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Definitions

For purposes of the student conduct process, the following definitions apply:

Advisor - An individual who assists a student or student organization with student conduct conference preparation. An advisor must be a full-time student, faculty or staff member, administrator, or Recognized Student Organization (RSO) advisor, except in cases alleging sexual harassment or misconduct.  An attorney may serve as an advisor only if the student has been charged with a felony offense, or in cases of sexual misconduct.

Reporting Party (or Complainant) - The party bringing the complaint, who may be a student, employee, visitor, or guest.

Administrative Hearing Officer (AHO) - A person who is responsible for facilitating student conduct cases. This individual is the Director of Student Conduct or his/her designee.

Preponderance of Evidence - The standard of proof used in student conduct conference. Evidence that suggests that the student charged with misconduct “more likely than not” actually engaged in the alleged misconduct.

Recognized Student Organization (RSO) - Terms such as “student organization,” “recognized student organization,” or “RSO” refer to a group of students who have complied with the formal requirements for university recognition through the Office of Student Engagement.

Responding Party (or Respondent) - The person who is alleged to have violated the Code.

Student Conduct Conference - A meeting with a student, group of students, or a RSO to discuss policy violations, review procedures, and, if possible, resolve an alleged violation.

Student - For the purposes of student conduct, the University considers an individual to be a student when an offer of admission has been extended and thereafter as long as the student has a continuing educational interest in the University.  

University Official - Any person employed by the University, whether paid or volunteer, performing assigned administrative, professional, or staff responsibilities.

University Police - The University Police Department functions to ensure the safety and security of the University of North Alabama campus, its faculty, staff, students, guests, and visitors. Police officers are on duty at all times and have the authority to enforce federal, state, and municipal laws, as well as university rules and regulations. Some of their duties include enforcement of applicable university parking regulations, traffic management, overall safety of persons, and security of property. The officers are certified, upon completion of a police academy program administered by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission in accordance with Section 7, Subsection C. Legislative Act 1981, Amending Act 156 of the Code of Alabama. The officers have authority in university-related matters throughout the state of Alabama and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies.