Code of Conduct

Section III - Definitions

A. Academic Integrity Hearing Panel (AIHP) – A group of trained students, faculty, and staff who examine information presented to them in order to determine if a violation(s) of academic integrity occurred and, if so, what sanction(s) should be assigned. This panel also determines if additional sanctions are necessary for repeated violations of academic misconduct.

B. Academic Misconduct - Engaging in an act that violates the standards of academic integrity policy as described in the Code of Student Conduct or in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.

C. Behavioral Misconduct - Any behavior that is inconsistent with university policy or community standards as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct, Residence Hall Source Book, Student Handbook, or other university publication.

D. Category "A" Violation - A first time violation of the Code that will not result in separation from the university.

E. Category "B" Violation - A violation that is of a serious nature or repeated behavior for which any sanction in the code may be assigned up to and including expulsion. These violations are processed exclusively through the director or designee. Category "B" violations may entail an administrative hearing before a conduct officer, Conduct Review or Academic Integrity Hearing Panel.

F. Conduct Conference - A process in which the facts of an alleged violation of the Code of Student Conduct are presented to a conduct officer to determine if a violation(s) took place and what sanction(s) are appropriate.

G. Conduct Officers - University staff and graduate students trained to adjudicate violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

H. Complicity - Complicity is condoning, supporting, or encouraging any violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Students who anticipate or observe any violation of the Code are expected to remove themselves from association or participation in any such inappropriate behavior.

I. Conduct Body - Any person or panel authorized by the university to determine whether a student has violated the Code of Student Conduct and to assign appropriate sanctions.

J. Conduct Review Panel (CRP) - A group of trained students, faculty, and staff who review cases in which information of an alleged violation are presented in an effort to determine if a violation(s) took place and what appropriate sanction(s) should be assigned.

K. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - A federal law passed in 1974 which defines educational records and indicates who may have access to disciplinary records and under what circumstances.

L. Fundamental Fairness - A standard that includes minimally the right to receive notice of the alleged violation(s) and the time, date and location of the opportunity to be heard.

M. Ohio Revised Code 3345.23 (Trigger Offense) - A state law that mandates certain state action if a student at a public university is arrested for specified crimes. (See Section XII—Distinguishing the Student Code Provisions and Local, State, and Federal Laws for more information)

N. Plagiarism - Quoting, paraphrasing, or otherwise using the words or ideas of another as your own without acknowledging or properly citing the other.

O. Preponderance of Information - A standard of proof that indicates that the information provided leads the conduct officer or panel member that “more likely than not” a violation did or did not occur.

P. Sanction - An outcome imposed for the violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Generally, sanctions are educational in nature and intended to modify the student’s behavior as well as build an awareness of personal responsibility and community standards.

Q. Sexual Misconduct - Any attempt or actual unwanted sexual contact, physical or nonphysical, in the absence of clear and voluntary consent. Clear and voluntary consent is consent that is given freely and actively in mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Consent is not clear or voluntary if it results from the use of physical force, threats, intimidation, or coercion. It is a violation of policy to have sexual contact with someone who is known to be, or should be known to be incapable of making a rational, reasonable decision.

R. Student - An individual who has been accepted to the university and/or taking courses at Wright State University on a full or part time basis. Student status lasts until an individual graduates, is academically or disciplinary separated from the university or is not in attendance for two (2) complete, consecutive terms.

S. Student Organization - The term "Student Organization" means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for Wright State University recognition.

T. University Appeals Panel (UAP) - A group of trained students and faculty who examine information presented to them in order to ensure the disciplinary outcome was appropriate and/or to ensure university policies and procedures have been followed. All appeals involving "A" violations will be heard by the director or designee. The appellate decision of the director or designee will be final. All appeals involving "B" violations, except academic sanctions issued during an AIHP hearing will be heard by the University Appeals Board. (see Academic Integrity policy for more information) The appellate decision of the University Appeals Board is final.

U. University Official - Any individual who is employed, contracted with or appointed and performing administrative or professional responsibilities within the scope of his/her authority by the university.

V. University Premises - The premises of Wright State University includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of, owned, used, managed, or controlled by the university (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).

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