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About Our Process

Colorado College is committed to providing a safe environment that is conducive to academic success for each member of its community while fostering socially responsible and productive citizens. Optimal education occurs when each member of the community makes a positive contribution by their presence. Though the liberal arts tradition encourages individual pursuits of knowledge, it must also be balanced by the needs of the community. The Colorado College Student Code of Conduct is founded on five community values: respect, integrity, responsibility, community, and fairness. It is a privilege for students to attend Colorado College and it is expected that all students uphold the spirit of these community values in their daily lives. All students are expected to cooperate with college officials and any investigations of possible acts of misconduct. Students who are found responsible for violating any of the community values or the policies in the Student Code of Conduct will typically be held accountable through the student conduct procedures and processes outlined in the Pathfinder. The Student Code of Conduct is not intended to be a list of rules to follow; rather, students are expected to internalize the “spirit” of the policies and make choices based on those.

Being Learning Centered

Although students don't often enter the student conduct process of their own accord, there are many benefits that students can gain from their participation. Our conduct process is learning centered with 8 learning outcomes that represent what we hope your student will learn through the conduct process. 

Cognitive Complexity

  • Students will be able to explain their decision-making process.
  • Students will be able to identify the behavior they engaged in and why it is a violation of the College's community values.
Intrapersonal Development
  • Students will be able to articulate the need for institutional policies and the specific reasoning for the allegedly violated policy.
  • Students will be able to communicate what CC's community values mean to them personally.
Interpersonal Competence
  • Students will be able to explain how accepting responsibility for their choices and behaviors help them become a better member of the CC community.
Humanitarianism and Civic Engagement
  • Students will be able to explain how their misconduct affects others in their community.
  • Students will be able to articulate their role within the CC Student Conduct Process.