Administrative sanctions and definitions

Faculty retain the sole authority to determine appropriate academic sanctions (i.e. grades).

The assigned hearing officer, in consultation with the Advisory Board, will assign appropriate non-academic sanctions if the accused student was found responsible for having committed a violation of the Honor Code. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Seminar on a topic such as ethics, writing, or time management
  • CU Restorative Justice: Restorative Justice helps to address the relationship between victims, offenders, and the community in a way that repairs the impacts of an incident, holds the offender accountable for their actions, and builds community.
  • Written Warning: A warning is a written statement from the conduct officer that the behavior was inappropriate and that more serious conduct action will be taken should subsequent violations of policy occur.
  • Honor Code Probation: Probation is a status on which the university can place students found responsible for violating the Honor Code. It includes a written statement that the student’s behavior was inappropriate and a timeframe within which the student remains on that status. Any violation of the Honor Code or the conditions of probation committed during the probationary period will result in further disciplinary action.  
  • Honor Code Suspension: A student is required to leave the university, and not participate in any university activities, for a specified amount of time. This sanction is noted on a student’s transcript during the period of the suspension, and a student must apply for readmission after the term of the suspension if that student wishes to remain a student at the university. A suspension includes an exclusion from all University of Colorado system property for the duration of the suspension. Any exceptions to that exclusion must be approved by the director of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution or that person’s designee.
  • Honor Code Expulsion: An expulsion decision results in a student losing the ability to participate in any and all activities within the University of Colorado system, and includes a permanent exclusion from all campus property. This sanction is noted on the student’s transcript, and Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution keeps the incident on file permanently.

Sign Up for the Honor Code Writing Seminar

 

Appeals

The accused student may appeal the hearing officer’s decision regarding responsibility. Appeals must be submitted to the hearing officer in writing within five business days of the date of the decision letter.

An appeal must be based on:

  • Procedural deficiencies in the established hearing process; 
  • The emergence of substantive new information which was not available at the time of the hearing; and/or
  • The severity of the sanction imposed was not appropriate based on the nature of the violation or the circumstances. Students are only able to appeal based on this criteria when sanctioned to a suspension or expulsion from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Appeal forms may be completed online or obtained from SCCR. 

If a student or reporting party submits an appeal form in accordance with the time limits herein, the Dean of Students, or their designee, in consultation with the Advisory Board, shall determine whether one or both of the grounds for an appeal. If either ground applies, the Appeal Board will review the case. The Appeal Board shall not hear testimony from the accused student, the reporting party, or any witnesses. Review of the case shall be on the record of the case alone unless the basis of the appeal is new information not available at the time of the hearing. All new information to be considered within the case record must be submitted with the appeal form.

Appeal form

Actions available to the Appeal Board

  • Affirm the initial decision.
  • Find that improper procedures were used. In this case, the Appeal Board can refer the case back to the conduct officer with a recommendation on how to correct the procedures.
  • Reduce or increase the sanction, if the Appeal Board determines that the sanction imposed was too severe or too lenient, given the nature of the violation and/or the circumstances. A sanction should not be increased or decreased unless there is compelling justification to do so.  Merely disagreeing with the decision of the conduct officer is not a compelling justification.
  • Find that (a) the student has presented information that would have been material to the outcome of the case had the information been presented at the conduct meeting, and (b) the information was not known to the person appealing at the time of the original student conduct meeting. In this event, the Appeal Board will refer the case back to the hearing officer for reconsideration in light of the new information.