May 27, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Life

The University of Colorado Denver, Denver Campus is physically located on the 151-acre Auraria Campus, which is shared with two other institutions—Metropolitan State University of Denver and Community College of Denver. Because we share facilities, our students have access to the level of resources found at much larger public universities. Since fall of 2006, the university has also been able to offer student housing adjacent to this traditionally commuter campus. Details about the campus and Campus Village are explained in this chapter.

Auraria Campus

Since opening in 1976, Auraria has become the largest campus in Colorado, enrolling nearly 50,000 students—20 percent of all the students in public higher education in the state. This is the most efficiently utilized campus in the state. Classrooms on the Auraria Campus are used an average of 50+ hours per week. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some courses and programs are offered cooperatively by the Auraria educational institutions. Those pertaining to CU Denver students are outlined in this catalog.

The Auraria Campus offers numerous amenities to students, faculty and staff, from the largest bookstore in the Rocky Mountain region to a state-of-the-art fitness facility. Details of these amenities are outlined in this chapter.

In addition to its proximity to the thriving business and industry of downtown Denver, the Auraria Campus has a distinct historic flavor. The Tivoli Student Union is housed in a renovated brewery originally built in the 1860s. Historic Ninth Street Park, St. Cajetan’s Church/Performing Arts Center, St. Elizabeth’s Church, the Emmanuel-Sherith Chapel/Synagogue/Art Gallery and the Golda Meir House Museum are also located on campus.

Auraria Higher Education Center

The Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) is the administrative body that coordinates the facilities, services and activities for the three educational institutions on campus. AHEC provides common services for the campus including: classroom scheduling, facilities services and construction, campus police, telecommunications infrastructure, student union, media services, book store, early learning center, parking and transportation, mail services and facilities master planning. Visit their website for additional information.

Campus Amenities

Auraria Campus Bookstore

Location: Tivoli Student Union
Phone Number: 303-556- 4286           

The Auraria Campus Bookstore, a department of the Auraria Higher Education Center, is located in the historic Tivoli Student Union. Your campus store provides exclusive school spirit clothing and gifts, general school supplies, technology products, and most importantly textbooks.

Find your school spirit with CU Denver sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, gifts, and more! We also provide school and art supplies, along with items like greeting cards for your convenience.

The Bookstore is an Apple Authorized Campus Store.  Visit the campus computers section on the second floor to find Mac computers, iPods, calculators, flash drives, and more.  Bring your current student ID to save up to 80% off of technology retail prices.

Shop the bookstore for thousands of titles to rent or buy new or used.  Many titles are also available in e-book form and unbound loose-leaf form.  Visit for our Textbook Pick-up program.  This allows you to shop from home and come pick up your purchase at your convenience or to be delivered.  Take advantage of our buyback program at the end of each semester, contributing to student savings by paying cash for books with your current student ID!

Find a line of general books of all genres on the second floor.  Whether you need study aids, reference materials, or just a book to unwind, you’ll find everyday savings of 30% off of all New York Times bestsellers. We strive to bring you the best in service, convenience and value; and we appreciate your business. Supporting the Bookstore keeps your money local and helps fund campus programs. We are also one of the largest student employers on campus; contact us for rewarding opportunities. 

Auraria Campus Event Services

Location: Tivoli Student Union 325
Phone Number: 303-556-2755 (Option #2)       

Auraria Campus Event Services (ACES) can assist you in booking rooms across the Auraria Campus for meetings, conferences, receptions, ceremonies, special events, etc. A  majority of the event spaces on campus are located in the Tivoli Student Union, but other event venues are also available such as: St. Cajetan’s Event Center, PE/Event Center, several outdoor event spaces and other various event spaces.   Classroom space is also available to book through ACES, some restrictions apply.  ACES has 7 preferred caterers to choose from for all your catering needs.  You can contact ACES by phone: 303-556-2755 option #2 or by email: .  Please visit our website for more information:

Auraria Early Learning Center (Child Care Center)

Location: West Colfax and Ninth Street Park
Phone Number: 303-556-3188
Hours: Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m.–6 p.m.               

The Auraria Early Learning Center serves the child care needs of Auraria’s students, staff and faculty by providing high-quality early childhood education and care programs. The Auraria Early Learning Center is located at the south end of 9th Street Park. Its programs are consistently recognized by the educational community for their high-quality early childhood care and education. Developmentally appropriate practices for young children guide the educational programs that are provided. Curriculum planning is flexible and based on children’s interests.

Supervising teachers in the Auraria Early Learning Center are all degreed teachers meeting the certification guidelines of the State of Colorado and of the National Academy of Early Childhood programs. Children aged 12 months to 5 years are served at the center. The center also has a fully accredited kindergarten program.

Auraria Event Center/Student Recreation Center

Location: 1255 Tenth Street Mall
Phone Number: 303-352-4371 (fitness center); 303-556-3210 (recreation); 303-556-2755 (events)

The Auraria Campus PE/Event Center is a 2,800-seat facility for team and individual sport activities, academic programs, events and conferences. Funds from student recreation fees support the use by students of the many health and recreation facilities found within the building. Adjacent to the building are softball fields, tennis courts and a track.

Auraria Library

Phone Number: 303-556-2740  

The Auraria Library connects users with ideas through technology-enabled information discovery and delivery on an “anytime, anyplace” basis. The Library’s collections of learning materials, resources, and research services support the information, research, and curriculum needs of the Auraria Campus. Whether you are looking for a quiet place to read and reflect, a place to share a cup of coffee while working with classmates on a group project, a source of authoritative academic information, or a computer-enabled collaborative study room, the Library will meet your needs. Assistance from Library staff is available via one-on-one meetings, by phone, text, or chat on our website (

Auraria Media Center and Classroom Support

Location: 1100 Lawrence Street (East side of the Auraria Library), 015
Phone Number: 303-556-2426

The Auraria Media Center and Classroom Support Services offers a full range of media services and classroom support:

  • distance learning technologies including video conferencing, webinars, audio conferencing, video over IP and ISDN and videotaping of course delivery
  • circulation of a wide range of audio, video and data (AVD) presentation equipment for one-time use
  • long-term classroom equipment check-out
  • production of content on digital tape, DVD, CD and videotape by an award-winning staff using state-of-the-art digital editing, graphics and animation systems
  • quantity duplication of DVD, CD, audio and videotape media
  • equipment maintenance and repair
  • equipment/systems consultation and installation

The Auraria Media Center’s 34-channel closed-circuit campus cable system can be used in the classroom to broadcast channels such as CNN, MSNBC, History, Discovery, A&E, PBS, CSPAN, NASA and local television networks. One channel is dedicated to and managed by each institution for distribution of programming of their choice.

Auraria Media Center staff are available to train faculty in the use of equipment in “smart” classrooms on campus and offer consulting services to faculty and other clients in such areas as media design and production, effective use of media types and effective use of distance learning technologies, effective use of those technologies and equipment selection to best meet instructional needs.

Auraria Media Center and Classroom Support Services will handle all of your classroom needs regarding furniture, projector screens, whiteboards, smart classroom equipment and ADA furniture placement.

Emmanuel Gallery

Location: 10th and Lawrence Street Pedestrian Mall 
Phone Number: 303-556-8337

Tri-institutional campus on Auraria Campus for over 35 years. Historical landmark who received the Mayor’s Art for Excellence in 2012 featuring national, international artists, designers and architects as well as featuring student and faculty shows for each school on campus. Stop in for a relaxing break.

Health Center at Auraria

Location: Plaza Building 150     
Phone Number: 303-556-2525

All Downtown Campus students, faculty and staff have access to medical services at the Health Center at Auraria. Student health insurance is NOT required to use this facility. However, for students on Medicare or Medicaid the Health Center is only approved to provide emergency care. 

The Health Center at Auraria is staffed by Physicians (including University of Colorado Physicians), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, radiological technologists, and medical assistants. 

A full array of medical services are provided, including the treatment of acute and chronic illness, injuries and mental health needs, laboratory testing, medications, physicals, annual GYN exams, sexually transmitted disease screening, birth control services, minor surgery,  immunizations, HIV testing, casting, suturing, and x-ray. Specialist physicians in orthopedics, psychiatry and GYN complement the professional medical personnel available to students.

Charges for services are kept below community standards and are established at a level to ensure that students will have access to an economical medical resource for their health needs.  Payment is required at the time of service, except for students who participate in the Student Health Insurance Program or for any student, faculty or staff who is insured by Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Humana and Cofinity Network in which case the Health Center will bill these insurance carriers directly.  

Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Patients can either walk-in or call 303-556-2525 to schedule an appointment.  Walk-in access varies daily, contingent upon when all patient slots have been filled; thus, the daily closure time for walk-in care is variable. Patients are encouraged to check in as early as possible. 

King Academic and Performing Arts Center

Location: 855 Lawrence Way 
Phone Number: 303-556-2179

The King Center houses six performing spaces: three permanently assigned production studios, a 197-seat recital hall; 520-seat concert hall; and the 168-297 seat (depending on stage configuration) Eugenia Rawls Courtyard Theatre. There are dressing rooms, green room, recording studio, lighting lab, music electronics lab, classroom space, box office, scene shop, paint shop and costume shop. All spaces are fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and a variety of spaces for exhibiting fine art. The entire facility has more than 180,000 square feet dedicated to the education of the student and development of the student who wishes to study performance/arts. The center can support many forms of entertainment, anywhere from legit theatre to large choral ensembles and other forms of performances.

Tivoli Student Union

Location: Tivoli Student Union 325
Phone Number: 303-556-6330   

The Tivoli Student Union, managed by Student Facilities Services, provides a wide variety of services for the Auraria community. The Student Union houses student government and student life offices, two credit unions, two student newspapers, three computer labs, and tri-institutional services such as the GLBT Student Services.

If you want a break or a quiet place to study, the Tivoli Student Union is just the place. With a food court, a new pizza restaurant, a coffeehouse and deli, and a convenience store, you’ll find a place to suit your appetite, schedule, and budget. If you’d rather retreat than eat, you can watch TV in the historic Boiler Room Student Lounge, play a game of pool or a video game at Sigi’s Pool Hall, meet a study group in the Roger Braun Lounge or Multicultural Student Lounge or study in total silence in the Garage Quiet Study Lounge.

Additional student services at the Tivoli Student Union include the Auraria Campus Bookstore, the Club Hub, Ricoh Copy Center, Event and Conference Services, the ID Program, the Commuter Resource Center and the Lost & Found.

Club Hub
Suite 346, 303-556-8094

This uniquely designed club space on the third floor of the Tivoli features work space for more than 60 clubs, mailboxes for campus clubs, a limited number of lockers, club bulletin boards and a lounge area for group meetings. This office works closely with the Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board (SACAB) and the student activities/life offices.

Campus ID Program/Commuter and Housing Resources

Location: Tivoli Student Union 269
Phone Number: 303-556-8385

Auraria Campus staff, faculty, and students come here to get their ID cards, which are necessary for parking in some campus lots and for checking out library books. With a Student ID, students receive a second card which serves as the RTD bus pass and light rail pass.  The RTD CollegePass Smart Cards are activated and deactivated based on the enrollment status of a student.  The center provides campus information, RTD bus & Light Rail information, lost & found, and off-campus housing resources. 

Sigi’s Pool Hall and Arcade

Location: Tivoli Student Union 145 
Phone Number: 303-556-3645

Sigi’s, named after Tivoli Brewery founder Moritz Sigi, houses 8 Arcade game machines, 6 Billiard tables, 3 Table Tennis, Air Hockey table, Foosball table, most current Xbox and Wii games. Sigi’s is open to the entire Auraria Campus population. The student-friendly atmosphere encourages community socialization and relaxation.  Sigi’s Pool Hall and Arcade staff holds numerous tournaments throughout the semester for Auraria Campus students to participate at and show off their skills.

Campus Safety

Auraria Police Department

Location: 1201 5th Street Denver, CO 80217, Administration Building on the Auraria Campus
Police Dispatch Number: 303-556-6000

Campus Police Mission

The Auraria Campus Police Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life on the Auraria Campus by protecting life and property, and providing a wide range of services to prevent crime and resolve problems.

Services (The Auraria Campus Police Department provides campus services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.)

  • Crime prevention programs
  • Informational services
  • Police support to campus staff
  • Night escorts to your vehicle
  • Security patrols, bicycle patrols, foot patrols
  • Vehicle unlocks
  • Emergency response (Emergency Phone Map:
  • Timely Notification Bulletin for the Auraria Campus
  • Immediate notice of crimes affecting the Auraria Campus.

The Auraria Handivan Service is offered Monday through Thursday 7:00 am-10:00 pm and on Friday’s from 7:00 am-6:00 pm. Also, take advantage of Auraria’s Nightrider escort service. It will take you to any building or parking lot on campus Monday through Thursday, Sundown to 10:00pm. The wait time is usually no longer than 10 minutes. To arrange for the Nightrider, contact the Auraria Parking Office at (303) 556-2001. If the Nightrider is not running, contact the Auraria Campus Police Department at (303) 556-5000 to arrange for an escort to your car.

Emergency Notification System

The Emergency Notification System (ENS) tool provided by the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) for students, faculty and staff provides timely life-safety alerts. You are able to receive these alerts via text, voice and email messaging. Your CU Denver email address has already been added to this system. If you would receive emergency alerts on your cell phone, make sure that you enter your cell phone number into the PROFILE section of your student or employee portal at If you have questions, please contact the CU Denver Emergency Manager, Essi Ellis, at or by phone at 303-724-1031. 

Student Housing

University Policy and Support: Tivoli Student Union, 227
Phone Number: 303-556-2444

Leasing and Payment Options: Campus Village Apartments, 318 Walnut Street
Phone Number: 303-573-5272

The University of Colorado Denver, Denver Campus, has a live-in requirement for first-time undergraduate students

Benefits of living on-campus

Research has shown that living in student housing during the first year has numerous benefits for students both academically and socially. Students who live on-campus their first year experience:

  • Higher graduation rates than students who live off campus.
  • A higher level of satisfaction with their college experience.
  • A higher level of involvement in clubs and activities on campus.
  • More frequent interaction with faculty members and peers.

Live-in Policy

The University of Colorado Denver is a residential campus, and all first-year students live in the Campus Village Apartments at Auraria. No other apartments or buildings meet the live-in policy requirement. First-year students live together in a dedicated wing of Campus Village. This wing includes the following additional amenities:

  • Additional Staff – This wing of the complex will have a higher ratio of staff to students to help provide additional support, guidance and resources for first-time students.
  • Special Programming – Many of the programming efforts sponsored by the university will be taking place in the first-year student wing of Campus Village. Programs will focus on study skills, navigating the university and community, living with a roommate and a variety of other topics.
  • Connections with other first-year students - First-year students share many of the same challenges and anxieties as they begin their college careers. Living in a community of students going through the same types of experiences provides a built-in support network and can lead to lasting friendships.


First-time freshman students wishing to live with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or who qualify under at least one of the exemptions listed below must submit the “Exemption Form” to be considered for exception from the live-in policy. Exemptions to this policy will be evaluated and made on a case-by-case basis. For further information, please contact the Office of Student Life at 303-556-3399 or via e-mail at

Exemptions to the first-time freshmen live-in requirement:

  1. You will be living at home with parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
  2. You are a veteran of the armed forces.
  3. You are married or a parent with dependent(s).
  4. You are a part-time undergraduate student enrolled for less than 10 credit hours per semester.
  5. You are deemed medically excusable by the Office of Community Standards and Wellness (must be supported in writing by a doctor and with appropriate medical documentation).
  6. You are over 21 years of age.
  7. All other requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Exemptions will be evaluated and made on a case-by-case basis. Exemption forms are available through the Office of Community Standards and Wellness, Tivoli Student Union, 259, or online at For further information, please contact the Office of Community Standards and Wellness at 303-556-2444 or via e-mail at

Campus Village Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How close to campus is Campus Village?
A. Campus Village is adjacent to campus at 318 Walnut Street.

Q. Can I use my financial aid?
A. You should review any documentation concerning grants, loans or scholarships with your parents and the financial aid office. Financial aid awards are used to pay your tuition and fees first; any remaining award(s) are then used to pay your housing charges. Students are responsible for charges not covered by financial aid and scholarships. Please contact Campus Village at for further questions.

Q. Do I have to have a meal plan?
A. Campus Village offers a full service Cafeteria and Cyber Café but only CU Denver first-year students are required to have a meal plan.

Q. Is parking available?
A. Yes, we offer parking on site. Parking for the 2014-2015 year is $80.00

Q. What kind of security arrangements do you have?
A.  We’ve done our best to create a safe and secure environment at Campus Village. The grounds are protected by key-card access, as is the building. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day. There are emergency phones in each parking lot and at the gates into the courtyard. On site staff will do rounds of the property, and they’ll be equipped with cell phones to call for assistance if necessary. All of the outside doors are alarmed—if they are propped open, the alarm will sound.

CU Denver and the Auraria campus consistently rank amongst the safest campuses in Colorado. Campus Village has many systems in place to help ensure that we maintain this outstanding record of safety.

  • 24-hour staffing including a 24/7 front desk
  • Card-access doors and limited points of entry
  • On-site professional security personnel from dusk until dawn
  • Multiple evening and overnight patrols of the building and grounds
  • Emergency phones on and adjacent to the property
  • Easy Lobby check-in system for all guests
  • Exterior doors are alarmed to prevent propping
  • Night Rider shuttle service
  • Educational workshops and programs focused on safety

Q. Can I request an apartment or roommates?
A. Yes, but a request does not guarantee a roommate or an apartment. We use a roommate matching system online through Facebook called Room Sync which allows you to choose your own roommates. Similar to online dating for roommates.

Q.  What if my roommate leaves partway through the year? Will I be responsible for his/her share of the rent?
A. No, you won’t. You’re responsible only for the rent for your bed, whether you’re in a studio or a four-bedroom unit. If one of your roommates bails, you’re not on the hook for his/her rent.

Q.  What utilities are included in my rent?
A. Rent includes a fully furnished apartment, high-speed wireless internet, cable television, electricity, water, sewage and trash.

Q.  What size are the beds?
A.  The beds are extra-long twin size in the two-bedroom, two bathroom, double-occupancy apartments/suites. All other apartments/suites have an 80-inch full-/double-sized bed.

Q.  What do I need to hook up my computer to the Internet?
A.  We provide Internet connections in each apartment for the residents. All you need to provide is an Ethernet cord if you wish to have hard wire hooks ups. Otherwise the whole building is equipped with WiFi.

Q.  What is the deadline for applying for a lease?
A.  There is no deadline for submitting applications. However, contracts are signed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it is better to send in a contract sooner rather than later. The priority deadline for CU Denver first-year students is May 15.

Q. Do you have any rules about smoking?
A. Campus Village is a nonsmoking facility, including the outside courtyards. You can smoke outside in the designated smoking pavilion.

Q. I’m married or in a domestic partnership. Can my partner and I share a studio unit?
A. Campus Village is geared more toward singles; it’s not set up as married student or couples housing. The rule is, “one head per bed”—so a married couple cannot rent a studio at Campus Village. You can, however, rent a two bedroom unit.

Q.  Will the building be closed during semester breaks, spring break or summer vacation?
A. Campus Village is open year-round to residents—depending on the timeframe of your lease agreement. The Cyber Café and convenience store will also be open year-round.

Q. Do you allow pets?
A. Pets are not allowed at Campus Village.

Detailed information about Campus Village is available online at


At Campus Village Apartments, students will find a community to support their academic, social, and personal goals and aspirations. It’s convenient, comfortable and affordable. Campus Village is more than a place to live, it is a living experience. Features include:

  • Fully-furnished, Suite-Style Apartments with full kitchen or kitchenette in every unit
  • All Utilities included & Individual Leases
  • On-Site Dining w/Meal Plans Available
  • Community Wide Wireless Internet
  • Just Steps to Campus & Light Rail
  • Access-Controlled Building & 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Gated, On-Site Parking Available
  • Customized Roommate Matching
  • Complimentary Tutoring & Academic Support
  • Computer Lab & Complimentary Printing
  • Complimentary Laundry
  • Exciting Social & Educational Programs
  • 24-Hour Fitness Center & Basketball Half Court
  • Movie/TV Lounge & Study Lounges

More information on Campus Village including floor plans, details about meal plans, pricing, and applications are available on the website at

Important Dates and Information

May 15, 2014: CU Denver First-Year Student Priority Deadline

Freshman students are required to live in Campus Village for two academic-year semesters. Most residence hall assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis, so you are encouraged to apply for housing as soon as possible after you confirm your enrollment.

Payment and Billing

Campus Village housing and dining fees can be billed to your CU Denver student account. If you receive financial aid, your award(s) will be credited directly to your student account. Financial aid awards are used to pay your tuition and fees first; any remaining award(s) are then used to pay your housing charges. You are responsible for any and all charges not covered by financial aid and scholarships. You must provide Campus Village with proof/verification of funds by July 15, 2014. Please contact Campus Village with questions on how to use financial aid. 

Student Right To Know and Disclosure Information

Crime Statistics

In compliance with the federal Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, the Auraria Campus publishes crime statistics on campus in the Auraria Campus Clery Report. In an emergency, please contact Auraria Campus Police at 303-556-5000 or dial 911 from a campus phone.

Persistence and Completion Data

Section 103 of Title 1 of Public Law 101-542 as amended by Public Law 102-26 (the Federal “Student Right-to-Know” Act) requires that institutions produce and make available to current and prospective students the completion rate of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students entering the institution. Six years after entering, 43 percent of the fall 2003 cohort graduated, another 13 percent transferred to other public higher education institutions in Colorado and 15 percent were still enrolled at the Denver Campus for a total six-year combined persistence and completion rate of 71 percent.

CU Denver’s one-year fall-to-fall retention rate is 70 percent for the fall 2008 cohort. That is, of the first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered the university in fall 2008, 70 percent were enrolled at the Denver Campus in fall 2009.

Riot Law (Student Riot Bill)

Student enrollment-prohibition-public peace and order convictions: 1) No person who is convicted of a riot offense shall be enrolled in a state-supported institution of higher education for a period of 12 months following the date of conviction; 2) a student who is enrolled in a state-supported institution of higher education and who is convicted of a riot offense shall be immediately suspended from the institution upon the institution’s notification of such conviction for a period of 12 months following the date of conviction, except that if a student has been suspended prior to the date of conviction by the state-supported institution of higher education for the same riot activity, the twelve month suspension shall run from the start of the suspension imposed by the institution; 3) nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a state-supported institution of higher education from implementing its own policies and procedures or disciplinary actions in addition to the suspension under (2) of this section, regarding students involved in riot.

Sex Offender Information (Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act)

Sex offenders are required to list the locations of all institutions of post-secondary education where he or she volunteers or is enrolled or employed. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation maintains a database identifying all such persons and makes it available to all law enforcement agencies in which jurisdiction the institution of postsecondary education is located. The campus community can obtain this information by contacting the Auraria Police Department at 303-556-5000.

Voter Registration (National Voter Registration Act)

In compliance with the National Voter Registration Act, the state of Colorado voter registration application form and information is available online at