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Campus Safety Alerts and Emergency Notifications

Campus Safety Alerts

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that in the judgment of the Department of Campus Safety, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide Campus Safety Alert (timely warning) will be issued. The Campus Safety Alert will be issued through the University’s email system to students, faculty and staff. The information will also be posted on the Campus Safety website and social media sites. The Campus Safety Alert will include information to promote safety and help aid in the prevention of similar crimes. In addition, it will include information about the crime that triggered the warning, including the nature of crime, any suspect information and location of the incident. Crimes that are reported within six months of occurrence will be reviewed for Campus Safety Alerts.

Emergency Notifications

The Department of Campus Safety is authorized to send emergency notifications through the selected third party vendor to the DU Community if it is determined that there is an emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all members of the DU Community. Situations that may warrant an emergency notification include, but are not limited to:

  • An emergency incident in progress; active shooters, bomb threats, civil unrest, and evacuations
  • Potential impending emergency incidents such as tornado warnings and other serious weather events
  • Safety messages regarding suspicious persons, area or school closures, crimes against person where the suspect is not apprehended
  • Termination messages including all clears, status updates or re-opening of campus or buildings

Campus Safety shall without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the judgment of the first responders (including, but not limited to: the Denver Police Department, Denver Health, and/or the Denver Fire Department), compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. Before sending a message, the incident must be confirmed through one or more of the following methods:

i. Confirmation of an emergency in progress is subject to:

a. Confirmation of the incident by an emergency responder in the area

b. Visual confirmation via CCTV systems

c. Audible confirmation either in person or via telephone systems

d. Three (3) unique reports of the incident from members of the public or University community

ii. Confirmation of an impending emergency is subject to confirmation of the incident by an emergency responder or relevant agency

The system will be tested during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. Users opt in to receive text and telephone messages, but all DU Community members will receive the notification via email. Community members can sign up to receive messages through PioneerWeb. For additional information visit:

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.


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 Department of Campus Safety by contacting us via the "Contact Us" tab on this webpage.


Campus Safety Authority

DU’s Campus Safety and Parking Enforcement Officers (hereafter referred to as DCS Officers) have certain authority granted to them from the University. DCS Officers may stop persons on campus to inquire as to the individual’s identity, why they are on campus and what location they have come from or are going (as outlined by the Honor Code paragraph 11-must provide Pioneer Card upon request to any University official). If the individual contacted refuses to answer the officer’s questions, the officer may escort the person from the campus, or otherwise treat the individual as a trespasser, suspicious person, unwanted person, etc.

DCS Officers’ arrest powers are the same as those granted by a citizen’s arrest and any time someone is placed in handcuffs by DCS Officers the Denver Police Department must be called. DCS Officers are authorized to complete the following searches: search by consent, frisk search, health and safety searches, inventory searches, administrative searches and searches for exigent circumstances. Any searches of residential rooms will be conducted with approval from Housing and Residential staff and searches of an employee’s workspace will be in coordination with the Human Resource Department.

DCS Officers have the authority to issue parking citations for University owned parking lots, structures and roads.

Other Responsibilities

The Department is responsible for the Emergency Management program at the direction of the Vice Chancellor of Business and Financial Affairs. In addition, the Department manages the closed circuit television system and the C-Cure door access program for the University.

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.

Bicycle Registration

The University of Denver asks those who bring a bicycle to campus to register their bike with Campus Safety. The registration is free and is used to help alert bicycle owners to potential problems with their bicycle or to return a lost/stolen bike to its rightful owner. To register your bike, please Click Here.

You'll need to know the manufacturer, model, and serial number (see below) of your bicycle. You'll receive a DU registration sticker to be placed on your bike.  Most serial numbers are located on the bottom of the bike frame, look in the area of the cylindrical portion of the frame where the pedals are attached.


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

Complaint Process and Procedures

Complaint Process and Procedures

A. General Complaint Policies and Procedures:

1. All Complaints received, including anonymous complaints will be investigated by the Department of Campus Safety

2. If you file a complaint, you can request that your identity can remain confidential to the official whom your complaint is about. If you request that your identity remain confidential, Campus Safety administration will contact you to determine what level of involvement you would like in the investigation.

3. Filing a complaint does not start a criminal investigation.  If during the investigation it is discovered that criminal action took place during the incident, the Department of Campus Safety may, at it's discretion, disclose this information to the Denver Police Department.  If you wish to file a criminal complaint, you must contact the Denver Police Department separately.

4.Any complaint that is governed by DU’s Board Approved Policy 3.10.010 that relates to discrimination, Title IX, equal opportunity, or retaliation. If the complaint is in regards to those matters the Title IX Office must complete the investigation. These cases are not considered internal affair matters.  If you are unsure weather your complaint falls into this category, please contact the commander of Patrol services at 303.871.2139.

B. How to File a Complaint:

Complaints can be filed in two ways:

1. Informal complaints can be filed by by calling the Commander of Patrol Services at 303.871.2139.  Informal complaints are generally minor in nature. The Commander of Patrol Services may determine, based on the information you've provided, that the complaint you've submitted is of a nature that requires a formal complaint. In that situation, the Commander will initiate an investigation on your behalf.

2. Formal complaints can be filed by filling out the online complaint form. Formal complaints are generally used for serious misconduct on the part of a Campus Safety Employee.

C. Next Steps after Filing Your Complaint:

1. You will receive a confirmation e-mail stating that your complaint has been received. Once your complaint is received, Campus Safety will make every possible effort to have an outcome to your complaint within thirty calendar days.  In some extenuating circumstances, the investigation may take more than thirty days to complete.  If this is the case, you will be notified.

2. A member of Campus Safety administration will contact you to determine how much involvement you would like to have in the investigative process. The administrator may also ask you questions to help clarify the exact nature of your complaint.

3. An investigation will begin.

a. Campus Safety will assign an investigator who has no involvement in the situation which is the subject of your complaint.

b. Depending on your wishes for involvement, you may be contacted by the investigator if any clarification is needed.

c. Witnesses will be contacted by the investigator

d. If necessary, practical and available, video surveillance footage, photographs, e-mails, (sent from accounts) telephone records/recordings (DU telephone only) and any other physical evidence may be reviewed.

4. The investigation will be completed and a determination regarding culpability will be made. Disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate if the Campus Safety official is found to be responsible.

5. The complainant will be made aware of the results of the investigation via certified letter sent through the United States Postal Office. In general, complaniants are only made aware of the results of the investigation and not the specific disciplinary action that was taken as a result of the complaint.

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

University of Denver - 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

University of Denver - 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.  

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.