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Parents FAQ

Code of Conduct Violations


Will I be notified if my student gets in trouble:
i.e., if student is charged with violating the Student Conduct Code?

We may notify parents if their student has an alcohol violation or a drug violation as allowed by the amendments to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This act governs the release of educational records. We encourage students to speak with their parents and believe that as adults, students should take responsibility for initiating the conversation. We also encourage students to sign releases that allow us to speak with parents about a situation, so that we can all work together to resolve it and help the student. In addition, you may be notified if there is an imminent risk to the student's health, safety, or welfare.

If my student is charged with violating the Student Conduct Code, what happens?

Your student will be assigned a meeting time with a conduct officer. During that meeting, your student will be asked to talk about the alleged incident in depth. The conduct officer will facilitate an educational discussion with your student about things like expectations around behavior, good decision making, and creating a positive community. The conduct officer will determine if a violation of the Student Conduct Code has occurred. If one has occurred, the conduct officer will work with the student to determine appropriate outcomes.

What is my role in the university conduct process? How can I help my student?

You can help to guide the student through the process and be supportive while holding the student accountable to your expectations and the university's. You can also help identify and provide necessary interventions, such as alcohol or drug evaluations, anger management, and others, so that your student can be successful at UC Denver. Allow and expect the student to set appointments, attend meetings, and fulfill sanctions. It is usually not helpful to the educational development of the student, or resolution of the matter, for you to take over the process from your student.

Can I be in a disciplinary meeting or conference with my student?

The student may have an advisor present, who may be a parent. The role of the advisor is to support and advise the student but not to speak for or represent the student.

Do I need to hire an attorney to represent my student?

Students may have an attorney serve as an advisor but may not be represented by counsel.

How are sanctions decided?

Sanctions are determined by considering the following factors: nature of the violation, the student's role in the incident, the effect of the incident on others and on the student, the student's developmental and educational needs, and the student's prior disciplinary record. Mitigating and aggravating circumstances are considered.

My student was placed on probation? What does that mean?

Probation lasts for a specific period of time, and is implemented by semesters. It is notice to the student that 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.

Can my student appeal a conduct decision?

An appeal may only be submitted if a student was put on probation, evicted from Campus Village by the Office of Community Standards & Wellness (students who are evicted by the Campus Village staff need to appeal through Campus Village), suspended, or expelled. Appeal instructions will be included in the decision letter.

Does the outcome go on my student's record?

If a student is suspended from the university, a notation will be placed in the student's academic transcript for the period of the suspension. If the student is expelled, a notation will remain on the transcript permanently. For any student receiving a sanction less serious than suspension or expulsion, notations are not placed on the academic transcripts.

Will a disciplinary record keep my student from getting into law school, graduate school, etc.?

A disciplinary record does not automatically exclude a student from further study, jobs, etc. That usually depends on the type or severity of misconduct in which a student is involved. A disciplinary record may lead an admissions office to more closely scrutinize the student's application. We will only release information about a student's disciplinary record to another school or potential employer as allowed by the records policy, or with the permission of the student.

Why is a particular rule or policy in place?

Policies are designed to support the university's educational mission. They are meant to support a safe environment where people can work, study, and live without undue interference. They are also designed to build and support the academic and social community, teach students responsibility and interdependence, as well as promote moral and ethical development.

My student was charged criminally. Why go through the conduct process too?

The criminal justice system and the UC Denver Student Conduct Code are not mutually exclusive. By virtue of being a student, your student is held responsible for upholding the standards of behavior in the Student Conduct Code, as well as public laws. A Conduct Code violation may be heard even if the criminal case is not completed or if the criminal charges are dropped.

This incident happened off campus. Why is the university involved?

The university has an interest in maintaining a safe community and appropriate standards of conduct for its students. This includes both on-campus and off-campus behavior, which can have an impact on the university community and the university mission.

What resources are available to help my student?

For a list of various resources, see: http://www.ucdenver.edu/life/services/Pages/index.aspx.

I know my student could not have done this; I didn't raise my student that way. So why is my student being charged?

Developmentally this is a period of exploration, experimentation, and testing for students. They may be in a period of transition from late adolescence to adulthood. They may also be away from home and the daily influence of their parents for the first time. As students are testing the beliefs and values they learned at home, they may make choices that are inconsistent with these values. Such testing is part of the developmental process and is normal. However, students must also learn that the choices they make may not be healthy and may have consequences.

How can I talk to my student about alcohol and their decisions about it?

Alcohol is an important issue to discuss with your student.  As parents, you have a great opportunity to impact your student’s success at this institution, and your involvement can be of tremendous influence. For more information, please click the “Talk with Your Student” tab below.

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