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"Is my student going to be safe?" This is one of the most frequently asked questions that comes up in conversations with parents and families. While we would love to promise you that your student will be safe, realistically we know that things can happen. This being said, our campus has put in place a lot of things to help keep our students safe including a fully operational police force that is staffed on campus and several educational programs/opportunities for students to learn about ways to keep themselves safe and healthy.

Public Safety

If there is ever a concern about someone’s safety or well-being on campus, it is important to give Public Safety a call (719-255-3111 or 911 for emergencies). We have a friendly and fully operational police force staffed on campus to respond to emergencies and to assist with other typical police operations. Safety on campus is very important. Because of this, our public safety department offers students, parents, faculty, and staff a variety of educational crime prevention programs. These programs include safety escorts, women’s only self-defense classes, a simulated impaired driving experience, and bicycle safety among other programs and outreach.

 

Emergency Notification System

In the case of a campus emergency or campus weather closure, all students, staff, and faculty will receive an email regarding the emergency or closure to their UCCS email account. This information is also posted on the main UCCS webpage. If students (with a uccs.edu email account) would like to receive text messages regarding emergencies and campus closures, they can sign up for our E2Campus text message notification system. Your student may also sign up one additional phone to receive these alerts. You and your student’s information will be completely confidential and will be used only in the event of an actual emergency or a campus weather closure.

Click here to sign up for e2campus

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Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students partners with parents and families to support students during times of crisis. Whether it is a serious illness, mental or physical health concern, or another type of traumatic life event, the Office of the Dean of Students can provide support, resources, and administrative advocacy for the student and their family.

 

Student Response Team (SRT)

The purpose of the Student Response Team (SRT) is to respond to patterns of dysfunctional behavior, questions, concerns, and inquiries over students and student behavior. The SRT will facilitate a coordinated campus response to crisis incidents, threats, or potential threats to the well-being of our students. If you have a concern about a student, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students (719-255-3091) to discuss it.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is committed to providing affordable, quality health care and personalized health education so that students can make informed decisions regarding their health. All actively enrolled students are welcome at the Student Health Center and do not need to have medical insurance to be seen for an appointment.

Many professional services are provided including evaluation and treatment of acute illnesses and injuries, as well as preventative visits such as physicals and immunizations, and more. The Student Health Center is a fee for service clinic, with office visits ranging from $20 - $40. The charge for each appointment will be based on the diagnosis and any additional procedures performed.

 

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center (UCC) assists students with academic success when mental health related challenges are interfering with or complicating their efforts. The UCC helps students clarify and achieve academic and personal goals, learn the process of problem solving, enhance their capacity for satisfying interpersonal relationships, treat or manage mental health problems and maximizing their capacity for continued emotional support. Services include: individual, couple, group, and family therapy, in addition to emergency and crisis assessment and intervention. Through or psychological and neuropsychological testing program, we provide diagnostic information and recommendations to manage and accommodate for certain conditions that challenge the students’ functioning. UCC also offers numerous workshops and trainings throughout the academic year, such as Stress Reduction Workshop, Test Anxiety Workshop, and Student/Instructor Interactions Presentation.

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