Definitions

Last Revised: 
July 2016
Review Date: 
March 2019
Policy Owner: 
Student Life
Contact Name: 
John Stein
Contact Title: 
VP, Student Life
Contact Email: 
john.stein@vpss.gatech.edu

“Administrative Conference” refers to the meeting between the Respondent and the Student Conduct Administrator that occurs during an investigation. An Administrative Resolution may be offered during this conference.

“Administrative Resolution” refers to a decision by a Student Conduct Administrator that will
result in the Respondent either being found responsible or not for the alleged violation.

“Advisor” refers to an individual, chosen by the Student or Organization, who assists a
participant with the Student Conduct process. Each party has the right to use an Advisor (including an attorney) of his or her choosing, and at his or her own expense, for the express purpose of providing advice and counsel. The Advisor may be present during meetings and proceedings during the investigatory and/or resolution process at which his or her advisee is present. The Advisor may advise his or her advisee in any manner, including providing questions, suggestions, and guidance on responses to any questions asked of the advisee, but shall not participate directly.

“Appellate Officer” means the person authorized by the Institute to consider an appeal of a disciplinary decision rendered by a Student Conduct Administrator, a Student Conduct Panel, or the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.

“Business day” means any day in which the Institute is open for its full hours of operation, in accordance with the Institute’s official calendars. All campuses will follow their respective calendars. When an authorized Institute Official closes the Institute, it will not be considered a Business day.

“Chairperson” means a member of a Student Conduct Panel who is identified by the Institute to oversee the proceedings during a hearing.

“Complainant” means any person who submits a complaint to OSI alleging that a Student or Organization violated the Student Code of Conduct, or anyone who has been affected by the alleged misconduct.

“Community” includes any Student, Faculty Member, Institute Official, or any other person employed by the Institute. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.

“Faculty Member” means any person hired by the Institute to conduct classroom, teaching, or research activities or who is otherwise considered by the Institute to be a member of its Faculty.

“Group” means a number of persons who are associated with each other, but who have not complied with Institute requirements for registration as an Organization.

“Group or Organization Activity” means any activity on or off Institute Premises that is directly initiated for, or supervised by a Group or Organization including any individual activity occurring in buildings, facilities, grounds, utilities, or resources (including computer resources) owned, leased, operated, controlled, or supervised by an Institute Organization.

“Hazing” is conduct, whether on or off Institute property, which exceeds the normal expectations of the organizational purpose or mission and which a) endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student as a condition of affiliation with a group or organization and/or b) which is sufficiently severe or pervasive enough to interfere with academic responsibilities.

“Information” means any Witness testimony, documents, statements, or tangible material
presented to a Student Conduct Administrator or Student Conduct Panel.


“Institute” and ”Georgia Tech” each refer to the Georgia Institute of Technology and all of its
undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, divisions, and programs.

“Institute Official” is defined as faculty, administration, or staff personnel, including Students serving as Institute employees.

“Institute Premises” includes all land buildings, facilities, grounds, utilities, resources, and other property (including computer resources) in the possession of, or owned, operated, leased, controlled, or supervised by the Institute (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).

“Investigator” means a person or entity charged with reviewing allegations of misconduct.

“May” is used in the permissive sense.

“Office of Student Integrity” or “OSI” means the office designated by the Institute to oversee the Student Code of Conduct.

“Organization” means a number of persons who have complied with, or are in the process of complying with, the requirements for chartering.

“Policy” or “Policies” means any written rule or regulation of the Institute.

“Preponderance of the Evidence” means it is more likely than not that the Respondent is responsible for a violation of the Code of Conduct.

“President” means the President of the Georgia Institute of Technology or his/her designee.

“Respondent” means a Student, Group, or Organization who is alleged to be in violation of the
Student Code of Conduct.

“Sanction” and “Supplementary Requirements” means the conditions imposed upon a Respondent found responsible for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

“Student” means any person who is taking or auditing classes of the Institute, either full-time or part-time; is participating in academic programs; or is pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies. A Student is also any person who matriculates in any Institute program, has been accepted for enrollment, or is eligible to reenroll without applying for readmission.

“Student Conduct Administrator” means an Institute Official authorized on a case-by-case basis by the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students to impose Sanctions upon any Student(s) found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct.

“Student Conduct Panel” means a set of persons authorized by the Institute to determine whether the Respondent has violated the Student Code of Conduct. In non-academic cases, the Panel recommends a decision and Sanctions, if applicable, to the Director of Student Integrity.

“Substantial Evidence” means evidence a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion.

“Victim” means any individual who has been affected by an alleged violation of this Code.

“Weapon” means any object or substance designed, intended, or used to inflict or threaten bodily
injury.

“Will” and “shall” are used in the imperative sense.

“Witness” is defined as a person providing Information during the Conduct process.

 

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