Published: Oct. 9, 2019
Person checks smartphone alert

CU Boulder will test the CU Boulder Alerts system at 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The test will include text messages, emails, social media and website announcements. Annual testing of emergency notification systems is required by the Clery Act, a federal law.

“If there is a campus emergency, we want to alert our community as quickly as possible,” said Garry DeJong, CU Boulder’s director of emergency management. “By testing the system each semester, we are able to ensure there aren’t technical issues during that emergency.”

Active CU Boulder student email addresses ( are automatically registered to receive emails through the CU Boulder Alerts system, and the university encourages students to add mobile phone numbers in order to receive text notifications as well.

Faculty and staff with a email address are also added automatically. Employees who have phone numbers listed in the “Cellular” and “Cellular 2” fields in your (MyCUInfo) account will receive text notifications as well. Learn more about this process.

CU Boulder partners with,,, or email domains must still register and maintain their information here.

Additional information on the CU Boulder Alerts system is available at During an emergency that affects the campus, critical updates, additional details and any necessary instructions regarding the nature of the emergency will be posted, campus social media sites and on the campus emergency information line at 303-492-4636 (INFO).

The university’s primary Twitter channels during emergencies are @CUBoulder@CUBoulderPolice and @CUBoulderAlerts.

Any user who expected to receive an alert and didn’t, or who needs help signing up for the system, should call the IT Service Center at 303-735-HELP or email

For more details on how to sign up for alert systems in the city of Boulder and other local jurisdictions, visit the Emergency Management site.