III. Definitions

  1. Advisors: Respondents shall have the right to be represented, at the student’s expense, by a licensed attorney or non-attorney advisor who may fully participate during any proceeding, except any proceeding related to an allegation of academic dishonesty.
  2. Appellate Body: Any person or persons authorized by the Dean of Students to consider an appeal from a committee/board determination as to whether a student has violated the Code.
  3. Charge: Decision by Associate Dean of Students, or their designee, to initiate the Student Conduct Process to address an alleged violation(s) of the Code by a Student or Student Organization.
  4. Code: The University of North Carolina Asheville Code of Student Responsibility.
  5. Day: A day between and including Monday through Friday that does not include days when the University is closed.
  6. Dean: The Dean of Students, or their designee.
  7. Associate Dean of Students: The University official(s) designated with primary case management for the Student Conduct Process.
  8. Guest: Any non-student present on University premises at the invitation and/or hosting of the student.
  9. Hearing Board: A designated University group who is authorized to preside over the hearing process, make recommendations regarding determinations of responsibility for alleged misconduct, and impose outcomes, when appropriate.
  10. Minor Violation: A violation of this Code where the possible outcomes do not include suspension or expulsion, as stated in UNC Policy 700.4.1.
  11. Party: Either the University or Respondent.
  12. Preponderance of the Evidence: Standard applied to determine whether it is “more likely than not” that an incident occurred and/or the policy was violated.
  13. Residence Halls: Include all Residence Hall space including apartments, lounges, etc.
  14. Resident: Someone who is properly assigned to a room in a residence hall or on-campus apartment. All residents are subject to the provisions in the Code.
  15. Residential Guest: Someone who is visiting a residential student and who is not a contracted resident of the specific room, residence hall, or apartment.
  16. Residential Host: Any resident student who has a residential guest in the residence facilities.
  17. Respondent: Any University student, resident, or student organization who is charged with an alleged violation of the Code.
  18. Serious Violation: A violation of this Code where the possible outcomes include suspension or expulsion, as stated in UNC Policy 700.4.
  19. Student: Any person who has accepted admittance to the University for student status or who is currently registered or enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate program participant, whether matriculating or non-matriculating, full-time or part-time, resident or commuter, paid or delinquent, or who has a pending appeal of an academic dismissal or student conduct matter. Such a person shall also be considered a student during intersession/summer periods and at University-sponsored commencement events in which they are a participant.
  20. Student Conduct Process: Procedures in this Code addressing alleged prohibited behaviors by a Student or Student Organization, during which a designated University official considers information and/or documentation in order to address whether a Student or Student Organization has violated the Code and appropriate outcomes.
  21. Student Organization: A group of students who have complied with the formal requirements for University recognition/registration.
  22. Title IX Coordinator: The administrator designated by the University to oversee and ensure compliance with Title IX of Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in any University program or activity.
  23. University: The University of North Carolina Asheville.
  24. University Community Member: Any person who is a student, staff, faculty member, University official or any other person employed by the University. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Dean of Students.
  25. University Official: Unless otherwise specified, this term shall include faculty or staff members exercising their assigned duties and may include student employees; other students acting in an assigned official capacity on behalf of the University; and other authorized agents of the University, which may include staff or campus-related organizations or University contractors or subcontractors when acting in their official capacity.
  26. University Premises: All land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of, owned, used, or controlled by the University (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).
  27. Vice Chancellor: The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and/or their designee.