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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 a Case Resolution Meeting:

Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, or their designee, has the authority to assign outcomes up to and including suspension.

Student Rights and Responsibilities Staff

Student Rights and Responsibilities staff members have the authority to assign outcomes up to and including deferred suspension.

Housing and Residential Education (HRE) Staff

HRE staff conduct case resolution meetings for cases that originate in the residence halls. HRE staff may hear cases involving alleged violations of residence hall policies and alleged violations of Honor Code 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 is 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 first 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 Honor Code 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 to Student Rights and Responsibilities by completing the Academic Misconduct Incident Report.  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 and issue all forms of outcomes up to and including dismissal from the University.  The SAB is the only resolution body in Student Rights and Responsibilities that can dismiss a student.

Click here for more specific information on the Student Accountability Board.

Restorative Justice Conference

Restorative Justice Conferences (RJC) is an alternative dispute resolution process and will only be considered when the student respondent(s) have taken active responsibility for violating Honor Code 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 assign all forms of outcomes. 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 previously in these policies, the typical rights and responsibilities provided to students in the traditional student conduct process may not be applicable in an RJC.  Restorative Justice Conferences are not used in cases involving Equal Opportunity policy violations.

Click here for specific information on Restorative Justice Conferences and restorative practices within Student Conduct.