By and large, Boulder is a relatively safe community. However, it is not without crime and concerns for physical safety. Sexual assaults, interpersonal violence, and aggressive behavior do occur both in the Boulder and Denver communities and, occasionally, on-campus.
It is best to plan ways to stay safe ahead of time.
- Familiarize yourself with campus and with safe spaces around town.
- Make sure to personalize your safety settings on social media, including location settings.
- Put emergency numbers, such as campus safety and the police, into your phone.
- Attend a campus workshop or program on sexual violence risk reduction.
- If you ever feel threatened, act up, state your feelings, and leave.
If you go out on a date, or plan to hook up:
- Make sure you communicate clearly with the other person what you do and don't want to happen.
- Let a friend or two know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
- Plan to meet in a public location if you are meeting someone you don't know well.
- Only drink something you have poured yourself or that comes from a sealed container.
- Use good judgement and speak up if you get uncomfortable.
If you do choose to go out and party:
- Go out with friends, and make a plan ahead of time.
- Be mindful of your alcohol and drug intake, and watch your drink.
- If you arrive as a group, leave as a group.
- Be aware of sudden changes in how your body feels, and tell a friend immediately.
- Trust your instincts and use good judgement.
- Have a backup plan.