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Academic Conduct Procedures

Reporting an Infraction:

If any member of the academic community believes that the Academic Honor Code has been violated, the infraction should be reported to the course instructor within one week of its occurrence. The instructor will then meet with the student, present evidence of the infraction, and request explanation. If the instructor believes that the evidence of the infraction is sufficient to warrant a penalty, he or she will check for previous Honor Code infractions before determining the severity of the penalty. If the instructor deems it appropriate to impose sanctions more severe than the lowering of the course grade, he or she may make such a recommendation to the college dean through the Departmental Chair.

If the student contests the instructor's decision, the student should seek guidance by consulting the procedures of the Student Conduct Committee.

Right to a Hearing:

Any student accused of an infraction has the right to have the case considered by an objective individual or group not involved in the incident.

Path of Appeals:

If the alleged infraction cannot be resolved between the student and instructor, the student may appeal the instructor's decision to the Chair of that department. If the student remains dissatisfied with the decision, the appeal may then be taken to the Dean of that college. If the student wishes to appeal the Dean's decision, the student now has two choices: a hearing before an Honor Code Panel of the Student Conduct Committee, or and appeal to the Vice Chancellor.

The Student Conduct Committee:

The Committee, which provides membership for the Honor Code Panels, will be comprised of the following members:

  •   All current Student Judicial Board members (7 maximum);
  •   Eight (8) resident faculty members;
  •   The Dean for Student Life (who serves as the Committee chair and has no vote).

An Honor Code Panel will have four members: two students and two faculty selected by lottery, and one Convener appointed by the Committee Chair. Quorum will be four members.

The Honor Code Panel will not impose punishment. Its duty will be to render a decision of guilt or innocence and recommend a penalty. The Vice Chancellor will make the final decision.

DUE PROCESS:

In any hearing, all steps will be taken in a timely manner, and elements of procedural due process shall be followed. For example, the accused student may confront the accuser and present and question witnesses. The student's prior disciplinary record will not be made available to any of the Honor Code Panel unless and until a determination of guilt has been made.

Hearings will be administrative procedures and not judicial in nature.

The accused student may seek information and advice from the Chair of the Student Conduct Committee or the student liaison appointed by UCCS Associated Students.

SANCTIONS:

The following sanctions are possible if a student is found guilty of violating the Honor Code:

  • Reduced grade for the assignment
  • Reduced grade for the course
  • Oral reprimand
  • Written reprimand
  • Disciplinary probation
  • Immediate suspension
  • Suspension at the end of the semester
  • Stipulated conditions for re-enrollment
  • Permanent expulsion
  • Non-punitive measures, consistent with the educational mission of the University

DISCIPLINARY RECORDS:

Disciplinary records are maintained by the Office of Student Life, consistent with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. They will be separate from students' academic records, but considered part of their educational records.