Student Code of Conduct

Colorado Heights University strives to ensure that it’s relations with students always reflect the highest ethical standards and conform to all applicable laws and regulations. Students are responsible for acting with honesty and integrity on and off campus. Students are responsible for conducting themselves appropriately in the classroom and other academic settings so they do not interfere with the instruction and learning of others. Students are responsible for maintaining the standards of academic performance established by their professors. Students are expected to abide by the University policies, rules, procedures, and regulations as well as all federal, state and municipal laws at all times including during all University-sponsored events and activities on and off the campus.

Misconduct Subject to Disciplinary Action

Examples of violations that result in student disciplinary action include, but are not limited to the following:

      Violation of any University policy, rule, procedure, or regulation.
      Violation of federal, state or municipal laws.
      Any conduct that adversely affects the functions of the University and the pursuit of it’s mission.

Disciplinary Process

Statement of Charges

Any University community member (professors, administrators, 1 “ 1q“ campus security, students) can report Code of Conduct violations to the Director of Student Life by presenting a written summary of the charges. The written summary must include (a) the exact charges being made; (b) the time, date, and location of the incident; and (c) a summary of the evidence being presented. Violations of federal, state or municipal laws that take place on or off campus are referred to local law enforcement.

Incident Process

Incident Review: The University reviews all reports and information received from departments, staff, faculty, officials, students, community members, or police to determine if there is sufficient information to indicate that the Student Code of Conduct has been violated.

Written Notification

The University will notify the student in writing that information has been received which indicates a potential violation of the Code of Conduct. The written notification will provide cursory details of the incident along with the charges. The letter may ask for a written response from the student and that a meeting will be scheduled with the Director of Student Life.

Conduct Meeting

The student will have the opportunity at the meeting to review the written documentation of the incident, present any information relevant to the incident and discuss the situation.

Decision Letter

Each incident involving an alleged violation of the Code of Conduct will be concluded with a letter outlining the decision of “responsible” or “not responsible” for the charges. The letter will also include any sanctions which the University deems appropriate in response to the situation. If a student chooses not to complete the sanctions within the timeline stated in the letter, the University may take further action including dismissal.

Appeal

ny student found responsible for a violation of the Code of Conduct may appeal the disciplinary actions imposed by the University administration by following the University Grievance and Appeal Policy.

Examples of Potential Outcomes and Sanctions

The following are examples of potential outcomes and sanctions stemming from a conduct meeting. The sanctions listed are only examples, and should not be considered an exhaustive list of potential sanctions for policy violations. Each student’s case is investigated individually and the potential educational benefits of sanctions are weighed against the facts of the investigation. For this reason students with similar violations but different circumstances may have different sanctions/outcomes following their conduct meeting.

Not Responsible

This outcome is delivered when a student has been found not responsible for alleged violations.

Written Warning

Written notification indicates behavior was found in violation of the Code of Conduct. This is an official notice that further misconduct may result in more severe sanctions.

Online Alcohol/ Drug Assessment

An online alcohol or drug assessment and educational course may be used for low-level, first-time alcohol or drug violations without extenuating circumstances or where the student does not show indications of significant risk to themselves or others.

Alcohol/Drug/Psychological Health Assessment

This sanction is given for repeat offenses or when there is concern for the safety and well-being of the student and CHU community. CHU officials use the NaBita Threat Assessment tool to determine whether a student’s behavior has reached “severe” or “extreme” risk level. The tool can be found at nabita.org.

Community Restitution

Community restitution is used as an educational sanction when a student’s policy violation has negatively impacted the community or in conjunction with criminal charges assessed by law enforcement. Colorado Heights University administrative processes remain separate from any criminal charges a student may face, but the University may assign sanctions that will also satisfy the requirements of the court. Community restitution may be performed on-campus through the Public Safety Office or at an off-campus location.

Restitution for Damages

Restitution will be assessed for theft, vandalism, or other damages to personal property and/or University property.

Behavioral Agreement

A behavioral agreement may be used when a student needs clear guidelines for acceptable behavior. This document outlines expectations for future behavior, and potential consequences if the behavioral guidelines are not followed.

Housing Probation

This sanction indicates that a student is no longer in good standing within the housing system. Further violations may result in more severe sanctions such as removal from the residence halls, University probation, or suspension.
Administrative Housing Removal: This sanction formally suspends the housing contract of the student without refund.

Denial of Access

This sanction prevents a student from entering specified areas for a specified amount of time.

University Probation

This sanction signifies that a student is on disciplinary probation with the University. University probation may be general or strict, and may include certain behavioral stipulations. If a student is involved in another policy violation while on University probation, the next disciplinary action is typically suspension.

Interim Suspension/Interim Housing Removal

This action temporarily removes a student from housing and/or the University pending a conduct meeting or a hearing through the Student Life Office. In this case, the student is responsible for finding alternative housing at his/her expense.

Suspension

This sanction removes a student from the university until given sanctioning requirements are met or for a specified period of time.

Expulsion

The student is required to permanently leave the university. An expulsion keeps the incident on file permanently. Expulsion from the university includes an automatic exclusion from university property.

Exclusion

The student is denied access to all or a portion of university property. When a student is excluded from university property, that student may be permitted onto university property for limited periods and specific activities with the permission of the director of the Office of Public Safety or his/her designee. Should the student enter university property without permission, action may be taken by the police for trespassing.

Restriction or Denial of University Services

The student is restricted from using or is denied specified university services, including participation in university activities.

Delayed Conferral of Degree

The issuance of a student’s diploma is delayed for a specified period of time.

Additional Sanctions

Additional sanctions include, but are not limited to, requiring the student to compensate a victim for theft, damage, counseling or other expenses incurred as a result of the incident.