Safety & Security

The safety and security of our residents is a priority for Housing & Dining Services and we work collaboratively with Residence Life, the CU Police Department and the students to provide a safe and healthy living environment.

Community Effort

Safety and security is a shared responsibility between the university and the student. While we have taken many measures to ensure the safety of the students living in the residence halls, we also expect students to take steps and actions in protecting the safety of themselves and their community. To find out more about what you can do to help, visit the Tips section.

Building Security

All residence halls are equipped with electronic key card access. External doors, interior living areas and individual room doors all require specifically coded access cards, which students are issued at check in. Residence halls (with the exception of Sewall, Farrand, and the Quad) all operate a 24-hour front desk. The student staff working the desks provide security and also assist students with equipment check-out, and act as general office support to the live-in residence life staff. Additionally, resident advisors (RAs) live throughout the building and oversee a wing or floor. They are available to educate residents on how they can help maintain a safe environment. RAs are also responsible for completing nightly rounds in the buildings to manage safety security concerns.

Staff Preparedness

Hall staff, including resident advisors (RAs) and community assistants (CAs) receive emergency training at the beginning of the school year. Topics covered include: emergency procedures, mandatory reporting, active harmer training and fire safety (with the Boulder Fire Department). Additionally, each hall has a live-in hall director—a Master’s level professional with student development experience—that participate in advanced training to assist with crisis management as well as general safety issues.

Security Cameras

To enhance safety and security efforts in the halls and dining centers, security cameras are located near external doors, inside main entrances/lobbies and around other public areas. The camera’s locations only record data in areas considered public, where people would not expect privacy. In addition to providing elements of security, the presence of cameras can also assist in reducing cases of vandalism and act as a deterrent to some types of behavior.

LifeLine App

Students now have access to a public safety smartphone application that offers three features designed to provide the user with ways to call for help in case of emergency. For details about how LifeLine works and how to download it on your phone, please visit the LifeLine CU Police Department page.

CU Police Department (CUPD) and Community Safety Officers (CSO)

CUPD creates a strong presence on the campus as well as surrounding areas. They respond directly to any emergencies in residence halls and other campus buildings. CSOs are staff that directly report to CUPD and work to support residence hall staff in the evening and overnight hours to address safety concerns.

Fire Safety

In addition to prohibiting items from the residence halls that are considered a fire hazard, each hall conducts a fire drill each semester. All residence halls are also equipped with smoke detectors as well as fire suppression systems.

Emergency Communications

CU-Boulder offers emergency alerts about campus closures, extreme weather and other emergencies in real-time. Texts can be received on mobile devices and notices are available on the Web, via email and on the campus info telephone line. It’s easy to sign up online


  • Keep your room door locked at all times—especially when you’re sleeping
  • Don’t prop external doors open
  • Don’t let strangers follow you in to your building
  • Report a malfunctioning door/card access reader immediately
  • Never lend your ID card/key to others
  • Immediately report lost/stolen ID cards/keys
  • Avoid walking alone at night (CU Night Ride is one resource)
  • If you see something/someone suspicious, call police (911)

Additional Resources

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