A. The term “University” means Slippery Rock University.
B. The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at the University, both full-time and part-time. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term, but who have a continuing relationship with the University, are considered students.
C. The term “student organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for University recognition; or is any number of persons comprised primarily of students who use University facilities or services; or any organization which identifies itself with the University and presents programs or activities in the University community directed primarily to students.
D. The term “University official” applies to faculty members, administrators, Residence Life Assistant Directors, Community Assistants, facility managers, and University police officers or other representatives employed by the University performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
E. The term “University community” refers to the greater Slippery Rock area including the local citizens, businesses, and law enforcement agencies serving the University and region.
F. The term “preponderance of evidence” characterizes the burden of proof in disciplinary proceedings. A preponderance of evidence means a greater weight of evidence or more likely than not. Even in cases which make reference to federal, state, or local criminal statutes or ordinances, the burden of proof in University conduct proceedings remains as a preponderance of evidence.
G. The term "Hearing Authority" is used to refer to the powers and functions of both the Administrative Hearing Officers and the University Hearing Board.
H. The term “Conduct Administrator” is used to refer to the person presenting the information gathered to the Hearing Authority during the conduct hearing process. The Conduct Administrator is a representative of the Office of Student Conduct.
I. The term "Appeal Authority" is used to refer to the powers and functions of both the Appeal Board and the Assistant Vice President for Student Services, or designated alternate, when acting in their appeal capacity.
J. The term “weapons” includes but is not limited to any firearm, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, BB/pellet gun, paintball gun or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind or any stun gun, taser, bow and arrow or any switchblade knife, field knife, sword or any other knife having a blade of three or more inches, straight edge razor, batons, metal knuckles, blackjack, or any martial arts weapon. Other items may be considered weapons if used or brandished in a threatening manner such as lighters, baseball bats, hockey sticks, tire irons, etc.
K. The phrase “furnishing alcohol to minors” is defined as any situation where an individual gives alcohol to someone under the age of 21, purchases alcohol for someone under the age of 21, or allows anyone under the age of 21 to possess or consume alcohol on the premises owned or controlled by that person.
L. The phrase “crime of violence” includes but is not limited to, the following offenses: arson, assault, criminal homicide-manslaughter by negligence, criminal homicide-murder and non-negligent manslaughter, destruction/damage/vandalism of property, kidnapping/abduction, robbery, forcible sex offenses and non-forcible sex offenses as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
M. Domestic violence from (42 USC §13925) The term “domestic violence: includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with who the victim shares a child in common, by a person who id cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s act under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction. As defined by Violence Against Women Act (3/7/2013)
N. Dating violence (from 42 USC §13925)The term “dating Violence” means violence committed by a person: A. who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and B. where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: i) the length of the relationship; ii) the type of relationship; iii)the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. As defined by Violence Against Women Act (3/7/2013)
O. Stalking (from 42 USC §13925) The term “stalking” means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that could cause a reasonable person to: fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress. As defined by Violence Against Women Act (3/7/2013)
Q. Incapation (such as due to the use of drugs or alcohol, when a person is asleep or unconscious, or because of an intellectual or other disability that prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent.) As per: Checklist for Campus Sexual Misconduct Policies, notalone.gov 2014. (Revised August 25, 2014)