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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services Information

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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 105 and 205
Phone number: 303-556-4286
Website:    Facebook: 

We’ve got you covered at Auraria Campus Bookstore, your best resource for Apple technology, CU Denver spirit gear, and cost saving options for textbooks. We offer both convenience and value. Look to us for easy one-stop shopping and variety of programs designed to benefit students. Our Snack and Study Lounge provides a place to relax or study with free mobile charging stations. Grab a drink and a snack and “power up” between classes.

Tech Shop and School Supplies
As an Apple Authorized Campus Store and an Apple Authorized Service Provider, we offer student discounts and in-store tech support. We also carry discounted electronics, calculators, flash drives, headphones, and more in our Tech Shop. We also offer course supplies, including general school supplies and art, culinary, and science lab materials.

Textbooks and General Books
Thousands of textbook titles are available to rent (save up to 50%) or buy new or used. With our Textbook Pick-Up Program you can buy online and pick-up in-store. This is very useful to beat the back-to-school rush. At the end of each semester, sell your used books for cash with the Textbook Buyback Program, a service we offer to help offset student expenses. In the general books section we provide study aids, reference materials, gift items, and discounted New York Times Bestsellers.

Spirit Gear and Gifts
Get your Lynx school spirit with exclusive CU Denver sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, drinkware, gifts and more! Graduation products, greeting cards, Colorado and other specialty apparel are also available.

Campus Commitment
We are committed to the campus. Revenue from the bookstore helps fund campus programs and keeps your student bond fee down. We are also one of the largest student employers on campus. Contact us for information on rewarding opportunities.

Auraria Campus Event Services

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

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.                                Website:

The Auraria Early Learning Center (AELC) provides high quality early childhood care and educational program to children 12 months and walking through 8 years old. The programs at AELC are utilized by the children of college students, as well as children of faculty and staff on campus, and community members. There are 300 children in 12 classrooms and the center is open year round (except for holidays) from 7 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday. The Center also offers a fully accredited kindergarten program and a summer camp program. AELC has earned a 4 Star - or high quality - Qualistar rating, as ranked by Qualistar Early Learning.

Auraria Event Center/Student Recreation Center

Location: 1255 Tenth Street Mall
Phone: 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 the Student Recreation Fee support Campus Recreation at Auraria - (CRA) provides students a welcoming and inclusive environment that encourages participation and involvement in healthful, positive, recreation and wellness activities. CRA staff is intentional in their efforts to design innovative and diverse programs that serve our students wellness interests. CRA provides services to the students, faculty, staff, alumni, spouses, and guests of the Metropolitan State University of Denver, the University of Colorado Denver, the Community College of Denver, and the Auraria Higher Education Center.  CRA consists of the Drop-In program, Intramurals, Club Sports, Outdoor Adventure, Fitness programs, Dance, and Special Events.​

Auraria Library

Phone Number: 303-556-2740                     Website:

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         Website:

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

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.

The Health Center at Auraria is staffed by physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, radiological technologists, and medical assistants. Specialist physicians in orthopedics, sports medicine, psychiatry and GYN are available.

A full array of medical services are provided, including

  • Physicals
  • Annual GYN exams/ birth control services
  • Injuries and mental health needs
  • Treatment of acute and chronic illness
  • Laboratory testing
  • Medications
  • Sexually transmitted disease screening
  • Minor surgery
  • Immunizations
  • Casting, suturing, and x-ray

Charges for services are kept below community standards. For any self-pay patient there is a 50% discount available when services are paid in full. 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, United and Cofinity Network in which case the Health Center will bill these insurance carriers directly.

Free services include HIV testing, tobacco cessation support and medication, blood pressure check, health education events, subscription to Student Health 101 and wellness activities including Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®.

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 call 303-556-2525 or walk-in to schedule an appointment.

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: 900 Auraria Parkway #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

Location: 900 Auraria Parkway, Suite 346                Phone Number: 303-556-8094

The Club Hub provides free workspace for over 60 student clubs, as well as group meeting spaces and lounge areas. We support clubs in pursuing their goals and objectives, and also provide the opportunity to interact with other organizations on campus. Clubs must receive official recognition from their institution for Club Hub privileges. Our services include computer workstations with Internet access and printers, fax machines, mailboxes, and office supplies.


Location: 900 Auraria Parkway, Suite 269                Phone Number: 303-556-8385

The Commuter Resource Center (ID Center) provides information about programs and services available to the campus community related to commuting to campus, student IDs, the RTD CollgePass, off-campus housing, getting around campus, and much more. Visit the ID Center to get your University of Colorado Denver student ID card and your RTD CollegePass smart card for unlimited rides on the RTD bus and light rail system.


Location: 900 Auraria Parkway, Suite 145                 Phone Number: 303-556-3645

Sigi’s Pool Hall is a rec room for students to relax and meet with friends between classes. In addition to a lounge area with big screen TVs, lunch tables, and use of a microwave, we have pool, ping-pong, poker, and a variety of Xbox or Wii video games. Join us for monthly tournaments for the chance to win prizes! Sigi’s is also home to the MSU Denver Food Bank.

Campus Safety

Auraria Police Department

Location: 1201 5th Street  Denver, CO 80217
Police Dispatch Number: 303-556-3271

Located in the Administration Building on the Auraria Campus

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

Location: Tivoli Student Union, 227

Telephone: 303-556-2444

The Office of Housing and Residential Education serves as a resource for student housing needs. We function to support students with housing - addressing issues related to housing and providing students with various housing resources. We provide student-centered educational services, which promote personal development and individual responsibility.

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, 40 percent of the fall 2008 cohort graduated.

CU Denver’s one-year fall-to-fall retention rate is 75 percent for the fall 2012 cohort. That is, of the first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered the university in fall 2012, 75 percent were enrolled at the Denver Campus in fall 2013 end of term.

Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) data indicate that the 2008 Denver Campus first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshman cohort has an overall 4-year success rate of more than 80%, with 21% retained an another institution, 40% retained at CU Denver, nearly 15% graduated from CU Denver, and another 5.6% received degrees elsewhere.

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 or