Common Terms

Student - The term student includes, but is not limited to, all persons taking courses at the university, either full-time or part-time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional studies. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the student code of conduct, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the university or who have applied and/or have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered students.

Student organization or student group - The terms student organization or student group means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for university recognition or that would otherwise be considered a student organization or student group. This could include but is not limited to recognized student organizations, Greek life chapters, athletic teams and performance groups.

Hearing board - The term hearing board means person or persons authorized by the Vice President of Student Affairs to determine whether a student or student organization has violated the student code of conduct and to impose sanctions when violation of the code of conduct has occurred.

Hearing officer - The term hearing officer means a university official authorized by the Vice President of Student Affairs to unilaterally determine whether a student or student organization has violated the student code of conduct and to impose sanctions when violation of the code of conduct has occurred.

Appellate board - The term appellate board means any person or persons authorized by the Vice President of Student Affairs to consider an appeal from the hearing board or hearing officer's determination whether a student or student organization has violated the code of conduct or from the sanctions imposed.

Appellate officer - The term appellate officer means a university official authorized by the Vice President of Student Affairs to unilaterally consider an appeal from the hearing officer's determination whether a student or student organization has violated the code of conduct or from the sanctions imposed.

Complainant - The term complainant means any person or student organization who submits charge(s) alleging that a student or student organization violated the student code of conduct. In the absence of either above, the university will serve as complainant.

Respondent - The term respondent means any student or student organization accused of violating the student code of conduct.

Investigator - The term investigator means any university official gathering information for a hearing officer or hearing board to determine whether a violation of the code of conduct occurred.