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Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Student Conduct

Policies

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 or the Guide to Residence Living for more information on the expectations for student behavior.

Honor Code Policies:

A. Academic Misconduct
  1. Plagiarism: any representation of another's work or ideas as one's own in academic and educational submissions.
  2. Unauthorized Use: any actual or attempted use or possession of resources prohibited by the instructor(s) or those that a reasonable person would consider inappropriate under the circumstances for academic submissions; including prohibited or inappropriate use of internet services.
  3. Cheating: any actual or attempted effort to engage in falsification of academic materials, claiming credit for another's work contrary to instructor/department instructions; such as copying answers in a test, and/or assisting another Student in engaging in these actions.
  4. Repeated Submission: any submission of an academic work for more than one course without written permission of the instructor.
  5. Fabrication: any falsification or creation of unsubstantiated data, research or resources to support academic submissions.
  6. Impediment: intentionally damaging, misrepresenting, or inhibiting the academic work of another Student.
  7. Syllabus Violation: failure to meet expectations set forth in a course syllabus.
  8. Violation of Professional Standards: failure to comply with the standards applicable to a field of study, profession and/or academic department.
B. Alcohol Misuse
  1. Unauthorized Possession: Possession and/or use of alcoholic beverages by any person under the legal drinking age of the United States (currently twenty-one (21) years of age), unless expressly permitted by law and University Policy.
  2. Unauthorized Distribution: The manufacturing and/or delivery of alcohol, except as expressly permitted by law and University Policies. Students may not provide alcoholic beverages to any person under the legal drinking age of the United States (currently twenty-one (21) years of age).
  3. Intoxication: Being under the influence of alcohol to the point of causing a disruption to University activities and/or endangering one's own health or safety regardless of age.
  4. Coerced Consumption: Any act that causes a person to consume alcohol without their Effective Consent.
  5. Paraphernalia: Any possession or use of paraphernalia used to facilitate the unauthorized use or rapid consumption or distribution of alcohol, including, but is not limited to, beer bongs or similar items.
C. Dishonesty
  1. Misleading Information: Intentionally giving false or misleading information to a University Official, law enforcement officer, or other emergency service professional while they are performing their duties. This includes, but is not limited to, intentionally omitting information in response to a request from a University Official and asking or persuading another individual to give false or misleading information and/or to omit information in response to a request from a University Official.
  2. False Statement: Any written or public statement about another person or group that that would cause distress or would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety and is proven to be false or misleading through the SRR process.
  3. Falsified Identification: Purchase, possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of forged or falsified identification, including, but not limited to, use of another person's identification or the possession of any identification that misrepresents one's age, whether designated as "novelty" identification or otherwise.
  4. Alteration: Any forgery, misuse, misrepresentation, or unauthorized alteration of any University documents, records, or credentials; including, but not limited to, the submission of false information on any official form or document to the University or alteration of University parking passes.
D. Drug Misuse
  1. Unauthorized Possession: Possession and/or use 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 and with a valid prescription. The University prohibits possession and/or use of marijuana, including medical marijuana, on University Premises in all circumstances.
  2. Distribution: Manufacturing and/or delivery of any Federally Illegal Drug, prescription drugs, or other controlled substance, including cannabis in any form.
  3. Intoxication: Being under the influence of any Federally Illegal Drug, prescription or non-prescription drug, or other controlled substance to the point of causing a disruption to University activities and/or endangering one's own health or safety regardless of age.
  4. Coerced Consumption: Any act that causes a person to ingest any Federally Illegal Drug, prescription drug, or other controlled substance without their Effective Consent.
  5. Paraphernalia: Any possession or use of paraphernalia used to facilitate the unauthorized or rapid use or distribution of any Federally Illegal Drug or other controlled substance in violation of this policy regardless of age; including but not limited to, marijuana pipes, bongs and scales or other measuring devices.
E. Endangerment
  1. Substantial Risk: Any act that directly or indirectly creates a substantial risk to anyone's (including one's own) medical or mental health or safety regardless of intent. This includes, but is not limited to, the use or abuse of any substances that results in medical evaluation or assistance.
  2. False Report: Any act, display, or communication that intentionally initiates or causes to be initiated any false report of an emergency, including, but 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.
  3. Weapons: Any possession or use of Weapons, ammunition, explosives, or other objects designed or used to inflict injury or damage while on University Premises or items that simulate weapons or other dangerous objects, even if the Student possesses a valid concealed Weapons permit or other lawful permission to carry a Weapon. The reckless misuse of these items either on or off University Premises is prohibited. The University does not prohibit the possession of non-lethal self-defense instruments such as mace; however, the University does prohibit the reckless use of those instruments.
  4. Fire Works/Explosives: Any possession or use of fireworks, explosives, or other objects designed or used to explode, inflict injury or damage, or cause a spark while on University Premises, even if the Student possesses a valid permit or other lawful permission, or the reckless misuse of these items either on or off University Premises.
  5. Fire Safety Violation: Intentionally or recklessly causing a fire that damages or threatens University or personal property and/or causes injury, including, but not limited to, tampering or improper use of fire safety equipment.
F. Harassment
  1. Bullying: Any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or a series of acts of physical, social, or emotional domination that cause physical or emotional harm to another person or group. Bullying conduct is severe, persistent, or pervasive and has the effect of substantially interfering with a community member's education, employment, or full enjoyment of the University; creating a threatening or intimidating environment; or substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the University.
  2. Coercion: Any use of force, threats, manipulation, blackmail, bribery or extortion in order to persuade someone to do something.
  3. Intimidation: Any verbal, written, or electronic threats of violence or other threatening behavior and conduct directed toward another person or group that reasonably leads the person(s) in the group to fear for their physical or emotional well-being, or significantly impacts a person's social engagement on campus.
  4. Retaliation: Any actions, or attempted actions, that impose a hardship, loss of benefit, or a penalty on any Student, faculty, or staff in response to filing or responding to a Report, appearing as a witness in the investigation of a Report, or serving as a Student Rights & Responsibilities Administrator or as a member of a Case Resolution Body.
G. Hazing

Any act, even if committed with the consent or acquiescence 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.

H. Interference

Any act, display, or communication that causes a disruption or an obstruction of educational, administrative, residential (including off University Premises) 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 University Premises. This is not intended to prohibit organized, peaceful, and orderly protests.

I. Non-Compliance
  1. Reasonable Request: Any failure to comply with the reasonable request of a University Official, law enforcement officer, or other emergency service professional in the performance of their duties.
  2. SRR Process: Any failure to comply with the Student Rights & Responsibilities process, including, but not limited to, failure to complete Outcomes.
  3. Identification: Any failure to provide one's University Identification Card or any form of legal identification upon the request of University Officials.
  4. Postings: Any failure to abide by signs, placards, or other official postings.
  5. Guests & Visitors: Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests and visitors to the University of Denver. Students are expected to inform their guests and visitors of any and all University policies and applicable laws.
J. Physical Misconduct
  1. Bodily Harm: Any act causing or likely to cause, bodily harm to any person, regardless of intent.
  2. Physical Contact: Any act resulting in physical contact with another person, without their Effective Consent.
K. Property Damage

Any act causing or likely to cause, damage to the property of another person or entity without the Effective Consent of that person or entity, regardless of intent, including, but not limited to, vandalism of residence hall bulletin boards.

L. Provocation
  1. Disruption: Any act, display, or communication directed towards a person or a group of persons that may reasonably be expected to cause an immediate disruption of normal University activity.
  2. Harm: Any act, display or communication that encourages actions that may be reasonably expected to cause harm to a person(s) or damage to property, including, but not limited to, rioting.
M. Theft
  1. Attempted: Attempted 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 attempted possession of property a Student should reasonably know is stolen.
  2. Possession: Actual acquisition or possession of property, including intellectual property, of another person or entity without the permission or authorization of that person or entity. This includes, but is not limited to, the attempted possession of property a Student should reasonably know is stolen.
  3. Unauthorized Use: Any utilization of labor or services by unauthorized or deceitful methods, including, but not limited to, the misuse of University parking passes.
  4. Unauthorized Procurement: Any attempted or actual acquisition of items offered without charge when that acquisition exceeds reasonable limits or restrictions imposed by the provider of the materials, including, but not limited to, taking excessive numbers of giveaways.
N. Unauthorized Entry or Access
  1. Unauthorized Entry: Entry or presence within enclosed University buildings or areas including, but not limited to, athletic facilities, construction sites, offices, or another Student's living quarters, even if unlocked, without the permission or authorization of the owner or person legally responsible for that property, regardless of intent. This includes, but is not limited to, entry in violation of posted hours of operation.
  2. Unauthorized Access: Climbing on, being present on the roof of, or other invalid use or access of any University building or University owned or operated structure or other University property.
  3. Unauthorized Access/Alteration of Keys/Entry Devices: Tampering with locks to University buildings, unauthorized possession or use of University keys/entry devices, and/or alteration or duplication of University keys/entry devices.
O. Violation of the Law

Committing or attempting to commit any violation of local, state, federal, or applicable foreign law, or a local ordinance or regulation; whether on or off University Premises. Evidence of a conviction, including but not limited to, a plea agreement, shall be considered conclusive documentation as to the violation of a law and/or ordinance.

P. Violation of the University's Discrimination and Harassment Policy
Any violation of the University's Discrimination/Equal Opportunity Policy, as implemented through the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX Procedures.
Q. Violation of Other University Policies

University Policy: Any act which is in violation of any University Policies, whether or not enumerated in these Student Rights & Responsibilities Policies. The University expects Students to review these policies and inform their guests of these policies.

Guide to Residence Living Policies: Any act which is in violation of the policies set forth in the Guide to Residence Living.

Campus Safety Policies: Any act which is in violation of the policies and procedures of the Division of Campus Safety.

Smoke-Free DU Policy: Any act which is in violation of Smoke-Free DU policy. The University does not permit vaping of any type of University owned or operated property. Per the Colorado Clean Air Act, vaping or use of e-cigarettes is prohibited inside any public buildings and most businesses. Individuals may not vape within 25 feet of the main or front door of a building.

Parking and Mobility Services Policies: Any act which is in violation of the policies and procedures of Parking and Mobility Services, including but not limited to permit regulations and traffic regulations.

Information Technology Policies: Any act which is in violation of the policies of the Information Technology division.

Policies of Academic Departments: Any act which is in violation of the policies of an academic department.

Other University Policy: Any act which is in violation of any other University policy not listed above.