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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.

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.
3. Dishonesty
  • 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.
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.
5. Endangerment
  • 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.
6. Hazing

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.

7. Interference

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.

8. Non-Action

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.

9. Non-Compliance
  • Any failure to comply with a reasonable requests 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.

12. Provocation
  • 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.
13. Theft
  • 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

As outlined in University Equal Opportunity Policy and Procedures, cases involving the prohibited conduct listed are referred to the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) for review, possible investigation, and case resolution as applicable.

Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to:

As outlined in University Equal Opportunity Policy and Procedures, cases involving the prohibited conduct listed are referred to the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) for review, possible investigation, and case resolution as applicable. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to:

Discrimination

  • It is a violation of this Policy to discriminate in the provisions of educational or employment opportunities, benefits or privileges, to create discriminatory work or academic conditions, or to use discriminatory evaluative standards in employment or educational settings if the basis of that discriminatory treatment is, in whole or in part, the person's race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or veteran status.
  • Discrimination of these kinds may also be strictly prohibited by a variety of federal, state and local laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act; Title 24, Article 34 of the Colorado Revised Statute, and Denver Municipal Ordinance. This Policy is intended to comply with the prohibitions of these anti-discrimination laws.

Harassment

  • Harassment on the basis of any legally protected characteristic is a form of discrimination and is likewise prohibited by this University Policy. Prohibited harassment occurs if a hostile environment has been created that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to unreasonably interfere with a person's work performance or participation in University programming/activities.
  • Prohibited harassment may take the form of (but is not limited to) offensive slurs, jokes, and other offensive oral, written, computer-generated, visual or physical conduct which is aimed at an individual or group because of their protected status.

Sexual Harassment

  • Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature will constitute "sexual harassment" when:
    • Submission to such conduct is either explicitly or implicitly term or condition of an individual's employment or status in a course, program or University-sponsored activity; or
    • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting that individual; or
    • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic or work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for working or learning.
  • Determining what constitutes sexual harassment depends on the specific facts and context in which the conduct occurs. Sexual harassment may take many forms; subtle and indirect or blatant and overt. For example, it may:
    • Be conduct toward an individual of the opposite sex or the same sex.
    • Occur between peers or between individuals in a hierarchical relationship.
    • Be aimed at coercing an individual to participate in an unwanted sexual relationship or it may have the effect of causing an individual to change behavior or performance.
    • Consist of repeated actions or may even arise from a single incident if sufficiently egregious.

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact

  • Non-consensual sexual contact is any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, by any individual upon any individual that is without consent or by coercion, force, or threat.
  • Sexual Contact includes:
    • Intentional contact with the breasts, buttock, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts;
    • Any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice: or
    • Any other act, which a reasonable person would associate with sexual contact. Consent must be clear, knowing, and voluntary. Consent is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent.
    • Consent can be given by words or actions as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable clear permission regarding willingness to engage in (and the conditions of) sexual activity. Also, in order to give consent, one must be of legal age. Further, consent to any one form of sexual activity cannot automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual activity. Previous relationships or prior consent cannot imply consent to future sexual acts.
    • Sexual activity with someone whom one should know to be—or based on the circumstances should reasonably have known to be—mentally or physically incapacitated (by alcohol or other drug use, unconsciousness or blackout), constitutes a violation of this policy.
    • Incapacitation is a state where someone cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give knowing consent. Incapacitation could result from mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical restraint, or from the ingestion of alcohol and/or rape drugs. Possession, use and/or distribution of any of these substances, including, but not limited to Rohypnol, Ketomine, GHB, Burundanga, etc. is prohibited, and administering one of these drugs to another person is a violation of this policy. Use of alcohol or other drugs will never function as a defense to a violation of this procedure.
    • Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another. When someone makes clear to you that they do not want sex, that they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive.
    • Force is the use of physical violence and/or imposing on someone physically to gain sexual access.
    • Threats include threats of physical violence against another person or intimidation (implied threats) to gain sexual access.

Sexual Exploitation

  • Sexual Exploitation occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited.
  • Determining what constitutes sexual exploitation depends on the specific facts and context in which the conduct occurs. Sexual exploitation may take many forms; subtle and indirect or blatant and overt. For example, it may:
    • Prostituting another person.
    • Non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity, or posting said media.
    • Going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting someone hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex).
    • Engaging in voyeurism. Endangering the health and safety without Effective Consent (such as knowingly transmitting an STD or HIV to another party).
    • Exposing one's genitals in a non-consensual circumstance, or inducing another to expose their genitals.

Domestic Violence

  • Domestic violence means an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the individual is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.
  • Intimate relationship means a relationship between spouses, former spouses, or past or present unmarried couples including same sex partners. The persons involved do not need to be sexually intimate, but rather represent themselves as a couple or dating whether different sexes or the same sex.

Stalking

  • Any act, display or communication that causes substantial injury or distress, or would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety.  
  • Prohibited stalking may take the form of (but is not limited to) intentionally following another person or attempting to contact a person through telephone, emails, text messages, or social media.

Retaliation

  • No hardship, no loss of benefit, and no penalty may be imposed on any student, faculty, or staff as punishment for:
    • filing or responding to a bona fide complaint of discrimination or harassment;
    • appearing as a witness in the investigation of a complaint; or
    • serving as an investigator or as a member of the Equal Opportunity Board.
  • Retaliation or attempted retaliation of this kind is a violation of the Policy and will be subject to severe sanctions up to and including termination.

Groundless and malicious complaints

  • Anyone who abuses the Policy by bringing groundless and malicious complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation violates the Policy.