Student Rights and Responsibilities
Colorado State University expects students to:
- Maintain standards of personal integrity that are in harmony with the educational goals of the institution
- Observe national, state, and local laws, and university regulations
- Respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people
Students retain the rights, protection, guarantees, and responsibilities that are held by all citizens. The Student Bill of Rights, available at http://policylibrary.colostate.edu/policy.aspx?id=601, explains other rights that apply to all higher education students in our Colorado.
The Colorado State University Student Conduct Code (https://resolutioncenter.colostate.edu/student-conduct-code/) applies to conduct that occurs on or off campus and at university programs or activities.
Prohibited conduct is described in detail in the code. Violations of university drug and alcohol policies and state drug and alcohol laws, and all forms of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault are code violations regardless of whether or not criminal charges result from the conduct. Disciplinary procedures under the code include the following steps:
- Student Conduct Services receives incident reports from law enforcement, CSU residence hall staff, faculty, administrative staff, students, other members of the university community, or from outside the university community. Reports are forwarded to a hearing officer, who will review the report and may seek additional information or conduct an investigation.
- If the hearing officer determines that a student may have violated the CSU Student Conduct Code, a hearing is scheduled. Full text of the code is available at https://resolutioncenter.colostate.edu/conduct-code/.
- The student will receive a notice letter with the date, time, and location of the hearing.
- At the hearing, the student may explain their conduct and perspective on the incident. Evidence, written statements, and witness testimony may be submitted. The student may be accompanied by an advisor, who may be an attorney, but the advisor may not represent the student, speak on the student’s behalf, or participate directly in the hearing. Formal rules of evidence and legal procedure do not apply.
- The hearing officer will decide the outcome of the hearing based on the evidence. See https://resolutioncenter.colostate.edu/student-conduct-code/.
- The hearing officer will send the student a letter with the outcome.
- Sanctions imposed may range from no action, to disciplinary expulsion and revocation of admission or degree. These sanctions are described in detail on the Student Conduct Services website at https://resolutioncenter.colostate.edu/conduct-services/.
- The student has a right to appeal the hearing officer’s decision.
A student is not immune from prosecution by local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies, whether or not the university initiates disciplinary proceedings.
The Student Resolution Center acts on the institutional values of interpersonal civility and honoring of community standards. The Student Resolution Center offers:
- Consultation, coaching, and mediation to help resolve conflicts
- Conflict management, academic integrity, and civility training and education
- Advising student peer conduct boards
- Hearings to determine if prospective students with a criminal or disciplinary record will be admitted to the university
- Overseeing the student conduct process and hearings for students facing allegations of misconduct on or off campus
- Restorative Justice Program for repairing harm and restoring relationships
- Determining disciplinary action to be taken by the university, including educational programs
- Appeals process related to student conduct outcomes
Behavioral Expectations of Students Living on Campus
Students residing in university residence halls or apartments contractually agree to obey:
- Federal, state, and local laws
- The CSU Student Conduct Code
- Expectations outlined in the residential contract and residence hall policies and procedures
Residential staff, under the supervision of Student Conduct Services, hear cases involving housing contract violations and may impose sanctions including drug and alcohol education; educational programs or activities; monetary restitution; reassignment to another residence hall room or building; and termination of the residential contract or lease. Significant incidents or a pattern of problems will result in referral to Student Conduct Services. Residence hall policies are available at https://housing.colostate.edu/halls/policies/ and apartment policies are available at https://housing.colostate.edu/apartments/policies/.
Student disciplinary records are maintained by Student Conduct Services in keeping with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (1973), the Higher Education Amendments (1998), and the Student Conduct Code.