1. The term College means Gettysburg College.
2. The term “student” includes:
- All persons taking courses at the College, either full-time or part-time, and guest students pursuing undergraduate studies.
- Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the College.
- Accepted students who have matriculated at the College (each incoming class matriculates on June 1).
- Persons who are living in College residence halls, although not enrolled at this institution.
- This Student Code applies at all locations of the College, including affiliated programs in other states or foreign countries.
3. The term “faculty member” means any person hired by the College to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the College to be a member of its faculty.
4. The term “College official” includes any person currently employed by the College, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
5. The term “member of the College community” includes any person who is a current student, current faculty member, current College official or any other person currently employed by the College. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
6. The term “College premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, leased, used, or controlled by the College (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).
7. The term “organization” means 1) any group of students who have registered or been recognized as a student organization by the College; 2) athletic teams; 3) fraternities or sororities; and 4) any group affiliated with or supervised by an academic program or department.
8. The term “Student Conduct Review Board” means that group of persons selected by the College to serve on a Student Conduct Review Board hearing panel which determines whether a student has violated the Student Code and recommends sanctions that may be imposed when a rules violation has been committed. The Student Conduct Review Board typically hears cases where suspension or expulsion is a possible sanction.
9. The term “Student Conduct Administrator” means a College official authorized on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities to investigate and adjudicate alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The Student Conduct Administrator makes a determination regarding the charges and assigns sanctions upon any student(s) or organization found to have violated the Student Code. Student Conduct Administrators include, but are not limited to, the Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students, the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Assistant/Associate Deans for College Life and members of the Residence Life staff. The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities may authorize a College official to serve simultaneously as a Student Conduct Administrator and as one of the members of the Student Conduct Review Board.
10. The term “Appellate Person” means any person or persons authorized to consider an appeal from the determination of a Student Conduct Review Board or a Student Conduct Administrator as to whether a student has violated the Student Code or from the sanctions imposed by the Student Conduct Review Board or the Student Conduct Administrator. Typically, the Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students serves as the Appellate Person in Student Conduct Review Board cases; however, the Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students may defer appellate duties to the President of Gettysburg College in the event that s/he is significantly involved in the investigation or hearing process. Typically, the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities serves as the Appellate Person in cases determined by the Student Conduct Administrator. The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities may defer appellate duties to the Vice President of College Life and Dean of Students or an Associate Dean of College Life in the event that s/he is significantly involved in the investigation or hearing process.
11. The term “shall” or “will” is used in the imperative sense.
12. The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.
13. The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities is the person designated by the College to be responsible for the administration of the Student Code.
14. The term “preponderance of the information” means the evidence is sufficient to persuade the finder of fact that the proposition is “more likely true than not.”
15. The term “policy” means the written regulations of the College as found in, but not limited to, the Handbook for Student Rights and Responsibilities, Residence Life Guidebook, the College web page and Network Use Policy, and College course catalog.
16. The term “Complainant” means any person who submits a charge alleging that a student violated this Student Code.
17. The term “Respondent” means any student who has allegedly violated the Student Code and is responding to a charge of a violation of this Student Code.