Individual instructors have the right to determine whether specific student behavior is disruptive. Instructors may require a student to leave an individual class meeting for disruptive behavior; however, instructors are not authorized to summarily remove a student from the course. Should such removal be deemed necessary, instructors must follow the procedure outlined below. In exceptional instances where a student’s presence is deemed an immediate threat to the instructor or other members of the class, instructors should immediately call the Campus Safety emergency number at 303.871.3000.
If a student has repeatedly disrupted the class, or if a student’s presence represents a significant impediment to the educational process, that student may be removed via an involuntary drop.
- The instructor should first meet with the student in an attempt to resolve the issue. Another faculty or staff member (including Student Conduct, Office of Graduate Studies, or Campus Safety staff) may be asked to attend this meeting.
- If this meeting fails to resolve the situation, the instructor will inform the student of their intention to seek an involuntary drop, and provide the student an opportunity to drop the course voluntarily.
- The instructor will bring the matter to the office of the division or college dean prior to the class meeting following the instructor’s meeting with the student. In consultation with the instructor, the dean (or designee) will determine whether to grant the request for an involuntary drop. The decision should be communicated to the student before the next scheduled class meeting, and will be communicated no later than one week from the instructor’s initial meeting with the student.
- The student may appeal the decision to the Provost. This appeal must be submitted in writing no later than one week from the decision. Appeals will only be considered in the following circumstances:
- The existence of procedural errors so substantial that it greatly impacted the hearing decision;
- The hearing decision in the original hearing is clearly not supported by the information presented;
- Presentation of new and significant evidence which was not reasonably available at the time of the initial hearing and would likely alter the hearing decision; and/or
- The imposition of an arbitrary outcome. While an appeal is being considered, the student will be restricted from attending the class from which they been dropped.
- The appeal will be considered, and a decision rendered to the student, no later than one week from its receipt by the Provost. This decision is final.
- Copies of all involuntary drop requests will be provided to Student Conduct, who will determine whether Charges should also be assigned and reviewed under the Student Conduct Process. Student Conduct will generally defer to the recommendation of the course instructor: however, if the student has a previous student conduct record, Student Conduct may take appropriate action regardless of the instructor’s recommendation.
- The course drop will be effective from the date of the original decision, and for all administrative purposes (e.g., transcripts, tuition refunds, etc.) will be considered the same as if the drop had been voluntary.