II. Definitions

  1. Academic work: Any examination, test, quiz, lab report, paper, or other product (including drafts) that a student submits, or intends to submit, to any faculty member or other University official, including any material required to be submitted as part of a sanction.
  2. Business day: When computing any time period noted in this Student Guide, weekdays – Monday through Friday – will be counted, unless a weekday is a day on which University offices are closed.
  3. Class: Any University course of study, including any course, lab, independent study, externship, internship, practicum, or other educational program offered or administered by, or otherwise involving, the University.
  4. Faculty member: Any professor, teacher, instructor, or other class coordinator at the University, whether full or part time, tenured or untenured, including undergraduate or graduate teaching instructors and teaching assistants.
  5. End of term: The last day on which final exams are scheduled to take place for a given semester or special session.
  6. Notice: Any announcement by the University regarding the student conduct process. Notice shall be deemed satisfied upon the sending of the announcement via e-mail to the “” e-mail address assigned to the recipient. A notice sent by this method will be presumed to be delivered unless returned as undeliverable. If notice requirements or time periods, as outlined in this Student Guide, are not met by the University, this shall not be cause for dismissal nor grounds for appeal unless this lack of adherence significantly impacted the charged student.
  7. Student: A student is any individual who is currently enrolled in any class, in any modality (in-person, online, hybrid), in any program, for credit or not; is eligible to enroll for the next upcoming term; or was enrolled within the previous two terms. The word student as used throughout this Student Guide includes student organizations.
  8. Student conduct advisor: Any University member chosen by a student to provide assistance in understanding and navigating the student conduct process. Names of student conduct advisors familiar with the student conduct process are available upon request through Community Standards & Conflict Resolution.
  9. Student organization: A student group formed for scholastic, professional, social, or extracurricular activities. These may include, but are not limited to: registered student organizations, other department- or college-recognized clubs, residence hall governments, sports teams (including varsity, club and intramural teams), fraternities and sororities, chartered organizations, and honor societies. For all matters relating to the enforcement of this Code of Conduct, a student organization shall remain a student organization regardless that its status has been rescinded, revoked or suspended by the University.
  10. Term: An academic session in which classes are offered. This includes traditional semesters (Fall and Spring) as well as special sessions (Winter and Summer).
  11. University member: Any person who is a student, faculty member, or any other person employed by the University. A person's status in a particular situation shall be determined by Community Standards & Conflict Resolution.
  12. University official: University officials are all University employees, faculty, administrators, officers, staff, professionals, and any other persons acting on behalf of the University.

Community Standards & Conflict Resolution is part of the Division of Student Life, which advances equity and inclusion, deepens student learning and drives holistic development through education, experiences and communities.