Published: Jan. 15, 2020

During severe weather, it’s important to be prepared for adverse conditions on streets, sidewalks and multiuse paths caused by snow and ice.

Extreme fall and winter storms can sometimes lead to campus delays and closures. Campus officials are typically able to announce delays of the campus's opening by 5:30 a.m. Notifications of delays and closures are sent out via CU Boulder Alerts, campus social media channels and, often, local broadcast media. You can also view the university’s website for any change in operating status, as well as complete information on campus closing procedures.

But while a surplus of popcorn and a Netflix subscription might be all the preparation you need in the rare event campus is closed, there are several things to keep in mind during most winter storms to ensure you’re able to safely navigate to, from and around campus.

Delayed campus opening

Sometimes, due to adverse conditions that have been judged to be a hazard to normal campus operations, the campus will delay its opening.

For instance, if the campus were to have a delayed start at 9:45 a.m., this would mean all classes, recitations, labs, etc. scheduled to begin before 9:45 a.m. (e.g. the 9:30–10:45 a.m. class period) would be canceled. Faculty would take steps to make up material and assignments missed during that time in a later class period. All classes, labs, recitations, etc. scheduled to begin after 9:45 a.m. (e.g. the 10–10:50 a.m. class period) would be held as normal.

Students with questions about making up assignments should talk to their faculty member.

Resources and reminders

CU Boulder, the city of Boulder and the Colorado Department of Transportation offer several helpful resources and reminders for when the flakes start flying.

  • The university "hotline" service within the campus telecommunications system will provide a recorded message for callers who are unsure about whether the campus is closed. The CU Boulder emergency information line is 303-492-4636.
  • CU Boulder operations personnel from multiple departments work in concert with the city to remove snow from campus streets, parking lots, sidewalks and multiuse paths. It’s always important during storms to exercise caution when traversing campus, whether by foot, by bike or by vehicle. You are reminded to always wear appropriate footwear and to be careful getting in and out of vehicles, including buses.
  • Snowy weather can cause road closures and situations where campus officials must change bus routes to accommodate safe and accessible roads to and from campus. Riders should check the Transit app for campus bus updates and reroute alerts. Commuting students, faculty and staff riding to/from campus via RTD bus routes are encouraged to sign up for RTD Rider Alerts.
  • CU Boulder’s Division of Emergency Management features several weather safety tips on its website.
  • The city of Boulder’s snow and ice control website features key things you can do to stay informed and be prepared for a snow event.
  • The Colorado Department of Transportation includes winter driving safety tips, reminders and road-condition updates on its website.
  • The latest Boulder weather forecast information can be found on the National Weather Service website.
  • CU Boulder's VPN service provides a secure connection to the campus network from any location, as long as the device has an internet connection. The VPN can be used by CU Boulder faculty, staff and students with an identikey to access campus resources (e.g. library resources, file servers) or to securely browse the Internet.

Are you signed up for CU Boulder Alerts?

  • CU Boulder students: You are automatically registered using your @colorado.edu email address once you become an active student. We ask that you add a mobile number during course registration periods and update as needed in your MyCUInfo portal.
  • CU Boulder faculty and staff: You are automatically registered using your @colorado.edu email address. Manage your mobile alerts number, and update as needed in your MyCUInfo portal. Instructions on how to do so can be found here.
  • CU Boulder partners with @cu.edu, @cufund.org, @cusys.edu, @ucdenver.edu, or @cuanschutz.edu email domains: You must still register and maintain your information here.
  • Affiliates who are not a student, faculty or staff and do not have one of the email domains listed above: You can opt into CU Boulder Alerts to receive text alerts by texting “cuaffiliate” to 81437.