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Know your rights and responsibilities.

​At ​CU Denver, we are committed to ensuring you are well informed about our policies and your rights.

 Academic Freedom

See:  Free Expression​

For Anschutz Medical Campus:  Free Expression​


 Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act

In compliance with the Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act (Clery Act) of 1990 and the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 and 1998, we have collected and published information related to campus crime.​​

Members of the university community are encouraged to report any incident of threatening or harmful behavior to the administrator closest to the situation and/or the Auraria Campus Police 303-556-2222 and Anschutz Medical Campus Police 303-724-4444. Other resources include the Ombuds Office at 303-556-4493 and the Office of Human Resources at 303-556-2868. ​​

 Email Policy

E-mail is an official means of communication for students at the CU Denver. All official university e-mail will be sent to each student’s assigned a CU Denver e-mail address.

CU Denver will only use CU Denver student e-mail accounts if it elects to send e-mail communications to students. CU Denver e-mail accounts are available through IT Services. Students are responsible for reading e-mails received from CU Denver.

The purpose of this requirement is to:

  1. Ensure students receive information timely
  2. Eliminate identity concerns related to student communications received by CU Denver via e-mail. CU Denver is not responsible for mail forwarded from CU Denver student e-mail accounts

Effects of new policy

The university will only use your CU Denver-assigned e-mail account for e-mail communications. Faculty and administration will use your official CU Denver-assigned addresses when corresponding with you via e-mail. Examples of important CU Denver communications that you may receive through your official e-mail address include:

  • Invitations to register
  • Responses to your inquiries about registration, admissions, records and financial aid
  • Information and authorization/verification requests for College Opportunity Fund, legal presence issues
  • Messages from faculty regarding course work
  • Notices of scholarship, educational and financial aid opportunities and deadlines

It is expected that official e-mail will be read by students in a timely fashion.

E-mail address format

UC Denver-assigned student e-mail addresses have the following format:


Note: Students must follow the activation procedure below to activate their account and obtain their exact address.

Activating your official e-mail

To activate your official e-mail account, follow the instuctions after selecting your affliated campus below:

Denver Campus

The Anschutz Medical Campus

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 Proof of Lawful U.S. Presence

In July 2006 the Colorado State Legislature enacted HB 06S-1023, which became effective on August 1, 2006. The legislation requires all citizens who apply for state-funded benefits that entail any payment or financial assistance provide proof that they are lawfully present in the United States.

Some of these benefits that are provided at the University of Colorado include in-state tuition, the College Opportunity Fund, some types of institutional and state-sponsored financial aid and any other benefits for which there is an application, excluding any employment benefits.

What you need to do

Please present in person one of these identification documents and complete the required affidavit form in our office. If you are unable to present one of these types of documentation, please read and follow the waiver process below.

For additional questions please view our Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) document or contact us.

Waiver process

A first-time applicant or applicant seeking to reapply for public benefits on or after August 1, 2006, and before March 1, 2007, may demonstrate lawful presence by both executing the affidavit required in §24-76.5-103(4)(b) C.R.S. and being verfied with an electronic identification indicator (EII).

3.1.1. Applicants who quallify for this EII process are those who:

  • due to chronic health or medical condition, lacks sufficient mobility to appear in person to apply for a Colorado driver’s license or identification card,
  • due to lack of a permanent physical address in Colorado, does not qualify for a Colorado driver’s license or identification card, or
  • may lack sufficient documentation to receive a Colorado driver’s license or identification card.

This would include students from the following states where the driver’s license is not one of the accepted state credentials:  Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

Note that UC Denver will follow-up with the Department of Revenue (DOR) to make certain their form has been accepted as a waiver.  If not, the student will be out of compliance.  At this time, we are unsure of the lag time for the DOR to complete the waiver process.

NOTE:  Students from one of the states noted above may apply for a Colorado driver's license or Colorado ID, but they must then relinquish their ID from the other state.  This is important information for students in their decision about whether to go to the Driver's License Bureau to get a Colorado driver's license.

If you are unable to physically present these documents

Downtown Campus students

Please contact us at 303.315.2600, and we will guide you through this process.

Anschutz Medical Campus students

Please contact us at 303.724.8059, and we will guide you through this process.​​​​



The University of Colorado Denver takes the security of your data seriously, please visit our FERPA page for more information.​​​5

 To Withdraw from CU Denver

To withdraw from the University of Colorado Denver, students must drop all courses for the semester. Prior to census (see current academic calendar for census date), students must use the web registration system to drop courses. Courses dropped during this period are not recorded on the student's permanent record.

After census date (see current academic calendar for census date), through the 10th week (fourth week for summer) students must submit a withdrawal form with the approval of the dean and the Office of Financial Aid (if receiving aid). Courses dropped during this period will be recorded on the student's permanent record with a grade of W.

Students seeking to withdraw after the 10th week (fourth week for summer) must petition the associate dean of their school or college. A student who stops attending classes without officially withdrawing from the university will receive grades of F for all course work during that term.

Deadlines for dropping module and intensive courses appear in the student portal.​4