2023 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The cover page of the 2022 Annual Security and Fire Safety ReportThree years’ worth of statistics (2020-2022) are included for Clery Act crimes that were reported on campus, in off-campus buildings or on property owned or controlled by the school, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. Also included are policy statements addressing crime reporting, fire safety, timely warnings, crime prevention programs and campus resource organizations.

To request a paper copy of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report, email Clery@colorado.edu or call 303-492-8168.

Campus Security Authority Crime Reporting Form

Federal law requires universities to notify their affiliates about any crimes that pose an ongoing threat to the community. Campus Security Authorities are obligated by law to report these crimes immediately.

What is the Clery Act?

Signed into law in 1990, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about campus crime activity and security policies in an annual report. The Clery Act also requires that campuses make “timely warnings” to campus community members about specific types of criminal activity when an ongoing threat to persons is believed to exist.

Information disseminated in accord with Clery Act guidelines serves to inform the personal safety and college selection decisions of current and prospective campus community members. All post-secondary public and private institutions participating in federal student aid programs must adhere to Clery regulations.

The Clery Act was championed by Howard & Connie Clery after their daughter, Jeanne, was murdered at Lehigh University in 1986.

What does the University do?

To ensure compliance with the Clery Act, CU must meet obligations in the following three broad categories: (1) policy disclosure; (2) records collection and retention; and (3) information dissemination.

  • Policy Disclosure — CU must provide the campus community and the public with accurate statements of current policies and practices regarding procedures for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies on campus, security of and access to campus facilities, and campus law enforcement.
  • Records Collection and Retention — CU is required to keep campus records of crimes reported on campus to campus security authorities, make a reasonable good faith effort to obtain certain crime statistics from appropriate law enforcement agencies to include in the annual security report, and keep a daily crime log open for public inspection.
  • Information Dissemination — To provide members of the campus community with information needed to make informed personal safety decisions, CU must: 1) Provide a "timely warning" of any Clery Act crime that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students and employees, or provide an “emergency notification” upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on CU Boulder campus; 2) Develop and maintain a log of all crimes reported to the CU Police Department, ensure public access to the crime log during normal business hours, and; 3) Publish an annual security report, make the report available to all current students and employees, and ensure the annual security report is made available to prospective students and employees. CU must also inform the campus community where to obtain information regarding registered sex offenders, and submit annual crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • CU Boulder is piloting an expanded emergency notificaiton area. Read more and see a map of the expansion.

What is considered a Clery Act crime?

  • Criminal homicide (murder and non-negligent manslaughter)
  • Negligent manslaughter
  • Sex offenses — includes rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Stalking
  • Arson

Hate crimes must be reported by category of prejudice, including race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, and disability. Statistics are also required for four additional crime categories if the crime committed is classified as a hate crime:

  • Larceny/Theft
  • Simple Assault
  • Intimidation
  • Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property

The following violations, both arrests and disciplinary referrals are reported through the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

  • Liquor
  • Drugs
  • Weapons

What is a Campus Security Authority (CSA)?

To assist in the identification and reporting of crime on campus, the Clery Act regulations define a campus security authority as:

  • University police
  • Non-police security staff responsible for monitoring university property
  • People/offices designated under university policy as those to whom/which crimes should be reported
  • University officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities (exempted officials include pastoral and professional counselors)

here for more information on CSA designations and responsibilities.

How do I report a crime to CUPD?

In case of an emergency, call 911 to reach CUPD to report criminal incidents or emergencies on campus and to reach fire, ambulance and rescue services. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 911 from a TTY/TDD telephone to reach CUPD. CUPD operates its own Dispatch Center 24 hours a day.

What anonymous or voluntary confidential reporting options are available?

CUPD provides information on anonymous reporting on its website, including options to share information through Safe2Tell, CU Boulder's Don't Ignore It website and Northern Colorado Crimestoppers. 

In addition, he CU Boulder Office of Victim Assistance has a  that allows CU community members (students, staff, faculty, and their significant others) to confidentially report harmful and/or traumatic events they or others have experienced. This option allows you to provide information about harmful and/or traumatic events in a confidential manner that does not constitute a report to CU-Boulder or law enforcement. This information goes to the confidential Office of Victim Assistance and will not be shared except in an aggregate, non-identifiable form for the purposes of annual disclosure of crime statistics.

Where can I get information on sex offenders?

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice, as required under State law, of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, volunteers services or is a student.

Law enforcement information concerning registered sex offenders at CU Boulder may be obtained from CUPD’s Records Section during normal business hours. The CUPD Records Section can be reached at 303-492-5115. View the . View the .

Police Data Use Statement

The University of Colorado Police Department receives criminal data from the Boulder Police Department for crime analytics reporting and to improve public safety on campus and the areas immediately surrounding campus. These data may include calls for service, criminal incident reports, arrest data, offense/incident data, police activity reports, field information reports, traffic accident data, citation data, and other data as deemed necessary in the interest of public safety. This data is secured in compliance with Criminal Justice Information Services, FERPA and other relevant federal and state privacy and security laws. Use of this data is for public and campus safety purposes and must be approved by the CU Chief of Police, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and the Chief People Officer. Requests for data owned by the Boulder Police Department must be submitted to the Boulder Police Department and will not be released by the CU Police Department.

How to Receive Emergency & Safety Information from CU Boulder: Parents, Guardians, Partners

Parents and caregivers without a colorado.edu email are able to receive certain types of emergency notifications from CU Boulder. Here’s what to do:

  • (NOTE: This information is for non-students. 鶹Ժ are automatically signed up for CU Alerts using their colorado.edu email addresses, then are prompted to add their cell phone numbers .)
  • Bookmark the , which will appear with a red banner across the top during emergency situations, campus closures or other ongoing situations impacting life, safety and/or normal campus operations.
  • Follow and enable push notifications, to receive information whenever emergency notifiations are sent out. CU Boulder has three levels of emergency notifications. Read more
  • Check the CUPD website for campus safety tips and other helpful resources.
  • Follow
  • Sign up for the .
  •  Watch a series of safety videos featuring CUPD Chief Doreen Jokerst to learn more about how and when CU Boulder sends emergency notifications, instructions students receive during emergency situations and our relationship with other local law enforcement agencies.
  • For incidents occurring off campus in the city and county of Boulder, alerts.

As always, call or text 911 in an emergency. CUPD’s non-emergency line is 303-492-6666. 

Other CU Boulder Services

CU Boulder offers a multitude of resources for students, faculty, and staff to ensure their success while a part of the CU Boulder community.

For up-to-date information on these programs, please visit the following websites:

Additional Information

For additional information relating to Clery Act Compliance at CU Boulder, the Clery Compliance Officer, Nick Dokkin, can be reached by e-mail at clery@colorado.edu.