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Article I: Definitions

  1. The term “University” means Oklahoma City University.
  2. The term “student” includes all persons taking courses or receiving instruction at the University and individuals participating in International Education Programs. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Code, who are not officially enrolled but have a continuing relationship with the University or who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered “students” as are those persons who are living in University on-campus housing although not enrolled at this institution.
  3. The term “Faculty Member” means any person hired by the University to conduct classroom activities or teaching activities, or otherwise considered by the University to be a member of its faculty.
  4. The term “University official” includes any person employed by the University, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
  5. The term “member of the University community” includes any student, faculty member, University official, trustee, or other person employed by or contracted by the University. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Chief Student Conduct Officer.
  6. The term “University premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other domestic property in the possession of or owned, used or controlled by the University (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).
  7. The term “organization” means any number of persons who are in the process of complying or have complied with the formal requirements for University recognition.
  8. The term “Student Conduct Board” means any person authorized by the University to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a rules violation has been committed. If at any time the Board consists of more than one member, a chairperson shall be elected to oversee the Board’s proceedings. The Student Conduct Board shall always consist of an odd number of members to prevent the possibility of tie votes.
  9. The term “Student Code Administrator” refers to the Chief Student Conduct Officer or his/her designee serving as the administrator of a particular matter.
  10. The term “Administrative Hearing” or “Conduct Hearing” (different from a "Conduct Board Hearing") refers to a conduct meeting between a student and a Student Code Administrator to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code. Violations and sanctions, if necessary, are typically resolved by mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to the Student Code Administrator. Such disposition shall be final, and there shall be no subsequent proceedings.
  11. The term “Appellate Officer” means the person authorized by the University to consider an appeal from Student Conduct Board’s determination as to whether a student has violated the Student Code or from the sanctions imposed by the Student Code Administrator.
  12. The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense.
  13. The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.
  14. The “Chief Student Conduct Officer” is that person designated by the University to be responsible for the administration of the Student Code.
  15. The term “policy” means the written regulations of the University as found in, but not limited to the OKCU Student Handbook, OKCU Law School Student Handbook, Student Code, the Residence Life regulations, the University web page and computer use policy, and the Law, Graduate and Undergraduate Catalogs.
  16. The term “Complainant” means any person who submits a charge alleging that a student violated this Student Code. Any student who believes that s/he has been a victim of another student’s misconduct will have the same rights under this Student Code as are provided to the Complainant, even if another member of the University submitted the charge itself.
  17. The term “Accused Student” means any student accused of violating this Student Code.
  18. The term “University housing” refers to all residence halls, Cokesbury Court Apartments, fraternity residences approved as on-campus living, adjacent sidewalks/parking lots/structures to on-campus housing, and any future construction which provides residence living for University students, faculty, and/or staff.