You will talk with a hearing officer about the incident and they will ask you for your side of the story. They will also ask questions, like:

  • How does your alleged involvement in this situation relate to your personal values?
  • What impact did your choices have on other individuals or communities?
  • In what ways can this choice hinder you from achieving your academic goals?

You can ask any questions you may have of your hearing officer at this time. Students found not responsible in the conduct process will not receive sanctions.

Sanctions

Students may be assigned the following sanctions if they are found responsible for a violation of university policy or as part of an informal agreement. This is not an exhaustive list as different sanctions may be assigned based on the student's behaviors or in support of the department's learning outcomes.

Alcohol Impact Circles

Alcohol Impact Circles are structured to engage students in an interactive dialogue focused on their experiences with alcohol. The Circle Process allows an open sharing of each student’s personal story and the opportunity to hear the stories of other members in the Circle. By participating, students will discover connections with fellow Buffs and reflect on the impacts of their alcohol use in the community. To sign up for an Alcohol Impact Circle, visit Health Promotion or contact their staff at healthpromotion@colorado.edu. The cost of this program is $25.00

SBIRT

This is a one time alcohol intervention based on restorative practices. To sign up for SBIRT, visit Health Promotion or contact their staff at healthpromotion@colorado.edu. The cost of this program is $75.00

BASICS

BASICS is a sanction that will help students reflect on their use of alcohol or marijuana. A student may be assigned BASICS I, II, or III based on the seriousness of the offence and any prior violations of university policy.

Basics I and II consist of two one-hour individual or group sessions with a professional counselor. To sign up for BASICS I or BASICS II, visit Health Promotion or contact their staff at healthpromotion@colorado.edu.The cost of BASICS I or II is $140.00.

BASICS III consists of four individual sessions, allowing for greater depth and insight. Participants monitor their daily substance use throughout the sessions. To sign up for BASICS III visit Health Promotion or contact their staff at healthpromotion@colorado.edu. The cost of BASICS III is $295.00.

DARMA Program

This is a 12 hour class that is based off of the Alcohol Skills Training Program. You can register by calling Boulder County Public Health at (303) 413-7017, the cost is $295.00. This class is not on campus.

Alcohol or Drug Evaluation

Students may be required to complete an alcohol or drug evaluation with a substance abuse counselor. These evaluations can be completed either at Wardenburg or at an off campus facility. The recommendations from the evaluation are shared with the Office of Student Conduct and the student is required to complete any recommendations described in the evaluation.

Decision Making Workshop

This workshop is a restorative based option to improve clarity around personal decision in small and large scales.  It is offered through the Recurve Group and a student can register for the program here. This workshop costs $60.00.

Community Living Class

This is a class offered by the office of Off Campus Housing and Neighborhood Relations, and is designed to help students develop the skillsets necessary to live in communities neighboring campus, such as the Hill community. To register for the Community Living Class, visit Off Campus Housing and Neighborhood Relations. The cost of this class is $25.00.

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.

Learn more about Restorative Justice

Disciplinary 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.

Probation

Probation is a status on which the university can place students found responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct. 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 Student Conduct Code or the conditions of probation committed during the probationary period will result in further disciplinary action.  

Formal Probation

Formal Probation is a status on which the university can place students found responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct. It includes a written statement that the student’s behavior was inappropriate, and a timeframe within which the student remains on that status. It is similar to probation except that it typically lasts for a longer period of time and any subsequent violations of the Student Code of Conduct while on Formal Probation will most likely lead to suspension from the university for some period of time.

Parent/Guardian Notification

Parent/Guardian notifications are sent when a student under the age of 21 violates the drug or alcohol policy. This letter is sent via mail and notifies the parent/guardian of the incident, as well as the resulting disciplinary status of the student.

Student Conduct Fee

This is a fee that is assessed to all student placed on probation, suspension, or expulsion status due to a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

No Contact Order

This is a measure used by the university to create a safer environment when a one student’s behavior towards another student is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. A student who violates a no contact order issued by Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution may be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and that violation may be adjudicated accordingly.

Exclusion

This sanction is used when the conduct officer determines there is a need to deny access to all or a portion of university property. The parameters and timeframe of the exclusion are set by the conduct officer, and should a student enter university property without permission, action may be taken by the police for trespass.

Conduct Relocation

A student living in the residence halls is reassigned to a different residence hall on campus due to their violation of a conduct policy.

Class Exclusion

This sanction is used when a conduct officer determines there is a need for a student to unenroll from a course.    

Termination of Housing Contract

A student’s residence hall housing contract is terminated and that student is prohibited from residing in any university residence hall either permanently, or for a specified period of time.

Termination in Abeyance

A student’s residence hall housing contract is terminated, however due to mitigating circumstances that termination is deferred, allowing the student to continue living in their residence hall room. If the student, through the conduct process, is found to have violated a conduct policy during the length of the termination in abeyance period, the student will immediately have their housing contract terminated.

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.

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.

The following sanctions may be imposed as an interim measure pending the final outcome of a conduct meeting. These sanctions may be assigned as part of the final outcome to a conduct process as well.

Interim Suspension

A student is required to leave the university, and not participate in any university activities, for a specified amount of time. 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.

Interim Conduct Relocation

A student living in the residence halls is reassigned to a different residence hall on campus due to their violation of a conduct policy.

Interim Exclusion

This sanction is used when the conduct officer determines there is a need to deny access to all or a portion of university property. The parameters and timeframe of the exclusion are set by the conduct officer, and should a student enter university property without permission, action may be taken by the police for trespass.

Interim No Contact Directive

This is a measure used by the university to create a safer environment when a one student’s behavior towards another student is in violation of the Student Conduct Code. A student who violates a no contact order issued by Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution may be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and that violation may be adjudicated accordingly.

Interim Class Exclusion

This sanction is used if a conduct officer determines there is a need to deny attendance of a university course. If a student is allowed to return to the class, the faculty member will work with the student to address any missed content without a negative impact on the student's grade.