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MSU Denver students, employees, and community members should familiarize themselves with all applicable University and Departmental policies and procedures. Seek advising if you have questions.

The Academic Policies and Procedures section within the catalog contain information regarding catalog selection, classification of student status, computing GPA, course credit, course load, declaring or changing a program of study, degree for students with terminal illness, fresh start, grades and notations, grade appeal, grade change, best grade stands, honors and awards, pass/fail options, posthumous degrees, repeated courses, and warning/probation/suspension policy.

Academic integrity is about being honest and transparent when creating and communicating about your academic work. All students have academic responsibilities related to the Student Code of Conduct, which covers plagiarism, unauthorized assistance, collaboration, submitting the same work in more than one class, and other forms of cheating. To become familiar with your academic responsibilities and to learn more about the academic support resources available to you, please visit the Dean of Students Office Academic Integrity website.

Email and Electronic Communications Security – Email is the official means of communications at MSU Denver, and it is critical that appropriate use of these services be defined and enforced.

  • Electronic Mail Access – All users of University computing systems will be provided an email address and email functionality based on their role on campus. Official email communications should be addressed to the University-issued email address. 
  • Use of Email for Transmission of Confidential Data  Use of MSU Denver email services should follow standards of normal academic and professional ethics and is governed by University policies and applicable law. Inappropriate use may result in revocation of access to University computing systems and could result in disciplinary action pursuant to the Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, and Staff Handbook. 
  • Email Privacy  MSU Denver email services are subject to disclosure per the Colorado Open Records Act and other e-discovery requests. Computer activity may be monitored by authorized individuals for purposes of maintaining system performance and security. 

Health Insurance – If you are taking nine (9) or more credit hours in the Fall or Spring, you are?required to have health insurance?that complies with the University requirement. You must submit a waiver if you plan to use outside insurance rather than the University sponsored health insurance. 

Immunizations– Colorado State law requires all students enrolled for one or more credit hours in higher education to comply with the State's immunization policy. The immunization requirement is in place to ensure the health and safety of all constituents on the Auraria campus and the University is required by State law to enforce this requirement in the interest of public health. campus and the University is required by State law to enforce this requirement in the interest of public health. 

Documentation must be submitted during the first semester of attendance by the immunization deadline to the Auraria Immunizations Office. The summer/fall deadline is October 1 and the spring deadline is March 1. 

Online Student Complaints– MSU Denver is committed to providing an exceptional educational experience that is transparent, efficient, stimulating, and fair. Current or prospective students enrolled in distance/online programs should follow MSU-Denver’s student complaint procedures or contact Student Conflict Resolution Services to have issues resolved in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner. Distance/online students may complete these procedures via telephone, internet video conferencing, or email. 

Name and Pronoun – Refer to this policy to notify the Registrar’s office if your preferred name is different from your legal name.

  • Pronouns in Canvas - MSU Denver has many options for pronouns in Canvas. Please login and go to: Account > Profile > Edit Profile to choose your preferred pronoun. If you use pronouns other than the options already listed, please contact the LGBTQ Student Resource Center and fill out the brief form so that your request can be reviewed.


Unicheck is an electronic resource that assists in the detection and deterrence of plagiarism by electronic comparison for textual similarity. Students agree that continued enrollment in a course after the receipt of a syllabus constitutes permission that all required papers may be submitted to Unicheck for the detection of plagiarism and that all submitted papers will be retained as source documents in the Unicheck reference database and used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers at MSU Denver.

University Student Complaints and Appeals – This page contains information regarding processes that can be used to address concerns. It also provides information about Equal Opportunity Grievance procedure, Title IX, Americans with Disabilities Act and Grade Appeal policies and procedures. 

Unlawful Discrimination/Sexual Misconduct  As a student at MSU Denver, you should be able to live, study, and work in an environment free from unlawful discrimination and sexual misconduct, according to Title IX. For additional resources, or to file a report, visit the Dean of Students website. 

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