsible, mindful and respectful. Paula Balafas, our interim 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.
- 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 through the TapRide mobile app or a rideshare service such as 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.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs