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Article 1 - Definitions

  1. The term “University” means University of North Georgia.
  2. The term “Student” includes all persons taking academic courses at the University of North Georgia. This includes, but is not limited to:  part-time, full-time, undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies, distance education and dual-enrolled students. 
  3. The term “Faculty Member” means any person hired by the University to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the University to be a member of its faculty.
  4. The term “University Official” includes any person employed by the University, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
  5. The term “Member of the University Community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, University Official, University affiliate, or any other person employed by the University. 
  6. The term “University Premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, contracted with, or controlled by the University (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).
  7. The term “Organization” refers to any group that is recognized by the University as a Recognized Student Organization (RSO). Student organizations will be provided the same rights and processes as students.
  8. The term “Advisor” is a person who may attend any portion of the conduct process at the request of a complainant or the accused, for the purpose of advising the complainant or the accused. Please see the Hearing Rights section for more information.
  9. The term “Student Conduct Administrator” means a University Official authorized on a case-by-case basis by the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) to impose sanctions upon any student(s) found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct. The VPSA may authorize a Student Conduct Administrator to serve as the hearing officer who will impose sanctions in all cases. This term includes those serving as Conference Officers or Hearing Officers.
  10. The term “Student Conduct Committee” means any person or persons authorized by the Student Conduct Administrator to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a violation has occurred. Based on the needs and resources of each campus, a panel will consist of at least three members, but no more than seven total members.
  11. The term “Complainant” means any person who submits information alleging that a student or organization violated the Student Code. When a student believes that they have been a victim of another student’s misconduct, the student who believes they have been a victim will be invited to participate in the investigation process and will receive notification of the resolution of the student conduct process as FERPA allows. In many cases, the University will serve as the Complainant in the case and will be represented by a University Official.
  12. The term “Accused Student” means any student accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct.
  13. The term “Policy” means written regulations of the University as found in, but not limited to, Student Code of Conduct, Residence Life Handbook, Corps of Cadets Blue Book, Student Club/Organization Manuals and Graduate/Undergraduate Catalogs, academic program handbooks and
  14. “Formal Conduct Process” involves the investigation and resolution of any alleged behavioral conduct that may result in suspension or expulsion from the University or an alleged violation of professional standards that may result in dismissal from an academic program.
  15. “Informal Hearing Process” involves the investigation and resolution of any alleged behavioral conduct that will not result in suspension or expulsion from the University or removal from an academic program.
  16. “Academic Misconduct Process” refers to the investigation and resolution of any alleged Academic Misconduct, including alleged Academic Misconduct issues. This process may include both formal and informal resolution processes, and may differ from processes used to resolve behavioral conduct allegations.
  17. The term “Preponderance of the Evidence” is the standard of review for all Student Code of Conduct procedures. This standard requires that the evidence shows that it is more likely than not that the act in question did occur. 
  18. The term “Interim Suspension” means a suspension during the investigation or before the formal resolution process has concluded. 

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