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D. Community Standards Policies

Following are examples of behavior that is discouraged and prohibited under the Community Standards.  These examples include, but are not limited to:

Abuse | Alcohol | Collusion | Community Health Concerns | Deception | Disruption of College Activities and Events | Drugs / Marijuana / Paraphernalia | Fire Safety / Hazardous Materials | Hazing | Honesty | Misuse of College Network | Misuse of Services | Neighbor and Community Relations | Non-Compliance with College Officials | On-Campus Hosting and Noise | Parking | Publicity on Campus | Safety & Security | Smoking | Theft | Vandalism / Damage | Violation of College Policy or the Law | Violence | Weapons and Explosives

1. Abuse of Any College Policy or Procedure

Students are expected to abide by all policies and procedures applicable to student conduct, including but not limited to the Student Honor and Community Standards, the Honor Code, the Freedom of Expression policy, the Anti-Discrimination Policy and Procedures, and the Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures.  Students may be subject to various sanctions, as described further below and in the respective policies, for violations of these policies and procedures.  Abusing the College’s policies and procedures is also prohibited and may result in sanctions.  Examples of potential abuse of the College’s policies and procedures include, but are not limited to:

  • Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper use of, or participation in, a College policy or procedure;
  • Retaliation (including coercive, threatening, intimidating, or interfering behavior) against anyone involved in a College policy or procedure, including, but not limited to, complainants, witnesses, administrators, or decision-makers;
  • Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed on a student;

2. Abusive Behavior

The College prohibits abusive behavior, which is any act that endangers the health or safety of a student or group of students, or which destroys or removes public or private property. Spectators at athletic events should convey enthusiasm and team support, but demeaning, disrespectful or vulgar behavior may violate these Standards. 

3. Alcohol

The irresponsible or under-age use of alcohol is prohibited. Irresponsible drinking is defined as consuming alcohol in a way that is likely to result in a harmful level of intoxication or intoxication-related behaviors that are disruptive, damaging or dangerous. Any behaviors that promote irresponsible drinking are prohibited. Further, unlawful use, possession, distribution, or dispensing of alcohol either on or off-campus is prohibited. Driving a motorized vehicle while impaired or under the influence of alcohol is prohibited.  Students are expected to conduct any activities involving alcohol in a lawful and socially responsible manner.  For more information, please visit the Alcohol Information page in the College Policies & Procedures menu.

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4. Collusion

Collusion is action or inaction by a student who is aware that another student has violated or is violating a College policy, and such student assists in the violation of the policy, does not report the violation, or, if appropriate, does not try to stop or otherwise address the behavior. Students are expected to confront their peers, if appropriate, or remove themselves from a situation and then report the information as soon as possible to the appropriate school official and/or law enforcement.  A student is not required to confront or otherwise attempt to stop a student if such action would jeopardize the student’s own safety.

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5. Community Health Concerns

Conditions that may risk the health of another person are prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to:

    • use of noxious materials;
    • use of pungent materials;
    • abuse of toilet facilities such that vomit, excrement or urine is left for others to clean;
    • littering in public areas, allowing excessive trash to build up, or spilling garbage cans with the expectation someone else will clean them up.

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6. Deception

Students are expected not to act in ways that are deceptive or manipulative. This includes knowingly misrepresenting oneself, involving others in violations without their knowledge, or manipulating people or processes.

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7. Disruption of College Activities and Events

Disruption of College business, activities, events, and academic courses is prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Obstructing freedom of movement of community members or campus visitors, including pedestrian traffic or vehicular traffic;
  • Causing noise or participating in a demonstration that disrupts the normal College activities (see theFreedom of Expression policy for information about acceptable ways to protest and express dissent);
  • Causing, leading or inciting disruption of scheduled or normal activities of the College.

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8. Drugs / Marijuana / Paraphernalia

The illegal use, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensing of Illicit Drugs* is prohibited. This policy also prohibits the use of marijuana, even if the intended use is for medicinal purposes. Synthetic drugs that contain ingredients or mimic the effects of illicit drugs are also prohibited. In addition, prescription medications and over-the-counter medications must be utilized according to prescribed instructions and the distribution of prescription drugs without a prescription is prohibited. Drug paraphernalia, including but not limited to, bongs and vaporizers, are not permitted on campus. Driving a motor vehicle while impaired or under the influence of illicit drugs, marijuana, or a prescription drug which adversely affects one’s abilities, is prohibited.

*“Illicit Drugs” refers to “controlled substances” as defined in Schedules I through V, Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. Section 812) and related regulations (21 C.F.R. 1308.11 through 1308.15) as amended, and also  in Title 18, Article 18, Part 2 of the Colorado Statutes, as amended.

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9. Fire Safety / Hazardous Materials

It is the responsibility of each student to review and follow fire evacuation procedures, participate in fire drill practices, and take proactive measures to minimize risk of fire. Any action or inaction by a student that contributes to increased risk of fire is a violation of fire safety and is prohibited. For detailed procedures and information, refer to the Emergency Preparedness page. For detailed information about fire safety and drills in residential facilities, consult the Residential Life Procedures page. Examples of violations include:

  • Failure to evacuate when a fire alarm is activated;
  • Improper use of or tampering with College safety equipment, including alarms, signs, and pull stations;
  • Discharging a fire extinguisher for any other reason than an attempt to extinguish a fire;
  • Starting or causing a fire on campus.

Students may not possess or use materials or articles that can create hazardous conditions on campus. A "hazardous condition" poses a threat to building facilities and/or occupants thereof as determined by facilities services personnel and/or environmental health and safety staff. Legally permitted chemicals or substances that can threaten or cause harm, or cause fear in others are also not permitted.

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10. Hazing

The College prohibits hazing, which is defined as any act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, or which produces ridicule, embarrassment, harassment, intimidation or other similar result, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition of continued membership in, a group or organization. Examples include paddling, creating excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shock, public stunts, and degrading or humiliating games and activities. The express or implied consent of the victim is not a defense, and apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing also violates these Standards.

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11. Honesty

Students are expected to be honest and demonstrate a respect for truth. It is prohibited to knowingly furnish false, falsified, or forged information or to withhold information from a College representative, including information requested in connection with the enforcement of any College policy or procedure. This includes making false statements as well as falsifying or misusing documents, accounts, records, identification, or financial instruments. Unauthorized use, possession, or duplication of means of access (such as keys or Gold Cards) to College facilities is also prohibited.

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12. Misuse of College Network

Any misuse of the College’s facilities, equipment, networks, websites, list serves, email, passwords, accounts, or information is prohibited. Misuse that results in network interruption or failure is also prohibited and may also result in legal action against those responsible. For more information, visit the Policies page on the Division of Information Technology site.

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13. Misuse of Services

Misuse of services is defined as using property, facilities or personnel in ways that they are not designed or intended. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Entry onto roofs or into maintenance, construction, or other restricted areas or buildings;
  • Misuse of long­ distance telephone codes or cable;
  • Unauthorized use of equipment, facilities, vehicles, logos or names;
  • Use of resources or personnel for profit such as using a residence hall room, residence phone extension, or college email address to establish and/or operate a business without prior approval from the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students or their designee.

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14. Neighbor and Community Relations

Students are expected to maintain positive neighbor relations and may be disciplined under the Community Standards for behavior that disrupts neighbors, violates the law, or otherwise negatively impacts or threatens to negatively impact the reputation of the College.

Students hosting parties at off-campus houses are responsible for the size and activities occurring at or associated with their gatherings. Parties that overrun the capacities of the hosts’ house are the ones most apt to draw attention and complaints from neighbors, and the response of the Colorado Springs Police Department, and may violate this Code. Examples of irresponsible hosting include, but are not limited to:

  • noise complaints resulting from an off-campus party;
  • noise complaints resulting from guests coming to or from an off-campus party;
  • littering before, during, or after a party;
  • public urination by those attending an off-campus party;
  • unmonitored sources of alcohol that risk dangerous levels of intoxication by guests;
  • unmonitored source of alcohol that results in consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage individuals;
  • no guest list to monitor access to the party;
  • hosting a party withoutfirst registering online.  This registration site also includes suggestions for maintaining positive neighbor relations. 

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15. Non-Compliance with College Officials

Failure to comply with the directions of a College representative, College staff member, or law enforcement officer during the performance of their duties is prohibited. Examples include:

  • Failing to show a CCID to any College staff member (including Residential Advisers) upon request;
  • Failing to schedule a meeting when requested or return a phone call from a College staff member;
  • Failing to provide information in connection with the investigation or enforcement of any College policy or procedure;
  • Not cooperating with a College official, even when you believe you may not be at fault for anything.

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16. On-Campus Hosting and Noise

Students hosting on-campus gatherings are responsible for the size and activities occurring at or associated with their gatherings. Gatherings that overrun the capacities of their residence are the ones most apt to draw attention and complaints from the community. Examples of irresponsible hosting include:  noise complaints resulting from guests coming to or from the residence; noise complaints regarding the activity within the residence; littering before, during or after a party; unmonitored source of alcohol that risks dangerous levels of intoxication by guests; and unmonitored source of alcohol that results in consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage individuals. Students hosting events on campus are expected to abide by the College's Alcohol Policies and register their gathering with the College.

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17. Parking

Excessive or flagrant violation of the College’s parking policies may be referred for discipline under these Standards, in addition to normal fines or revocation of parking privileges. For more information about parking on campus, please visit theParking page.

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18. Publicity on Campus

The use of campus facilities and resources for publicity and advertising may require appropriate approval. Please contact the appropriate venue manager for information about posting approval. Anonymous postings are not permitted and may be removed at any time by any member of the community.

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19. Safety & Security

Students are expected to act in ways that minimize risk of harm and promote the safety of individuals and the community. Examples of violations of this policy include, but are not limited to:

  • Tampering with or preventing the functionality of physical locking devices;
  • Misuse of campus emergency phones;
  • Failure to report lost/stolen key(s) or CCID cards;
  • Opening doors or allowing entry to anyone (including other CC students) into residence areas if they are not a personal guest;
  • Failure to report suspicious/unusual circumstances or behavior to campus safety, College staff, or law enforcement immediately;
  • Revealing door codes or CCIDs to others; and
  • Failure to carry your CCID with you while on campus.

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20. Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in campus buildings, including residential facilities, or in entryways/exits where individuals entering or exiting a building can be affected by the smoke of any substance, which includes the use of electronic cigarettes.

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21. Solicitation and On-Campus Fundraising

Solicitation and peddling, by students and other individuals, is prohibited on campus. However, student organizations may receive permission to sponsor pre-approved fundraising events. Contact the Office of Residential Life & Campus Activities for more information about getting approval for organizational fundraising events.

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22. Theft

Theft is defined as the unauthorized acquisition or possession of items/services that belong to another person or entity (including removal of furniture from campus common spaces). Unauthorized entry into or use of College facilities or resources is also prohibited.

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23. Vandalism / Damage

Damage is defined as the actual destruction of or harm caused to any property, regardless of intent. Vandalism is defined as the intentional and/or unintentional damage of or harm to the property of another person or the College, or misuse of property that leads to damage. In addition to being referred for potential discipline under these Standards, as damage to College property has a financial impact on the College, the repair charges and/or related fines will be assessed to the student(s) found responsible for the damage. A fine may be assessed for the damage and the actual cost of repair. For more detailed information about damages occurring in residential buildings, please refer to the Residential Life & Housing Procedures page.

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24. Violation of College Policy or the Law

Any violation of any College policy, and any violation of any local, state or federal law, is prohibited. Colorado College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student who has violated federal, state, or local laws, without regard to the existence or possibility of civil or criminal proceedings. It is the practice of Colorado College to pursue timely resolution through its conduct proceedings, rather than to delay campus proceedings until the outcome of criminal and/or civil proceedings.

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25. Violence

Violence is strictly prohibited.  Violence includes threatening or causing physical harm, such as fighting, or any other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person and/or the community.  Violence against animals is also prohibited.

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26. Weapons and Explosives

The possession or use of any weapon — including but not limited to firearms, ammunition, pellet guns, air guns, paintball guns, stun guns, tasers, smoke devices, bows/arrows, swords, large knives, explosives, and fireworks — is prohibited on College campus because of the potential for personal injury, theft, unauthorized use of such items, and disruptive impact on the campus community. In addition, verbal or written threats by a student indicating they have a prohibited weapon or explosive will be taken and responded to as an actual threat, whether or not evidence of such weapon or explosive exists. Information about Safety Programs and Services can be found on the Campus Safety page.

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