SECTION I. ACADEMIC AND LEGAL MATTERS


I.1 Colorado Open Records Act

I.2 The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

I.3 Colorado Open Meetings Law

I.4 Letters of Recommendation

I.5 Academic Integrity Policy and Misconduct Procedures

I.5.1 Instructor Responsibilities Regarding the Academic Integrity Policy

I.5.2 Student Appeals

I.5.3 Transcript Notation for Academic Misconduct

I.5.4 Records and Further Action

I.6 Course Examination Policies

I.6.1 Final Examinations

I.6.2 Evening or Saturday Examinations

I.7 Student Appeals of Grading Decisions

I.8 Student Course Survey

I.9 Grades of Incomplete

I.10 Student Appeals of Disciplinary Decisions Made by University Hearing Officers

I.10.1 Appeals Process

I.10.2 University Discipline Panel

I.11 Students Called to Active Duty

I.12 Degrees Awarded Posthumously

I.13 Attendance at Graduation Ceremonies

I.14 Classroom Policies

I.14.1 Policy on Who May Attend Classes

I.14.2 Policy on Classroom Use

I.14.3 Policy on Disruptive or Obstructive Classroom Behavior

I.14.4 Class Attendance Regulations

I.14.5 Policy on Off-Campus Graduate Instruction

I.15 Responsibilities of Being a Student Group Advisor

I.16 Field Trips and Other Similar Sanctioned Off-Campus Activities

I.17 Limitation on Study for Advanced Degrees by Faculty

I.18 Colorado Tuition Classification Law Restriction

I.19 Policies Regarding Controlled Substances, Illicit Drugs, and Alcohol

I.20 Faculty Liability


I.1 Colorado Open Records Act (last revised August 2012)

Under the Colorado Open Records Act (C.R.S. 24-72-201, et seq.) ( CORA), records of state institutions of higher education are generally open for public inspection, except as otherwise provided. In order to assure compliance with CORA’s very short timeframe for response, all requests for inspection or copying of University records should be referred immediately to the Office of the General Counsel, which has been charged with receiving and coordinating responses to CORA requests. (Full text of the current Open Records Act is available from the Colorado State University System website http://www.csusystem.edu/board-of-governors/open-records-policy.

I.2 The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (last revised August 2012)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA” or the “Buckley Amendment”) of 1974 provides for the protection of student education records after a person enrolls at a post-secondary institution.

It is the policy of Colorado State University and the responsibility of colleges, departments, and faculty members to comply with FERPA. See http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/Registrar for guidelines on FERPA compliance. (Full text of the current Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is available from the Colorado State University Registrar’s Office website. http://registrar.colostate.edu/student-resources/ferpa-student-privacys/”.

I.3 Colorado Open Meetings Law (last revised August 2012)

The Colorado Open Meetings Law (C.R.S. 24-6-401. et seq.) (the “Open Meetings Law”), implements the stated policy of requiring state business to be conducted in open meetings and not in secret.

Meetings of University administrators and faculty members, including college and departmental meetings and meetings of Faculty Council standing committees, do not generally constitute meetings of a “public body” under the Law. As a matter of policy and in the interest of openness, however, Faculty Council has historically chosen to conduct its meetings in a public forum. (Full text of the current Colorado Open Meetings Law is available from the sitehttp://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/open/00openmeet.htm

I.4 Letters of Recommendation (last revised August 2012)

The Colorado Employer’s Liability Act, (C.R.S., Section 8-2-114 (5)), requires that University personnel who provide written information to a prospective employer about a current or former employee provide a copy of this information to the employee if the employee appears at the employer’s or former employer’s place of business during normal business hours and if the employee has not signed a waiver, waiving his or her right to view the written information. (Full text of the current Colorado Employer’s Liability Act is available at the site http://www.michie.com/colorado/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=main-h.htm&cp. [retrieved on October 10, 2011].)

I.5 Academic Integrity Policy and Academic Misconduct Procedures (new section added June 21, 2011)

I.5.1 Instructor Responsibilities Regarding the Academic Integrity Policy
Course instructors 1 and departments shall work to enhance a culture of academic integrity at the University (see the Colorado State University General Catalog for the Academic Integrity Policy).

a. Each course instructor shall state clearly in his or her course syllabus that the course will adhere to the Academic Integrity Policy of the Colorado State University General Catalog and the Student Conduct Code. The TILT Academic Integrity website provides examples of possible wordings for the course syllabus.

b. By the end of the second week of the course and/or in the course syllabus, the course instructor shall address academic integrity as it applies to his or her course components, such as homework, written assignments, lab work, group projects, quizzes, and exams. Examples of items to address include, but are not limited to, the use of class notes, study sheets, and solution manuals; appropriate uses of sources, Internet or otherwise; receiving assistance from others; and the use of prior work. More examples are available in the General Catalog section on Academic Integrity and on the TILT Academic Integrity website.

c. The course instructor shall decide which course components will use an honor pledge. For those course components, the course instructor shall provide the opportunity for students to sign an affirmative honor pledge. The honor pledge shall include one of the following statements and may be expanded according to instructor, department, or college practices and policies:

HONOR PLEDGE: I have not given, received, or used any unauthorized assistance.

HONOR PLEDGE: I will not give, receive, or use any unauthorized assistance.

Examples of other wordings, including the Honor Pledge endorsed by the Associated Students of Colorado State University, may be found on the TILT Academic Integrity website.

A course instructor may offer the student the opportunity to write out the pledge if deemed practicable. Students may be given the opportunity to include an honor pledge along with electronic submissions of their work.

A student’s decision to forego signing the honor pledge shall not be used as evidence of academic misconduct and shall not negatively impact a student’s grade.

d. Instructors shall follow the following procedures when they feel academic misconduct has occurred:

If a course instructor has evidence that a student has engaged in an act of academic misconduct in his or her course, prior to assigning any academic penalty, the course instructor shall notify the student of the concern and make an appointment with the student to discuss the concern. The student shall be given the opportunity to give his or her position on the matter. After being given this opportunity, if the student admits to engaging in academic misconduct, or if the course instructor judges that the preponderance of evidence supports the allegation of academic misconduct, the course instructor may then assign an academic penalty. The course instructor may refer the case to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services for a Hearing before deciding on a penalty. The course instructor shall notify the student in writing of the infraction and the academic penalty to be imposed. A copy of this notification shall be sent to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services. Examples of academic penalties include assigning a reduced grade for the work, assigning a failing grade in the course, removing the Repeat/Delete option for that course, or other lesser penalty as the course instructor deems appropriate.

If, after making reasonable efforts, the course instructor is unable to contact the student or is unable to collect all relevant evidence before final course grades are assigned, he or she shall assign an interim grade of Incomplete and notify the student in writing of the reason for this action.

If evidence of academic misconduct is discovered after the final course grades have been submitted, the course instructor shall follow the above procedure in properly notifying the student and providing an opportunity for the student to give his or her position on the matter before making a decision about any academic penalty. The course instructor must notify the student in writing of the infraction and any academic penalty subsequently imposed. A copy of this notification shall be sent to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services.

If the course instructor so desires, he or she may request that the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services conduct a Hearing to determine whether additional disciplinary action should be taken by the University, or if the offense warrants the addition of the “AM” (Academic Misconduct) notation to the student’s transcript.

I.5.2 Student Appeals

If a student disputes a decision of a course instructor regarding alleged academic misconduct, he or she may request a Hearing with the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services. The request must be submitted (or postmarked, if mailed) no later than thirty (30) calendar days after the first day of classes of the next regular semester following the date the grade for the course was initially recorded or subsequently revised. If no appeal is filed within this time period, the decision of the course instructor shall be final.

If a Hearing is conducted by the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services, it shall determine whether or not a preponderance of evidence exists in support of the allegations of academic misconduct and whether additional disciplinary action should be taken by the University.

If the Hearing results in a finding of insufficient evidence to support the allegation of academic misconduct or clears the student of the charge, the course instructor shall determine a grade based on the student’s academic performance and without any consideration of the charge of academic misconduct and change any previously assigned grade accordingly. If the Hearing results in a finding of academic misconduct, the Hearing Officer and the course instructor shall confer regarding appropriate sanctions. The course instructor shall make the final decision regarding academic penalties, which may include, among other options, a reduced grade for the course or removal of the Repeat/Delete option. The Hearing Officer shall make the final determination regarding disciplinary sanctions.

I.5.3 Transcript Notation for Academic Misconduct

In the case of a serious infraction or repeat offense of academic misconduct that is upheld through a Hearing, the Hearing Officer and the course instructor shall decide whether the student’s transcript shall be marked with a notation of “AM,” which shall be explained on the student’s transcript as a “finding of Academic Misconduct.” A notation of “AM” shall be made on the student’s transcript only if both the Hearing Officer and the course instructor agree that this penalty should be imposed. Grades marked on the student’s transcript with the designation “AM” shall not be eligible for the Repeat/Delete option.

I.5.4 Records and Further Action

Information regarding incidents of academic misconduct is kept on file in the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services.  No further action is initiated unless the incident constitutes a serious infraction, the student has a prior record of University infractions, or there are subsequent reports of misconduct.

I.6 Course Examination Policies

I.6.1 Final Examinations

The final in-class examination period is intended for the end-of-semester examination. No in-class examination constituting more than 10% of the final course grade may be given in undergraduate courses during the week preceding the final examination period of the semester; laboratory, performance and other alternative classes (e.g., courses in the individualized mathematics program) excluded. It is the responsibility of the department head, or where appropriate, the school head, to ensure compliance with this policy.

I.6.2 Evening or Saturday Examinations (last revised August 2, 2013)

Academic departments may wish to schedule evening or Saturday examinations for their courses offered during the day for a variety of reasons. The following regulations apply to these evening or Saturday examinations:

a. The department head shall notify the Registrar’s Office on the working draft for the development of the class schedule of departmental plans to offer evening or Saturday examinations outside of regular class periods by identifying the times and dates for such examinations. Evening examinations may be offered only between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. or between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Saturday examinations may be offered only between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. or between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. The times and dates chosen for such examinations are considered part of the assigned meeting times for the course and are included in the course registration process.

b.The Registrar’s Office shall publish the times and dates for these evening and Saturday examinations in the class schedule for the term involved and, thus, alert students. Suitable classrooms shall be assigned by the Registrar’s Office.

c. Students will need an override to sign up for any other class which meets during these evening or Saturday examination times. Course instructors are not required to make special accommodations for students who have received such overrides.

d. The instructor of the course involved shall announce the specific dates and times of these examinations, as well as the policies concerning attendance at these examinations, during the first three (3) class meetings. This information shall also be included in the course outlines or syllabi provided to the class.

e. The full policy statement on the scheduling of evening or Saturday examinations outside of regular class periods shall be brought to the attention of all deans and department heads, who are charged with the rigorous enforcement of the regulations governing the publication and announcement of such examinations.

I.7 Student Appeals of Grading Decisions (last revised May 9, 2014)

Course instructors (see footnote 1) are responsible for stating clearly the instructional objectives of the course at the beginning of each term and for evaluating student achievement in a manner consistent with these objectives. Students are responsible for meeting the standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled. Course instructors are responsible for determining and assigning final course grades. Graded examinations, papers, and other materials used as a basis for evaluating a student’s achievement shall be available to the student for inspection and discussion. A student may appeal the grade assigned to him or her by a course instructor. However, the burden of proof rests with the student to demonstrate that one (1) or more of the following occurred:

a. The grading decision was made on some basis other than academic performance and other than as a penalty for academic misconduct.

b. The grading decision was based upon standards unreasonably different from those which were applied to other students in the same course and section.

c. The grading decision was based on an unreasonable departure from previously articulated standards.

Before making an appeal, the student should discuss the situation with the course instructor(s) involved in the decision.

To appeal a grading decision, the student shall submit a written request to the department head. The request must set forth the basis for the appeal, identifying one (1) or more of the three (3) criteria listed above. The request must be submitted (or postmarked, if mailed) no later than thirty (30) calendar days after the first day of classes of the following spring semester for appeal of grades recorded for the fall, and no later than thirty (30) calendar days after the first day of classes of the following fall semester for grades received in the spring or summer semester. If no appeal is filed within this time period, the grade shall be considered final.

Within thirty (30) calendar days of the receipt of an appeal, the appeal shall be forwarded to the course instructor(s) who assigned the grade and an appeal committee shall be formed, unless the request is received during or shortly before the Summer Session, when the course instructor(s) who assigned the grade or members of the appeal committee may not be available. In this case, the appeal committee shall be formed no later than thirty (30) calendar days after the beginning of the following Fall semester. The appeal committee shall be composed of two (2) faculty members and two (2) students from within the department and one (1) faculty member from outside the department who shall serve as the chair. All five (5) members of the appeal committee shall be voting members. Formation of the appeal committee shall be specified in the Department Code, and it shall be the responsibility of a departmental faculty member other than the course instructor. Additionally, the code shall specify procedures in the case that the instructor is the department chair.

The appeal committee shall review the written appeal and the written response(s) from the course instructor(s). The appeal committee may elect to interview separately both the student and the course instructor(s) before rendering a decision. The decision of the appeal committee shall be based upon whether or not one (1) of the criteria for an appeal listed above has been met. At the conclusion of the deliberations, the committee shall render one (1) of the following two (2) decisions:

a. The original grading decision is upheld.

b. The department head or his or her designee(s) shall reevaluate the student’s academic performance with respect to the instructional objectives of the course and assign a grade accordingly.

A written summary of the Hearing and the decision of the appeal committee and the reasons for this decision shall be sent to the student and the course instructor(s) within thirty (30) calendar days of the appointment of the committee and shall be retained in the department office for the duration of the student’s enrollment at the University. The appeal committee’s decision is the final decision of the University.

I.8 Student Course Survey (last revised June 21, 2011)

The Student Course Survey is designed to provide feedback to course instructors and is to be used for course improvement. In addition, it is designed to provide information for students to make informed choices about courses. Each term, course instructors shall conduct a student survey of all the courses they teach through a system administered by the University utilizing the standardized University wide instrument. At the end of each term, survey forms shall be digitized and responses shall be tabulated. Summaries of responses for each course surveyed shall be posted at http://coursesurvey.colostate.edu. Access to the summaries shall be granted to anyone with a CSU eid. Access to digital copies of the survey forms shall be granted only to the course instructor(s), to individuals explicitly granted access by the instructor(s), and to any other persons granted access by the department code. Costs for conducting and providing access to survey results shall be shared by the University and the Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU). ASCSU’s financial contribution shall not exceed half of the required financial resources to operate this program.

The Committee on Teaching and Learning is responsible for making recommendations regarding the survey instrument and its use. Changes to the Student Course Survey shall be approved by Faculty Council.

I.9 Grades of Incomplete

At the discretion of the instructor, a temporary grade of Incomplete may be given to a student who demonstrates that he or she could not complete the requirements of the course due to circumstances beyond the student’s control and not reasonably foreseeable. A student must be passing a course at the time that an Incomplete is requested unless the instructor determines that there are extenuating circumstances to assign an Incomplete to a student who is not passing the course. When an instructor assigns an Incomplete, he or she shall specify in writing the requirements the student shall fulfill to complete the course as well as the reasons for granting an Incomplete when the student is not passing the course. The instructor shall retain a copy of this statement in his or her grade records and provide copies to the student and the department head or his or her designee. After successful completion of the makeup requirements, Incomplete grades will be changed by the instructor of record or the department head, in the absence of the instructor of record. After one year or at the end of the semester in which the student graduates (whichever comes first), an Incomplete will be automatically changed to a “F” (failure) unless the course has been previously completed and a grade change submitted by the instructor or the head of the department.

I.10 Student Appeals of Disciplinary Decisions Made by University Hearing Officers (new section added June 22, 2006)

I.10.1 Appeals Process (new section added June 22, 2006)
Students are required to adhere to the policies in the Student Conduct Code. If a student is accused of violating this Code, a University Hearing Officer may either conduct a Hearing and render a disciplinary decision or refer the matter to another appropriate body. If a Hearing is conducted, then either the Accused Student(s) or the Complainant(s) may submit a written request for an appeal of the disciplinary decision if one (1) or more of the following six (6) grounds exist:

a. The Hearing was not conducted fairly in light of the charges and information presented, and/or it was not conducted in conformity with the prescribed procedures. In particular, both the accused and the accusing parties must have been given the opportunity to prepare and present relevant information to be considered in the determination of the outcome. Minor deviations from designated procedures will not be a basis for granting an appeal, unless it is believed that significant prejudice resulted.

b. The disciplinary decision was not based on substantial information. In order for disciplinary action to be taken, information must have been presented in the case that, if believed by the University Hearing Officer, was sufficient to establish that a violation of the Student Conduct Code had occurred.

c. The sanction(s) imposed were not appropriate for the violation(s) of the Student Conduct Code that the student(s) were found to have committed.

d. The sanction(s) imposed included separation from the University (e.g., disciplinary suspension or expulsion).

e. New information that is sufficient to alter the disciplinary decision has become available that was not considered in the original Hearing because it was not known to the appellant(s) at the time of the Hearing.

f. An Accused Student believes that the terms of a disciplinary suspension have been completed satisfactorily, but the University Hearing Officer does not agree, and the Accused Student requests eligibility for readmission to the University and/or removal of the notation of disciplinary suspension from his or her transcript.

The written request for an appeal must be delivered to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services within seven (7) business days of the date the appellant is notified of the decision rendered by the University Hearing Officer. If no request for an appeal is submitted within this time frame, the decision of the University Hearing Officer will become final and conclusive.

The written request for an appeal must be specific and clearly state the grounds for the appeal. The Chair of the University Discipline Panel shall review the written request for an appeal to determine if sufficient grounds exist for the appeal. This review may include, but is not limited to, a review of the record of the Hearing, meeting with the parties involved, and/or meeting with the University Hearing Officer. After conducting the review, the Chair of the University Discipline Panel shall take one (1) of the following four (4) actions:

a. Deny the appeal.

b. Return the case to the University Hearing Officer for further consideration.

c. Convene an Appeal Committee to review the record of the original case.

d. Grant a hearing with an Appeal Committee to consider new information.

If an appeal is granted, it will be limited to a review of the record of the original Hearing and supporting documents, except as necessary to hear and consider new information. The Appeal Committee shall take one (1) of the following four (4) actions:

a. Affirm the disciplinary decision of the University Hearing Officer.

b. Reverse a decision that a preponderance of evidence exists in support of the charges and exonerate the Accused Student(s).

c. Reverse a decision that a preponderance of evidence in support of the charges does not exist and return the case to the University Hearing Officer or the Director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services for the imposition of appropriate sanctions.

d. Return the case to the University Hearing Officer or the Director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services for further consideration with a recommendation that the penalty be either increased or decreased or that additional issues should be taken into consideration.

While the decision of the Appeal Committee is pending, or while the case is being reconsidered by either the University Hearing Officer or the Director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services, the Accused Student(s) must comply with all conditions of the disciplinary decision related to University owned or operated housing, no-contact orders, restrictions regarding the use of particular facilities, interim suspensions, and any other conditions deemed necessary for the safety and/or orderly functioning of the campus as determined by the Director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services.

The Appeal Committee shall communicate its decision in writing in a timely manner to all parties involved, and its decision shall be final and binding upon all involved.

I.10.2 University Discipline Panel (New section added June 22, 2006)

The members of the University Discipline Panel shall constitute a pool from which Appeal Committees shall be selected. The University Discipline Panel shall consist of the Chair, ten (10) regular full-time faculty members, and ten (10) full-time students. The Chair shall be a regular full-time faculty member who is selected jointly by the Provost and the Vice President for Student Affairs and approved by Faculty Council. The Chair shall serve a three (3) year term beginning July 1 following his or her approval by Faculty Council. There is no limit on the number of terms that the Chair may serve. When questions of law arise, the Chair may consult with the Office of the General Counsel.

The ten (10) faculty members shall be nominated by the Faculty Council Committee on Faculty Governance, which shall solicit names in February of each year. The members shall be elected by Faculty Council, with elections conducted in April. Faculty members shall be elected to three (3) year terms staggered so that approximately one-third (1/3) of the faculty members shall be elected each year. The term of office for faculty members shall begin July 1 following their election. All full-time regular faculty members above the rank of instructor are eligible for membership on the University Discipline Panel, unless they have administrative appointments of more than half-time (0.5). A faculty member who has served two (2) consecutive terms shall be ineligible for reelection for a period of two (2) years. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the initial selection of the resigning member.

The ten (10) student members shall be nominated by the President of the Associated Students of Colorado State University (hereinafter referred to as “ASCSU”) and approved by ASCSU in May of each year for the following academic year. Student members serve a one (1) year academic term. Any vacancies shall be filled as quickly as possible using the same process of nomination by the President of ASCSU and approval by ASCSU. The ASCSU officers or their designees may serve temporarily on the University Discipline Panel as needed during breaks if the elected student members are not available. All full-time, fee-paying students in good standing with the University are eligible for membership on the University Discipline Panel.

When an appeal is granted, the Accused Student(s) and the Complainant(s) shall be provided with a list of the members of the University Discipline Panel. Any of these parties or the University Hearing Officer may request that the Chair of the University Discipline Panel exclude one (1) or more members of the Panel from service on the Appeal Committee for cause. Members of the Panel with conflicts of interest shall recuse themselves from service on the Appeal Committee.

The Chair of the University Discipline Panel shall either chair the Appeal Committee or select a chair from among the remaining faculty members of the University Discipline Panel. The Chair of the University Discipline Panel shall also select two (2) additional faculty members and two (2) student members from among the remaining members, following a rotation schedule.

I.11 Students Called to Active Duty (last revised May 5, 2005)

In response to military action declared by the President of the United States or Congress in which United States forces are being called into active duty, the University shall apply this policy for the duration of such actions, and the Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA) shall execute it.

Any student called to active military duty may, upon presentation of a copy of his or her orders to CASA, be given a grade of Incomplete in courses for which she/he is registered. The student or his or her designate may make this request in person, by letter, or by telephone. However, the request will not be processed by CASA until a copy of the orders are received. The CASA advisors will counsel with the student or his or her designate and the student’s instructors to select the option (either withdrawal from the University, cancellation of courses, or taking of an Incomplete) that is most appropriate to that student’s situation. (Note: The CASA cannot disclose personally identifiable educational information with a third party, even a spouse or other designee, without a signed FERPA Release Form. The FERPA Release Form authorizes CASA to disclose the student’s educational information to his or her designee. (See Section I.2.)

If the student chooses to withdraw from the University as a result of an undetermined amount of time required away from his or her studies during military service, the tuition paid for the semester will be refunded. If the student opts for a grade of Incomplete for the course, tuition will not be refunded. The grade of Incomplete shall remain on the student’s record for a period not to exceed one year following the end of the semester in which the student re-enrolls at Colorado State University. By this date, the grade will be changed by the instructor or department head of record, or it will convert to a grade of “F.” It will be the responsibility of CASA personnel to track these students and to keep the Office of the Registrar notified of the status of these students, since the time period for which the grade of Incomplete may remain on the record may vary from the normal University time limits for resolution of grades of Incomplete.

I.12 Degrees Awarded Posthumously (new section added May 5, 2005)
In exceptional circumstances, the Board may award degrees posthumously. Recommendations for such an award will only be considered when the student had completed nearly all of the requirements for his or her degree before dying, and when the student’s academic record clearly indicates that the degree would have been successfully completed had death not intervened. Nominations for posthumous awards of degree will be initiated by the student’s department and approved internally by the relevant college dean and the Provost. The posthumous nature of the recommended degree award shall be made explicit when the recommendation is forwarded to the Board. The Provost’s office shall be responsible for presenting the degree to appropriative survivors.

I.13 Attendance at Graduation Ceremonies

Although degrees are awarded at the end of each semester, formal graduation ceremonies are held at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Participation in these commencement exercises is a responsibility of all members of the faculty. College deans are responsible for establishing attendance policies for their respective units, with the approval of the Provost.

I.14 Classroom Policies

The classroom instructor is responsible for controlling the conduct of the class and the demeanor and behavior of the students in exercising classroom discipline, subject to accepted departmental, college, and University standards and practices.

I.14.1 Policy on Who May Attend Classes

University policy permits only enrolled students, persons attending with the permission of the instructor, and administrative personnel of the University to be present in a classroom during scheduled classroom periods.

At the discretion of the instructor in charge, any full time student, faculty member, or senior citizen may attend any class without formal registration provided adequate classroom space is available.

I.14.2 Policy on Classroom Use

Use of classrooms during non-scheduled periods and other areas of academic buildings is permitted only in accordance with departmental, college, or University practices (see Section H.13).

I.14.3 Policy on Disruptive or Obstructive Classroom Behavior

University policy prohibits all forms of disruptive or obstructive behavior or demonstrations in classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, and offices or meeting rooms of academic buildings during periods of scheduled use, and prohibits any form of demonstration in the building or on the grounds which disrupts regular and authorized use of any University facility.

If an unauthorized person enters or is present in a classroom or other instructional or research area during periods of use, the faculty member in charge should first ask the person to identify himself or herself and then ask the person to leave. If the person refuses to leave, the faculty member should tell the person that he or she is in violation of University rules and is subject to discipline. If the person then continues to refuse to leave, the faculty member should call the University Police Department.

If any person disrupts the orderly conduct of any class, laboratory, or similar activity, or makes threat thereof, the faculty member should warn the person that such act is not only in violation of University rules but is in violation of state law, and that appropriate University and legal action will be taken. If the person refuses to desist, the faculty member should call the University Police Department.

The faculty member should seek to obtain the identification of the person or persons involved. The faculty member is not obligated to continue a class when his or her safety or that of the students is threatened.

I.14.4 Class Attendance Regulations (last revised May 3, 2011)

Instructors and departments are responsible for establishing attendance policies for classes and examinations. These policies must accommodate student participation in University-sanctioned extracurricular/co-curricular activities. Students must inform their instructors prior to the anticipated absence and take the initiative to make up missed work in a timely fashion. Instructors must make reasonable efforts to enable students to make up work which must be accomplished under the instructor’s supervision (e.g., examinations, laboratories). In the event of a conflict in regard to this policy, individuals may appeal using established University procedures.

For the purposes of this regulation, University-sanctioned activities include competitions, events and professional meetings in which students are officially representing the institution. Appropriate sanctioned activities include:

a. Intercollegiate athletics;

b. Collegiate club sports and competitions;

c. Conferences and workshops recognized by the University not related to academics;

d. Commitments on behalf of the University (ASCSU, band, etc.); and

e. Professional activities recognized by the University related to academics.

Department heads or their designated representatives must approve sanctioned professional and departmental activities. Other sanctioned activities must be approved by the appropriate program director on record with the Division of Student Affairs or the Department of Athletics.

I.14.5 Policy on Off-Campus Graduate Instruction

The policy of Colorado State University is that standards and requirements for students, faculty members, courses, and programs for off-campus graduate study are the same as those standards and requirements on campus. The academic department head has the basic responsibility for the implementation of this policy.

I.15 Responsibilities of Being a Student Group Advisor

An advisor is selected by a student group and serves upon mutual agreement among the student group, the advisor, and the advisor’s administrative head. The role of the advisor is to provide guidance in fiscal matters; assistance in attaining group goals; encouragement of open lines of communication among students, faculty members, and staff; and continuity to the group from year to year. When a faculty member or staff member is confirmed as an advisor to a student group, this role as an advisor will constitute an assigned University duty, which will last at least through the academic year, and may be renewed annually at the discretion of all parties.

I.16 Field Trips and Other Similar Sanctioned Off-Campus Activities

University employees, as a part of their official capacities, must at times arrange for various types of off-campus activities such as instructional related trips, field and demonstration trips, recreational, and athletic trips. The following guidelines are provided to assist employees in carrying out their responsibilities in these matters.

a. University employee: an officer, employee or servant acting on behalf of the University, whether or not compensated, elected or appointed. NOTE: An “independent contractor” is NOT a University employee.

b. Any activity associated with a class, course, program or function must be approved by an employee in an official capacity with the University who is authorized to grant such approval. Approval procedures will vary but authorization ordinarily will reside with the department head or director of the administrative unit.

c. All “sanctioned off-campus” activities shall be conducted under the direct supervision of a University employee. The University employee shall be responsible for such items as, but not limited to:

1. Obtaining authorization.

2. Communicating to participants expected standards of conduct.

3. Arranging for excused absences for participants.

4. Obtaining releases of liability from participants where appropriate. Contact the Office of Risk Management for guidance and the appropriate forms.

5. Arranging transportation and itinerary.

6. Assuring that conditions concerning liability insurance are met and are in effect.

I.17 Limitation on Study for Advanced Degrees by Faculty

No faculty member with the rank of assistant professor or higher may receive a master’s or doctor’s degree from the department of the institution in which he or she holds academic appointment. Under special or exceptional circumstances, a faculty member (assistant professor or higher) may be allowed to pursue and receive an advanced degree from this institution, but only if that degree is granted from another department, and only if written permission is granted by the head of the department in which the faculty member holds rank, the head of the department granting the degree, the dean(s) of the college(s) involved, and the Provost.

I.18 Colorado Tuition Classification Law Restriction

The Colorado Tuition Classification Law requires a newly appointed faculty member moving to Colorado from another state to be domiciled in Colorado for twelve (12) months before he or she or his or her spouse or minor child is eligible for Colorado resident status for tuition purposes.

I.19 Policies Regarding Controlled Substances, Illicit Drugs and Alcohol (last revised May 3, 2017)

No member of the academic community (faculty members, administrative professionals, staff, and students) may unlawfully possess, use, manufacture, dispense, or distribute controlled substances, illicit drugs, or alcohol on University property or as a part of any University activity.  University policy also prohibits the performance of one’s duties while impaired by the use of alcohol or drugs.  The University, through its established committees and procedures, will impose sanctions on students and employees found to be in violation of this policy, possibly including, but not limited to, one (1) or more of the following: reprimand, probation, expulsion, eliminating or lowering salary increases for a period of time, temporary suspension with or without pay, termination, and referral to civil authorities for prosecution consistent with local, State, and Federal law and University policy. University employees who are convicted under a criminal drug statute for an act in violation of this policy must report the conviction to the Executive Director of the Department of Human Resources, in writing within five (5) days. The University will annually inform faculty members, administrative professionals, staff, and students of applicable health risks, counseling, treatment, rehabilitation or reentry programs, and applicable local, State, and Federal law on unlawful possession or distribution of drugs and alcohol.

Under certain conditions, alcoholic beverages may be served at campus functions. However, before alcoholic beverages may be served at a function held on campus, the intent to serve alcoholic beverages must be registered with the appropriate office. If alcoholic beverages are to be served at a function held in the Lory Student Center, the registration is with that office, and their policies and procedures must be followed. If alcoholic beverages are to be served at a function held elsewhere on campus, the registration is with Facilities Management, and their policies and procedures must be followed. Policies related to alcohol at athletic events held at athletics venues, including tailgating areas, are available from the Department of Athletics. University employees and students intending to serve alcoholic beverages as part of a campus function need to be aware of and follow the appropriate policies and procedures.

I.20 Faculty Liability

The Colorado Government Immunity Act, (C.R.S., Article 10, Title 24), protects public employees from liability and from the costs of defense where the claim against the public employee arises out of injuries sustained from an act or omission of such employee occurring during the performance of his duties and within the scope of his employment.

The Colorado Governmental Immunity Act defines “employee” as “an officer, employee or servant of the public entity, whether or not compensated, elected, or appointed, but does not include an independent contractor or any person who is sentenced to Section 42-4-1202(4), C.R.S. 1973, to participate in any type useful public service.”

In 1985, the State legislature passed the Risk Management Act which established a state self-insured fund. Colorado State University and employees, as defined are covered by this act for claims where immunity has been waived by the Government Immunity Act.

To qualify for protection under the Colorado Government Immunity Act employees, as defined above, should adhere to the following criteria:

a. Incidents or occurrences that can reasonably be expected to lead to a claim should be reported as soon as possible to the employee’s supervisor and to the Office of Risk Management. Incidents or occurrences involving injury or death should be reported immediately.

b. Injured persons, or claimants, should be referred to the Office of Risk Management for procedures to file a claim with the Office of the Attorney General of Colorado and the State Division of Risk Management.

c. Employees must not compromise or settle claims without consent of the University, the Division of Risk Management and the Attorney General.

d. An employee who has been served with notice for a court action against himself and/or the University must notify the Office of the Attorney General of Colorado, in writing, within fifteen (15) days of receipt of such notice.

There is no protection provided:

a. When the act or omission is outside the scope of employment.

b. For acts or omissions that are criminal, intentional, willful or wanton.

Employees should exercise due caution and use common sense in attempting to avoid accidents and injury which could result in liability to themselves or to Colorado State University.

Questions on liability insurance should be directed to the Office of Risk Management. Questions of a legal nature should be referred to the Office of the General Counsel.

Provisions as stated in the Colorado Government Immunity Act and the Risk Management Act supersede any statement made in this Manual.


1 The term “course instructor”, as used in Sections I.5 and I.7, is applicable to all persons responsible for assigning grades, including graduate teaching assistants.