Conduct Glossary

Code—any and all University codes, regulations, rules, or policies.

Complainant—a member of the University community, a law enforcement agency, or a citizen who makes a written complaint to Student Conduct Services. In situations where an individual reports information but wishes not to be involved in the conduct process, the University may choose to become the complainant.

Crime of Violence—prohibited conduct where the responding students uses or threatens to use violent force against the complaining person. Crimes of violence can be committed with and without weapons and include, but are not limited to, the following: murder, rape, robbery, assault and battery.

Hearing Committee—a group of people consisting of University faculty, staff, and/or students convened for the purpose of reviewing the conduct violation and determining appropriate consequences as needed. Committees may include the Student Conduct Board, the Academic Integrity Committee, the Greek Conduct Board, the Residence Life Conduct Board, and others.

Hearing Officer—an administrative staff member delegated with the authority to resolve student conduct issues

Interim Action—any lawful action, order, restriction, or demand made pursuant to the Code, as a means to protect individuals, property, and/or the best interests of the University

Mediation—the utilization of a neutral third party to assist in reaching an agreement on actions to be taken to resolve conflict

Medical Emergency—any situation where a student’s physical and/or psychological health is at serious risk and immediate action must be taken to protect the individual or others

Property—both tangible property, which can be touched, and intangible property, which can be owned or transferred but has no physical substance. Examples of tangible property include land, buildings, and fixtures and intangible property include copyrights, trademarks, and patents.

Respondent—the student(s) or student organization(s) alleged to have violated the Code

Restorative Practices—voluntary processes (e.g., group conference/circle) that allow a respondent who has accepted responsibility for a conduct violation to have a meeting facilitated with those impacted/harmed to collectively address the impacts/harms, develop an agreement to repair harm, reintegrate the respondent(s), and restore integrity to the community

Reasonable—fair and appropriate under all the facts and circumstances

Student—any individual who is an admitted applicant, is currently enrolled, or was formerly enrolled at the University, regardless of age or status in regard to parental dependency. Student status is maintained during semester breaks.

Student Organization or Organization—any student group officially recognized by the University at the time of the alleged Code violation

Support Person—any member of the University community (i.e., a faculty or staff member or a student) chosen to provide moral support to a complainant or respondent during a campus hearing process. The support person may not be an immediate family member.

University—Michigan Technological University and its entire undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, divisions, and programs, including without limitation any distance-learning program or foreign campus

University Community—Michigan Technological University students, faculty, and staff

University Premises—buildings, facilities, or grounds owned, leased, operated, controlled, or supervised by the University. University premises also include websites operated by the University, including the official University website and online courses offered by the University.

University-Sponsored Activity—any activity on or off University premises that is directly initiated or supervised by the University

Written Notice—written communication in any form whatsoever, including without limitation communication through campus and/or US mail and all forms of electronic communication to the student’s or organization’s last known University address or permanent address. Students will be held accountable for retrieving their mail and University email in a timely manner. Communication to a University student email address constitutes official communication to students.