Published: Feb. 7, 2024

Understanding CU Boulder’s alert system can keep you informed and empowered to make personal safety decisions.

For starters, bookmark 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! 

 CU Alert

CU Boulder issues emergency notifications, called CU Emergency Alerts, to the campus community when there is a confirmed immediate threat to the safety of those on our campus (or near campus in areas of high student populations).

Such threats may include an active harmer, a natural disaster, severe weather or other time-sensitive life safety concerns. CU Emergency Alerts can also be used in the event of campus closures or delayed starts.

These alerts are sent out via text message, email, social media and posted to the alerts site.

 CU Safety Alert

Along with CU Emergency Alerts, campus also issues CU Safety Alerts in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). 

CU Safety Alerts are email notifications to the community of a crime committed on or near campus (per Clery Act guidelines) that provides increased community awareness of ongoing or dangerous situations. These are also shared on social media and posted to the alerts site.

 CU Advisory

For non-immediate threats or other incidents that may impact the daily lives of our university community, CU Boulder has a tier of notifications called CU Advisories. 

CU Advisories are notifications to the campus that do not rise to the level of an emergency notification or safety alert but are high-profile enough that our campus community benefits from awareness. These are shared via social media and on our alerts site. 

Find additional information

In the case of campus emergencies, the university’s alerts website will be updated with community information as soon as it is available, usually within 15 to 20 minutes of the first text message alert. All official alerts shared on social media will also be on this page along with links to additional emergency resources including the CU Boulder Police website and Emergency Management website.

How to receive alerts

Anyone with a colorado.edu email address is automatically registered to receive emergency and safety alert emails. Additionally, we highly encourage you to add your mobile phone number to receive text alerts by going to the Buff Portal or your MyCUInfo portal. Alerts are always posted on alerts.colorado.edu.

If you're in Boulder regularly, sign up for city of Boulder alerts to ensure you’re receiving the latest emergency updates as they happen. 


Read more

Aug. 24, 2023: Expanded emergency notification moves from pilot phase to adoption

Feb. 22, 2023: What to know about how campus emergency notifications work

Feb. 6, 2023: Want to be more aware when CU sends alerts and advisories?

Sept. 14, 2022: CU Boulder rolls out new alerts site, emergency notification level