Student Policies

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Academic Freedom

Freedom of expression, as guaranteed under the First Amendment, and academic freedom, as defined by the University of Colorado Laws of the Regents, while distinctly separate concepts, are central to CU Denver’s academic mission and underlie our community values of respect, civility and inclusion. Please read about Freedom of Expression at CU Denver.

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 CU Anschutz Medical Campus Police 303-724-4444. Other resources include the Ombuds Office at 303-315-0046 and the Office of Human Resources at 303-315-2700.​​

Email Policy

Official university-assigned email accounts are the only ones the university uses for its email communications with CU Denver students. Faculty and administration will use your official CU Denver address when corresponding with you by email. We don’t send university messages to other email accounts like Gmail or Yahoo.

Students are responsible for reading emails received from CU Denver.

This policy accomplishes two things.

  • Ensures students receive information in a timely manner
  • Eliminates identity concerns related to student communications

University email communications include a variety of important information.

  • 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

Email Address Format and Activation

CU Denver-assigned student e-mail addresses are easy to recognize — firstname.lastname@ucdenver.edu.

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

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) deals specifically with the education records of students, affording them certain rights with respect to those records.

How 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 Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (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.​