The University of Denver expects students to recognize the strength of personal differences while respecting institutional values. Students are encouraged to think and act for themselves, as that is the purpose of higher education. However, they must also understand that the University has non-negotiable values in which it believes strongly. The purpose of the Honor Code is to communicate these values to the University community, and promote an environment conducive to education, work, recreation, and study.
Access the complete Honor Code Student Conduct Policies and Procedures or the Guide to Residence Living for more information on the expectations for student behavior.
** As Student Conduct updates policies and procedures for the upcoming academic year, please refer to the Honor Code, located to the right until we are able to complete changes on the website. **
Violations of these policies include, but are not limited to:
1. Academic Misconduct
- Plagiarism, including any representation of another's work or ideas as one's own in academic and educational submissions.
- Cheating, including any actual or attempted use of resources not authorized by the instructor(s) for academic submissions, and/or any actual or attempted effort to assist another student in cheating.
- Double submission, including any submission of an academic work for more than one course without expressed permission.
- Fabrication, including any falsification or creation of data, research or resources to support academic submissions.
2. Alcohol Misuse
- 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.
- Intoxication to the point of endangering one's own health or safety regardless of age.
- Any act which causes a person to consume alcohol without his/her effective consent.
- 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. Any violation of these Student Conduct Policies while intoxicated regardless of age.
- Intentionally giving false or misleading information to a University Official, law enforcement officer, or other emergency service professional in the performance of their duties. This includes, but is not limited to, intentionally omitting information when asked by a University Official.
- Possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of forged or falsified identification. This includes, but is not limited to, use of another person's identification or the possession of "novelty" identification that misrepresents one's age.
- Any forgery, misuse, misrepresentation, or unauthorized alteration of any University documents, records, or credentials. This includes, but is not limited to, the inclusion of false information on any official form or document submitted to the University or alteration of University parking passes.
- Any written or public statement about another person or group that is proven to be false or misleading that would cause distress or would cause a reasonable person to fear for his/her safety.
Behaviors or acts which are discourteous, vulgar, obscene, or abusive, or which produce or attempt to produce ridicule, embarrassment, or intimidation as a result. This includes verbal abuse or threats. This is not meant to be inclusive of all angry outbursts or disagreements.
4. Drug Misuse
- Possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of any Federally 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, including Cannabis plants. Marijuana, including Medical Marijuana, is prohibited on campus regardless of age.
- Being under the influence of any Federally Illegal Drug, prescription drug, or other controlled substance to the point of endangering one's own health or safety.
- Any possession or use on University Premises of paraphernalia used to facilitate the use of any Federally 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. Any act which causes a person to ingest any Federally Illegal Drug, prescription drug, or other controlled substance without their effective consent.
- Any violation of these Student Conduct Policies while under the influence of any Federally Illegal Drug, prescription drug, or other controlled substance in violation of this policy regardless of age.
- Any act that directly or indirectly creates a substantial risk to anyone's health or safety (including one's own health or safety) regardless of intent.
- Any act, display, or communication that intentionally initiates or causes to be initiated any false Report of an emergency. This includes, but is not limited to, any threat of fire, explosion, or any other emergency or the unauthorized possession, use, or alteration of any emergency or safety equipment.
- Any possession or use of Weapons, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or other objects designed or used to inflict injury or damage while on University Premises, even if the student possesses a valid concealed weapons permit or other lawful permission to carry a Weapon. This includes, but is not limited to, items which simulate Weapons or other dangerous objects. The possession of non-lethal self-defense instruments such as mace is not prohibited; however, the reckless use of those devices is prohibited.
- Intentionally or recklessly causing a fire which damages or threatens University or personal property and/or causes injury. This includes, but is not limited to, tampering or improper use of fire safety equipment.
- Any act, display, or communication that causes substantial injury or distress or would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety regardless of intent. This includes, but is not limited to, coercion, intimidation, bullying, or cyber bullying. Harassment based on race or ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information is a violation of the Equal Opportunity Policy – see policy below.
Any act, even if committed with the Effective Consent of all parties, which endangers the psychological or physical health or safety of a person, or by which a person is encouraged to engage in conduct that a reasonable person would consider to be humiliating, when the act is explicitly or implicitly a condition of admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership in any group. Actively or passively encouraging these acts is also prohibited.
Any act, display, or communication that causes a disruption or an obstruction of educational, administrative, residential or other aspect of the University's mission or operations, or intentionally interferes with the right of access to University facilities or freedom of movement of anyone on campus. This policy is not intended to prohibit organized, peaceful, and orderly protests.
Any failure to take Constructive Action by reporting violations of these Student Conduct Policies which occur in one's presence whether committed by a student or visitor. Any failure to take reasonable action to prevent one's guest to the University from violating these Student Conduct Policies. Students are responsible for the conduct of their guests and may be held accountable for their guest's violations of these Student Conduct Policies.
- Any failure to comply with the reasonable request of a University Official, law enforcement officer, or other emergency service professional in the performance of their duties. This includes, but is not limited to, requirements as part of the Student Conduct Process (as applicable).
- Any failure to provide one's Pioneer Card upon request to any University Official.
- Any failure to abide by signs, placards, or other official University postings.
10. Physical Misconduct
Any act causing or likely to cause, bodily harm upon any person, regardless of intent. Any act resulting in physical contact with another person, when performed over their objections.
11. Property Damage
Any act causing or likely to cause, damage to property without the Effective Consent of the owner or person legally responsible for that property, regardless of intent. This includes, but is not limited to, vandalism of residence hall bulletin boards.
- Any act, display, or communication that may reasonably be expected to cause an immediate disruption of normal University activity by a person to whom that action is specifically directed.
- Any act, display or communication that encourages actions which may be reasonably expected to cause harm to a person or damage to property. This includes, but is not limited to, rioting.
- Attempted or actual acquisition or possession of property (including intellectual property) without the consent of the owner or person legally responsible for that property. This includes, but is not limited to, the possession of property a student should reasonably know to have been stolen.
- Any utilization of labor or services by unauthorized or deceitful methods. This includes, but is not limited to, the misuse of University parking passes.
- Any attempted or actual acquisition of items provided without charge when that acquisition exceeds reasonable limits or restrictions imposed by the owner or person legally responsible for that materials. This includes, but is not limited to, taking excessive numbers of free newspapers.
14. Violation of the Law
Any violation or conviction of any federal or state law or local ordinance.
15. Violation of Equal Opportunity Policy
Any violation of the University’s Equal Opportunity Policy, which includes, but is not limited to, discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation. For a complete overview of the prohibited conduct included in the Equal Opportunity Policy, please visit:
16. Violation of Other University Policy
Any act which is in violation of University Policy, whether or not published in these Student Conduct Policies. This includes, but is not limited to the Guide to Residence Living (PDF), Smoke-Free DU policy, parking regulations, and UTS policies governing the appropriate use of University technology.