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 unilaterality 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.