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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.

Conduct Board—means a group of people comprised of University faculty, staff, and/or students convened for the purpose of reviewing the conduct violation and determining appropriate consequences as needed.

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

Group Violations—means a student group/organization and its officers and/or membership may be held collectively and individually responsible when violations of the Code: take place at organization-sponsored or co-sponsored events, whether sponsorship is formal or tacit; have received the consent or encouragement of the organization or of the organization’s leaders or officers; or were known or should have been known to the membership or its officers.

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.

Reasonable Cause—means there is sufficient information to allege that a respondent has violated a policy. Evidence is sufficient if a reasonable person would believe that further inquiry into whether a violation occurred is warranted.

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.