As war continues after the Oct. 7, 2023, attack by Hamas, those wanting to learn more and access resources through CU Boulder are encouraged to explore the campus’s statements, coverage and services. 

University Statements

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University statement on mobile billboard truck on campus

Jan. 30, 2024 • CU Boulder condemns tactics designed to intimidate and threaten our students, faculty and staff. Outside groups publicly attempting to shame CU Boulder community members is not a productive way to address the difficult conversations facing our society in a respectful and civil manner.

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(Updated) A note from Chancellor Philip DiStefano: Ethnic Studies statement on the Hamas-Israel conflict

Oct. 26, 2023 (Updated Oct. 30) • While the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression protect the speech of CU Boulder faculty, staff and students, that does not mean their points of view represent the perspectives of the university—nor that we endorse them. In an update Oct. 30, I want to recognize the Department of Ethnic Studies for its decision to remove its Oct. 22 online statement. 

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We see you, hear you and offer options for care and support

Oct. 23, 2023 • To students: In light of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, we want you to know we stand with you during these challenging times and offer resources for your academic success, well-being and safety. Read the full statement. 

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CU Boulder statement on Israel-Hamas war

Oct. 11, 2023 • We are horrified and saddened by the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel. We stand against all acts of violence and human suffering, and recognize the profound effects of the crisis on people living in the region, as well as Israeli and Palestinian scholars and students here in Colorado and around the world. Read the full statement.

 Ways to support yourself and each other through a traumatic event

For many of us, trauma can be challenging to define and even more challenging to talk about. Here are some ways you can support yourself and your fellow Buffs.

 Don’t Ignore It

CU Boulder condemns racism, violence and any acts that fail to live up to our core values. There are dedicated resources available for anyone affiliated with CU Boulder who is experiencing discrimination, harassment or bias.

 Financial support available to international students facing global crises

For international students in need of financial support during times of global crises, International Student and Scholar Services can offer help.

Articles & Events

Freedom of expression and CU Boulder’s discrimination and harassment policy

This guide will help students, faculty, staff and the broader community better understand how the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance enforces campus policies while respecting an individual’s right to free expression.

How OIEC supports campus during times of conflict

Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance provides support particularly during times of conflict, such as with the Israel-Hamas war. Read more from Llen Pomeroy, Title IX officer and associate vice chancellor.

Program Nov. 29 to offer deeper insight into Israel, Gaza war and history

In response to requests, faculty experts will discuss a range of topics related to Arab-Israeli conflict. The CU Boulder forum will follow an informal format and is open to the public.

When it comes to Israel-Hamas war videos, don't always trust what you see

People are increasingly turning to videos on TikTok, Instagram and other social media to stay up to date on the Israel-Hamas war. But CU Boulder media studies expert Sandra Ristovska gives her take, warning you can't always trust what you see, and sharing without confirming can be dangerous.

6 tips for talking to kids about war

Ongoing violence, war and the media coverage that ensues can leave many of us feeling overwhelmed. Here are some tips to help you talk to your children about war and how it may be affecting them.

Israel-Hamas war an ongoing catastrophe, faculty say

At a panel event on Oct. 11, CU Boulder experts on the modern Middle East noted the current war differs from previous conflicts. The faculty members discussed historical components leading to the latest Israel-Hamas war, and more.

The how and what of the latest Israel-Hamas war

Longstanding conflicts and the latest Israel-Hamas war have recent and deep historical roots. Hilary Falb Kalisman gives her take on how things escalated, political and regional contexts, policy implications and more. 

How Hamas got around Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system

How did so many Hamas missiles penetrate Israel’s state-of-the-art air defense system? CU Boulder aerospace engineer Iain Boyd explains on The Conversation.

Support & Community

The university has reached out directly to members of the community who are likely to be closely impacted. If students, faculty or staff need further assistance, there are many support and counseling services available year-round on campus.

 

Counseling & Psychiatric Services

CAPS offers confidential, on-campus mental health and psychiatric services for a variety of concerns. They offer mental health-related workshops, group therapy, brief individual therapy, psychiatry and 24/7 crisis services.  

C4C, Room N352
303-492-2277
24/7 phone support

International Student & Scholar Services

ISSS supports students and scholars as part of the international campus community. The office can direct international campus community members who are having trouble accessing funds from their home country and provide other support.

C4C, Room S355
 isss@colorado.edu

Faculty & Staff Assistance Program

FSAP is dedicated to serving the emotional and psychological needs of the campus community, specifically CU Boulder employees. All FSAP staff are trained as generalist counselors and are equipped to deal with a wide range of personal and work-related issues. 

 303-492-3020
 Schedule an appointment

The Office of Victim Assistance

OVA offers free and confidential consultation, support, advocacy and trauma focused short-term counseling for students, faculty and staff who have experienced a traumatic or life-disruptive event.

C4C, Room N450
303-492-8855
24/7 phone support

Student Support and Case Management

SSCM assists students who are experiencing distress from events, such as personal or family crisis. SSCM works collaboratively to support academic success and emotional well-being.  

 C4C, Room N460
303-492-734

Raimy Clinic, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Affordable therapy is available through CU Boulder’s Raimy Clinic for individuals residing in Colorado. Sessions can be held in-person and or Zoom. 

 303-492-5177 (confidential voicemail for intake)
 raimy@colorado.edu