Definitions

Unless the context requires a different meaning, the following definitions should apply.

1. Acceptance of responsibility. The charged student agrees that the facts contained in the notice and related documents do constitute a violation of the code of conduct.

2. Aggravating factor.  Any circumstances accompanying the commission of misconduct that adds to its seriousness.  Examples may include violence, violation of trust or duty, premeditation of an incident, use of force, a previous conduct violation, and elements of hate or bias, etc.

3. Appeals Officer.  An appointee by the Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Enrollment Management charged with reviewing cases that have been sanctioned by the SCHB or a judicial officer.

4. Conduct Bodies.  Conduct bodies consist of judicial officers and the staff members within the Department of Residence Life, which include the Director, Assistant Director, the Graduate Assistant, and Student Judicial Officers, may serve as conduct bodies in Residence Life cases.

5. Judicial Officers.  Judicial Officers include any university staff member who is designated to investigate and make decisions about facts in student conduct cases.  Judicial officers have the authority to determine sanctions including, but not limited to, exclusion, no-contact orders, administrative moves, residence hall termination, probation, suspension, expulsion, and educational sanctions.

6. Designation.  A student’s classification; i.e., graduate, undergraduate, continuing education, degree seeking or non-degree seeking.

7. SCHB.  Student Conduct Hearing Board. 

8. Mitigating Factor.  Extenuating circumstances that may be taken into account to reduce a sanction.  They do not constitute a justification or excuse for the offense in question.

9. Parent.  A student’s parent or legal guardian.

10. Peace officer.  A person designated by the University of Colorado or the state or federal government with the responsibility of enforcing laws or policies.

11. Preponderance of evidence.  What happened more likely than not, or “50% plus a feather.” This shall be the burden of proof used in all conduct proceedings under this code.

12. Student.  Any undergraduate, graduate, or non-degree student who is admitted, enrolled, or registered for the current or any future term, or who was registered at the time of the alleged incident.  This also includes individuals admitted to programs and attending orientation sessions.

13. Student judicial officers.  Student judicial officers serve either on the SCHB or as Office of Judicial Affairs or Residence Life judicial officers.  SCHB judicial officers are students, staff, or faculty designated by the Director of Judicial Affairs to serve on the SCHB.

14. University.  The University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

15. University official.  A university staff member working in the performance of his or her duly authorized duties.  University officials may be full or part time, or may be student staff members.

16. University Premises.  University owned or controlled property.

17. Witness. Any individual with information relating to a conduct case.

18. Working Day.  Monday through Friday, except for official university holidays.