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Student Rights & Responsibilities

Parent & Guardian Resources

At the University of Denver we view parents/guardians as partners in the success of our students. Together, parents/guardians and University staff may collaborate to ensure that students are making the most of their educational opportunities. While students may sometimes have a lapse in their decision-making, our goal in Student Rights & Responsibilities is to provide opportunities to foster an inclusive campus community and promote opportunities for holistic student living, learning, and growth.

The Office of Parent & Family Engagement, a part of the Division of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, facilitates communication and acts as a liaison between the University and parents and family members. They can be a resource to help parents/guardians learn different ways to best support their student at DU. To contact someone from the Office of Parent & Family Engagement, please refer to their webpage.

We also feel the best strategies are the ones that can help prevent violations of University Policies. We encourage parents/guardians to keep open lines of communication with their students and encourage their positive behavior on campus, such as academic integrity, involvement and engagement in the campus community, and participation in co-curricular events on campus. We would like to see all of our students living up to the DU Pledge: That they will act with Integrity, Respect, and Responsibility.

You may also view our Parental Notification Policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why won't Student Rights and Responsibilities staff tell me about the incident in which my student was involved?

Due to the Federal Education Rights and Protection Act (FERPA), Student Rights & Responsibilities staff members may be limited in what they can share with you regarding your student's case unless we have a signed FERPA waiver on file from your student. However, Student Rights & Responsibilities staff members are free to answer general questions about the Student Rights & Responsibilities Process and possible outcomes.

How can I assist my student who has been documented in an incident?

Many parents wish to know more details about their student's incident and the subsequent process. Student Rights & Responsibilities encourages parents to discuss the incident with their student.

Student Rights & Responsibilities staff will talk about the case and related information with your student directly. However, with your student's consent, you may serve as their "support person" during any Student Rights & Responsibilities meeting. This means you will be able to attend the meeting and be present to support your student, but you will not be able to actively participate by speaking on their behalf.

What is the Clery Act and why do you publish crime statistics?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990, otherwise known as the Clery Act, requires colleges and universities that receive Federal funds to report data on numbers and types of incidents outlined in the act, including but not limited to assault, sexual assault, liquor law violations, and drug law violations. For more information on reporting categories, DU reporting and the DU annual security report, For the record, please refer to the Department of Campus Safety website.

What if I have more questions?

We do welcome parent involvement, so if you have more questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Student Rights & Responsibilities staff!