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GOLD Program

The GOLD Program is rooted in principles currently used by the University of Denver and is meant to further enhance the Students Rights & Responsibilities experience for our students. The program draws heavily from the Community Remediation Program (CoRe) established by the Office of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility at the University of Albany.

GOLD provides students on Probation or Deferred Suspension with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have taken steps to become a productive and engaged member of the University Community, repair harm created in the community, and further examine the effects of their actions on others. Comparisons can be made to the goals of the Restorative Justice Conference (RJC) program currently used by the University of Denver, since GOLD places emphasis on personal action and responsibility.

Students who successfully complete GOLD will be released from their Probation or Deferred Suspension earlier than the assigned end date, allowing students to become re-eligible to participate in study abroad opportunities, Fraternity and Sorority Life housing and activities, athletics, and any other engagement opportunities that are currently impacted by Probation or Deferred Suspension status.

Please see the information below for more details on GOLD. To schedule a meeting with the GOLD Coordinator, click here. For additional questions, please contact the GOLD Coordinator at 303-871-2455 or


In order to participate in GOLD, the following requirements apply:

  • Must be a currently enrolled student who is on Probation or Deferred Suspension for violations of University Policy regarding non-academic misconduct.
  • Must live on campus or in the greater Denver area in order to participate; exceptions may be considered by the GOLD Coordinator.
  • Must complete all active outcomes assigned to you through the Student Rights & Responsibilities Process.
  • Must complete a minimum of 6 weeks of Probation or 10 weeks of Deferred Suspension without further incident.
  • Must not have completed GOLD previously (cannot complete GOLD more than once).

Getting Started:

If you are interested in learning more about GOLD, or to enroll in the program, you will first need to make an appointment with the GOLD Coordinator by clicking here.

At your meeting with the GOLD Coordinator, you will receive the "GOLD Packet" which includes everything you will need to complete as part of the program.

Once you have meet with the GOLD Coordinator, you will then complete the online "GOLD Intention Form."

The Five Tasks:

GOLD consists of five (5) tasks that you will need to complete in order to fulfill the program requirements. Completed packets will only be considered for acceptance following a mandatory 6 weeks of  Probation or 10 weeks of Deferred Suspension; however you can begin to complete the tasks at any point during the term of Probation or Deferred Suspension.

See below for detailed instructions on each task.

Identify a mentor and meet regularly with your mentor for the next several weeks, and possibly into the future. You will provide the prepared Memo to Potential Mentors to a faculty or staff member of your choosing with the intention of creating a mentor/mentee relationship. Directions are provided inside the memo regarding the intention of the mentorship and expectations of the relationship that will be created.

The staff or faculty member is allowed to turn down this proposition, in which case you will need to seek an alternate mentor.

A minimum of four (4) meetings must be completed and validated, with only one meeting per week applying toward the completion of GOLD.

Following these meetings, your mentor will complete the online GOLD Mentor Form.

Community Service

Complete a minimum of 20 hours of University-related community service at the site of your choosing. These hours are required to be verified by a community service supervisor with dates listed and duties completed as indicated on the GOLD Community Service Hours Log. You will provide the prepared Memo to Community Service Partners which will outline the expectations for your work with them.

The GOLD Coordinator will follow-up with the supervisor to verify dates and hours of completion along with the duties completed. The site should be chosen based on areas of interest with the intention to serve the University/greater-Denver community directly, if possible. Please note, any community service assigned as part of the initial hearing outcomes will not count toward your GOLD community service hours. Additionally, you are not allowed to earn any compensation for your service time.

These are offices/agencies students have worked with before:

DU's Religious & Spiritual Life – see or call 303.871.4488 for community work opportunities on and off campus.

DU Athletics and Recreation - call 303.871.3845

DU's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning – see

University Involvement

Participate in a minimum of ten (10) hours of activities offered on campus including clubs, workshops, residence hall activities, Student Rights & Responsibilities programs, and/or other campus programming (i.e. late night programs/campus organizations/large scale programs.

You will need to complete the University Involvement Form, including event title, date, time, and the signature of an event supervisor/club officer. Note that there is no required level of participation but the hope is that you will engage in the activities you chose. Student Rights & Responsibilities strongly recommends that you participate in a variety of activities. Ultimately, the purpose of this requirement is to engage you with the larger DU community.

Career Services Consultation and Workshop Attendance

First, you must attend one appointment with a career counselor and attend one career services workshop of your choice as offered by the Career Center. You should first schedule an appointment by calling 303.871.2150 and complete a 1-hour Comprehensive Consultation regarding resumes, job search, and available/applicable career resources. You will provide the prepared Memo to Career Counselor which will outline the expectations for your work with them.

The appointment should be verified with an email from the career advisor that conducted the consultation to the GOLD Coordinator. You will also need to submit a previous and updated resume with the final GOLD packet so please be sure to bring a drafted resume to your consultation so that you can review it with your advisor.

Possible Questions to Ask Your Career Counselor

  • Could you tell me more about your services?
  • I am not enjoying my classes and I am not sure if this is the right major for me.
  • Could you give me information on starting a... (resume/cover letter /internship search/job search)?
  • What are some career options for people with my major? What have some alumni done with my major?
  • How much experience do I need before doing an internship? How should I prepare for an internship?
  • What is the best way to find jobs/internships with in my major?
  • What organizations hire interns or full-time employees from my major?
  • Can I study abroad and do an internship at the same time? How do I get an internship/job abroad?
  • Why do people go to graduate school? Do I need a graduate degree? What is the application process?
  • What is an informational interview?
  • What should I be doing as a student to ensure I am able to get a good job after graduation?

Second, based on this appointment or other interests, you should attend a Career Services Workshop of interest. Reflection on this workshop should be included in your final essay.

The updated resume should reflect the suggestions made by the career counselor.

A confirmation email from the Career Counselor to Student Rights &  Responsibilities at is required in order to verify the consultation and workshop attendance.

Final Reflective Essay

Once you have completed all of the other tasks, you will need to write a 1000-word essay reflecting on the incident that created the initial harm, the process of remediation that you have undertaken, personal growth or learning you have gained from the experience, and ongoing steps you will take to prevent further incidents. This reflection essay must be typed in 12-point font, double-spaced with one inch margins, and use appropriate grammar and spelling. Additionally, you should include a header with your name, ID#, and date on top of each page.
Required reflection points:

  • Describe at least one thing you have gained or accomplished as a result of your mentorship and the relationship with DU staff/faculty.
  • Describe what it means to you to be a part of the University of Denver community and share the responsibilities you have as a member of this community?
  • Reflection on your University Community Service, describing your experience and what you gained or learned.
  • Select one University activity that you became involved with or continued to be involved with and describe what you learned based on your participation.
  • Reflect on your Career Services Consultation and workshop, describing what you gained or learned.
  • Provide reasons you believe that Student Rights and Responsibilities should approve your removal from Probation or Deferred Suspension.

Additional suggested reflection points are stated below:

  • How did this incident impact you, your family, and your University community?
  • What have you learned from this and any prior incidents?
  • What are your goals for your time here at DU and in the future? How can GOLD help you reach these goals?