The University of Colorado, in conjunction with the Graduate School, offer a variety of resources to MENV students, faculty, and staff, to make their time in the MENV the best it can be. The services and tools the University of Colorado and the Graduate School provide will helps every individual better navigate campus, tricky situations, and understand the processes, policies, and procedures that keeps a University up and running.  


Graduate education is a preeminent role of the University of Colorado at Boulder. The responsibility for planning, implementing, and evaluating graduate programs and graduate education policies and procedures rests within the Graduate School. The mission of the Graduate School is to facilitate and enhance the educational experiences and opportunities for all graduate students and to encourage excellence in research, creative and scholarly work.  


Rules for CU Boulder’s Graduate School can be found on the Graduate School website and within the CU Boulder Graduate School Rules document.  


Academic Misconduct & Honor Code Violations 

The purpose of the Honor Code at the University of Colorado Boulder is to secure an environment where academic integrity can flourish. The Honor Code recognizes the importance of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility and aims to instill these principles as essential features of the University of Colorado Boulder campus. The Honor Code allows all students to have responsibility for, and the ability to attain, appropriate recognition for their academic and personal achievements.   


Cases involving academic dishonesty are heard under the Honor Code. Violations of the Honor Code are acts of academic dishonesty and include but are not limited to: plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, aid of academic dishonesty, lying to course instructors, lying to representatives of the Honor Code, bribery or threats pertaining to academic matters, gaining unauthorized access to protected academic information, or an attempt to do any of the aforementioned violations. A student accused of academic dishonesty will either accept the accusation or request a hearing before a student panel, who will decide on the accusation of academic dishonesty. In addition to academic sanctions imposed by the faculty, students found guilty of academic dishonesty also face consequences from the Honor Code Council ranging from attending a mandatory class in ethics to expulsion from the campus.  


Student Honor Code and Procedures can be found here with additional information available within the Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution website.  


Graduate Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities 

In conjunction with CU Boulder’s Graduate School, the United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS), the Boulder Faculty Assembly, as well as numerous other governing and advisory bodies on the Boulder Campus, a Graduate Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities was established. The University seeks to provide and sustain an environment conducive to sharing, extending, and critically examining knowledge and values, and to furthering understanding. Effective performance of this mission requires that University graduate students be free within their respective fields of competence to learn, research, and teach in accordance with appropriate standards of scholarly inquiry. Graduate student rights and responsibilities rest on their unique role as students, researchers, and teachers.  


Discrimination and Harassment  

The MENV Program is dedicated to creating an inclusive and safe environment for all members of the MENV community. This includes students, student workers, TAs, instructors, and staff, among others. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to preventing and eliminating discrimination and harassment based on race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. CU Boulder’s Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance is charged with providing information and supporting members of the CU Boulder community on issues regarding discrimination and harassment.   


Faculty and staff are, per CU Boulder’s policies, mandatory reporters. As a result, while all matters concerning discrimination and harassment will be treated with discretion, MENV faculty and staff are required to report any incidents reported to the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.  


Grievance Process and Procedures 

The Graduate School Grievance Process and Procedures establishes and describes the process through which graduate students can communicate concerns related to academic issues or academic conflicts, with the goal of ensuring that the student filing a grievance is better able to achieve academic success. This is a non-adversarial, non-judicial process. The rules of evidence, and any other rules that typically govern a criminal or civil court, are not applicable to the Grievance Procedure.  


To access the Graduate Student Grievance Process and Procedures document, click here.