Student Conduct Policies
The Student Conduct Process at the University of Denver applies two types of outcomes: educational and status. Status outcomes are those which describe the student's relationship with the University, but do not require any action on the part of the student (for example, probation removes the student from good standing at the University, but does not in itself require weekly meetings with a "probation officer"). Alternatively, educational outcomes generally require some sort of action from the student, such as writing a paper or completing community service, but do not affect the student's relationship with the University.
Student conduct Outcomes are intended to be educational rather than punitive wherever possible. Outcomes are based on each student's individual circumstances and balance the needs of the respondent as well as the University Community.
Outcomes for misconduct will be determined utilizing seven main criteria:
- The circumstances and severity of the violation including conduct that targets a person's perceived or actual identity including race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or veteran status will have an impact on the student's outcome.
- A student's previous student conduct history
- The intent of the student
- The impact of the situation
- The level of demonstrated understanding
- The influence of alcohol or other drugs
Outcomes are assigned for the entirety of an incident, not for each violation. All Outcomes will include a "Status" Outcome, and at least one, appropriate "Educational" Outcome.
Status outcomes are those which describe the student's relationship with the University, but do not require any action on the part of the student.
A warning is given to notify a student that their behavior has been inconsistent with the expectations of the University. A warning has no immediate effect upon a student's status at the University. However, once given a warning, students should expect different Outcomes to result from any subsequent violations.
Student Conduct Probation
Probation serves to notify a student that they must avoid any further violations of the Student Conduct Policies for a specified period of time in order to remain a student at the University. Students on probation are not in good standing with the University; as a result, certain co-curricular activities may be prohibited to a student while on probation. Any further violations while on probation may result in a student's suspension or dismissal from the University.
Deferred Suspension serves to notify a student that they must avoid any further violations of the Student Conduct Policies for a specific period of time in order to remain a student at the University because his/her behavior has not met the standards expected by students. Different than Student Conduct Probation, when a student on Deferred Suspension is alleged to be involved with any subsequent violations of policy, he/she will be issued an Interim Suspension until his/her responsibility in the subsequent incident can be determined. Students on Deferred Suspension are not in good standing with the University; as a result, certain co-curricular activities may be prohibited. If found responsible for any further violations of policy while on Deferred Suspension, a student will likely be dismissed from the University.
A student who has been suspended from the University may not participate in any University activities, academic or otherwise, for a specific period of time, and will be restricted from all University Premises and activities. A suspended student who wishes to re-enroll must apply for re-entry to the University and must also apply to the Director of Student Conduct. The Director of Student Conduct will determine whether any and all requirements for readmission have been satisfactorily completed. The University does not accept courses completed at another institution while the student is suspended.
A student who has been dismissed from the University is permanently prohibited from participating in any University activities, academic or otherwise, and will be restricted or trespassed from all University Premises and activities.
Educational outcomes generally require some sort of action from the student, such as writing a paper or completing community service, but do not affect the student's relationship with the University. Educational outcomes are intended to be educational, reflective, and restorative in nature.
Please refer to our Outcome Index for information on commonly used educational outcomes. For additional information, please reach out to the Student Conduct staff.