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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on the Boulder campus, as well as the areas right outside of it too. I think the school and police departments around the community do their absolute best to keep students, staff, and family as well, as safe as possible.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There is a good amount of security on campus during the day. From what I have heard there are not a lot of security or police on campus at night (overnight).

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe at this school. I've never had a problem here.

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Administration and Campus Police did not seem active in trying to prevent sexual assault. There were many stories of an unsafe area near Williams Village where multiple girls were stalked or assaulted. My friend was stalked and chased around Boulder in a car by two men. When she reported it, the investigator started investigating her instead of treating her as the victim. I hope security increases in the coming years and the university treats it as a serious issue that needs action.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on my campus. I have walked across it alone at night multiple times and never encountered any problems. Just be careful, as you should be anywhere!

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Though Boulder is a small, relatively safe town, CU remains a large campus that attracts a high volume of people. As with any concentrated community, theft and assaults do occur, but they do not go unreported. Local newspapers are committed to reporting recent incidents and providing detailed descriptions of accused assailants. Attempted rapes have been the University’s most pertinent safety issues, but great measures have been taken to educate and protect students from being unsuspecting victims. During freshman orientation, all students are advised to use emergency sirens that are strategically placed in numerous locations on and off campus, if the need arises. Campus alerts have been set up by the campus police to make sure that every student is fully aware of the dangers in and around campus. E-mails are sent out almost right away, and you can even have it set up so the alerts will be text messaged to your cell phone. The University also offers NightRide, which provides students with free transportation to and from designated locations, as well at NightWalk for those requiring an escort on campus.

Although crimes do occur on CU’s campus, a significant amount of safety issues remain prevalent regardless of what major university you attend. The important thing to remember is that particular situations can be avoided when proper precautions are taken. While in Boulder, it is important to remember to walk with a friend or a group of friends, and use the safety measures the University has provided for your protection. If you use common sense, the chance of being victimized is far less probable. Of course, the words “common sense” and “college student” often do not go together in the same sentence.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 7
  • Arson: 7
  • Burglary: 59
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 4
Security Office
CU-Boulder Police Department
1050 Regent Drive
911 (emergencies); (303) 492-6666 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Community safety operations
  • Crime stoppers
  • Emergency telephones
  • Laptop registration
  • Lost and found
  • NightRide and NightWalk escorts
  • Sexual assault awareness
Health Center
Wardenburg Health Center
18th Street and Broadway
(303) 492-5101
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Community health programs
  • HIV testing
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Primary and urgent care
  • Psychological health
  • Radiology
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • After a recent inspection, the College of American Pathologists awarded CU's Wardenburg Health Center with laboratory accreditation and congratulated the center's director for "excellence of the services being provided."
  • Need protection? No need to be embarrassed. Simply step into Wardenburg, and you'll find a number of small baskets filled with an assortment of free condoms. You're in, you're out, and you never even had to ask.
  • Emergency contraception is offered over-the-counter in the pharmacy.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 138 responses

  • 14% Excessive drinking
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 11% Drugs
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% None
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 100 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 138 responses

  • 12% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 22% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 177 responses

  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 14% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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