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Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Student Conduct


When it is determined that a possible policy violation has occurred, the case is referred to one of the following case resolution bodies for responsibility and/or outcome determination.

Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, or designee, has the authority to impose Outcomes up to, and including, suspension.

Student Rights and Responsibilities Staff

Student Rights and Responsibilities staff members may be empowered by the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities to impose Outcomes up to, and including, deferred suspension.

Housing and Residential Education (HRE) Staff

HRE staff may be empowered by the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities to conduct case resolution meetings for Cases that originate in the residence halls and are not otherwise routed elsewhere. Generally, HRE staff may hear Cases involving alleged violations of residence hall policies and alleged violations of Student Conduct Policies. HRE staff members have the authority to assign Outcomes up to, and including, probation.


The authority of faculty members to make decisions on Academic Actions in response to allegations of Academic Misconduct violations inherent to their role at the University. Academic Actions may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Failure of an assignment.
  2. Failure of a course.
  3. Termination from a program of study.

When Academic Misconduct violations are suspected, the faculty member involved should discuss these suspicions with the student, and then make a decision regarding Academic Actions. Academic Actions are not subject to the appellate process outlined in the Student Conduct Policies and Procedures, but are instead governed by the Grade Appeal or Academic Grievance process.

If a faculty member finds a student responsible for Academic Misconduct, the faculty member should report their findings, and the Academic Action taken (if any), to Student Rights and Responsibilities by completing an Incident Report found on the Student Rights and Responsibilities website. Student Rights and Responsibilities staff will then determine what student conduct action may be appropriate, taking into consideration the nature of the alleged violation, the student's previous student conduct record relating to Academic Misconduct violations, and the recommendations of the faculty member or academic unit.

Student Accountability Board

The Student Accountability Board (SAB) is empowered to conduct case resolution meetings involving student Respondents and issue all forms of Outcomes, up to and including dismissal from the University.

For specific information on the Conduct Review Board, its process, and Outcomes, please refer to our Student Accountability Board page.

Restorative Justice Conference

A Restorative Justice Conference (RJC) is empowered to conduct case resolution for those Cases involving student Respondent(s). An RJC is an alternative dispute resolution process, and will only be considered when the student Respondent(s) have taken responsibility for violating the applicable Student Conduct Policies and have an interest in repairing the harm done by their actions. Members of the greater DU community will serve on an RJC, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, neighbors and impacted parties. Through a collaborative process in which an "Outcomes Agreement" is created, RJCs can impose all forms of Outcomes, up to and including dismissal from the University. As such, if an Outcomes Agreement is successfully created, it cannot be appealed. If the members of an RJC cannot come to an agreement about Outcomes, the RJC is considered unsuccessful and the Case will be sent back to the Student Conduct Process for traditional case resolution. As noted previous in these policies, the typical rights and responsibilities provided to students in the traditional student conduct process may not be applicable in an RJC. Additionally, Restorative Justice Conferences are not used in cases involving Equal Opportunity policy violations.

For specific information on Restorative Justice Conferences and restorative practices within Student Conduct, please refer to our RJC page.