Appendix A: Definitions
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Academic Work, Test, Quiz or Other Assignment
The terms “academic work, test, quiz, or other assignment” includes any required or optional academic work that is assigned. Examples include, but are not limited to, exams, quizzes, tests, homework, case studies, essays, research papers, group work, extra credit assignments, class attendance, experiential learning activities, internship or externship components, resumés, comprehensive exams, and thesis and dissertation drafts and submissions.
The term “administrative hold” refers to the indicator placed on a student’s record preventing access to such University procedures as registration, release of transcripts and course add/drops until the student meets the requirements of the University office placing the indicator as described in the Undergraduate/Graduate Catalogs.
Sexual coercion is defined as the use of violence or threats of violence against a person or the person’s family or property; depriving or hindering a person by any means, substance, object, or clothing; attempting to intimidate a person by threats or force; or when committed with the intent to compel a person to do or abstain from doing an act that the person has the right to do or abstain from doing. Coercion is more than an effort to persuade, entice, or attract another person to have sex. In evaluating whether coercion was used, the University will consider: (i) the frequency of the application of the pressure, (ii) the intensity of the pressure, (iii) the degree of isolation of the person being pressured, and (iv) the duration of the pressure
The term “conduct history” is a compilation of documents related to any student or student organization’s behavior that resulted in a finding of Responsible through the University conduct process outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. The student’s academic progress may be considered in the sanctioning phase of an Informal Resolution or Formal Hearing.
Mutually understandable words or actions, actively communicated both knowingly and voluntarily, that clearly convey permission for specific sexual activity.
Consent is not effective if it results from: (a) the use of physical force, (b) a threat of physical force, (c) intimidation, (d) coercion, (e) incapacitation, or (f) any other factor that would eliminate an individual’s ability to exercise his or her own free will to choose whether or not to engage in sexual activity.
One partner can revoke consent at any time, so long as it is clearly communicated to the other partner. Revocation of consent may be communicated verbally and/or non-verbally. Once a partner has revoked his or her consent, the sexual activity must stop. If one partner continues the sexual activity after the other partner has revoked his or her consent, a sexual assault has occurred.
Disciplinary Good Standing
The term “disciplinary good standing” is defined as a student not currently on disciplinary probation, deferred disciplinary suspension, or any level of disciplinary suspension/expulsion.
The term “discipline body” means any University official or group of officials authorized by the Executive Director of Student Affairs to determine whether a student has violated the Code of Student Conduct and to recommend imposition of sanctions.
A “hearing body” is the individual or individuals that make the determination of responsible or not responsible and issue sanctions upon a responsible finding in an Administrative Hearing or Panel Hearing.
An “investigation report” is a formal or informal report of all of the evidence and/or information gathered by the Student Conduct Officer/Investigator.
Member of the University Community
The term “member of the University community” includes any person who is a student, faculty or staff member, University official, any person employed by the University, or a campus visitor.
Official Academic Record
The term “official academic record” includes, but is not limited to, applications for admission, the awarding of a degree, grade reports, test papers, registration materials, grade change forms, and reporting forms used by the Registrar’s Office.
The term “policy” is defined as the written regulations, standards and/or rules of the University.
The term “Policy Clarification” refers to written notice to a student when it is determined that the information reported does not warrant an allegation but may warrant notice to the involved parties to clarify the policy in question.
Preponderance of Evidence
The term “preponderance of evidence” is the standard of proof used by Student Conduct Hearing Officers, Office of Title IX Compliance, Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Housing and Residential Programs. It is defined as a circumstance in which the evidence as a whole shows that the fact(s) for which proof is being sought are more likely than not.
Religious Holy Day
The term “religious holy day” means a holy day observed by a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation under Texas Tax Code § 11.20.
A person or entity (in the case of the University) who submits a complaint alleging a violation of this policy.
Generally, the Responding Party is the person who is alleged to be responsible for the prohibited conduct alleged in a complaint.
“Retaliation” is defined as any intentional, adverse action taken by a responding individual or allied third party, absent legitimate nondiscriminatory purposes, against a participant [or supporter of a participant] in an investigation and/or conduct process, civil rights grievance proceeding, or other protected activity.
Sponsorship and/or Co-sponsorship
The term “sponsorship and/or co-sponsorship” is defined as minimally including, but not limited to, direct participation in planning, coordination and implementation by members of the sponsoring organizations.
The term “student” includes all persons admitted to or enrolled in courses at the University, either full time or part time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional studies, and/or those who attend postsecondary educational institutions other than Angelo State University and who reside in University residence halls. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the University are considered “students.”
Student Conduct Officer/Investigator
The term “Student Conduct Officer/Investigator” means a University designee authorized by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Executive Director of Student Affairs, the Director of Title IX Compliance, and/or the Director of Housing and Residential Programs pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct, to adjudicate alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct.
The term “student organization” means any number of students who have complied with the formal requirements for University registration.
The term “University” means Angelo State University.
The term “University official” includes any person employed by Angelo State University while performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
The term “University premises” include all land, buildings, facilities and other property in the possession of or owned, used or controlled by the University (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).