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Campus Policies

AHEC Statement on Auraria Weapons Policies

In light of the decision of the Colorado Supreme Court regarding the University of Colorado’s weapons policy, the Board of Directors of the Auraria Higher Education Center will be reviewing its current weapons policies. Pending that review, the Auraria Board’s weapons policies will be interpreted and enforced in conformance with the court’s decision. In short, the Auraria weapons policies will not be enforced against persons lawfully holding a valid concealed carry permit pursuant to Colorado’s Concealed Carry Act.

The Auraria Board owns and manages the grounds and facilities of the Auraria campus for the use and benefit of its constituent institutions—the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver. Pursuant to its statutory authority to issue rules and regulations for the safety of students, employees and property within the Auraria Campus, the Auraria Board has adopted policies that generally prohibit the possession of a variety of weapons on the Auraria Campus and will continue to vigorously enforce that prohibition in conformance with the law. Students or employees who have any questions or concerns about the enforcement of Auraria’s weapons policies may contact Auraria Campus Relations at 303-556-3291 or by email at for further information.

The authority of the Auraria Board does not extend to institutional facilities off of the Auraria Campus, such as CU Denver’s Lawrence Street Center, MSU Denver’s North or South Campuses, or CCD’s Lowry Campus. Students or employees with questions or concerns regarding the policies respecting those facilities may contact the appropriate institution.

Please consult for up-to-date Auraria Weapons Policies.

Bicycle, Motorized Scooters, In-line Skate and Skateboard Laws and Policies

It is the policy of the Auraria Higher Education Center that bicycles, motorized scooters, inline skates, roller skis, skateboards and roller blades ridden on the Auraria Campus shall be operated and secured only in those designated travel ways and areas designated for such purposes. Because our campus streets, sidewalks and malls are used by a variety of people, including those with special needs, high probability of accidents exists if traffic is unregulated. To that end, certain rules, regulations and procedures have been promulgated. The Auraria Police Department has been charged with the responsibility of enforcement with the objective of maintaining the safe, free flow of non-motorized vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Consistent with state law, police bicycle units are exempt from this policy.

A bicycle or motorized scooter must be parked at a bicycle rack while on the Auraria Campus. If a violation of this occurs, the bicycle/motorized scooter will have a police-issued impound lock placed on the bicycle/motorized scooter securing it to that location. The owner of the bicycle/motorized scooter will be required to respond to the Auraria Police Department in order to have their bicycle/motorized scooter released. Violations include:

  • Parking or locking your bicycle/motorized scooter to trees, plants, other living objects, handicap rails, fences, posts, signs, fire hydrants and trash receptacles.
  • Parking a bicycle/motorized scooter in or on any service drive, building entrance, driveway, bikeway, ramp or other passageway.
  • Parking a bicycle/motorized scooter on the grass or in any other area under cultivation.
  • Parking a bicycle/motorized scooter inside a building, except private offices of full time designated staff located in such building.

Driving any motorized vehicle or riding a bicycle, skateboard, in-line skates, roller skates or roller skis on any campus property posted for no riding is prohibited. Such areas are marked with “Dismount” signs and/or pavement markings. “Dismount” shall be defined as walking beside the bicycle with both feet off the pedals at the same time. For skaters and skiers, this means walking without placing a foot in the skate or ski and carrying the skate or ski as opposed to rolling it along the ground. Bicycles must also follow all traffic laws as defined in the Colorado Revised Statutes and the Revised Municipal Code. Anyone in violation of this may be subject to a citation issued into the City and County of Denver Traffic Court. The applicable charge for the dismount zone violation is 54-567 Obedience to Traffic Control Device.

Camping Policy

Auraria Campus facilities and grounds shall not be used for camping, regardless of the duration or purpose of the use. Camping shall be defined as the use of Auraria Campus facilities or grounds for living accommodations or housing purposes such as overnight sleeping or making preparations for overnight sleeping (including the laying down of bedding for the purpose of sleeping), the making of any fire for cooking, lighting or warmth, or the erection or use of tents, motor vehicles or other structures for living or shelter. These activities constitute camping when it reasonably appears, in light of all the circumstances, that the participants conducting these activities are intending to use or are using the facilities or grounds for living accommodations or housing, regardless of the duration or other purpose of the use.

Campus Crime Alerts — Clery Timely Warnings for the Auraria Campus

Campus Crime Report

The Clery Act of 1990 requires that Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) report upon security practices, procedures and crime statistics. The report describes security practices and procedures at Auraria Campus and lists crime statistics for the most recent calendar year and the two preceding calendar years. For more information go to

Clery Act regulations also require that each campus provide a “timely warning” to the campus community concerning the occurrence of a Clery crime that the campus believes represents a continuing threat to the campus community. The Department of Education has advised that “timely reporting to the campus community must be decided on a case-by-case basis in light of all the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.”

Timely Warning Procedure

If you witness suspicious activity or you are the victim of a crime, immediately contact the Auraria Campus Police Department. Emergency telephones are located in every classroom building with immediate, direct access to police assistance by dialing 911, or extension 6-5000. Blue Light emergency telephones are located in most parking lots on campus. From a cellphone or off-campus phone call 303-556-5000 to reach the Auraria Police.

The Auraria Police Department is located in the Administration Building on the Auraria Campus, 1201 5th St., Suite 110; or, anonymously through our “Comments” line at 303-556-2677. Please encourage anyone with information to assist us in keeping the campus safe.

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Drug-free Schools, Campuses and Workplaces

For more information, visit Security and Public Safety. This document contains information pertaining to:

  • Health risks and workplace hazards associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol, as well as local, state and federal criminal sanctions for the unlawful use, possession and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.
  • Resources regarding drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available to employees and/or students.

Emergency Closures

Campus Closure Hotline: 303-556-2401

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Sexual Assaults/Offenses

Students who believe they have been the victims of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault on the Auraria Campus should first ensure that they are in a place that is safe and that they are receiving any necessary medical treatment. Students should report any incident of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault immediately to the Auraria Campus Police Department at 303-556-5000, or by dialing “911” from any campus telephone. Reports may be made anonymously. Students may also report to their institution’s representative listed previously, a faculty member or an administrative official. In the interests of campus safety, the representative, faculty or staff member should immediately notify the Auraria Police of the incident and also may be required to report the incident in accordance with their institution’s internal policies. The identity of the student involved in or reporting the incident is not essential for reporting.

If they wish, students may have the assistance of campus administrative staff in reporting incidents of sexual assault. Care should be taken in such instances to file the report as soon as possible after the incident and to preserve all physical evidence of the crime to aid in the police investigation. These procedures are particularly important in cases where the assailant is unknown to the victim and may be a threat to the campus community.

Options for Student Victim of Sexual Assaults/Other Sexual Offenses

The victim of an alleged sexual assault, a threatened sexual assault or other sexual offenses on the Auraria Campus has several options that may be pursued individually or in combination with other options. For more information about available options, go to

Support for Victims

Students who are victims of sexual offenses have access to various confidential counseling options with staff who are specifically trained in the area of sexual offenses and crisis intervention. Victims of sexual offenses can be seen confidentially through the Health Center at Auraria. After hours, victims should seek immediate assistance from the Denver Health Medical Center at 8th and Bannock streets in Denver. For additional resources go to

Smoke-Free Environment

Smoking is Not Permitted in the Following Areas:

  • Campus-owned or leased buildings.
  • Within 25 feet of entries, outdoor air intakes and operable windows.
  • Campus vehicles, including automobiles, shuttles, trucks, vans and golf carts.

Smoking is Permitted in the Following Areas:

  • Outdoors, except as noted above, or where otherwise prohibited by signage.
  • Outdoor eating areas, unless designated as non-smoking.

The success of this policy depends on the thoughtfulness, consideration, good will and cooperation of both smokers and non-smokers. All members of the Auraria Campus community, as well as visitors, share in the responsibility of adhering to and enforcing this policy.

Workplace Violence Policy

The Auraria Higher Education Center will not tolerate violent behavior or threats of violent behavior directed at a co-worker, supervisor, subordinate, client or any other employee, state property or public facilities. Such behavior may result in corrective and/or disciplinary action and criminal charges when appropriate.

Possession of a weapon or firearm, as defined by Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S.) Title 18, Article 12, is prohibited at work, including in a state vehicle, except when such possession is expressly permitted in writing by the EVPA and is a “necessary requirement” of an employee’s job. Any violation of this policy may result in corrective and/or disciplinary action, which includes termination.

Violent behavior is defined as any threat or act of verbal, psychological or physical aggression, or the destruction or abuse of property by any individual. Threats include veiled, conditional or direct verbal or written threats intended to harass, endanger or harm the safety of another.

Employees who believe they have been subjected to violent behavior should report the incident to his or her supervisor or other appropriate authority immediately. The supervisor or appropriate authority will investigate and take action when deemed necessary.

All threats to employee safety from any source will be taken seriously and addressed in a timely fashion. For more information, go to