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Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Graduate Students Resources

GRADUATE STUDENT RESOURCES

Financial Aid
The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers financial aid in the form of Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantships, Dean's Scholarships or Fellowships.  The Departments may offer other kind of financial aid.  Most of our financial aid is merit base.
Grants and Fellowships
Graduate students can apply to grants and fellowships offered by different organizations that support research like the Graduate Students of the Four Faculties, but there are also external or internal funding possibilities that your department may have available, such as:
  • Department of Geography & the Environment: Rudd Memorial Fund, Laurance Herold Memorial Fund
  • Department of Biological Sciences through DU Organismal Biologists
  • Graduate Studies: PhD Dissertation fellowship (nominated by Dept)
Orientation
The Graduate Studies Office offers new student orientation before classes start.  The Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics also offers orientation sessions.  The students will be informed via email about those meetings.
Office of Graduate Studies

Click here to go to their site.  You will have links to:

  • Registration and Financial Resources
  • Policies and Forms
  • Housing and Transportation Services
  • Health and Wellness Resources
  • Safety Information and Resources
  • Career Planning Support
  • Support for Special Needs and Learning Disabilities
  • Additional Campus Resources
Resources & Tools
Graduate Students Representatives
  • Graduate Students of the Four Faculties: President, Lauren Benke, lauren.benke@du.edu.  Goals: conference funding, address concerns.  Click here for website.
  • Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association (BSGSA): President, Laurel Cepero, laurel.cepero@du.edu. Goals: voice for student opinion, discussions, social events.
Veteran Services

The Veteran Services staff is your primary point of contact for any military- or veteran-related issues, concerns, or questions you may have. They are located in the Driscoll South building, room 3, directly below the bookstore and next to the Pioneer ID Card office. You can contact Mike Shay, Veteran Services Coordinator.  Visit the Veteran Services website for more information.

Annual Graduate Research and Performance Summit

Graduate student proposals should consist of research that has been or will be presented at a conference in order to highlight their area of study to the greater DU community. However, they can also submit a proposal containing new research or reflections on current experiential practice. Even if they do not think that their work will qualify as interdisciplinary they should still submit. One of the benefits of presenting and attending the summit is finding out how many DU graduate students work within similar topics and research areas. This is also a great opportunity to present academic work while also adding a line to their CV.

For date information and more details on proposal submissions, please click here. For questions, please email duresearchsummit@gmail.com.

Most Frequently Used Forms
Honor Code

You can find the Honor Code and the Student Conduct Policies & Procedures in this link.

On Campus Resources
  • Please visit the Campus Safety website.  Here is a quick link to contact resources.
Equal Opportunity/Harassment University Policy

Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

The University of Denver strives to create and maintain a community in which people are treated with dignity, decency and respect. The environment of the University should be characterized by mutual trust, freedom of inquiry and expression, and the absence of intimidation, oppression and exploitation. People in this community should be able to work and learn in a safe, yet stimulating, atmosphere. The accomplishment of this goal is essential to the academic mission of the University. Therefore, the University will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of any kind. The University of Denver takes complaints of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct very seriously. Individuals who believe that they have been discriminated against, harassed or impacted by an act of sexual misconduct are encouraged to share concerns with the Office of Equal Opportunity. To assess the allegations, as well as addressing and preventing inappropriate conduct, the Office of Equal Opportunity reviews all complaints of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct. These reviews are based on the Equal Opportunity/Sexual Harassment University Policy (3.10.010) and applies to students and employees.
The full policy can be viewed at: http://www.du.edu/bfa/media/documents/policy/equal_opp.pdf

The following is a list of prohibited conduct pursuant to this policy and the specifics of each prohibition can be found at: http://www.du.edu/equalopportunity/policies/equalopportunity/prohibited_conduct.html

  1. Discrimination
  2. Harassment
  3. Sexual Harassment
  4. Non-consensual Sexual Contact
  5. Sexual Exploitation
  6. Domestic Violence
  7. Stalking
  8. Retaliation
  9. Groundless an Malicious Complaints

SEXUAL ASSUALT: FACTS AND PREVENTION

Sexual assault is the umbrella term used to describe sexual contact that occurs without consent. Even when someone known to the victim perpetrates a sexual assault, it is a crime. Being assaulted is never the victim’s fault. Nothing a victim does, say or wears gives anyone the right to assault him or her, sexually or otherwise. National studies have shown that the first few weeks of a first year student’s school year are the most vulnerable time for sexual assault. Acknowledging this, the University of Denver offers sexual assault prevention, awareness and education programs during the Discoveries Orientation and throughout the year. DU’s Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE) offers primary prevention, bystander intervention programming, advice, advocacy, information and skills training. The CAPE office offers appointments Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Nelson Hall, room 103. The University also has an on-call team of advocates ready to assist survivors of sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence. You can contact the DU Center for Prevention, Advocacy, and Empowerment (CAPE) Helpline 24/7 during the fall, winter and spring quarters by calling 303.871.3456 (1-3456). Campus Safety is also available to offer prevention materials and to conduct group educational presentations at residence halls and Greek houses, and to other student and employee groups.

The University will take whatever measures it deems necessary in order to protect the safety, security, and/or integrity of a complainant, the University, and/or any member(s) of its community. Such measures may include, but are not limited to: involuntary removal from a course, program, activity, or the campus pending a hearing, modifications to living arrangements, and/or reporting incidents to law enforcement or other non-University agencies. The Director of Student Conduct for undergraduate students and the Director of Graduate Student Services for graduate and professional students, in consultation with the appropriate faculty and/or administrators, shall be empowered to impose any interim restriction short of removal from campus. The University also recognizes its obligation to students who have been accused but not yet found responsible for misconduct. Therefore, no interim action shall unduly interfere with a respondent’s academic progress short of that deemed necessary to protect the University, any member(s) of its community, and/or its mission.  Additional information regarding the Honor Code as it relates to students, Student Conduct Policies, student rights and responsibilities, the student conduct process and possible outcomes can be found at http://www.du.edu/studentconduct

Victims of sexual assault or misconduct are encouraged to seek help immediately. On and off campus resources are included on pages 3 and 27 of this publication. Further, we encourage all members of the University community to seek additional education regarding personal safety and the prevention of sexual assault. See page 5 of this publication for additional information regarding this program.

Prevention: Remember, sexual assault is not just a woman’s issue. All genders are responsible for preventing sexual assault and rape. Suggestions for men working to end sexual violence include:

  1. Notice the incident – bystanders must notice the incident taking place. Obviously, if they don’t take note of the situation, there is no reason to help
  2. Interpret incident as emergency – Bystanders also need to evaluate the situation and determine whether it is an emergency – or at least one in which someone needs assistance. Again, if people do not interpret a situation as one in which someone needs assistance, then there is no need to provide help
  3. Assume Responsibility – Another decision bystanders make is whether they should assume responsibility for giving help. One repeated finding in research studies on helping is that a bystander is less likely to help if there are other bystanders present. When other bystanders are present, responsibility for helping is diffused. If a lone bystander is present, he or she is more likely to assume responsibility.
  4. Attempts to help – Whether this is to help the person leave the situation, confront a behavior, diffuse a situation, or call for support/ security. The best way bystanders can assist in creating an empowering climate free of interpersonal violence is to diffuse the problem behaviors before they escalate.

Harm Reduction Steps:
Remember:

  1. You have the right to set limits – communicate these limits clearly and verbally.
  2. Trust your instincts. If a situation does not feel right, remove yourself from the situation.
  3. Listen to what your partner is saying. Do not make assumptions.
  4. Speak up when others joke or talk about their sexual conquests. Let others know where you stand.
  5. Remember, drugs and alcohol decreases your ability to take care of yourself and make decisions. There is safety in numbers–identify others who could help you (e.g. friends, party host, RA, campus safety, police)
  6. Report any incident as soon as possible. It is easy to use your cell phone to notify campus authorities, the police, or someone who you know could stop it.
  7. Support any friends who disclose to you that they have been assaulted. Believe them and let them make their own decisions. Do not call authorities without their permission.

Plan ahead:

  1. First date or blind date? Check your date out with friends. Go to a public place and go with friends.
  2. Do not leave a party, concert or bar with someone you just met or do not know well.
  3. Be wary of behavior that makes you feel uncomfortable. If it persists, leave.
  4. Stand up for yourself. If someone is pressuring you, make it clear that you do not like it.

If you are sexually assaulted, contact Campus Safety at 303.871.3000 (1-3000), the DU CAPE Helpline at 303.871.3456 (1-3456) or the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment Office at 303.871.3853 (1-3853).  The DU CAPE Helpline and Campus Safety can provide immediate assistance and resources to help you. The most important thing a sexual assault survivor can do is get the support they need and know they are not alone. There are many options for seeking support, including: Campus Safety, the DU CAPE Helpline, The Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment, a resident assistant, a graduate resident director, the police, a friend, a rape crisis center, a hospital, a counselor or someone else you trust. Do not isolate yourself, do not feel guilty and do not try to ignore it. Whether committed by a stranger or someone you know, sexual assault is a violation of your body and your trust. Remember, it is never your fault. And, there are people at DU who can help.

If you are assaulted, here are some tips to remember:

  1. If you wish to have a forensic exam, more evidence can be collected if you try not to shower, wash, or douche before the exam.
  2. If you have washed following the incident, you may still have evidence collected. You also can save the clothes you were wearing in a paper bag to preserve evidence and bring these to the hospital with you. Evidence can be collected up to 72 hours following an event. Even if you do not pursue criminal charges initially, preserving this evidence is crucial in the event that you change your mind later. A survivor has up to 2 years following evidence collection to make a decision about whether she or he will pursue the criminal process. Physical evidence is extremely important in any criminal prosecution.
  3. Seek medical attention. You may have internal injuries, and you shouldn’t live with the fear of STDs, AIDS or an unwanted pregnancy.
  4. Trained medical staff may also assist you in contacting experienced sexual assault response team members who can help you file a police report, collect and preserve evidence, and provide victim assistance and rape crisis advocacy services.
  5. Get counseling to help you deal with your feelings.

If someone you know is sexually assaulted:

Believe: Tell them you believe what they are saying and you are there to support them.

Empower: Support your friend, do not tell them what to do. Next steps have to be their decision.

Connect: Talk about the DU and community resources that can help.

CAMPUS SEX CRIMES PREVENTION ACT

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act mandates that convicted sex offenders that are required to register under state law must also disclose their association with institutions of higher education when applicable. Specifically affected are those registered sex offenders who attend, are employed by/at, or volunteer at institutions of post-secondary education. Inquiries regarding registered sex offenders who reside in the neighborhood or who have disclosed an association with the University of Denver, as noted above, should be directed to Denver Police Headquarters, 1331 Cherokee Street, Denver, CO. These requests must be made in person between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional information is available by calling 720.913.6050. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s convicted sex offender website can be found at http://sor.state.co.us

DU ALCOHOL AND ILLEGAL DRUG POLICIES

The mission of the University of Denver is to promote learning by engaging students, advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical thought and creating knowledge. To foster an environment in which this mission can be realized, certain expectations must be placed upon each member of the University community. These expectations are non-negotiable and are monitored diligently. Individuals have the right to their own beliefs and values, but they share a responsibility to accept the consequences for failing to live up to the standards of the institution. All students bear a responsibility to understand the policies governing their behavior as set out in the Honor Code. The University’s policies on alcohol and drugs are defined below; however, all students should be familiar with the entire code. More information, including the complete text of the Honor Code, as upheld by the Student Conduct Policies, can be found at the Student Conduct website: http://www.du.edu/studentconduct. Action taken by the University through the Student Conduct Process to address student misconduct is not intended to replace or conflict with other lawful means of accountability, including, but not limited to, criminal charges and/or civil action. Regardless of whether formal criminal charges are filed over alleged behavior, the University may pursue disciplinary action under this code as deemed appropriate. Such action normally is not deferred or postponed solely due to concurrent criminal or civil proceedings, nor is the reduction or dismissal of criminal charges taken as reason to defer disciplinary action. Repeat policy violations result in increased levels of disciplinary action. For example, a student placed on University probation for possession of marijuana may risk suspension for any further violation of policy. Additionally, any outcomes imposed as a result of disciplinary action are mandatory and must be completed if the student expects to continue his/her education.

Disclaimer: Student

Conduct reserves the right to modify these guidelines as warranted by individual cases. Additional outcomes may be imposed by University departments, such as Greek Life, athletics, etc., or as determined in the Honor Code and/or relevant University standards.

1. Alcohol Misuse - Violations of this policy include, but are not limited to:

  1. Possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of alcohol except as expressly permitted by law or University policy Alcoholic beverages may not be used by, possessed by, or distributed to any person under 21 years of age.
  2. Intoxication to the point of endangering one’s own health or safety regardless of age.
  3. Any act which causes a person to consume alcohol without their effective consent.
  4. Any possession or use on University premises of paraphernalia used to facilitate the rapid consumption of alcohol. This includes but is not limited to beer bongs and funnels.
  5. Any violation of these Student Conduct Policies while intoxicated regardless of age.

When a student is found responsible for violating this policy, in response to previous incidents of this nature, the University may typically take the following actions:

Violation 1—The student receives a written warning and an additional educational outcome.

Violation 2—The student receives University probation for a minimum of one academic term, as well as additional educational outcomes.

Violation 3—The student receives suspension from the University for a minimum of one academic term, as well as additional educational outcomes.

Violation 4—The student is dismissed from the University.

Note: When a student engages in behavior involving alcohol that puts themselves, or others at risk, typically a first violation will result in Student Conduct Probation. This includes, but is not limited to, a student being transported to Denver Cares or the hospital due to his/her intoxication level.

2. Drug Misuse - Violations of this policy include, but are not limited to:

  1. Possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of any illegal drug, or any possession or use of any prescription drug or other controlled substance except under the direction of a licensed physician. The manufacture or distribution of any drug is also prohibited. Marijuana, including Medical Marijuana, is prohibited on campus.
  2. Being under the influence of any illegal or prescription to the point of endangering one’s own health or safety.
  3. Any possession or use on University premises of drug paraphernalia used to facilitate the use of any illegal drug or other controlled substance in violation of this policy. This includes but is not limited to marijuana pipes, bongs, and scales or other measuring devices.
  4. Any act which causes a person to ingest any illegal or prescription drug or other controlled substance without their effective consent.
  5. Any violation of these Student Conduct Policies while under the influence of any illegal drug, prescription drug or other controlled substance in violation of this policy. When a student is found responsible for violating this policy, in response to previous incidents of this nature, the University may typically take the actions below.

For the possession and/or use of illegal drugs:

Violation 1—The student receives University probation for a minimum of one academic term, as well as additional educational outcomes.

Violation 2—The student receives suspension from the University for a minimum of one academic term, as well as additional educational outcomes.

Violation 3—The student is dismissed from the University.

For the manufacture, distribution and/or sale of illegal drugs:

Violation 1—The student receives suspension from the University for a minimum of one academic term, as well as additional educational outcomes.

Violation 2—The student is dismissed from the University.


EMPLOYEE DRUG/ALCOHOL POLICY

Drug Policy - The University of Denver is committed to a drug-free workplace and prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances by employees, students, subcontractors, consultants and visitors. It is the University’s policy to maintain a drug-free workplace and to comply with all reporting and other obligations as imposed and amended by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990 (Pub.L. 100-690-FAR 52.223-6) and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986.

Procedures - Anyone with concerns about the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances should immediately contact one of the following resources for assistance:

  • the Employee Assistance Program for referrals on treatment and related issues
  • Campus Safety to report incidents of illegal activity
  • the Department of Human Resources for assistance on the disciplinary process or policy-related issues. If an employee’s supervisor has reasonable grounds to believe that the employee has violated this policy (based on observation by the supervisor or by others whom the supervisor deems reliable), the employee may be required to leave the workplace immediately.

The University may, but is not obligated to, provide transportation to the employee’s destination. To the extent permitted by law, the University may require any employee to submit to a drug test administered by University-designated laboratories or physicians. Refusal to consent to a drug test may result in disciplinary action. A written admission of being under the influence of drugs may be allowed in lieu of testing.
The University reserves the right to discipline employees found to be in violation of this policy or violation of applicable laws related to the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances. Disciplinary action may include immediate termination of an employee. The selection of a disciplinary action for any particular case is at the University’s sole discretion.

Alcohol Policy - The University of Denver prohibits the consumption or possession of unsealed alcoholic beverages on University property or during the discharge of University duties (whether or not on University property), except in those areas or during those events licensed to serve such beverages. Although moderate consumption with meals or during social events is not prohibited, the University does not encourage the consumption of alcoholic beverages during working hours. Individuals are prohibited from reporting to work under the influence of alcohol.

Procedures - If an employee’s supervisor has reasonable grounds to believe that the employee is under the influence of alcohol while at work (based on observation by the supervisor or by others whom the supervisor deems reliable), the employee may be required to leave the workplace immediately. The University may, but is not obligated to, provide transportation to the employee’s destination.

To the extent permitted by law, the University may require any employee to submit to a blood alcohol test administered by University-designated laboratories or physicians. If the test indicates that the employee has a blood alcohol level of .05 or higher, the employee is considered to be under the influence. Refusal to consent to an alcohol test may result in disciplinary action. A written admission of being under the influence of alcohol may be allowed in lieu of testing.

The University reserves the right to discipline employees found to be in violation of this policy or in violation of applicable laws related to the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages.  Disciplinary action may include immediate termination of an employee. The selection of a disciplinary action for any particular case is at the University’s sole discretion.

VIOLATIONS OF HONOR CODE

Parental Notification Policy -The University considers disciplinary records to be part of a student’s educational record, and as such the University complies with all applicable privacy laws, including, but not limited to, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Further, the University’s primary relationship is with its students, and not with their parents or guardians. However, the University recognizes that parents and/or guardians maintain an interest in their students’ behavior while at college, and they can play a positive role in preventing further misconduct. Therefore, the University reserves the right to notify the parents or guardians of any dependent student under the age of 21 who has been found in violation of Alcohol Misuse and/or Drug Misuse policies from Section II of the Honor Code, regardless of the outcome imposed. Notification may be deferred at the sole discretion of the Director of Student Conduct. This notification is intended as a means to encourage communication between students and their parents or guardians. Regardless of whether notification has occurred, the University shall only correspond and otherwise conduct business directly with students, and not through parents, guardians or any other third party.

Public Notification Policy - The University recognizes the shared interest of the greater community in the disposition of complaints. Therefore, consistent with applicable laws, Student Conduct shall regularly update the University and surrounding Denver community with statistics on the disciplinary process. Such statistics shall include the number and types of violations committed, as well as a summary of the outcomes imposed in the disciplinary process via the Student Conduct website. Such statistics shall be released once per academic year and be maintained as currently as possible on the Student Conduct website.

STUDENT INFORMATION RIGHTS AND POLICIES

For information on privacy of education records and access to information, visit: http://www.du.edu/registrar/privacy/index

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