University of the Rockies Catalog - Student Support, Health, and Safety

University of the Rockies Catalog - Student Support, Health, and Safety

Section Three: Student Support, Health, and Safety

One of the Core Values of University of the Rockies is Service. This value means that that the University cares about the well-being of students and the community. For students, the University provides high quality services which support the University mission and academic programs. Our faculty and staff are committed to the institution’s educational programs, personalized services, and reliable levels of support to meet the needs of our students in an exceptional manner. In this section, you will find information about many of the resources, tools, and supports in place to demonstrate our commitment to student success. Information on relevant health, wellness, and safety issues is also included in this section.



Accessibility for Students with Disabilities

Use of Mobility Devices

University of the Rockies will maintain facilities accessible to persons with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. Individuals with disabilities who utilize powerdriven mobility devices, (e.g., any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel, or other engines––whether or not designed primarily for use by individuals with mobility disabilities––that is used by individuals with mobility disabilities for the purpose of locomotion, including golf carts, electronic personal assistance mobility devices (EPAMDs), such as the Segway® PT) may do so within University facilities only when operation of such mobility devices does not pose a substantial risk of harm to students, faculty, staff, or visitors to the campus. Use of power driven mobility devices for the purpose of ambulation between University facilities is permitted. Storage of power driven mobility devices within University facilities should not impede the path of travel for pedestrian traffic areas. Responsibility for the securing of power driven mobility devices resides with the user. The University does not accept responsibility for damage, loss, or theft of property stored on its premises.


Use of Service Animals

Service animals, performing a specific task for an individual with a documented disability, are welcome in all University facilities and in all activities of the University. If it is not readily apparent that an animal is a service animal, or the service animal does not have visually identifiable apparel, apparatus, or other evidence that the animal is a service animal, faculty and staff may ask to confirm that the animal is a service animal.


A service animal, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is a guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks in support of a person with a disability. An animal whose sole function is emotional support does not qualify under this definition.


Students and visitors to the University are responsible for the care and supervision of the service animal while on University premises or while engaged in University activities. Care includes, but is not limited to, feeding, toileting and hygiene.



Course planning is ultimately the student’s responsibility; however, students are encouraged to contact their Student Advisor (online) or Registrar Advising Specialist (Campus) should they have questions concerning program requirements, attendance, progress toward or eligibility for graduation, or access to support services. Students seeking advice on academic issues should contact their instructor or designee (campus) or Student Advisor (online).


Registrar’s Office

The Registrar’s Office is responsible for a range of services available to University of the Rockies students. These services include providing guidance in the admissions, enrollment, and registration processes, maintaining student records, and providing transcripts. The Registrar’s Office, in conjunction with the Provost or designee, assures that the academic program requirements and the needs of students are met and that students can access all support services.


The Registrar’s Office works closely with members of the admissions, academic, and student services departments to facilitate inclusive student recruitment and retention efforts in compliance with regulatory requirements. This office collects, records, maintains and reports all student records within FERPA guidelines (e.g., grades, registration information, transcripts, and student academic progress). The Registrar’s Office determines student admissibility by requesting and evaluating all necessary student transcripts to determine applicability to programs. Program change requests, name changes, official transcript requests, and graduation functions are all handled by the Registrar’s Office. Students in need of these services should contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.


Resources and Services

University of the Rockies has a commitment to the educational goals of its diverse student population and thus provides a wide range of student-centered resources and services. Some of the following services may be limited to University of the Rockies students who are attending the campus. For additional support or for more information on the resources and services available to University of the Rockies students, check out the University website,, or contact your Student Advisor (online) or Registrar Advising Specialist (campus).



Online Academic Catalog

University of the Rockies provides an online version of this printed Academic Catalog. The Online Academic Catalog is an up-to-date, live version of this printed Academic Catalog, and includes all published Catalog Supplement updates. The Academic Catalog and Catalog Supplement are provided as PDF (Adobe® portable document format) files at and include effective publication dates and dates for policy and program changes. Due to expected, periodic updates to this printed Academic Catalog, please use the Online Academic Catalog at to access the most current policies, procedures, programs, and course information.



University of the Rockies’ website,, provides students with up-to-date information about degree programs, admissions, financial services, military education benefits, and much more.


Online Bookstore

All students can obtain the required book list for their classes through University of the Rockies’ online bookstore. In addition, the online bookstore provides a convenient place to purchase textbooks. Students utilizing the online bookstore have the option to rent or purchase new or used books online and have the books delivered in a timely fashion. To access the online bookstore, visit the University of the Rockies website, Students may purchase books through other vendors, but are responsible for ensuring that they acquire the correct version as outlined in the required book list.



Course Digital Materials System (Constellation™)

The Course Digital Materials System, which is known as Constellation™, is designed to help students master the instructional goals of University of the Rockies degree programs. These custom course digital materials (CDM) are created specifically to support University of the Rockies’ curriculum. Course materials include essential readings, audio and video assets, interactive exercises, and other digital supplements. These materials may be displayed on a browser-based Constellation™ Reader or on a number of devices, such as the iPhone, Kindle, and Blackberry.


Students may read their materials online or download and save them to their hard drive. However, students may also want to download their materials to other devices, such as the iPhone or Kindle. Still others will want to save their materials on a thumb drive or print the materials. Constellation™ does not include restrictions on file storage or print functions. Full functionality of Constellation™ is best experienced with the included reader. The Constellation™ Reader will allow students to highlight material in a variety of colors, create notes, and make bookmarks. While the reader offers robust functionality, students will be able to access, download, and print their learning materials in accordance with their preferences. Students will lose access to any course digital materials approximately 60 days after the end of their course or their withdrawal date, unless they have downloaded the material to an external device or hard drive.


New Student Orientation

Prior to each term, new ground students attend an orientation designed to assist them in achieving success at University of the Rockies. The orientation is an exciting experience that allows students to begin new friendships and includes a dinner, a tour of the facilities, and information sessions with faculty, and administrative staff. New Student Orientation covers University policies and procedures along with helpful information to assist new students in successfully navigating their degree program and preparing for in-class and out-of-classroom experiences.




The University of the Rockies Library provides 24/7 access to a variety of electronic databases and resources that include scholarly and peer reviewed journals, magazine articles, ebooks, videos, newspaper articles, book reviews, dissertations, conference papers, government reports, and more. These online databases/resources are available on the library's web page, which is accessible through the Student Portal or the online classroom.


The University of the Rockies has a physical library located at the Denver Campus in the Tabor Center overlooking the 16th street mall. This library provides access to print books, handouts, reference material, special collections, and the online public access catalog (OPAC) which contains records for all of our books, ebooks, and videos. The library also provides students a place to study, read, write, and research.


The library also provides computers for student use. Each computer is equipped with MS Office and Internet access. Select computers contain specialized programs such as various assessment-scoring programs and Dragon Speak, used for reading from text and writing from audio. The library also houses an extensive testing material collection, which includes protocols, manuals, and test kits.


Instructional aides for resources and services are available on the library’s web page. These aides include: information on copyright and plagiarism, tip sheets for searching the databases, links to useful websites, information resources, and more. Some of the services available to you include assistance from librarians, one-on-one sessions, and interlibrary loan services which allow you to obtain articles and other documents that are not currently in the University Library's electronic or print collections.


Contact Information

The library staff is available for research assistance by email or telephone. You can reach the library staff at 800.901.3360 (toll free) or at Students can also access the 24/7 Ask-a-Librarian chat service on the library’s website.

SMARTLab: A Statistics Primer

University of the Rockies maintains SMARTLab, an online statistics primer, designed to help prepare students for success in research courses. This resource does not cover all concepts or skills needed for these courses, and is not intended to substitute for a full introductory statistics course. SMARTLab is a compilation of interactive web-based course materials and activities focused on basic statistics. SMARTLab was specifically designed for students who have never taken a statistics course, or who need a refresher before embarking on their graduate studies. It is also useful as a reference for students while they are conducting background research, designing research studies, and/or writing dissertations.


Writing Center

University of the Rockies Writing Center (RWC) is an online Writing Center housed within a familiar online classroom format. On-ground and online students are enrolled in the RWC automatically and perpetually, and the RWC will appear as a course in the student’s learning platform home page. The RWC provides several resources for improving academic writing skills. There is an automated tool that teaches students how to develop well-crafted thesis statements, paragraphs, and outlines for essays. The Live Chat and paper review features provides one-on-one writing support, including individual feedback, a revision plan or a road map for improvement. The Center also contains a section on APA formatting requirements, sample papers, grammar guides, and punctuation rule handouts for printing and quick reference.


In addition, the Rockies Writing Center includes a link to Smarthinking, an outsourced tutoring service. With Smarthinking, students can chat with an online tutor up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can submit completed drafts of written assignments from any course to Smarthinking’s Essay Center for a tutor to review. The tutor will provide detailed feedback on written assignments, typically within 24 hours. Each student is allotted five hours of tutoring services per year.

Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards are located in the Denver Campus for students who wish to post a notice to trade, sell, or purchase used textbooks.


All student materials to be posted or displayed on any other bulletin boards must be first approved by the Director of Student Affairs and Strategy ( or a designee from the Students Affairs department. The displayed post must include a date stamp showing when approval was granted by the Director of Student Affairs and Strategy or designee.


No more than one copy of an item may be posted on any one bulletin board, and no student posters may be placed on the official University bulletin board. Faculty may not post academic information without approval from the Provost or designee.


Posting advertising events occurring in the University facilities may not be approved unless the event has been previously scheduled and confirmed. Advertising for an event may not include information or pictures indicating that alcohol will be served.


Posted materials should be professional in appearance. Posters and flyers must include the following information:

  1. Student organization, department, or faculty member sponsoring event;
  2. Event name, date, time, and location; and
  3. Sponsor contact information.


Student postings written in a foreign language must have a translation on file with the Students Affairs department. The displayed foreign language posting must include a date stamp showing when approval was granted by either the Director of Student Affairs and Strategy or designee.


Posters and flyers should not be larger than 8 ½” x 11” because of the limited amount of posting space available. Posters and flyers may be placed only on available bulletin boards.


The following are strictly prohibited under the posting policy:

  • materials which are profane, derogatory, sexist, or racist;
  • materials displaying, promoting, or implying drug or alcohol consumption;
  • postings for political candidates or issues external to University of the Rockies; and
  • postings or handbills advertising unofficial off-campus parties (such parties are prohibited unless special permission has been granted).


The Director of Student Affairs and Strategy or designee reserves the right to refuse permission to post any materials that do not meet the previously listed requirements and are not deemed appropriate. Beyond the aforementioned restrictions, freedom of speech and expression are encouraged and respected.


Distribution of Printed Materials

Distribution of printed materials and publications at University of the Rockies is normally limited to University materials and publications. Placing materials and information on vehicle windshields is not allowed. If a student wishes to publicize a service, event, or activity, he or she should refer to the bulletin board policy previously mentioned. Students may contact the Office of Student Affairs with any further questions regarding the distribution of printed materials.


Copy Machines

Copy machines at the Denver Campus are located near the study rooms and in the library. Students, faculty, and staff are advised to contact IT Support in order to be issued an access code to these machines. A copy fee may be assessed. Users are responsible for ensuring that any copies made fall within the guidelines of the Fair Use Doctrine of U.S. Copyright Law.


Please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities section in this Catalog for information on Violation of Federal Copyright Laws.


Lost and Found

Lost and Found items are maintained in the Library. Items will be disposed of if they are not claimed within 60 days.


Facility Use

Any requests for scheduling the use of classrooms or other facilities by students and faculty at University of the Rockies must be submitted to the Academic Operations Supervisor. Use of facilities by non-University organizations requires the approval of the Director of Student Affairs and Strategy.



Denver Campus

Conveniently located in downtown Denver on the 16th Street Mall, University of the Rockies Denver Campus is easily accessible to students through public transportation. Students are encouraged to use RTD light rail and bus transportation options. In addition, several parking lots are located within walking distance of the University.


Graduate Student Association (GSA)

Students actively enrolled in degree programs at University of the Rockies may participate in the life and direction of the University through membership in the Graduate Student Association. The Career and Alumni Services Specialist is the liaison to the GSA. The Graduate Student Association develops its own bylaws, is an advocate for students, and acts, through its elected Executive Committee, as the agent of the student body in matters affecting student life and affairs.


Honor Societies

Top performing students are recognized for their academic achievement through invitation and participation in Golden Key and SALUTE honor societies.


The Golden Key International Honour Society was founded on November 29, 1977 to recognize academic excellence and encourage scholastic achievement among college students across all academic disciplines. Golden Key is the world’s premier collegiate honor society connecting members locally, regionally, and globally with lifetime opportunity, reward, and success. Golden Key keeps active membership in many National Organizations including Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), ACHS Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP), Direct Marketing Association (DMA), and National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC).


SALUTE stands for Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, and Excellence. In 2009, the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society was established by Colorado State University through a grant from ACE/WalMart Foundation Success for Veterans. SALUTE is the first honor society created for student veterans and military service members attending institutions of higher education nationwide. SALUTE was chartered at University of the Rockies in August 2011.


Honor society members have access to resources and opportunities such as networking, professional development, and scholarship programs. Students should contact the Office of Student Affairs at for further information about honor societies.



Alumni Services

As a University of Rockies graduate, you have the opportunity to continue your involvement with the community, and stay connected with other alumni, students, faculty, and staff.


Graduates of University of the Rockies receive automatic membership into the University's Alumni Association. As part of the Alumni Association, graduates can become Alumni Ambassadors to support and encourage prospective and current students by offering personal testimony about their academic experience. Alumni are encouraged to participate in University events throughout the community. For more information, please contact Alumni Services at


Career Services

The mission of University of the Rockies’ Office of Career Services is to prepare students and alumni to be successful and ethical global citizens. Career Services provides resources related to career exploration, job-seeking techniques, and resources necessary for current students and alumni to foster their ongoing professional development.


Career Services also offers individualized career planning assistance to all students and alumni. Students’ seeking assistance may visit the career services webpage at


Students and alumni needing additional assistance may email a rough draft of their résumé, a summary of their work and educational background, and a brief note explaining how Career Services can be helpful to them as they develop a career plan to


Limitations Regarding Career Services

Certain positions presented on the career services webpage of University of the Rockies may include licensure or certification as a prerequisite to employment. Licensure requirements vary by state, and in some cases may not be met by completion of a degree program at University of the Rockies, as they may require separate application or testing. It is the sole responsibility of the student or alumnus to perform his or her own careful background research when seeking licensure or certification in any state.


University of the Rockies does not guarantee employment to any applicant as a result of his or her application, acceptance, attendance, or graduation in any program. University of the Rockies does not verify the content of job postings that are presented on the University website, and therefore makes no representations or guarantees about the accuracy of positions or contact information listed. University of the Rockies is not responsible for consequences that may follow from application to jobs listed on the University website. The inclusion of an employer’s job posting on this site shall not be construed as an endorsement of the employer (or of any religious or political point of view promoted by the employer) by University of the Rockies or any of its affiliates, and does not constitute a guarantee that a job is available with a given employer.


It is the responsibility of the student or alumnus to perform his or her own careful background research when selecting a position, evaluating an employer, interviewing for, or accepting any position. It is the sole responsibility of the student or alumnus to obtain or confirm any necessary information concerning an employer. University of the Rockies is in no way responsible for the safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of employment.


University of the Rockies’ website also contains links to other websites as a convenience for its users and is not responsible for the contents of any linked site. Anyone who discovers misuse or abuse of this website is encouraged to report the matter to Career Services, either in person or via


Career Services abides by the principles of professional conduct set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).


The University’s programs and services are designed to prepare students and graduates to pursue employment in their field of study or related field; however, the University does not guarantee that students or graduates will be placed in any particular position or employment. Any statistics referenced on the University website and attributed to a source other than University of the Rockies have not been independently verified by University of the Rockies.


Employment Services

University of the Rockies does not guarantee employment to any applicant as a condition of his or her application, acceptance, or attendance in any program. University of the Rockies does not promote employment services or make student referrals to prospective employers based on direct contact with the employer regarding current job openings to any student attending University of the Rockies online or On-ground programs.




Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Program

Students may obtain information on the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs, as well as the University’s standards of conduct, health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse, resources for obtaining assistance with drug and alcohol abuse (including counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation programs), University disciplinary actions, and legal sanctions for violations of federal, state, and local law by viewing the current Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Program Report, located on the University of the Rockies website at


Health and Wellness Requirements

The University does not require any proof of vaccination as a condition of enrollment. Students are encouraged to speak to a physician for information on recommended immunizations.



Use of Tobacco / Marijuana Products

The facilities of University of the Rockies are smoke and tobacco free. No smoking, chewing, or dipping is allowed inside any University facility. University of the Rockies policy applies to all forms of tobacco and marijuana, including but not limited to paraphernalia, cigarettes, cigars, shisha, pipes, water pipes (hookah), electronic cigarettes, and all forms of smokeless tobacco and marijuana including, but not limited to chew, edibles, snus, snuff, sticks, strips, and orbs.



Alcohol and Drug Prevention Programs

The University provides services related to drug and alcohol use and abuse including the dissemination of informational materials, education programs, referrals, and disciplinary actions.


These include:

  • Alcohol and Drug Education: Office of Student Access and Wellness, Employee Assistance Program
  • Counseling Referrals: Office of Student Access and Wellness, Employee Assistance Program
  • University Disciplinary Actions: Office of Student Affairs, Human Resources


Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Programs

The following national toll-free telephone numbers are provided to assist any member of the University who may require assistance in dealing with a drug or alcohol problems, crisis situations, domestic violence, or other issues.


24 Hour National Suicide Prevention/Mental

Health Crisis Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)


24 Hour National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800 799-SAFE (7233)

TDD Line: 1-800-787-3224


National Sexually Transmitted Disease Hotline



CDC National AIDS Hotline

1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)


National AIDS Hotline for the Hearing Impaired

TDD Line: 1-888-232-6348


24 Hour National Alcohol and

Substance Abuse Information Center



Gay and Lesbian National Hotline

1-888-THE-GLNH (843-4564)



Poison Control Center



National Child Abuse Hotline

1-800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453)


Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)


Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPRO)



For students in Colorado, the following counseling services have been identified.

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault:

Colorado Springs TESSA

Crisis Line: 719-633-3819

General Information: 719-633-1462



Colorado Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Center:

2231 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80211

Crisis Line: 303-975-6144

General Information: 303-974-5140


Rape Assistance and Awareness Program:



Denver Health Medical Center

777 Bannock St.

Denver, CO 80204



Noeticus Counseling Center

190 East 9th Ave.

Denver, CO. 80203




Colorado Springs

Suicide & Crisis Hotline

Paging Service: 800-784-2433


Suicide Prevention Partnership

Hotline: 719-596-5433


Survivors after Suicide

Heartbeat: 719-596-2575



Denver Family Crisis Center



Metro Crisis Center

303-928-7100 and 888-885-1222


Mental Health Services:

Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Mental Health

Crisis: 719-635-7000

Call Center: 719-572-6330



The Colorado Center



Catholic Charities



Centus Counseling Services



Drug Abuse Information & Treatment:

Colorado Springs Valley Hope Association




Broader Horizons Counseling Services

5524 E Colfax Ave.

Denver, CO



Community Alcohol/Drug Rehab

3315 Gilpin St.

Denver, CO



Sobriety House

121 Acoma St.

Denver, CO 80223



Behavior Services Institute

1600 Downing St.

Denver, CO 80218



Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Substance Abuse Treatment

(303) 393-2882


Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Substance Treatment


Ground Operations Closure Due to Inclement Weather Policy

Under extreme weather conditions, the University may alter the operating hours for the on ground locations. It is the intent of the University to maintain operations. Unless travel conditions are deemed excessively unsafe, we will strive to remain open and operational during posted hours of operation.


The safety and well-being of faculty, students, and staff are the top priority of the institution. In accordance with institutional policies and guidelines, select members of University senior leadership are authorized to make and announce decisions regarding weather-related closure or delays, and only those communication channels detailed below should be considered official sources for such announcements. Faculty, administrative staff, or students are not authorized to make, or otherwise announce such decisions.


Given travel locations and related conditions will be different among students, students may reserve the right to judge the conditions surrounding their own travel during inclement weather. Should a student consider conditions unsafe and not attend, they are obligated to follow established institutional guidelines and policies, or be accountable to potential penalties and restrictions for any absence in order to assure adherence to appropriate standards for compliance, accreditation, and/or applicable regulatory guidelines.


The determination is made after consideration of all available information, including:

  • Weather reports, forecasts, and warnings from the National Weather Service;
  • Road conditions in and around Denver and
  • Delays, closures, or non-closures of other schools and military bases in the vicinity of on-ground operations for the University.


Students are encouraged to check the Channel9 News website ( on a regular basis for school closure information. Also, the SendWordNow alert will be used to send messages, including updates, directly to those actively enrolled students registered as users of this system.


Notice of a delayed opening or closure will normally occur before 6:00 am. Notice of an early closing will normally occur between 3:00 to 4:00 pm.


In the event of a closure, class session(s) will be made up within one week. The instructor will work with students and will notify the Registrar’s Office of the date and time of the rescheduled class session.


In-Residence Workshops

In the event that extreme weather conditions require the Denver campus to close on a Fridays during which In-Residence workshops are scheduled, the University will notify Channel9 News. In addition, the University will notify the faculty and students affected that classes have been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.


Campus Security and Safety

The University of the Rockies Annual Campus Security and Safety Reports are available for your review. These reports are required by federal law and contain policy statements and crime statistics compiled by the University. The policy statements address the University’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, such as contact information for emergencies or reporting crimes, tips to reduce the risk of sexual assault and misconduct, policies for responding to emergency situations, etc.


Statistics for the previous three calendar years are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred:


  • on the campus; or
  • on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus or site location.


To request a paper copy of the reports, please contact and a copy will be mailed to you. Or you may access them online at



Student ID or Access Card

For security purposes, access to the various building locations and activities of University of the Rockies is by Student ID or access card. Each student, faculty member, and staff person will be issued a Student ID or access card by the Security. University-issued Student ID cards must be available while students are on University premises. Students may be asked to show their ID by faculty, staff or security personnel for the purposes of identification. If a Student ID or access card is lost or stolen, it must be reported immediately and no later than 24 hours after the loss.


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