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With St. Patrick’s Day and the upcoming holiday weekend quickly approaching, University of Colorado Boulder released a statement this week to remind students to stay safe and be considerate.

In a letter Tuesday from the university, officials said Boulder police will increase patrols and ordinance enforcement during the holiday.

“We will have increased patrols throughout the city this week, especially looking for impaired drivers,” Boulder police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said.

The reminder to stay safe during the holiday comes about a year after a large party on University Hill turned into a riot in March 2021. A crowd of between 500 and 800 college-age people gathered near Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street and became destructive, with people flipping a car and damaging other vehicles and property.

In the end, police issued 13 warrants, while the university reported 94 probations and five suspensions tied to the riot.

And now, an increase in police patrolling.

“Our officers regularly train to respond to a variety of situations. That includes increased patrols and enforcement, along with working with our partners at CUPD (on campus police department) to keep our community safe.” Waugh said.

CU Boulder is urging students to stay safe while still having fun. In a letter from the university, officials reminded students that registering a party with the university is always an option.

“Hosting a party? In an effort to work collaboratively with students, we remind you of these party registration protocols,” according to the CU Boulder letter, which also said that registration is free. It also added that “if your party is registered, police are more likely to issue you a warning (and give you 20 minutes to shut things down) before issuing a nuisance party ticket.”

The university is also providing on campus activities for students to do. The list of on campus activities is available at

CU’s website also offers tips on how to stay safe while partying, including a list of most common citations, drug and alcohol safety, and the effects of chemicals such as e-cigarettes.