Safety Notices

The Clery Act has specific requirements intended to help keep our university informed about threats to health and safety in a manner that allows the community to make informed decisions about their safety and the safety of others. There are two types of campus alerts required by the Clery Act - timely warnings and emergency notifications. While both similar, there are certain criteria for the issuance of each.

All University email addresses for students, faculty, and staff are automatically enrolled to receive emergency notifications, timely warnings, and CU Alerts In addition to email alerts you can opt-in to Short Messaging Service (SMS) text alerts.

Email alerts are a federally mandated safety protocol that you may not opt out of.

Students, faculty, and staff may register their personal cellphone number to receive emergency alerts by test through the CU Denver Portal. 

Emergency Notifications

Under the Clery Act, institutions are required to immediately notify the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of the campus community. Imminent or impending threats would include such things as an approaching forest fire, or a fire currently raging in one of our buildings. Other examples of significant emergencies or dangerous situation include, but are not limited to:

  • Outbreak of meningitis, norovirus or other serious illness
  • Approaching tornado, or other extreme weather conditions
  • Earthquake
  • Gas leak
  • Terrorist incident
  • Armed intruder
  • Bomb threat
  • Civil unrest or rioting
  • Explosion
  • Nearby chemical or hazardous waste spill

The University of Colorado Denver Campus uses various methods to communicate information quickly and will immediately notify the university community upon confirmation of an emergency.  These methods may include a text and/or email through the Rave Alert or CU Alerts! Systems.

Timely Warnings

All of us want to be alerted promptly to potentially dangerous criminal situations near our homes or workplaces so we have both the time and information necessary to take appropriate precautions. The Clery Act requires that the campus community is alerted to certain Clery Act Crimes in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes from occurring, and enable people to protect themselves. ‚Äč

The University will consider all of the facts surrounding Clery Act Crimes that occur within the University’s Clery Geography to determine whether to issue a Timely Warning to the Campus Community. The determination to issue a Timely Warning is evaluated on a case-by-case basis in light of all the facts surrounding a crime, including the nature of the crime, continuing danger to the campus community, and possible risk of compromising law enforcement effort.  

Timely Warnings are most commonly are disseminated by e-mail. The University withholds the names of victims as confidential.  Typically, a Timely Warning will include:

  • Nature of the reported offense
  • Date/time of crime (if known)
  • Suspect information (if known)
  • Solicitation of witness or suspect information
  • Safety tips to aid in the prevention of similar crimes
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