Frequently Asked Questions | Badging Policy

In the Spring 2022 semester, the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) at CU Denver piloted the university's first Visible Badging Initiative. Students, faculty, and staff were asked to wear their badges at all times when on campus in an effort to ensure a safer and more secure campus. As a result, issues of theft and unauthorized visitors in our building decreased exponentially.


Visible ID Badging Policy Overview


Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2022, the CU Denver Building will be equipped with badge scanners in the elevators and the stairwells to further enhance building security. The First-Floor Lobby will be accessible to everyone (with or without a badge), but in order to visit the second floor and above, you will need to scan your badge.

You must have your university ID with you and be visible when you are in the building. For safety reasons, we ask that you not open the door for anyone.  University policy also restricts the use of CU Denver ID cards to their owner; therefore, students may not lend their IDs to anyone else, including other students.

Students have access to the computer and fabrication labs in the semester in which they are enrolled. Access to the CAP computer and fabrication labs is restricted to CAP members only. Additionally, access to the Digital Fabrication Lab requires the completion of necessary training.

As badging takes effect in the CU Denver Building and as we adapt to this new building entry process, we have created and will continue to update this webpage as a resource to you.

For more information about the CU Denver Visible Badging Initiative, visit

Who needs a badge?

All students, faculty, and staff need to wear their badges at all times when on campus.

How and where can I get my badge?

Visit the Auraria Higher Education Center's ID Station located in the Tivoli Student Union.

You will need to bring the following:


  • A government-issued ID
  • A copy of your semester schedule (you can show it on your phone)

Faculty and Staff:

What if I need access to CAP's facilities after hours? 

All CAP students, faculty, and staff will need to have their ID cards encoded for access to our labs and facilities after hours. 

If you have not done so already, please complete and submit the form below and allow 24 hours for your ID card to be activated with this additional access to our facilities.

NOTE: If you get a new ID card, you need to complete this form again. 

Do I need a badge if I am visiting CAP?

If you are visiting CAP, call 303-315-1000. This will connect you with our front desk located on the second floor for further instruction. We also encourage you to call or text the person you are meeting upon arrival. A phone is also available at the security desk in the first-floor lobby and can be used to contact the person you are meeting.

Prospective Students: You are encouraged to connect with an Admissions Coordinator and schedule a tour before your visit.

Guest Lecturers and/or Jurors: We will ensure a faculty or staff member or a student will be available to meet you upon your arrival. 

Other CAP Guests: It is recommended that you arrange to meet individuals at CAP in the First Floor Lobby. They will be able to badge into the elevators and stairwells and can guide you through the building. 

Lecture Series and Other Event Attendees: We will arrange to open each floor to visitors for the duration of our events, including Jury Week.

What if my ID Card is expired?

If/when your ID card expires, you will need need to visit the AHEC ID Station to replace your card. Otherwise, your ID card will not work in the elevators or stairwells in the CU Denver Building.

What are the CU Denver Building's hours?

The CU Denver Building's First Floor Lobby is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT and is closed on Sundays.

For CAP students with activated badges, the building hours are 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. MT every day. Faculty and staff with activated access have 24-hour building access every day of the week.

College of Architecture and Planning

CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


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