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CSU Global was established to meet the needs of nontraditional learners in the state of Colorado and beyond with fully online degree programs in career-relevant disciplines. CSU Global programs are designed based on the best practices of adult and online learning theory in an accelerated online format (8 week terms). Faculty and staff are committed to the success of CSU Global students. In order to support student success and maximize educational benefit, CSU Global has established the following student rights and responsibilities.
Members of the CSU Global community are expected to observe all laws and to respect the rights and privileges of other members of the community. As a community, CSU Global has the obligation to establish those regulations that best serve and protect its integrity as an institution of higher learning and the rights, dignity, and integrity of the members of the community. All CSU Global students are expected to adhere to the following code of conduct:
The use or possession of unlawful controlled substances on property owned or leased by CSU Global, or in conjunction with activities sponsored by the institution is prohibited. Students must abide by all local, state, and federal laws governing the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances. This may include Colorado laws as well as laws in effect in the student’s place of residence.
Students seeking information, assistance, or treatment program options may consult organizations such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or check local listings for a substance abuse hotline or program.
Disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with a violation of federal, state, or local criminal law and this Student Conduct Code without regard to the settlement of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and/or prosecution. Proceedings under the Student Conduct Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following off-campus civil or criminal proceedings at the discretion of the Provost or his/her designee. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Student Conduct Code shall not be subject to change because criminal or civil charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violations of university rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal or civil law defendant.
Students who are found to be in violation of the code of conduct may be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to: loss of credit, warning, degree revocation, probation, suspension, revocation of admission or permanent expulsion. Reports of violation of the code of conduct may be submitted, by any member of the CSU Global community, to Student Affairs. Those submitting a report should supply documentation demonstrating or describing the violation. Reports of misconduct will be investigated by Student Affairs or by a panel appointed by the Provost. Investigations must be completed within three (3) weeks of receipt of the report. After review, a determination of action will be made and the student will be notified within one (1) week of the decision for action. Students may appeal the decision by submitting their request and documentation to the Provost within two (2) weeks of receipt of the decision for action. No later than three (3) weeks from receipt of the appeal, the Provost or his/her designee will notify the student of the final decision of the appeal.
Disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with a violation of any expectations or conduct set forth in Section I above. Disciplinary proceedings under the Student Conduct Code may be carried out independent of, prior to, simultaneously with or following separate civil or criminal proceedings at the discretion of the Provost or his/her designee. Determinations regarding violation of the Student Conduct Code or sanctions imposed shall not be subject to change because criminal or civil proceedings arising out of the same facts giving rise to disciplinary action were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of the student.
Students who are found to be in violation of the Student Conduct Code by a preponderance of the evidence may be subject to disciplinary sanctions including, but not limited to: warning, loss of credit, disciplinary probation, suspension, permanent expulsion and/or degree revocation with permanent mark on transcript.
Reports of violation of the Student Conduct Code may be submitted by any member of the CSU Global community to the Assistant Provost or designee. Those submitting a report should supply documentation demonstrating or describing the violation (See below "Reporting Outline"). Reports of misconduct will be investigated by the Office of Student Success. Appeals are reviewed by a panel appointed by the Provost if an appeal is requested by the student (see below "Appeal Procedure and Honesty Hearing Panel Procedure" section).
Academic dishonesty is any form of cheating which results in students giving or receiving unauthorized assistance in an academic exercise or receiving credit for work which is not their own. If a student is suspected of academic dishonesty, the instructor will inform the Assistant Provost or his/her designee prior to imposing an academic penalty. The Assistant Provost or his/her designee will facilitate a review of all documentation and communicate results of the review to all parties and document the results in the student record. The results will be used to inform the academic penalty which may include a failing grade for the work in question, a failing grade for the course, or any lesser penalty which the instructor finds appropriate.
To dispute an accusation of academic dishonesty and the penalty imposed by the instructor, the student must first consult with the instructor. If the dispute remains unresolved, the student may then request a review by the Provost. Beyond academic penalties imposed, academic dishonesty is also a behavioral issue and is considered an act of misconduct. Whether or not an academic penalty has been imposed by the faculty a report of the infraction must be submitted to the Provost, who may initiate additional disciplinary action. If a student is disciplined as a result of the academic dishonesty, a written appeal may be submitted to the Provost. Disciplinary proceedings and appeals related to academic dishonesty shall follow the Hearing and Appeal Process set forth in "Hearing and Appeal Process" above.
The following misconduct is considered by the university to be acts of academic dishonesty. This is not an exhaustive list of all acts of academic dishonesty, but is a guide to help faculty and students understand what constitutes academic dishonesty.
Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. Academic exercises include all forms of work submitted for credit. Students may not have other individuals conduct research or prepare work for them without advance authorization from the instructor. This includes the services of commercial vendors for papers. This may include submission of work written in part, or in whole, by a family member, friend, another student, or associate.
Intentionally and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise; or of documentation meant to excuse or justify adjustments related to attendance or completion of work (exams, exercises, etc.).
Intentionally or knowingly helping another to commit any act of academic dishonesty.
Plagiarism is the adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, or statements of another person as one’s own either knowingly, carelessly, or without acknowledgment. Plagiarism is addressed through the plagiarism policy in Section IV below.
Intentionally sharing information or working together in an academic exercise when such actions are not approved by the instructor. Individuals may study together but all work submitted for credit must be the unique work of the individual student.
CSU Global assignments are designed to build professional skills, develop critical thinking, and ensure students are able to meet the learning outcomes of each course. To accomplish these goals, the re-use and repurposing policy limits the amount of prior work that can be recycled or re-applied in either a repeated or subsequent course.
No more than 20% of an assignment's content shall consist of quoted material (from either an external source or your own previously submitted content) unless the student has obtained permission from the current instructor. This policy allows for use of a limited amount of prior research, data, or quotes while ensuring that up-to-date analysis and application are being made to address the unique course assignment and learning outcomes. When repeating a course, students must submit newly created work.
Students suspected of academic dishonesty shall be so informed and are entitled to an opportunity to reveal their understanding of cheating/plagiarism in a private discussion with the course instructor prior to the assessment of any penalty. The instructor or the student may choose to have a witness present for the discussion.
Instructors who determine that a student has engaged in an act of academic dishonesty may impose an academic penalty, which may include a failing grade for the work in question, a failing grade for the course, or any lesser penalty which the instructor finds appropriate. Before imposing an academic penalty under this section, instructors shall report the concern to the Assistant Provost or his/her designee to discuss an appropriate penalty before informing the student of the decision in writing.
The instructor shall notify the student of the decision to impose an academic penalty and the basis for that decision. The instructor shall copy that notification to the Assistant Provost or his/her designee along with the following information:
The Assistant Provost or his/her designee will notify the student’s academic advisor and ask that the advisor confer with the student to discuss academic integrity. Most academic dishonesty violations are resolved at the instructor, program, or school level in an agreed resolution between instructor and student, or through an informal meeting with a dean-appointed representative and the instructor. The Assistant Provost or his/her designee will forward any records related to academic dishonesty to appropriate dean and Office of the Provost who will maintain all such material for a period of at least one year beyond the student’s graduation or permanent separation from the university.
Occasionally, a student may wish to appeal academic penalties imposed. These penalties may be appealed using the following appeal process:
CSU Global expects assignment submissions to represent the original work of the individual student. At least seventy percent of the content should be the student’s original thoughts, analysis, and synthesis of course material. Paraphrasing, with proper citations and references, is considered appropriate analysis in supporting student’s thoughts. CSU Global integrates an originality check with each assignment submission to assess similarity.
As a general guideline, student assignments should return an originality check similarity score of 30% or less, with no more than 20% of the student’s paper containing quoted material. Assignment types may vary. Thus, student submissions are evaluated based on a combination of the originality score, the requirements of the assignment, and the presence of original thought. Quoted material should be used with discretion, be formatted in compliance with the CSU Global Guide to Writing and APA, and demonstrate the appropriate incorporation and citation of scholarly sources and facts in student analysis and writing.
This policy is designed to be educational and developmental in nature; however, if an act of plagiarism is considered to be egregious, a student may not be afforded multiple offenses and disciplinary proceedings may be pursued immediately, at the discretion of the Office of the Provost.
Plagiarism offenses are reported by faculty to the Office of Student Affairs. The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for investigating reports, maintaining documentation of offenses, providing remediation resources, and communicating investigation results to faculty and students.
Instructors will file a Plagiarism Alert for students suspected of plagiarism. Alerts are reviewed by the Office of Student Affairs for accuracy. In cases where plagiarism is confirmed, the following actions will be taken:
Under the “Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988” CSU Global is required to notify all employees and students of its specific alcohol and drug policy program.
The elements of the policy and program include consequences that may follow the use of alcohol and other drugs, and sanctions that may be applied. The law requires that individuals be notified of possible sources of assistance for problems that may arise as a result of use.
The policy is intended to educate the university community about the health risks associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs and about the resources available for counseling and therapy. In addition, in order to assure a work and learning environment that supports its mission and proper function, CSU Global prohibits unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol or illicit drugs by faculty, staff, or students.
CSU Global encourages individuals with alcohol or other drug related problems to seek assistance.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
24/7 Treatment Referral Line: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
CSU Global will also provide additional information on local, state, and national resources for those seeking assistance with substance abuse if requested or if concerns about alcohol and drug use by faculty, staff or students become known.
Unlawful possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of alcohol, marijuana, or illicit drugs may also lead to a referral to the appropriate local, state, and/or federal authorities for prosecution for a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the nature of the offense. The sanctions for such offenses may include fines and/or
Anyone found consuming or selling illegal drugs on university property shall be subject to discipline on a case-by case basis. In all cases, the university will abide by local, state and federal sanctions regarding unlawful possession of drugs and the consumption of alcohol or marijuana. A violation may result in university dismissal and additional state penalties and sanctions may also apply.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act states students convicted for an illicit drug violation (including marijuana per federal guidelines) can be denied federal financial aid for a specific period, in addition to other legal penalties. Students who have been convicted of a drug related offense are required to submit the Drug Eligibility Worksheet to determine if the conviction affects aid eligibility. Students who fail to answer the question or who falsify their response may be disqualified from receiving federal financial aid or face fines, imprisonment, or both.
Federal guidelines further state that Pell Grant recipients must certify that they will not engage in unlawful activities related to controlled substances while receiving the grant. More information about federal penalties and sanctions is located at http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/ftp3.shtml. If the student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs (including marijuana per federal guidelines) the student may be ineligible for the longer period.
A student can regain eligibility for federal student aid funds the day after the period of ineligibility ends or upon successful completion of a qualified drug rehabilitation program that must:
Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain it after successfully completing a rehabilitation program, passing two unannounced drug tests from such a program, or if a conviction is reversed, set aside or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility. The student is responsible to certify that a rehabilitation program was successfully completed. As with the conviction question on the FAFSA, CSU Global is not required to confirm the reported information unless conflicting information is determined.
Federal regulations require enrolled students receiving federal financial aid to notify the university immediately if convicted of a drug offense. They may become ineligible for further federal financial aid and must repay federal financial aid received after the conviction.
The faculty of CSU Global considers freedom of discussion, inquiry, and expression to be consonant with the history and traditions of our country and a cornerstone of education in a free society. CSU Global is committed not just to valuing and respecting diversity but also to respecting diverse viewpoints.
CSU Global community members are encouraged to engage in discussions, to exchange ideas and opinions, and to speak, write, and publish freely in accordance with the guarantees and limitations of our state and national constitutions. Students who believe their rights have been violated should contact the Office of Student Success by email at Student.Success@CSUGlobal.edu.
Faculty and students have not only a right, but also a responsibility, to examine critically the insights, understandings, values, issues, and concerns that have evolved in the various areas of human activity. In exercising their rights, faculty and students should understand that their actions may reflect on CSU Global. Hence, they should at all times strive to be honest and accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, and show appropriate respect for the opinions of others.
CSU Global acknowledges the right of all people to freedom from personal abuse. Abusive treatment of individuals on a personal or stereotyped basis prevents the attainment of the campus goal to create and maintain an environment which supports, nurtures, and encourages people to excel in teaching, learning, and creativity. CSU Global deplores, condemns, and will act energetically to prevent all forms of personal abuse including sexual harassment.
CSU Global does not tolerate sexual harassment among students, employees, or other members of its community.
Sexual harassment is prohibited in the employment context by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and in the education context by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.
Sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature appear in any of the following contexts: (1) submission by an individual is made either an explicit or implicit term or condition of academic standing or of employment; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting the individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person's academic performance or work, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic or work environment.
Generally, a single sexual joke, offensive epithet, or request for a date does not constitute sexual harassment; however, being subjected to such jokes, epithets, or requests repeatedly may constitute hostile environment sexual harassment. In determining whether the alleged sexual harassing conduct warrants corrective action, all relevant circumstances, including the context in which the conduct occurred, will be considered. Facts will be judged on the basis of what is reasonable to persons of ordinary sensitivity and not on the particular sensitivity or reaction of an individual.
In cases of alleged sexual harassment, the protections of the First Amendment must be considered if issues of speech or artistic expression are involved. Free speech rights apply in the classroom and in all other education programs and activities of public institutions, and First Amendment rights apply to the speech of students and teachers. Great care must be taken not to inhibit open discussion, academic debate, and expression of personal opinion, particularly in the classroom. Nevertheless, speech or conduct of a sexual or hostile nature that occurs in the context of educational instruction may exceed the protections of academic freedom and constitute prohibited sexual harassment if it meets the definition of sexual harassment and (1) is reasonably regarded as nonprofessional speech, or (2) lacks accepted pedagogical purpose or is not germane to the academic subject matter.
CSU Global can respond to sexual harassment only if it is aware of its existence. Any student who believes that she or he has experienced sexual harassment or reprisal shall contact the Office of Student Success by emailing Student.Success@CSUGlobal.edu. All such communications will be kept confidential to the full extent permitted by law. CSU Global faculty and staff must comply with the Sexual Harassment policies in the Employee Handbook.
Students who would like educational resources and information or counseling and advocacy resources regarding sexual abuse are encouraged to connect with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), CCASA (Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault), or similar resources in their location.
The mission of Disability Services at CSU Global is to provide equal access to students with disabilities while maintaining the academic integrity standards of the university. Disability Services at CSU Global collaborates with instructors and staff to create effective, equitable, and inclusive learning environments so that qualified students may achieve their educational goals.
CSU Global recognizes and accepts its obligations under Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. These federal laws protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities at institutions of higher education that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, these laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of a disability and require institutions such as CSU Global to provide reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified disabled students in all University programs and activities. Students with disabilities admitted to CSU Global have matriculated through the same process and have met the same admissions requirements as other students.
Per definitions outlined in materials from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division and Section 504 Compliance Handbook, CSU Global understands a person with a disability as anyone who either has, used to have, or is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially affects a major life activity (seeing, walking, working, learning, etc.). In terms of education, a qualified student with a disability is a student with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards for admission to or participation in the educational program or activity, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
An accommodation is any modification or adjustment in the learning environment that enables a qualified person with a disability to participate in a course, program, facility, activity or service. These adjustments assure that a student with a disability has rights and privileges equal to students without disabilities. Accommodations create equal educational opportunities. Providing accommodations does not mean setting different standards for students with disabilities.
Students with disabilities who have been admitted to Colorado State University Global may request reasonable academic accommodations under Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Students must follow the outlined procedure for requesting academic accommodations. Students with temporary injuries and medical conditions are not covered under federal disability laws. Students who experience a temporary medical condition that affects their academic work during a trimester should follow the outlined procedures specific to a temporary condition.
In addition to providing notification and documenting the need for accommodation(s), students with disabilities also have the following rights and responsibilities.
In addition to providing notification and documenting the need for accommodation(s), students with disabilities also have the following rights and responsibilities:
Disability Services is responsible for managing the accommodation process, including any negotiations regarding services, and finalizing appropriate student accommodations. The process of registering with Disability Services is as follows. Once enrolled at CSU Global, a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations must:
Once a student has approved accommodations on file it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Disability Services each term for a Faculty Notification of Academic Accommodations letter. The student is then responsible for providing this letter to their instructor. These letters become active for the student the date they are received by the instructor and they are not retroactive.
CSU Global does request documentation of a disability. The purpose of medical documentation is to demonstrate that a student is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These laws define a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The documentation requested by Disability Services establishes a student’s disability status, aids in understanding how the disability may impact a student in a higher education setting, and provides adequate information on the functional impact of the disability so that effective reasonable accommodations can be identified. Reasonable accommodations are individually determined and may vary from student to student.
Accommodations at CSU Global focus on providing equal access to all students in an online education environment. Reasonable accommodations may consist of changes in policies, practices, services, and the use of auxiliary aids. These may include but are not limited to:
Reasonable accommodations do not require a substantial change in the curriculum or alteration of any essential elements or functions of the course, program, service, or activity. CSU Global understands that reasonable accommodations must be made unless it can be demonstrated that the accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the program.
Students experiencing temporary injuries and medical conditions are not covered under federal disability laws. Students who experience a temporary medical condition that affects their academic work during a trimester should contact their instructor and student success counselor to discuss options and review the CSU Global Late Policy, Incomplete Grade Guidelines, and Leave of Absence Policy. The student should provide their instructor with medical documentation specifying the condition and duration of the condition. Medical conditions that are considered temporary can include injuries, surgeries, or acute illnesses. If the student feels their attendance will be affected by a temporary medical condition, it is up to the student to contact their instructor and student success counselor.
For disability-related grievances, please follow CSU Global’s Student Grievance Policy.
If the grievance is with the accommodation process or with Disability Services, the student is encouraged to resolve the concerns directly with Disability Services. If concerns are not resolved, students have the option of submitting a formal complaint (as laid out in the Student Grievance Policy) about a staff member.
Students may also go to the Office for Civil Rights to file a complaint.
Student grievances are defined as any unresolved complaint or allegation, including 1) unprofessional conduct by an instructor which adversely affects a student's ability to successfully complete his/her academic goals, including a specific course or program; 2) improper admission counseling; 3) improper advising; 4) specific course assignments, curriculum elements, or grading of assessments prior to the end of the course; 6) disability-related issues.
With few exceptions, students should first attempt to resolve difficulties informally by bringing those concerns directly to the person responsible for the action, or to their student success counselor, the department head, or the immediate supervisor. If the problem cannot be resolved informally, the student may file a formal grievance using the grievance form.
Students whose concerns are still not satisfactorily resolved have the option of filing a formal grievance with the Grievance Committee. A Grievance Form must be received, in writing, within two (2) weeks of the date the informal grievance process ends. The grievance complaint must include a concise statement of the allegations that form the basis for the student's complaint, including a statement of the facts, any relevant evidence, the rule, regulation, policy or practice that was violated, a summary of the informal attempts at resolution, and a suggested remedy. The Grievance Form can be accessed here.
The grievance is reviewed by the Grievance Committee. The Grievance Committee will review the grievance and communicate their decision to all parties involved within one week. Decisions of the Grievance Committee may be appealed by the student if there is evidence that a significant impropriety in the review process occurred. The appeal must be in writing, specifically detail the alleged procedural impropriety, and be filed in the Office of the Provost within two (2) weeks of the date of receipt of the Grievance Committee's decision. The Provost shall review the appeal and the Grievance Committee records and issue a decision within twenty-one (21) days. The decision of the Provost is final.
Students who have not reached a satisfactory resolution upon completion of the institutional grievance process may file a complaint with the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) as stated in the Colorado Student Bill of Rights (CRS 21-1-1235). Students must exhaust all opportunities for resolution at the institutional level prior to filing a complaint or grievance with the CDHE. Additional information about the process and requirements is available at http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Complaints/
Students who reside in other states may also file complaints to the appropriate state agency. For a list of agencies and their contact information click here.
You may also contact the regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission:
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