For the purposes of this conduct code, the following definitions
"Advisor" is a
person selected by a complainant or a respondent to provide support and guidance
in hearings under this conduct code.
"Allegation of misconduct" is
any report of an alleged violation of this conduct code, which may include, but
is not limited to, a police report, an incident report, a witness statement,
other documentation, or a verbal report or written statement from a complainant
or a third party.
"Attorney" is a person permitted to practice law in the state of
day" means a weekday, including during the summer, and excludes weekends
and college holidays, and/or college closures.
"College community" includes
all college students and employees. It also includes guests of and visitors to
the college during the time they are present on college premises.
"College official" is an
employee of the college performing their assigned administrative, professional,
or para-professional duties.
"College premises" includes all campuses and electronic presences of
the college, wherever located, and includes all land, buildings, facilities,
vehicles, equipment, computer systems, web sites, and other property owned, used,
or controlled by the college.
"Complaint" is a description of facts that allege violation of the
"Complainant" is any person who is the alleged victim of prohibited
conduct, whether or not such person has made an actual complaint.
"Conduct officer" or
"student conduct officer" is the college official designated by the
college to be responsible for initiating disciplinary action for alleged
violations of this code.
"Disciplinary action" means the decision of the designated college
official regarding alleged violations of the student code of conduct and includes
any disciplinary sanction imposed for such violations. Disciplinary action does
not include summary suspension.
refers to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232g
) and its implementing regulations (34 C.F.R. Part
means the delivery to the designated college official of any document that is
required to be filed under this code. A document is filed by hand delivering it
or mailing it to the college official (or the official's assistant) at the
official's office address. Filing is completed upon actual receipt during office
hours at the office of the designated official.
"Service" means the delivery
to a party of any document that is required to be served under this code. A
document is served by hand delivering it to the party or by mailing it to the
party's address of record. Service is complete when the document is hand
delivered or actually deposited in the mail.
"Electronic filing and
services." Unless otherwise provided, filing or services may be
accomplished by electronic mail.
"Hostile environment" may
occur when another's unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is sufficiently serious
such that it substantially limits or denies one's ability to participate in or
benefit from educational programs, activities, or employment.
"Investigation" is the
process through which the college collects information and otherwise reviews the
complaint. As it pertains to reports of sexual misconduct under Title IX, this
process includes equal opportunity for all complainants, respondents, and
witnesses to participate in the Title IX proceedings, including the opportunity
to provide information and/or evidence on their own behalf.
"Party" to a disciplinary
proceeding under this code includes the student conduct officer and the student
respondent, as well as any complainant in a proceeding involving allegations of
violation" means the violation of any applicable law or college policy
governing the conduct of students as members of the college community.
"Preponderance of evidence"
is a standard of proof requiring that facts alleged as constituting a violation
of this code must be proved on a more likely than not basis.
"Proceedings" means all
processes related to the investigation and adjudication of a disciplinary matter
under this conduct code including, but not limited to, investigations, informal
and formal hearings, administrative review, and requests for reconsideration of a
"Resolution" is the means by which the complaint is finally
addressed. This may be accomplished by using methods which may include
counseling, supporting, disciplinary action, or otherwise facilitating the
resolution of the complaint. No Title IX complainant will be required to have
face-to-face interaction with the respondent in any resolution
"Respondent" is any student accused of misconduct under this conduct
See "Filing and service."
"Student" is all persons
taking courses at or through the college, whether on a full-time or part-time
basis, and whether such courses are credit courses, noncredit courses, online
courses, or otherwise. The term includes prospective students who have been
accepted for admission or registration, currently enrolled students who withdraw
before the end of a term, and students, including former students, who engage in
prohibited conduct between terms of actual enrollment or before the awarding of a
degree or other certificate of completion.
"Student organization" is a
group of students that has complied with the requirements for college recognition
or who otherwise are granted any rights or privileges by the college as a college
affiliate. Student organizations include, but are not limited to, athletic teams
or clubs, registered student organizations, and college service clubs.
"Title IX coordinator" is the
college official designated by the college to be responsible for initiating
disciplinary action for allegations of sexual misconduct and