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Health & Safety

The University of Denver is concerned not only with your academic success but also with your physical health and mental well-being.

Health & Counseling Center

The University of Denver's Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is located on-campus in the Ritchie Center on the third floor (map). Its medical staff are available Monday through Friday for appointments for injuries or illness, immunizations, annual physicals, and preventative care. The HCC also has counseling professionals who can assist students dealing with issues such as grief, stress, anxiety or culture shock.

All international students with an I-20 or DS-2019 issued by the University of Denver are required to participate in the University's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) which is included in their tuition and fees unless they have waived the insurance by showing proof of having a comparable plan. Therefore, most of the HCC's services are available to international students for little or no additional expense. If you have questions regarding coverage or cost, please contact the HCC.

The HCC's Information for International Students and Frequently Asked Questions webpages provide more details on its hours and its services.

Overview of US Healthcare System

Health care in the United States is very good but it can be very expensive and the system difficult to understand. This video helps explain how health insurance in the U.S. works and how to get care when you are sick or injured.

Campus Safety

Blue-light Emergency Phone

The Department of Campus Safety is staffed 24 hours a day year-round by trained professionals employed to serve the University community.


In life-threatening emergencies, or when you need immediate police, fire or medical assistance, make the following TWO calls: 911 and 303-871-3000 (1-3000).

The University has a network of emergency phones are easily recognizable and are located throughout campus. They can be used at any time to report crimes or suspicious activity.

Crime Prevention

Campus Safety also focuses on crime prevention through programs like Property Registration of bicycles and computers and classes such as the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course, a women-only self-defense class.

Safety Escort After Dark

If you are needing to go somewhere on campus after dark and do not have someone to walk with you, you can contact Campus Safety 303-871-2334 to request an escort.

Emergency Notifications

The Office of Emergency Preparedness and Fire Safety maintains an Emergency Notification System capable of pushing out emergency messages to everyone affiliated with the University of Denver in a very short period of time. The notifications can be received via email, telephone or text message.

For more information and to learn how to sign up, go to the Emergency Notification System webpage.