Please read our information on safety-related policies. For additional policy information, see our Policies and Procedures page. Policies Weapons Policy Regis University is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment. Therefore, the possession and use of weapons, firearms, explosives, fireworks, or other objects designed and/or used to inflict injury or damage (collectively “Weapon”) is prohibited on University premises, property otherwise leased or controlled by the University including, but not limited to: offices, classrooms or residence halls, or at University sponsored activities without the express permission of the University. It is a violation of University policy to possess any weapon on University premises or at University sponsored activities, even if the bearer possesses a valid concealed weapons permit. However, certified law enforcement personnel may carry their department issued handgun on campus if required by their responsibilities as a law enforcement officer. This policy includes, but is not limited to, items that simulate weapons. The possession of non-lethal self-defense instruments (for example, pepper spray) is permitted; however, the reckless use of such devices may be considered a violation of this policy. Any plausible statement or evidence that a community member possesses a weapon may be responded to as an actual threat, whether or not evidence of a weapon exists. References: Regis University Student Handbook, HR Employee Manual, Sec: 2.8.2 Enforcement Rights Regis University reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community. The University also reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action as a result of student incidents off-campus which may affect the well-being of the University community or any of its members. Regis University is committed to cooperating with federal, state and local authorities in their efforts to enforce existing laws regarding alcohol use, drugs, and public health and safety. University regulations in these areas are guided by our educational purpose within the framework of applicable law. Students are expected to abide by these laws and regulations and to accept responsibility for their conduct. Violations of federal, state, or local laws should be referred to appropriate outside agencies for disposition in addition to any University disciplinary action. Regis University safety officers are licensed in the City and County of Denver. They are not armed peace officers with full police powers. However, in instances where arrests or detention of individuals may be necessary, University safety officers may do so where any crime (felony or misdemeanor) has been committed in their presence. Authority for enforcing University policies, including but not limited to such arrests and detentions, comes from the University's Student Handbook, as well as the Colorado Revised Statutes, 16-3-201 ("Authority of a Person Not a Peace Officer to Make an Arrest"). In such instances, Denver Police will also be contacted for assistance and appropriate disposition of the individual or individuals involved. Dog Policy Please note that Regis University Northwest Denver Campus observes Denver law regarding dogs on leashes. To learn more about Denver's Leash Law and other policies click here. Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy Regis University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other legally protected status in any of its policies, programs or activities and provides equal access to education. All Regis University community members (faculty, students, staff, administrators, trustees, contract personnel, agents, visitors, invitees, and volunteers) are prohibited by law from engaging in acts of discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence. Regis University’s non-discrimination policy extends to employment, education and admission. Regis will take immediate and appropriate corrective action up to and including expulsion or dismissal, in cases where it has been determined that discrimination or sexual misconduct has occurred. Review the complete Regis University Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy. The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Regis University Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Title IX: Michelle Spradling EO and Title IX Coordinator Regis University 3333 Regis Boulevard, K-4 West Hall, Rm. 107E Denver, CO 80221-1099 303.964.6435 firstname.lastname@example.org For requests for reasonable accommodations related to a disability please contact: Student Accommodation Requests Director of Student Disability Services & Testing 3333 Regis Blvd., G-18; Clarke Hall Rm. 224 Denver, Colorado 80221-1099 Phone: 303.458.4941 email@example.com Employee Accommodation Requests 3333 Regis Blvd., K-4; West Hall Rm. 107D Denver, CO 80221-1099 Phone: 303.458.4231 firstname.lastname@example.org Security Policy Statement 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 policies that 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 person 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, or report the offense to local law enforcement, agencies, if appropriate. Behavior, whether attempted or committed, judged to be disruptive to the community atmosphere, cannot be tolerated. Speech and Expression Policy Regis University is committed to a free and open exchange of ideas and recognizes the rights of community members to assemble peaceably, to express their views, and to challenge competing viewpoints as long as any speech, expression, event or activity does not limit the freedom of others; incite violence; provoke hatred; damage or deface University property; or impede the student body, faculty and staff in the performance of their work, education or scheduled activities. The University may regulate the time, place and manner of expression to preserve order within the University community, protect and preserve institutional property, and provide a secure environment for all individuals to exercise freedom of expression. Because free and open inquiry and debate are essential to the core educational and intellectual mission of our institution, all members of the University community share in the responsibility for maintaining civil and respectful discourse to encourage the unfettered exploration of ideas. Scope: This policy applies to all Regis University students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Purpose: This policy affirms the University's commitment to freedom of expression and academic freedom as specified in the Faculty Handbooks and establishes our expectations regarding civil and respectful discourse within the traditions of its mission and Jesuit, Catholic heritage as articulated in the President's Statement of Principles. Relationship to Other Policies: Nothing in this speech and expression policy supersedes or substitutes for the Faculty Handbooks, the Student Handbook, or the University Nondiscrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Student Organization Requests for Tabling, Speakers, and Demonstrations provides requirements and procedures for requests and the capability to submit your request to the University for immediate review. Alcohol and Substance Policies Regis University permits no use of illegal or controlled substances anywhere on its campus at any time. The Student Handbook prohibits: Sale, use, distribution, or possession of any controlled substance, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia on University premises or at University-sponsored activities. Knowing presence in an area of a University building or University property where such substances are being used or are present. Attempted sale, use, distribution or acquisition of any controlled substance, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia on University premises or at University-sponsored activities. Alcoholic beverage use is restricted to the Walker's Pub for those 21 years of age or older with proper identification. Students may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages anywhere else on campus, including residence halls, athletic facilities, or academic buildings. Staff or faculty may consume alcoholic beverages during official University functions, but not at other times on campus. Sanctions for violating University policies concerning alcohol or drug use include: Alcohol -- Students violating University policies concerning alcohol use face warnings for the first offense, and additional penalties, including probation and suspension, for subsequent offenses. Students may also be required to participate in counseling assessment and educational activities. Drugs -- Penalties for possession include probation and required assessment for the initial offense and suspension or expulsion for any subsequent offense. The penalty for sale or distribution of drugs is immediate expulsion. Employees violating University drug and alcohol policies face penalties including probation and dismissal from employment. Applicable local ordinances include citations and fines for possession of alcohol by underage individuals, while penalties for possession or sale of drugs can include probation, fines and prison sentences. Drug-Free Campus Policy Regis University encourages all members of its community to learn proficiently, think logically and identify and choose personal standards of values which are socially responsible, and develop the skills and leadership abilities necessary for distinguished professional performance and significant contributions to the improvement and transformation of society. In consonance with this mission, the University is committed to preventing the use of illegal substances by students, faculty and staff and to encouraging responsible behavior regarding alcohol and legal addictive substances through policy, education and treatment. In the case of employees, the Regis University Office of Human Resources, and in the case of students, the Regis University Office of Student Life shall, at least annually, distribute to each employee, and each student who is taking one or more courses for any kind of academic credit at any Regis campus, a copy or summary of the Regis University Drug Free Campus Policy, a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, a description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol, and a description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, or re-entry programs that are available to employees or students. The University provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for regular employees who work 1,000 hours or more a year. The primary services of this program include assessment, referral and short-term problem solving for employees who are experiencing substance abuse or other personal problems which affect job performance. Eligible employees may seek the services of the EAP on his/her own initiative, or a supervisor may direct the employee to the service when a decline in performance quality occurs. Supervisors are trained to focus on employee performance difficulties which may or may not be related to substance abuse rather than attempt to assess the cause of the problem. However, employees convicted of drug offenses may be required to utilize the services of the EAP or may be referred directly to a drug rehabilitation facility. The Regis University Choices Program offers the services of assessment, referral and short-term counseling to traditional undergraduate students who are experiencing substance abuse problems. This department also offers referral services to other University students. A student may seek these services on his/her own initiative or may be directed to participate in the services as a result of a disciplinary sanction. In addition, the Choices Program provides awareness programs which focus on the dangers of and health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol. Such programs are made available to the entire University community. Regis University prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, consumption, sale or use of controlled substances on or in University-owned or controlled property or in the course of University business or activities. Individuals including, but not limited to, students, employees, contractors, agents, volunteers, or invitees who violate this policy shall be subject to discipline, termination/dismissal, debarment, arrest or citation, and referral by University officials for prosecution, as applicable. Additionally, employees or students who violate this policy may be required to participate satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the University. The University also prohibits possession or consumption of alcohol by its students and employees, except in designated locations at supervised events. No one under 21 years of age may possess or consume alcohol on campus. In addition, no alcohol possession or consumption is permitted by anyone in residence halls, classes or athletic events. Violators are subject to applicable sanctions described in the University Human Resources Manual and Student Handbook. Any employee or student guilty of violating a local, state, or federal law pertaining to unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol must notify the appropriate University official, in writing, no later the five calendar days after conviction. Failure to comply with this notification requirement will result immediate termination or dismissal. No later than 30 calendar days after receiving notification of such conviction from an employee or student, the University shall: Take action against the employee or student to include any range of authorized disciplinary actions up to termination/dismissal; and/o Require the employee or student to participate satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the University; and If the employee or student is authorized to work on a grant provided by the federal government at the time of the incident, the University shall notify the agency which awarded the grant within 10 calendar days after receipt of notification from employee. Regis University will review this Policy and the related drug and alcohol programs biennially to determine their effectiveness, implement any indicated changes and ensure that sanctions are consistently enforced. The University reserves the right to implement changes at any time by approval of the President. Lost and Found Policy The Campus Safety Department provides a lost and found area for items turned into the CS Office. These items will be held for 30 days, and stored in a safe and secure area. All items held in storage for 30 days will be donated to charity, or discarded. Any staff member of the Campus Safety Department may accept, log in and store items turned in or found by them while on duty. All items turned in to Campus Safety will be documented in the “Lost and Found” log. Disposition of all items will be completed by Campus Safety. Releasing property to owner: 1. The person looking for the item can specifically describe the item. 2. The person looking for the item has proper identification. 3. The person looking for the item signs out for the item in the Lost and Found Book.