Student Conduct

Student Handbook and Code of Conduct

Regis University Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook

The Regis University Student Code of Conduct, effective August 3, 2017, is available online for your review. Additionally, the Student Handbook is available online for your review. The Student Code of Conduct applies to all students as of August 3, 2017, and supersedes the Standards of Conduct found in the current version of the Student Handbook. Regis University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment where individual and institutional responsibility combine to promote each student’s complete development. 

In order for the University to achieve this goal within an atmosphere where the rights of its members are respected, it is necessary to establish Standards of Conduct. These regulations have been developed to reflect the nature of a student community and the situations inherent in it. Every member of the University community is provided equal rights and benefits in accordance with the expectation that each student has maturity, intelligence and concern for the rights of others. Only when a person demonstrates a lack of cooperation and consideration does the University, acting through its officials and judiciary bodies, take some type of disciplinary action. Behavior judged to be disruptive to the community atmosphere, whether attempted or committed, cannot be tolerated. 



PURPOSE
The intent in working with students in disciplinary matters is to enhance their growth in various areas including those of developing a sense of personal responsibility for their own discipline and behavior. Accordingly, each student will be treated as an individual within formal disciplinary procedures. These procedures will be instituted at such time as it becomes apparent that informal procedures are unlikely to produce desired changes in behavior or to increase the ability of the student to live with others in a group situation.

Reporting an Incident

Behaviors that contradict the values of Regis University are addressed by staff in the Dean of Students Office and in Residence Life.

Incidents involving, alcohol, drugs, harassment, vandalism, theft, etc. can be reported by emailing Matthew Sullivan, Director of Student Conduct and Off-Campus Community. Please explain the behavior(s), who was involved, and when and where this happened. You will receive a response to your report soon after your email is received.

If reporting sexual misconduct, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Coordinator, Michelle Spradling, by email or by telephone at 303.964.6435.

Information for Students

STUDENT CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS

Within the traditions of its mission and Catholic, Jesuit heritage, Regis University expects its students to develop a high standard of behavior and personal values. Among these expectations are included:

  • Respect for the rights and human dignity of others, especially in the conduct of relationships;
  • Respect for the rights and needs of the Regis community to develop and maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic study and personal development;
  • Respect for the University’s academic traditions of honesty, freedom of expression and open inquiry;
  • Tolerance and respect for the different backgrounds, religious traditions, personalities and beliefs of the students, faculty and staff that make up the Regis community;
  • A willingness to assist others in need of support, guidance or friendship;
  • Respect for federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; and
  • Respect for the authorities, policies, procedures and regulations established by the University for the orderly administration of University activities and the welfare of the members of the University community.
  • STATEMENT OF YOUR RIGHTS AS A STUDENT IN THE DISCIPLINARY PROCESS

    Should you be required to appear at a hearing, you will be afforded certain due process (procedural) rights. Please familiarize yourself carefully with the following:

    1.   You will be given the opportunity to read all written reports to be presented at the hearing regarding the circumstances and allegations of the ca

    2.   You will have an opportunity to give your reaction to the report(s) and to offer any additional information that might be helpful in resolving the c

    3.   You have the right not to answer any question(s) that may be asked during the hearing and the assurance that a choice to remain silent will not be treated as an admission of guilt.

    4.   You have the right to hear any testimony related to the case that may adversely affect you and to question persons giving such testimony.

    5.   You have the right to present witnesses on your behalf (either to verify your character or to substantiate circumstances related to the case). You must inform the person or board hearing your case of the names of your witnesses, in writing, prior to the hearing date.

    6.   You have the right to have a student, faculty or staff member from the University community appear with you as an advocate for support as you discuss your case with University officials or give testimony during a hearing. It is the student’s responsibility to select an advocate and make him/her available for the scheduled hearing. The University cannot guarantee that a particular individual will be able to serve as an advocate. The University does not warrant the competency or conduct of any University employee or student chosen to act as an advocate. (Note: See section on Advocate.)

    7.   You have the right to request an appeal based on the criteria outlined in the Disciplinary Process section.

    8.   You will receive written notification of the results of the hearing within five (5) class days of it, unless extended by the Dean of Students for good cause.

    9.   You have the right to confidentiality in the conduct of disciplinary hearings and record keeping. Except in cases of suspension or expulsion, such information does not become part of your permanent academic record and is normally removed from University files and records after a reasonable time period following your departure or graduation from the University. This right has the following exception: parents, advisors, and/or coaches will be notified if you are held accountable for an intoxication or drug violation or if you are on First Probation. If you are a varsity athlete, your coach will be notified if you are held accountable for any type of alcohol violation.

    10.   The University reserves the right to modify these rights and adjust the disciplinary process as it determines necessary in order to assure fairness, order, and the physical and emotional security of individuals.

    Mission of Student Conduct

    The mission of Student Conduct at Regis University is to encourage students to develop their own sense of personal responsibility and accountability regarding their decision-making and to educate students about the behavioral expectations of the University. Rooted in the Jesuit ideal to promote the development of the whole person, Student Conduct uses fair and formative processes to encourage students to reflect in the spirit of the Regis mission, on how ought they to live.

    Information for Parents

    What to Do When Your Student is Involved in the Student Conduct Process
    Sending your student to an institution of higher education is as much of a transition for families as it is for students. The relationship you have with your student will undoubtedly change. Students are expected to make decisions on their own, to learn to resolve conflict independently, and to take responsibility for their actions. At the same time they covet your love, respect your opinion, and generally operate on the values you instilled in them.

    So what should you do when your student becomes involved in the campus conduct system? The following section provides some recommendations for family members when they discover that their student is involved in the campus conduct process:

    1.   While colleges and universities recognize that your goal is to provide support for your student, conduct officers ask that you provide this support unconditionally, but not blindly. Understand that there is a process in place to hear all information regarding the incident in question and encourage your student to prepare him or herself for the process.

    2.   When your student receives paperwork regarding conduct procedures and has questions, direct them to contact a staff member in the conduct office for information. Staff members are not permitted to give specifics to parents without permission from the student and will most likely recommend that the student call anyway. This also empowers the student to solve their own issues and concerns.

    3.   The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 precludes the college or university from discussing your student’s academic and disciplinary record without his/her written permission.

    4.   Educate yourself on the institution’s student conduct process by reviewing the student handbook. Many of your questions may be easily addressed by reviewing these materials, but staff are always willing to answer questions about the process.

    5.   Practice the "24 Hour Rule." You may receive a phone call or email message from your student because he or she is upset about facing conduct charges. You may be tempted to try to immediately fix the problem for them. This intervention invariably fails. Try to allow 24 hours to inform, guide, teach, observe, or reprimand (if necessary.) Lessons learned through participation in a student conduct process must be experienced to have the desired effect. After all, gaining a higher education degree is about learning.

    College and university conduct officers take their responsibilities as educators very seriously and do their best to provide a fair and unbiased system for all students. While these professionals understand that involvement in the conduct process may be difficult for students, they do their best to provide them support to effectively handle the situations in which they find themselves.


    Adapted from THE STUDENT CONDUCT PROCESS: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS, a publication of the Association for Student Conduct Administration, 2006

    Contact Us

    Matthew Sullivan, Director of Student Conduct and Off-Campus Community 
    msullivan007@regis.edu
    303.458.4086