Published: Feb. 6, 2023
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Most CU Boulder students, faculty and staff members are aware of the university’s alerts website, which outlines the three levels of notifications that can be sent, depending on the nature, location and severity of an incident. 

The website also outlines how to receive alerts, which can differ depending upon the type of alert that is sent. For a review of all three notification levels and how each type of alert is shared, keep reading! 

The bottom line: Not all notifications are sent via text message. However, the university acknowledges that many members of the campus community say they want more text alerts, and for all three levels of notifications.

Good news! There is a way to receive push notifications for all three levels, by following CU Boulder Alerts on Twitter and enabling push notifications

You can also follow the University of Colorado Police Department (CUPD) on Twitter to receive the latest safety alert information, plus safety tips, resources and more. 

Here’s a quick review of the notification levels, when the university sends each type of notification, and how to receive each type of notification. So you are aware, all alert levels will appear on the alerts website during and immediately after incidents, and are also archived

CU Emergency Alerts, which are notifications that are sent when there is a confirmed and immediate threat to the safety of those on campus, or when there is a change to the university’s operating status, are shared several ways: via email to everyone with a email address, via text to those who have added their cellphone number to receive text alerts and via the CUPD and CU Boulder Alerts Twitter accounts. They also appear on the alerts website.

CU Safety Alerts, which are notifications to the campus community of crimes committed on or near campus, per Clery Act guidelines, are sent to everyone with a email address, as well as shared on CUPD and CU Boulder Alerts Twitter accounts. They also appear on the alerts website. 

CU Advisories, our newest level of notification, are sent for incidents that do not rise to the level of a CU Emergency Alert or a CU Safety Alert, but are still of interest to the campus community. CU Advisories are sent for incidents both on and off campus that could potentially impact campus operations or activities, including police activity near campus, traffic issues or extended power outages. CU Advisories are posted via social media on the CUPD and CU Boulder Alerts Twitter accounts. They are also posted on the alerts website.

Since all notifications, regardless of level, are shared via the CU Boulder Alerts Twitter account, following and enabling push notifications means you will be able to receive alert messages that pop up on your mobile device, similar to ones you may receive for news, sports scores, weather reports and more. 

All current CU Boulder students and employees with Boulder, Colorado, residential addresses have also been opted-into Everbridge, the county-wide emergency alert system deployed by local public safety entities. Everbridge is used to send advisories, warnings and orders to take action during life-threatening situations such as police activity, fires, floods and other natural disasters in the city of Boulder and unincorporated Boulder county.