Jul 20, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate 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

Tivoli Station

(Formerly Auraria Campus Bookstore)

Location: Tivoli Student Union, suites 105 and 205
Phone number: 303-556-4286
Website: www.tivolistation.com    Facebook: facebook.com/TivoliStation

We’ve got you covered at Tivoli Station, your best resource for 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 a variety of programs designed to benefit students.

  • Tech Station

As an Apple Authorized Campus Store and Apple Authorized Service Provider, we offer student discounts and in-store tech support. We also carry Dell computers, discounted HP  technology, calculators, flash drives, headphones, and more.

  • Book Station

Thousands of textbook titles are available to rent (save up to 50%) or buy new or used. 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.

You can also visit ahec.verbacompare.com to compare textbook prices from the web, giving you options to find the best value available.

  • Lynx Station

Show your school spirit with CU Denver clothing and gear, such as shirts, hats, pants, lanyards, hoodies, mugs, and water bottles.

  • Supply Station

We offer a variety of course supplies, including general school supplies and art, culinary, and science lab materials.

  • Reading Station

In the general merchandise area, we provide study aids, reference materials, gift items, and discounted New York Times Bestsellers.

  • Charging Station

Charge your device for free using one of our phone ports or outlets.

  • Snack Station

Grab a snack while you are waiting for your device to charge, or take it on the go. We have pre-wrapped sandwiches, drinks, yogurt, chips, and candy.

  • 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.

Auraria Campus Event Services

Location: 900 Auraria Parkway, Suite 325  Phone: 303-556-2755
Email: acesmaindesk@ahec.edu   Website: www.ahec.edu/eventservices

Auraria Campus Event Services (ACES) manages all non-academic events that take place on the Auraria Campus. From a simple meeting to an impactful campus event like Spring Fling or Fall Fest, our team is committed to providing quality service and producing successful events.

A majority of the event spaces on campus are located in the Tivoli Student Union, but other event venues are also available in St. Cajetan’s Event Center, the PE/Event Center, and several outdoor event spaces including the Tivoli Quad. Student groups can contact us for assistance with locating and booking a space and coordinating support services.

Auraria Early Learning Center (Child Care Center)

Location: 950 9th Street Park   Phone Number: 303-556-3188

The Auraria Early Learning Center (AELC) provides high quality early childhood care and educational programs to children 12 months and walking through 5 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: PE Building/Event Center
Phone: 303-556-3210 (recreation), 303-352-4371 (fitness)
Website:  http://www.msudenver.edu/campusrec

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). At CRA, our purpose is to foster individual and community well-being through the power of engagement, leadership, partnership and recreation. CRA provides a wide range of affordable, high quality, and inclusive recreational and wellness opportunities designed to support personal, academic, community and institutional success of Auraria Campus students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community at-large. CRA consists of Fitness and Wellness, Outdoor Adventure and Leadership, Recreational Sports, Educations/Certification, Member Services, Employment Opportunities, Partnerships, and Community Outreach.

Auraria Library

Phone Number: 303-556-2740
Website: http://library.auraria.edu/services/askus

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 (library.auraria.edu/services/researchhelp).

Auraria Media Center and Classroom Support

Location: 1100 Lawrence Street (East side of the Auraria Library), 015
Phone Number: 303-556-2426         Website: http://mediacenter.ahec.edu

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: 303-315-7431

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
24 Hour Mental Health Crisis Line: 303-352-4455
Website: www.healthcenter1.com

Medical Care

The Health Center at Auraria provides primary medical care, disease prevention, health education, wellness promotion, and various specialty services to all registered MSU Denver, CCD and CU Denver students.

The Health Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


All current Students, faculty and staff on the Auraria Campus are eligible for medical services. Be prepared to show a Student I.D. card or a photo ID each time you check in. Payment Options


Patients who participate or are enrolled in the MSU Denver or CU Denver Student Health Insurance will have their covered charges submitted directly to the insurance carriers. Patients are required to pay at the time of service for any plan exclusions and co-payments.

Health Center @ Auraria accepts most major health insurance plans because we understand the importance of health insurance for the individuals we serve. As insurance benefits shift and change, it is important to know your plan and what is covered before your appointment with your provider.

In an effort to assist our patients, Health Center @ Auraria has listed below the insurance plans we accept. We encourage you to access your individual policy, and identify what your specific plan will cover. Please note that, while many wellness and preventative services may now be covered 100% by your plan, specific benefits will vary according to your policy benefits.

It is imperative that patients review and understand their financial responsibility and portion of the services that are provided to them. Please contact your insurance carrier for specific details of your plan.

We currently accept most insurance plans with the following carriers:

Aetna:  https://www.aetna.com

Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield: https://www.anthem.com

Cigna:  https://my.cigna.com

Cofinity: (refer to the link on the back of your insurance card)

Humana: https://www.humana.com

Multi-plan: (refer to the link on the back of your insurance card)

Rocky Mountain Health Plan: http://www.rmhp.org

TriCare: https://tricare.mil/

United HealthCare: https://www.myuhc.com



The Health Center is staffed by Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Radiologic Technologists, Medical Assistants, and Allied Health Professionals. Psychiatrists and Gynecologists provide specialty medical care.


To be respectful of your time it is suggested that you schedule an appointment in advance by calling (303) 556-2525. Walk-in Care is also available on a “first come / first served” basis. Patients are encouraged to arrive early to increase the likelihood of Walk-in availability. Patients are scheduled for a same day or a future appointment according to the severity of their medical need.


The Health Center at Auraria can treat the majority of your health concerns on-site, including illnesses, injuries and physicals. See the list below for other on-site services.

  • Illness Treatment
  • First Aid
  • Urgent Care
  • Physical Examinations
  • Lab Testing
  • X-ray
  • Medications
  • Skin and Mole Evaluations
  • Immunizations
  • Blood Pressure Check
  • Annual Gynecologic Exams
  • Safer Sex Instruction
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening and Treatment
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Birth Control Information and Supplies
  • Colposcopy/Cryotherapy
  • Referral to On-Site Physician Specialists
  • Psychiatrist Consultations (referral needed)
  • Cholesterol Screening/Fitness Analysis
  • Minor Surgery/Suturing/Biopsies


Free clinical Services

The Health Center at Auraria offers a variety of services at no charge regardless of insurance coverage. These exclusive free services are available to all MSU Denver, CU Denver, CCD and AHEC students, faculty and staff.

Free services include:

  • Flu Vaccination
  • HIV Testing, including Rapid HIV Testing
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Prescriptive Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Tobacco Cessation - includes free medication if indicated

King Academic and Performing Arts Center

Location: 855 Lawrence Way Phone Number: 303-556-2179
Website: www.ahec.edu/kingcenter

The King Center houses six performing spaces: three permanently assigned production studios, a 197-seat recital hall; 520-seat concert hall; and the 270 seat 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.

You can usually find staff in the offices between 9:00am - 4:30p. But we have employees on site at any given time and day of the week depending on the three institutions performance schedules.

Tivoli Student Union

Location: 900 Auraria Parkway #325
Phone Number: 303-556-6330  
Website: www.ahec.edu/tivoli

The Tivoli Student Union, managed by the Auraria Higher Education Center’s Student Facilities Services department, provides a wide variety of amenities for the campus community. As the hub of the campus, the Tivoli Student Union houses the campus bookstore, called Tivoli Station, full-service restaurants and a food court, conference and meeting spaces, and facilities for recreational, social, and organized co-curricular student activities. The following services are located in the Tivoli Student Union:

  • Tivoli Station (bookstore)
  • Commuter Resource Center (ID Center)
  • Sigi’s Pool Hall
  • Ricoh Copy Center
  • Credit Union of Denver
  • Public Service Credit Union
  • i-lov-iT Market
  • Free mobile charging stations (at Tivoli Station)
  • Study lounges
  • Restaurants, a coffee shop, and a food court

Club Hub

Location: 900 Auraria Parkway, Suite 346    Phone Number: 303-556-8094
Website: www.ahec.edu/club-hub

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
Website: www.ahec.edu/id-center

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 CollegePass, 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
Website: www.ahec.edu/sigis

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: http://www.ahec.edu/campusmaps/index.htm)
  • 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.

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 https://my.cu.edu/Identify the phone type as a “Cellular” device and check it as the “Preferred” number. If you have questions, please contact the CU Denver Emergency Manager, Essi Ellis, at Essi.Ellis@ucdenver.edu or by phone at 303-724-1031.

The Office of Commuter Services

Location: Tivoli Student Union, 227
Phone: 303-556-2444 Email: CommuterServices@ucdenver.edu
Off-Campus Housing Database Website: offcampushousing.ucdenver.edu

The Office of Commuter Services supports students with commuting resources and an off-campus housing database that can be accessed through the link listed above. Any on-campus housing questions should be directed to Campus Village at 303-573-5272 or Housing@ucdenver.edu.

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 at the end of the 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 at 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 they volunteer or are 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 www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/ or www.fec.gov/votregis/vr.shtml.