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Sanctions

  1. Overview
    1. After hearing the case, the judicial officer (in an administrative conference, in an administrative deposition, or within the Office of Residence Life and Housing) or the SCHB (in a formal hearing) may find by a preponderance of evidence that the charged student is not responsible, or may find the student responsible and issue a sanction based on that finding.
    2. Sanctions imposed for misconduct must be based upon a consideration of all the circumstances in a particular case. Mitigating and aggravating circumstances may be considered.  Repeated violations are likely to result in progressively severe sanctions.  One or more of the sanctions below may be imposed.  It is important to note that in all cases, the judicial officer and conduct body reserve the right to use their discretion in determining the appropriate sanction for a case, which could include lower or higher sanctions than the prescribed guidelines.  All decisions regarding responsibility and appropriate sanctions will be given to a student in writing.
    3. Records for cases not involving probation, suspension, or expulsion, or where the incident involved a charge that the university is federally mandated to report upon, will be kept until a student’s graduation or permanent withdrawal from the institution, whichever is later.
    4. For cases involving probation, suspension, or an incident upon which the university is federally mandated to report upon, the university is obligated to keep the records for seven years after the charged student graduates or permanently withdrawals form the university, whichever is later.  If a student does not come back after their suspension period, the period of suspension will not count towards the seven years for expunging the file.  Instead, the seven years will start at the end of the suspension period.
    5. The University will maintain cases involving expulsion indefinitely.
    6. Every student may review, upon request, all non-confidential contents of his/her file.
  2. Educational Sanctions: The student may be required to perform a specific number of hours of community service, complete a reflection or research paper, attend a class, workshop, program, or lecture, or be involved with the community in a way that brings about a new understanding of the community and how his/her behavior may have impacted others.  This is not an exhaustive list but should serve as a reference for the types of educational sanctions that may be levied.
  3. Warning/Written Reprimand. A written statement that the behavior was inappropriate and subsequent infractions should not occur or more serious conduct action will be taken.
  4. Residence Hall Reassignment.  The resident, through the conduct process, is assigned to a different residence hall on campus.
  5. Residence Hall Termination.  The student’s residence hall agreement is terminated through the conduct process and the student is prohibited from residing in any university residence hall on either a permanent or temporary basis.  Specific exclusion from the residence halls may also be imposed.  Termination may occur in cases where a student appears to be involved in violations of the Student Conduct Code and the behavior or pattern of behavior has a significant negative impact on his/her living community.
  6. Probation.  Probation lasts for a specific period of time, and is implemented by semesters.  Any violation of the Student Conduct Code or the conditions of probation committed during the probationary period will subject the student to further action, with a likely result of suspension or expulsion.
  7. Suspension in Abeyance. The student is suspended from the university, but due to mitigating circumstances the suspension is deferred, allowing the student to continue with daily university activities and providing a student with one final opportunity to prove they can operate responsibly within the community.  If the student, through the conduct process, is found to have violated the Student Conduct Code during the period of the suspension in abeyance, the student will be immediately suspended from the university for the duration of the abeyance, as well as given additional sanctions, including an extension of the suspension, or expulsion.
  8. Suspension.  The student is required to leave the university for a specific period of time.  An indication of suspension appears on the student’s transcript.  After the period of suspension has expired, the transcript notation will be removed upon request.  The student is required to apply for readmission to the university after his/her suspension period. Suspension from the university includes an automatic exclusion from campus property during the period of suspension.  A suspension decision results in the student being suspended from all campuses of the University of Colorado system.
  9. Expulsion.  The student is required to permanently leave the university.  A notation of expulsion keeps the incident on file in the Office of the Dean of Students permanently.  Expulsion from the university includes an automatic exclusion from the campus property.  An expulsion decision results in the student being expelled from all campuses in the University of Colorado system.
  10. Exclusion. The student is denied access to all or a portion of campus.
  11. Restriction or Denial of University Services.  The student is restricted from using or is denied specific university services, including participation in university activities.
  12. Delayed Conferral of Degree.  The issuance of a student’s diploma is delayed for a specific period of time.
  13. Recommendation for Revocation of Degree.  The judicial officer or hearing board may recommend to the Regents of the University of Colorado revocation of an earned degree.
  14. Additional Sanctions.  Additional sanctions include, but are not limited to, requiring the student to compensate a victim for theft or damage.