Policy 1: University of Colorado Legal Origins, Guiding Principles,and Principles of Ethical Behavior
Policy 1.A: Preservation of Self-Governing Responsibilities
The University of Colorado shall preserve the principle of self-governance. As such, the University of Colorado shall oppose efforts to abolish or limit the constitutional authority of the Board of Regents to govern or enact policy for the university.
- Adopted: January 13, 1968.
- Revised: April 5, 2018.
- Last reviewed: April 5, 2018.
Policy 1.B: Guiding Principles
Article 1, Part C of the Laws of the Regents establishes the mission of the University of Colorado. Consistent with the legal obligations and responsibilities of the University of Colorado community, the university will:
- Encourage and provide access to the university for all qualified students within the university’s capacity.
- Maintain a commitment to excellence.
- Promote and uphold the principles of ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability.
- Be conscientious stewards of the university’s human, physical, financial, information, and natural resources.
- Ensure policies, programs, procedures and practices encourage, honor, and respect teaching, learning, and academic culture.
- Ensure policies, programs, procedures and practices promote a continuing commitment to building a community of faculty, students, and staff in which diversity is a fundamental value. Such policies, programs and procedures will also serve to ensure the rich interchange of ideas in the pursuit of truth and learning, including diversity of political, geographic, cultural, intellectual, and philosophical perspectives.
- Encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels of the university including research and creative activities.
- Strive to meet the needs of the State of Colorado, including health care, technology, work force training, and civic literacy.
- Ensure that the university is an economic, social, and cultural catalyst.
- Support and encourage collaboration amongst departments and campuses, and between the university and other educational institutions to improve our communities.
- Provide an outstanding, respectful, and responsive living, learning, teaching, and working environment.
- Focus on meaningful measurable results.
- Approved February 11, 2010.
- Revised: June 24, 2010; April 5, 2018.
- Last reviewed: April 5, 2018.
Policy 1.C: Principles of Ethical Behavior
1. Responsible Conduct
2. Respect for Others
3. Conflicts of Interest
Conflicts of interest may also arise in the context of gifts, travel, and entertainment. University employees are expected to conduct themselves so as to ensure that their positions are not misused for private gain with respect to the acceptance of gifts and the undertaking of university-related travel or entertainment. University employees may not solicit, accept, or agree to accept any benefit that is intended to influence the employee in the performance of his or her university duties.
4. Research and Academic Integrity
5. Stewardship of University Property
University property includes the university seal, name, and logo. The university regulates the use of its seal, name and related trademarks and logos in order to protect the university's reputation and to ensure that their use is related to the university's educational, research, community service, and patient care missions.
6. Contributing to a Safe Workplace
The illegal use and possession of controlled substances and the possession of firearms, explosives, and other weapons on university premises compromises the safety of the university community. The University of Colorado prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of controlled substances and the possession of weapons in or on any premises or property owned or controlled by the University of Colorado.
7. Privacy and Confidentiality
8. Open and Effective Communication
9. Reporting Suspected Misconduct
- Approved Feb. 11, 2010;
- Last revised Sept. 17, 2013.