The Colorado State University Student Conduct Code applies to conduct that occurs on University premises and at University-sponsored programs or activities. It also applies to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the University community, poses a threat to persons or property, or may damage the institution’s reputation or relationship with the greater community. In addition, Colorado State University, in collaboration with the Fort Collins community, may respond to student violations of community-based laws and ordinances designed to protect civility and quality of life. The Director (or designee) decides whether the Student Conduct Code applies to off-campus conduct on a case-by-case basis.
The University holds each student accountable to the Student Conduct Code from application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree. This includes periods before classes begin or after classes end, during the academic year, and between terms of actual enrollment. The disciplinary process may proceed even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending.
Academic faculty, departments and colleges are responsible for establishing orderly procedures for academic and classroom discipline. Each instructor is primarily responsible for communicating standards of academic integrity and classroom behavior, implementing University policy, and responding to behavioral issues. Instructors may consult with and/or refer matters to Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services to consider University disciplinary charges or other means of conflict resolution. Faculty actions related to classroom discipline are reported to Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services and kept as part of the student disciplinary record.
Procedures for academic misconduct cases are also detailed in the Colorado State University Faculty and Administrative Professional Manual, General Catalog, the Graduate and Professional Bulletin, the Honor Code of the Professional Veterinary Medicine Program, and the School of Public Health as applicable.
Violation of Law and Colorado State University Discipline
A student may face both University disciplinary proceedings and criminal or civil litigation charges, since the same factual situation may allegedly violate both the Student Conduct Code and criminal or civil law. University discipline proceedings may happen before, during, or after civil or criminal proceedings. These proceedings are entirely separate; legal outcomes do not affect the university discipline process.
When serious charges are filed against a student, whether criminal, civil, or conduct the Director (or designee) may temporarily suspend the student from all or part of the University, including residence halls, until those charges are resolved.
- Interim Residential Suspension
The student is suspended from residing, dining, or being near University residence halls until the charges are resolved. The student does not lose other University privileges and may attend classes. If the student is under 21, the Director of Residence Life notifies the student's parents of the interim residential suspension. The student must arrange and pay for off-campus housing.
- Interim University Suspension
The student is denied access to campus, classes, and University activities and privileges until the charges are resolved.
The following conditions may warrant interim suspension:
- To ensure the safety and well-being of University members or residential communities
- To ensure the student’s own safety and well-being
- To preserve University property
- To prevent disruption or interference with normal University operations
- The student is notified in writing of the terms of the Interim Suspension and the reasons for this action. The Director (or designee) typically reviews interim measures as the investigation and discipline process proceeds to determine if adjustments are appropriate. The student may also submit a letter and other relevant documentation to show cause why a continued presence on the campus does not threaten campus safety or operations. The Hearing Officer shall review the information provided by the student and, prior to making a decision, may consult with appropriate University officials, including but not limited to the CSU Police Department or other security personnel.
- The Interim Suspension does not replace the regular disciplinary process, up to and through a University Hearing, if required.
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This page was last updated July 23, 2015.