Definitions

In the section below, new language will be highlighted in BLUE and removed language will be highlighted in GREEN.

Per the goals of the review, we have updated any gendered language and made minor edits for spelling, punctuation and clarity.  These changes are not highlighted here.


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All terms not defined below are to have their ordinary, non-legal meaning.

The term “University” or “Wake Forest” means Wake Forest University.

The term “student(s)” includes any persons taking undergraduate courses at the University, whether full-time or part-time; and any person with a continuing relationship with the University (e.g. Continuing Enrollment Status) even if not enrolled in a particular semester. An individual offered admission is considered a student when the first semester’s tuition is due. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Code, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the University or who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered “students” as are persons who are living in University residence halls, although not enrolled in this institution. This Student Code does apply at all locations of the University, including all study away and study abroad campuses.

The term “faculty” refers to any person who holds an academic appointment, whether tenured, tenure track, or non-tenure track, full or part-time within the University.

The term “University official” refers to any person employed (e.g., Resident Advisers) or retained (e.g., food service staff) by the University, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.

The term “business day” refers to any day of the week, Monday through Friday, excluding University holidays or other official closures.

The term “Judicial Council” refers to the body established to hear appeals of Honor and Ethics Council hearings and Administrative Hearings. The Judicial Council consists of six faculty members, two members of the administration, and two students.

The term “Honor and Ethics Council” or “HEC” refers to the body established to hear alleged violations of academic misconduct. The Honor and Ethics Council consists of ten appointed faculty members, ten appointed students, and one faculty chair. During a hearing, the chair will assign two students and two faculty to the panel.

The term “Hearing Officer” refers to any person authorized by the Dean of Students to manage conduct cases and to administer formal or informal resolution processes.

The term “Hearing Panel” refers to the group of individuals that hears cases of alleged student and/or Organizational misconduct within the Administrative Hearing process. The composition of the Hearing Panel is determined by the Hearing Officer, but will usually include one student, one faculty, and one staff member.

The term “Panelist” refers to an individual on a Hearing Panel.

The term “Investigator” refers to any individual authorized by the Dean of Students to conduct investigations into any alleged violation(s) of standard(s) of behavior prior to a conduct process.

The term “Organization” refers to the collective of any number of persons who have complied with the requirements for recognition by the University as a registered student Organization. Additionally, “Organization” refers to those who proclaim themselves as a group, act in the name of a group, or hold themselves out as a group. the collective of any number of students who act as an organization. Student organizations Referred to the conduct process will be represented by the president of that organization. The president may designate another active member to be the representative in their place.

The term “preponderance of the evidence” refers to evidence that when taken as a whole would lead a reasonable person to conclude that a fact is more likely than not.

The term “Board of Investigators and Advisors” or “BIA” refers to a group of students who perform three duties within the Conduct System: (1) investigate academic cases and present such cases before the Honor and Ethics Council; (2) support/guide responding students in all phases of an investigation, hearing, and appeal, in academic and nonacademic cases.; and (3) support/guide responding Organizations in all phases of a hearing and appeal in nonacademic cases.

The term “Office of the Dean of Students” refers to the named office and includes Student Conduct, Student Engagement, CARE Team & Case Management, and Finance & Operations.

The term “University premises” refers to all land, buildings, facilities, and other property including adjacent streets and sidewalks in the possession of, owned, used, or controlled by the University.

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