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Code of Academic Conduct “The Honor Code”

Students are expected to conduct themselves, both within and outside the university, in a way that will reflect favorably on themselves, the Sturm College of Law, and on the University of Denver. The Sturm College of Law reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant, to discontinue registration of any student or to withhold the degree of any student, if, in the opinion of the university authorities, the student’s further association is not conducive to the best interests of the student, the Sturm College of Law, and on the University of Denver.

Students should be aware that information provided to prospective employers must be correct in every detail. Providing inaccurate information constitutes an offense against the best interests of the Sturm College of Law, and on the University of Denver.

Law students, as prospective members of a profession demanding the most honorable and trustworthy conduct of its members, are expected to comply scrupulously with the Code of Academic Conduct (See Appendix G).

Description and Jurisdiction

  • University of Denver Code of Student Conduct
    The University of Denver also has a code of student conduct to maintain the general welfare of the university community. The Sturm College of Law, as a member of the University of Denver community, is governed by this code. For more information see Appendix H.
  • Student Employment
    Under ABA Accreditation Standards, a full-time law student enrolled in the day division program must not work in excess of 20 hours per week or 280 hours per semester. First year students in the day program are strongly discouraged from seeking employment. Scholastic difficulties resulting from full-time employment will not be given special consideration in any subsequent dismissal and readmission proceedings. Students who find that significant employment is necessary to finance their legal education or other living needs are encouraged to transfer to the evening division, which is designed for working students.
  • Sexual Harassment Policy
    Sexual harassment has no place within the University of Denver environment. In both obvious and subtle ways, the very possibility of sexual harassment is destructive to individual students, faculty, staff, and the academic community as a whole. When through fear of reprisal, a student, staff member, or faculty member submits to or is pressured to submit to unwanted sexual attention, the University of Denver’s ability to carry out its mission is undermined.

    Sexual harassment is especially serious when it threatens relationships between teacher and student or supervisor and subordinate. In such situations, sexual harassment exploits unfairly the inherent power held by a faculty member or supervisor.

    While sexual harassment most often takes place in a situation of power differential between the persons involved, the University also recognizes that sexual harassment may occur between persons of the same University status. The University of Denver will not tolerate behavior that creates an unacceptable working or educational environment among members of the University community.

    It is your right and responsibility to take action to stop sexual harassment. Brochures on recognizing and avoiding sexual harassment are published by the University of Denver and are available in the Office for Student Affairs.
  • Smoking Policy
    Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the Ricketson Law Building and is only allowed outside the Ricketson Law Building in designated areas. State regulation strictly prohibits smoking on the East and South elevations due to the proximity to the Ricks School.
  • Confidentiality of Files and Records
    In accordance with federal law, the College of Law maintains policies and procedures designed to preserve the confidentiality of a student’s academic record. Information about a student or former student will not be released without the written request or consent of the student, except in those instances outlined in the “Family Education Rights & Privacy Act of 1974,” as amended. That act states that directory information is public information and may be released or published without the student’s consent. Directory information includes the following: a student’s full name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, and other similar information. Students who do not want this information released should inform the Registrar’s office in writing each academic year.

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