Terms and Definitions
- University or Institution: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
- Student: all persons taking courses at the University, either full-time or part-time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, professional, or continuing education; those students who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Conduct Code; those who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the University; those who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered students; and persons who are living in University owned or operated housing though not enrolled in this institution. The Student Conduct Code applies to all Colorado State University students enrolled through University programs who are studying abroad or at other remote locations, including the Denver campuses.
- Faculty member or instructor: any person hired by Colorado State University to conduct classroom, research or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the University to be a member of its faculty.
- University official: any person employed by the University performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities. University officials may be full or part-time, or may be student staff members.
- University premises: all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, leased, operated, controlled, or supervised by Colorado State University (including adjacent streets and sidewalks) whether on the main Fort Collins campus or other locations.
- Director of the Student Resolution Center: that person designated by the Vice President for Student Affairs to be responsible for the administration of the Student Conduct Code.
- Hearing Officer: a University official authorized on a case-by-case basis by the Director of the Student Resolution Center to determine whether a student has violated the Student Conduct Code and to impose sanctions when a rules violation has been committed.
- University Discipline Panel: the pool of faculty and students authorized to hear appeals of student discipline cases determined by a Hearing Officer.
- Appeals Committee: the individual members selected from the Discipline Panel to consider the appeal of a particular case.
- Shall: is used in the imperative sense.
- May: is used in the permissive sense.
- Policy: the written rules and regulations of the University as found in but not limited to the Student Conduct Code; Residential Contract and Handbook; undergraduate, graduate and professional catalogs; faculty manual; and University web pages. These include policies related to computer use, solicitation, sexual harassment and other anti-discrimination policies, athletic events, use of facilities, travel, and participation in student organizations.
- Honor Code: this statement adopted by Colorado State University students, faculty, and staff affirming foundational principles of academic integrity:
As a student at Colorado State University, I recognize my active role in building a Campus of Character. This includes my commitment to honesty, integrity, and responsibility within the campus community. As such, I will refrain from acts of academic misconduct. Furthermore, reflecting upon this commitment, I find it my prerogative to conduct myself in a dignified and inclusive manner, taking the initiative to do justice within my institution, be considerate to my peers, and persevere both academically and personally.
- Academic misconduct: Academic misconduct: includes but is not limited to:
- Cheating by using unauthorized sources of information and providing or receiving unauthorized assistance on any form of academic work or engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by the instructor in the course syllabus or class presentation;
- Plagiarism includes the copying of language, structure, images, ideas, or thoughts of another, and representing them as one’s own without proper acknowledgement; the failure to cite sources properly; sources must always be appropriately referenced, whether the source is printed, electronic, or spoken;
- Unauthorized Possession or Disposition of Academic Materials includes the unauthorized selling or purchasing of examinations, term papers, or other academic work; stealing another student’s work; using information from or possessing exams that an instructor did not authorize for release to students;
- Falsification encompasses any untruth, either verbal or written, in one’s academic work;
- Facilitation of any act of academic misconduct includes knowingly assisting another to commit an act of misconduct. (Academic Integrity policies appear in the Students’ Responsibilities section of the General Catalog, the Graduate and Professional Bulletin the Faculty and Administrative Professional Manual, or the Honor Code of the Professional Veterinary School and the School of Public Health as applicable.)
- Complainant: any person who submits a charge/report alleging that a student violated this Student Conduct Code. When a student believes that she/he has been the victim of another student’s misconduct the student will have the same rights under this student code as are provided to the respondent student even if another member of the University community submitted the charge/report.
- Respondent: any student accused of violating this Student Code.
Terms specific to student organizations:
- Recognized student club or organization: any number of persons who officially have complied with the formal requirements for registration/recognition as a University student organization or sport clubs.
- Student organization activity: any activity on or off campus which is group sponsored, initiated, financed, advertised, or attended by a significant portion of the members.
- Policy: the written rules and regulations of the University as found in but not limited to those governing participation in student organizations (see Student Organizations Source Book, Associated Students of Colorado State University Constitution and By-Laws, Greek Statement of Expectations/University Relationship, Alcohol Use and Risk Management Policies, and policies related to the Sport Clubs programs).