Definitions

ARTICLE I: DEFINITIONS

1. The term “Accused Student” means any Student accused of violating this Student Code.

2. The term “Appellate Board” means any person or persons, including a faculty member, staff member, student, and/or third-party neutral, authorized by the University Code Administrator to consider an appeal from a Student Conduct Board’s decision.

3. The term “Chairperson” means any person or persons authorized by the University Code Administrator to chair a Student Conduct Board. 

4. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the university faculty or staff; (4) engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus, assignment, or class discussion; (5) or otherwise engaging in behavior that gives the Student an unfair academic advantage including, but not limited to, fabrication of data or sources, resubmitting work already submitted for another academic requirement without prior authorization, or other similar behavior.

5. The term “Complainant” means any person who files the initial report leading to the charges.

6. 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.

7. The term “impact statements” means any statement regarding the impact of the events. The presentation of impact statements occurs at a time to be determined by the Student Conduct Board Chairperson.

8. The term “member of the university community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, or any other person employed by or affiliated with the university.  A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the University Code Administrator.

9. The term “Personal Advisor” means any person asked by the Accused Student, Complainant, or a witness to assist the Student in the student conduct process.  The Personal Advisor is an inactive participant.  Personal Advisors are not permitted to directly address the Student Conduct Board during Student Conduct Board hearings.  The Personal Advisor may guide the person they are advising through the student conduct process, help them formulate questions, and help the person understand the Student Code.  Accused Students or Complainants may choose to have, but are not limited to faculty, university staff, or an attorney as their Personal Advisor.

10. The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or distribution of term papers or other academic materials.

11. The term “policy” means the written regulations of the university as found in, but not limited to, the Student Code, Residence Life publications and agreements, the university policies web page at http://policies.temple.edu, and Graduate/Undergraduate Bulletins.

12. The term “Process Review Meeting” refers to the initial meeting, following the student’s receipt of the charge notice, between the Student and a Student Conduct Administrator.  This meeting is designed to help the Student better understand the student conduct process.  A Complainant, and/or victim shall also have the right to a Process Review Meeting.

13.  “SCCS” means the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

14. The term “Student” includes all persons taking courses at the university, either full-time or part-time, including but not limited to:

a. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Code;

b. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the university;

c. Persons who have been notified of their acceptance to the university;

d. Persons who are living in university residence halls, although not enrolled in this institution; or

e. Persons participating in study abroad programs.

15. The term “Student Conduct Administrator” means a university official authorized by the University Code Administrator to manage the disciplinary process.  The term also includes the Student Conduct Administrator’s designee.  The Student Conduct Administrator may serve simultaneously as the Student Conduct Administrator and the sole member or one of the members of the Student Conduct Board. 

16. The term “Student Conduct Board” means any person or persons, including a faculty member, staff member, student, and/or third-party neutral, authorized by the University Code Administrator to determine whether a Student has violated the Student Code and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a rules violation has been committed.  A Student Conduct Board includes Residential Life Boards, as well as those convened by the SCCS.

17. The term “student organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for university recognition.

18. The term “University” means Temple University- Of The Commonwealth System of Higher Education.

19.  The term “University Code Administrator” is that person designated by the university president to be responsible for the administration of the Student Code.  The term also includes the University Code Administrator’s designee. The University Code Administrator may designate different persons to carry out different functions under the Student Code.  

20. The term “university official” includes any person employed by or acting on behalf of the university, performing assigned responsibilities.

21. The term “university premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the university (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).