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Wearing Masks on University Premises

Masks Policy

For the safety of all DU community members and guests, persons may not wear masks which conceal the face on University premises, including but not limited to masks worn with the intent to or having the effect of intimidating, threatening, or harassing any other person; avoiding identity while engaged in conduct prohibited by University policies or any law; or causing any persons to fear for their personal safety. This policy shall not apply to: covering any part of the face for religious reasons; wearing protective equipment while engaged in a sport or responding to an emergency or safety situation; engaging in a theatrical production or similar University sanctioned event; or wearing a mask for protection from weather or medical reasons.

Missing Student Policy

Missing Student Policy

Members of the University community who believe that a student residing in on-campus housing is missing should immediately contact Campus Safety at 303.871.2334 (1- 2334).

They may also notify the student’s Resident Assistant, Resident Director, Graduate Resident Director or the residence hall’s Desk Assistant.

Those who suspect a student living in a fraternity or sorority may be missing should contact Campus Safety or the Director or Assistant Director of Campus Activities.

Once notified of a potentially missing student, Campus Safety will initiate an investigation to determine the student’s status.

Methods employed by Campus Safety to determine if a student is missing may include, but are not limited to:

  • Attempting to contact the missing student utilizing phone and email contact information they have provided the University, retrieving their ID photo from the Pioneer Card office
  • Checking their class schedule and attempting to contact them in class
  • Contacting their parents, their roommate, friends, etc.

Should Campus Safety’s investigation determine that the student is in fact missing, and has been missing for more than 24 hours, the Denver Police Department and the student’s designated missing person emergency contact will be notified.

If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, Campus Safety will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after the student has been determined to be missing more than 24 hours.

Students living in on-campus housing are directed to designate a missing-person contact.

All students may designate a missing-person contact online when designating other emergency contacts. This person is distinct from other emergency contacts, although students may opt to have their missing-person contact the same as other emergency contacts. In the event the student is suspected to be missing, the University will contact that individual.


Flyers, Posters, and Banners Policy

All flyers, posters, banners or other signs must be approved by University officials before they may be posted on campus. This includes lawn stake signs, chalking on sidewalks, temporary and directional signage. All approvals will expire three weeks from the date of approval.

Some buildings on campus have internal procedures for posting items in their specific building. The guidelines for these building can be found at the link below:

POSTING IN ALL OTHER SPACES, INCLUDING OUTDOOR LOCATIONS must be approved by the Division of Campus Safety by contacting us via the "Contact Us" tab on this webpage.

Motor Vehicle Policies

On University Property

All motor vehicles on University property shall be operated or parked in accordance with all Parking &Traffic Rules and Regulations of the University of Denver and all laws of the City of Denver and the State of Colorado.

Refer to policies listed here:

Bicycle Policies

Surveys of bicycle racks are conducted periodically at all residence halls and major academic buildings on campus. Bicycles are examined for compliance with University Bicycle Policy.

Bicycle Lock Policy

The only style of bicycle lock approved by the University of Denver is a U-Lock.

  • Bicycles must be secured in a manner in which the bicycle frame and front wheel (if possible) is secured to a bicycle rack.
  • Bicycles may only be secured to a bicycle rack; no other location(s) are authorized.

Bicycles that are observed to be unsecured or improperly locked shall be either booted with a Campus Safety U-Lock (when possible) or impounded.

Bicycles that are part of a University approved ride-share program are exempt from this policy.

Improperly Secured Bicycles

All bicycles parked on campus must utilize an approved bicycle rack and U-Lock.

    • Bicycles MAY NOT be secured to signs, lamp posts, hand rails, emergency phone stanchions, ADA access ways, landscaping etc.
    • Bicycles secured to anything other than a bike rack are subject to immediate removal, impoundment and citation issuance.
    • Bicycle owners (rider) may be held responsible for any damage caused to University property when bicycles are secured to inappropriate objects.

Improper Bikes

Abandoned Bicycles

Bicycle Abandonment

Bicycles are considered abandoned when they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Severely rusted chain
  • Flat or empty tire
  • Missing major parts (wheel, handlebar, pedals, chain)
  • Organic growth (vines/grass)
  • "Extreme" damage (severely bent rim or frame)
  • Build up of debris, trash around tires
  • Significant amount of dirt accumulated on bicycle

The bicycle will be eligible for removal and impoundment. An impoundment fee will be assessed.

Impounded Bicycle Disposal Policy

Parking & Mobility Services impounds unsecured/improperly secured bicycles for safekeeping throughout the year.

Impounded bicycles are held for a minimum of 90 days. Bicycles that are unclaimed are held for a period of at least 90 days, then are sold at public auction to the highest bidder. Parking & Mobility Services will hold at minimum two (2) bicycle auctions per year. Bicycle auctions are open to the general public and are not restricted to University of Denver affiliates.


Motorized Scooter & Hoverboard Policies

Scooter Policy

The Department of Parking Services has been charged with managing, promoting and regulating the efficient and safe conduct of vehicular traffic on University property. Beginning on October 27, 2014 all Scooters with an engine capacity of 49cc and under will no longer be allowed to park at any bicycle rack or other non-designated location on campus such as lawns, sidewalks and pedestrian walkways.

Scooter operators will be required to purchase a scooter parking permit and park only in designated scooter parking areas that are located in the following parking lots: 103, 311, behind the Schwayder Art building as signed, Q, T, W, F, 121 and P. Parking Map

Scooters will be required to have a valid DU Scooter parking permit and only be authorized to park in our S Lot designated scooter parking areas. Scooters found in undesignated areas will be subject to ticketing, immobilization and or towing at the owner’s expense.

If you own/operate a scooter and you would like to park it on campus, please stop by the Parking Services office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm) to purchase your $20.00 scooter parking permit. Scooters are required to be registered with the state of Colorado( prior to purchasing a DU parking permit. You will need to provide us with the make, model, color, Colorado registration sticker number, and VIN (vehicle identification number) of your scooter to purchase a DU Scooter parking permit.

Hoverboard Policy

The University of Denver is committed to providing a safe place to study, live, and work. Due to potential fire hazards and other safety concerns raised by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, effective immediately, the University prohibits the use, possession, or storage on campus of all self-balancing scooters, also referred to as battery-operated hoverboards, skateboards, self-balancing boards, or any similar devices. This prohibition will remain in effect until a determination is made that these devices no longer present safety concerns. In order to ensure campus safety, any self-balancing scooter found on campus may be confiscated, disposed of, and/or destroyed.

Personal Mobility Vehicle Rules

These rules apply to all motorized vehicles designed to move a single person. This includes motorized (electric or fueled): scooters, skateboards, one wheels, solo wheel, electric unicycle and any other motorized vehicles that may be developed.

  1. Motorized personal mobility vehicles are not allowed on campus paths
  2. Personal mobility vehicle users must follow common safety practices: motorized vehicles yield to non-motorized, non-motorized personal mobility vehicles yield to pedestrians

Shared ride/Dockless mobility vehicles

Shared ride/Dockless mobility vehicles refer to commercial shared mobility vehicles

Rules include:

  1. All dockless shared mobility vehicles must park in areas designated by parking box markings on the ground
  2. Dockless mobility vehicles are not allowed to be ridden, carried, or otherwise transported into campus buildings
  3. Motorized dockless mobility vehicles may not be charged on campus property

Exemptions include motorized wheel chairs and University owned vehicles

Skateboards and In-line Skates

The University of Denver strongly encourages all University community members to use caution and safety for both an operator and others in the immediate area when traversing the pedestrian corridors on a skateboard or in-line skates. If a person is injured from a skateboarding or in-line skating accident, the Division of Campus Safety or Health and Counseling Center should be immediately notified. Unlike bicycles, skateboarders and in-line skaters must always act as pedestrians. This means they must take care and yield to other pedestrians while maintaining a safe speed. In some areas skateboarding/in-line skating is prohibited, so it is important to be aware and follow the posted laws. Since skateboards/in-line skates are not considered vehicles, skateboarders/in-line skaters cannot ride in the street. Skateboards/in-line skates may not be operated on campus property in any manner that endangers the life, safety or property of others. Trick-riding or similar type of actions with a skateboard/in-line skates on campus property is strictly prohibited.

Weapons Guidelines

Dangerous Weapons on Campus

The University of Denver is committed to providing a safe workplace and therefore prohibits the possession of dangerous weapons.

Any possession and/or use of weapons, explosives, fireworks, or other object designed and/or used to inflict injury or damage while on University property is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, items that simulate such dangerous objects. The possession of non-lethal self-defense instruments is not prohibited; however, the reckless use of such devices may be considered a violation of this policy.

It shall also be a violation of University policy to possess any weapon on the private property of the University even if the bearer possesses a valid concealed weapon permit issued under current Colorado state statute.

For the purposes of this policy weapons are defined in Colorado Revised Statutes 18-12-101 & 18-12-102.

Possession/Use of Prohibited Materials For Instructional Purposes

The University of Denver is committed to providing a safe place to work and study; therefore prohibits the possession/use of certain materials that have been deemed as prohibited on campus. However, understanding that these materials may have some pedagogical value the process outlined below may be used to determine if an instructional exception will be granted.

Faculty/instructors shall:

At least 10 days prior to the scheduled class, meet with the appropriate dean or chair to discuss the proposed lesson and the pedagogical value, of the prohibited material in their specific course.

After meeting with the dean/chair the instructor will meet with the director of Campus Safety who will determine what steps must be taken to make the use of this material on campus as safe as possible. In the rare instance that material cannot be rendered sufficiently safe the director of Campus Safety will recommend that they not be allowed on campus.

The recommendations of both the dean/chair and the director of Campus Safety will be forwarded to the Provost who will make a final determination regarding the use of the material on campus.

*Any questions regarding whether a material is prohibited or not should be directed to the director of Campus Safety or Office of the Provost.

Solicitation Policy

Policy on Solicitation and Distribution of Materials

To avoid disruption of operations or disturbance of faculty, staff, visitors, and students, the University has implemented this Solicitation Policy (the "Solicitation policy").

Persons not employed or otherwise authorized by the University are prohibited from soliciting funds or signatures, distributing literature or gifts, offering to sell merchandise or services or engaging in any other solicitations or similar activity on University property.

With the exception of University-approved activities, employees may not engage in soliciting during work time, may not distribute material during work time or in work areas, and may not use the University's email system for non-job related solicitations or distributions.

For purposes of this policy, "Solicitation" or "Soliciting" shall include: peddling or otherwise selling, purchasing or offering goods and services for sale or purchase, distributing advertising materials, circulars or product samples, or engaging in any other conduct relating to any outside business interests or for profit or personal economic benefit on University property or using University resources without University approval, canvassing, seeking to obtain membership in or support for any non-University organization, requesting contributions, and posting or distributing handbills, pamphlets, petitions, and the like of any kind on University property or using University resources (including without limitation bulletin boards, computers, mail, e-mail and telecommunication systems, photocopiers and telephone lists and databases).

General Policies

Policy on Drones and Other Unmanned Aircraft Systems

This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and the general public on property owned, leased, or controlled by the University of Denver ("University property").

It is not permissible to operate drones and other unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS") for hobby or recreational purposes on University property.

It is permissible to operate UAS on University property for research and educational purposes or other University approved purposes. Any such use must comply with all applicable legal requirements including FAA regulations. It is not permissible to photograph, video, monitor, or fly near areas where members of the University community or general public would have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

All requests to operate a drone on/above University of Denver property that are not related to DU educational research or projects, must be preapproved by the Department of Campus Safety or the Division of Marketing & Communications and meet the following guidelines.

General Guidelines:

Any drone flights on campus, either recreational or commercial, must comply with FAA Regulations which can be found at these links.

Personal Drone

  1. Anyone flying a personal drone for "fun" or "recreation" must first register that drone with the FAA
  2. The drone must also be marked with the FAA Registration Number
  3. Once those steps are complete, they are ready to fly as long as they follow these rules
    1. Fly at or below 400 feet when in uncontrolled airspace (Class G)
      1. Most drones have a limiter that should be set to 400 Feet
      2. This is measured from where the operator is standing
    2. Fly within visual line-of-sight, meaning you as the drone operator use your own eyes and needed contacts or glasses (without binoculars), to ensure you can see your drone at all times.
    3. Never fly near other aircraft.
    4. Never fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people.
    5. Never fly near or over emergency response efforts.
    6. Never fly at night
    7. Flying over public events or crowds of people is strictly prohibited
    8. Even on private property, things like concerts and sporting events are considered Public Events

Commercial Drone

  1. Anyone flying larger commercial drones, or even a personal sized drone for "furtherance of a business", but first obtain a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate
    1. This applies to any and all Drone use that will be for the benefit of the University
  2. Even with this license you are not authorized to fly over Public Events or at Night without a specific waiver from the FAA
  3. All rules in section 2 and 3 still apply

The Department of Campus Safety has the authority to ground or suspend operations of a UAS that is not compliant with this policy or that presents a danger or unacceptable risk to the University community, the general public, or University property.