Department of Student Life

University's Community Standards- Definitions


Article I: Definitions

  1. The term "University" means Seton Hall University.
  2. The term "student" includes all persons taking courses at the University, either full-time, part-time or on-line, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies. Persons who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered "students." These Community Standards apply at all locations of the University including programs or terms conducted abroad.  The only exception to this is students enrolled at Seton Hall University School of Law; students enrolled at the Law School will adhere to the Code of Student Conduct adopted at the Law School.
  3. The term "faculty member" means any person employed by the University to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the University to be a member of its faculty.
  4. The term "University official" means any person employed by the University performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
  5. The term "member of the University community" means any person who is a student, 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.
  6. The term "University premises" means all land, buildings, facilities or other property in the possession of or owned, used or controlled by the University.
  7. The term "Community Standards Review Board" means those persons who have been authorized by the Vice President for Student Affairs to determine whether a student has violated specific Community Standards, as charged, and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a violation has been committed.  The Dean of Students, or his/her designee, will be responsible for assigning individual Board members to each Review Board that is deciding specific allegations of violations by a  Respondent.
  8. The term "Student Conduct Administrator" means a University official or group authorized to impose sanctions upon any student(s) found to have violated the Community Standards.
  9. The term "Appeal Authority" means any person or persons authorized by the Vice President for Student Affairs to consider an appeal from a decision by a Community Standards Review Board or a Student Conduct Administrator.
  10. The term "shall" is used in the imperative sense.
  11. The term "may" is used in the permissive sense.
  12. The Dean of Students is the person designated by the Vice President for Student Affairs to be responsible for the administration of the Community Standards.
  13. The Coordinator for Community Standards is the person designated by the Dean of Students to manage the Community Standards review process.
  14. The term "policy" means the written regulations of the University as found in, but not limited to, the Student Code, Residence Hall License Agreement, the University policies website, Information Technology Appropriate Use Policy, and Graduate/Undergraduate Catalogs.
  15. The term "cheating" includes, but is not limited to:
    1. use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations;
    2. use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments (this includes but is not limited to sites such as CourseHero);
    3. the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University's faculty or staff;
    4. engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.
  16. The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or providing of term papers or other academic materials.
  17. The term "Complainant" means any person who submits a report alleging that a student violated a Community Standard.
  18. The term "Respondent" means any student accused of violating a Community Standard.
  19. The term "Advisor" shall refer to any member of the University Community, except someone who is also an attorney, that a complainant or respondent selects to provide assistance and support during the adjudication of a matter, at any administrative level in the Community Standards process.  If a complainant or respondent's parent or guardian is a member of the University Community, that person may not serve as an advisor.
  20. The term "notification" shall mean providing notice via a student's University assigned e-mail account.

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