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BACJ Advising

Program Coordinator & Academic Advisor

On this page you'll find announcements, advising policies and schedules, and program and graduation procedures.  At minimum, please visit this page once a semester.  Forms and degree plans for the BACJ program can be found on the Program Overview page under Quick Links.

 Office Location: 1380 Lawrence St., Suite 525, Denver, CO 80204

Advising Hours:  Monday through Friday, 9:15am to 4:15pm


Current undergraduate criminal justice students can schedule an advising appointment by emailing Nora Scanlon or calling 303-315-0021 for an advising appointment.

Prospective students, students wishing to change their major to criminal justice and criminal justice minor students should also contact Nora Scanlon.


Approximately 50% of BACJ Students transfer from another institution.  If you are transferring from a Colorado Community College, here are transfer plans that can help:

Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement  This is the new statewide agreement for students who complete an AA degree and then transfer to a 4-year institution.

AA-BA CJ Transfer Plan 2013 This plan will help you meet the requirements of your AA degree, get the most out of your credits for the AA, and transition smoothly into the BA degree at CU Denver.

Transfer Planning Guide SPA This is a general planning guide for students completing an AGS degree or who will not complete a degree before transferring to CU Denver.  Remember that any gt-pathways course will transfer, but it will not necessarily help you meet the requirements of your BACJ degree, so check with an advisor if you have questions.

If you are transferring from any 4-year institution or from out-of-state, email a copy of your unofficial transcripts to the advisor's email address above and she will provide you with a tentative degree program and transfer plan.

Once you get here and have had your transcripts evaluated, you may still need to get faculty approval for some courses, especially if you want them to apply CJ major requirements. Please speak with your BACJ Academic Advisor, Nora Scanlon for more information.


First, make sure you have set-up your student email account, accepted any financial aid, and have taken care of any holds on your account.  All holds can be viewed in the Student Center in UCD Access.  If you are not receiving financial aid, you will have to pay a $200 registration deposit before you can register for classes.  You can do this in the Finances section of UCD Access

You will have a College Advising hold currently preventing you from registering.  To have that removed you just need to touch base with me for academic advising.  We can schedule an in-person appointment, phone appointment, or handle any questions you have via email – your choice.


Your student email account ( is the official form of communication between the University faculty, staff and students. You are expected to check your account regularly and are responsible for information sent there. Your academic advisor, course Instructors, and campus resource offices send important reminders about grades, deadlines, and policies to your student email account.

You are also responsible for following the policies outlined in the BACJ Handbook​, Academic Calendar, and University Catalog. If you ever have any questions or concerns about policies and procedures, please contact your academic advisor.

Probation students are required to meet with their academic advisor each semester and must complete the Academic Success Plan in order to register for courses. Be sure to check your student email account for information about academic probation and the Academic Success Plan. Questions can be directed to your Academic Advisor.


All BACJ students must complete a 3-credit hour Internship (CRJU 4939).  You should begin planning for your internship your junior year.  You must pass CRJU 1000 and CRJU 2041 and be in good academic standing in order to be eligible.  Students must work with CU Denver's Experential Learning Center. It is strongly recommended students begin the internship process at least 2 full semesters in advance of when they intend to complete it. Please see the below documents for additional information internship policies and procedures.

If you have at least one year of professional, full-time work experience in the criminal justice field, you may formally request to waive the internship requirement. Previous internship and volunteer experience will not be considered.

If approved, the credit hours for the major are filled with a CRJU elective course. Students requesting to waive the internship requirement should complete the below document and return it to Nora Scanlon.


For students who enrolled the fall 2013 term of after, you can assess your academic progress and stay on track to complete your degree with the use of a degree audit. Your audit will show how your CU Denver completed coursework, transferred credits and current credits in progress are counting toward your declared degree. Students are strongly encouraged to review their degree audit at once at the beginning and once at the end of teach semester. Click here to learn more about degree audit and how to access your degree audit!


Planning to graduate spring 2017? If you are planning to graduate spring 2017 you must apply for graduation. Below are the steps you need to take to apply for graduation;

1. Students should log into their UCD Access Student Portal and check that their major(s) and minor(s) are properly listed. If a student does not see a program listed, such as a minor, then the student has not yet officially delcared this program and will not be listed on his/her transcript.

2. Touch base with all of your academic advisors, including any minor advisor to ensure you will succesfully fulfill all of the program requirements upon completion of your final semester.

3. Once the student has verified that their major(s) and minor(s) are properly listed, the student can apply for graduation through the UCD Access Student Portal. Select, Student Center, under the Academic section, select "Apply for Graduation" in the drop down box and select the ">>" button.

Students must apply for graduation by February 1, 2017 by 5:00pm MST.

If a student does not apply for graduation, CU Denver does not know he/she intends to graduate and will not automatically graduate a student.

Participation in Commencement is optional.  Summer and fall graduates may participate in December Commencement. Visit the Commencement page for details.

The last day to withdraw from a fall course is February 1, 2017 at 5:00pm MST! To withdraw from course(s) students should use the Schedule Adjustment Form. Return the Schedule Adjustment Form to Nora Scanlon for Dean/Advisor Signature and Date. Any withdrawals after that date will require the completion of a Late Drop Petition​.

If a situation ever arises in which you are unable to attend or complete coursework, speak with your academic advisor and instructor immediately so that the best course of action can be determined, whether that be dropping the course, taking an Incomplete grade, or something else. The SPA Course Completion policies can be found in the BACJ Handbook.

BACJ Course Schedules

I email flyers about upcoming online courses and CJ electives several times before and during the registration period, so check your email!

Reminder: The seven required courses for the major are offered every fall and spring semester.  Online availability will vary and summer schedules are limited.  The Internship course is available every semester, including summer and is always offered online.


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