Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services

Resolving Conflicts with the Law and University Police

By Lindsay Sell
Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services

While many students visit the Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services office because a disciplinary incident has occurred and they are working through the university's student conduct process, the office provides a comprehensive approach to support Colorado State University's values of interpersonal civility, respect, and honoring community standards.

In reality, the office hopes to help students learn from mistakes and move forward as successful students throughout their college careers. The office hopes to partner with parents and families in order to do this more effectively. While students are constantly learning from their actions and developing as independent adults, the office attempts to provide key support throughout that learning process and realizes that parents and families are essential in that process as well.

Your students may find themselves visiting this office because of a disciplinary hearing. Being informed about this process and knowing what you can do to support your student can be very helpful. Below you will find answers to key questions you might have about this process as well as where to go for more information.

How does my student get called in for a hearing?

A student may have a disciplinary hearing scheduled because she/he has allegedly violated some kind of University policy or federal, state, or local law. When an incident occurs in a residence hall, it is documented and passed along to hearing officers in residence life that will work with your student individually. If an incident occurs in the community, police reports are passed to the University so hearing officers can work with students on those issues as well. A student will be notified of a hearing by a letter sent to their residence hall room or off campus residence. That letter will explain the entire process and provide ways the student can find more information. Examples of violations can be found in the Student Conduct Code.

What should I do if my student calls me to tell me she/he is having a disciplinary hearing?

Don't panic. Most of the time hearings are an opportunity to chat with students about their experience at Colorado State. The University does intend to develop standards of accountability, but the goal is to help students learn from mistakes and continue to be successful in college. Oftentimes a hearing officer can find ways to offer needed support to students based on what is shared in a hearing. This may range from additional academic support to alcohol education to counseling. You can talk with your student about his or her experience going through the hearing process and the lessons learned. Students generally have a very positive experience with the whole process, and this can be increased by your support.

What happens in a hearing?

For a detailed account of what occurs in a hearing, you can view the Student Conduct Code document. Essentially, a hearing is a chance for your student to talk with the hearing officer about the alleged violation and his or her overall experience at the University. Hearing officers will explain the entire process so the student understands, and then they will have a conversation to better understand what occurred. The hearing officer will ask questions and clarify the incident. At the end of the hearing, the hearing officer will make a decision about how best to hold the student accountable and what educational activities can be put in place to help the student continue to learn from his or her experience. A student may also be found not responsible for the alleged violation(s).

Will I receive a letter from the University as well?

You may receive a letter from the University if the incident involves being found responsible for a drug or alcohol violation. This includes if your student is put on probation of any type as a result of this type of violation. In other types of incidents, parents are not generally notified, but we do encourage students to have these conversations with their parents and families to get their support and guidance as they work through their incident and subsequent outcome.

Can I come to the hearing?

A student can choose to bring a support person to their hearing, and that person can be anyone including a parent, friend or attorney. Parents or family members can come to a hearing if their student invites them to attend as his or her support person. The support person is not a witness, and doesn't speak during the hearing, but is merely there to support the student throughout the process. Most students don't bring in a support person, but if a student wants a parent or family member to attend with him or her, it is allowable.

Where can I find more information?

If you are interested in finding out more about the student conduct process, disciplinary hearings, the Student Conduct Code document, or learning more about other programs offered through this office, please visit the website at You can also feel free to call the office at 970.491.7165 for more information or to speak with someone about a specific question you might have.

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