The Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Process
Article I: Definitions
1 The term “University” means The University of New Hampshire (UNH).
2. The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at UNH, both full-time and part-time, pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies, those enrolled through the Office of Outreach Education and Summer Studies, and those who live in campus residence halls. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the University are considered “students.”
3. The term “faculty member” means any person hired by the University to conduct classroom activities.
4. The term “University official” includes any person employed by UNH, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
5. The term “member of the University community” includes 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 Vice President for Student and Academic Services.
6. The term “University premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by UNH, including adjacent streets and sidewalks.
7. The term “organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for University recognition.
8. The term “Judicial Board,” hereinafter “Hearing Board,” refers to a group of persons designated by the Vice President for Student and Academic Services to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and, if so, recommend sanctions.
9. The term “University Judicial Officer,” hereinafter “Hearing Officer,” means a University official designated by the Vice President for Student and Academic Services to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and impose sanctions.
10. The term “Appellate Board” or “Appellate Officer” means any persons or person authorized by the Vice President for Student and Academic Services to consider an appeal from a Hearing Officer’s or Hearing Board’s determination that a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct or from the sanctions imposed.
11. The term “complainant” means any University community member who submits a charge alleging that a student violated the Code of Conduct.
12. The term “Respondent” means any student accused of violating the Code of Conduct.
13. Witnesses – A witness is a person who has personal knowledge of the incident in question. Character witness testimony is considered irrelevant and will not be permitted.
14. The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense.
15. The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.
16. The Vice President for Student and Academic Services is that person designated by the University President to be responsible for the administration of the Student Code of Conduct
17. The term “policy” is defined as the written regulations of the University as found in, but not limited to, the Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities publication, the University Room and Board Agreement, and the Graduate/Undergraduate Catalogs.
18. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff.
19. 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 acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
20. The term “aggravating factor” is defined as a circumstance(s) attending the commission of misconduct that adds to its seriousness. Examples may include, but are not limited to, violence, violation of a trust or duty, premeditation of a violation, use of force, or a previous conduct violation.
21. The term “mitigating factor” is defined as a circumstance(s) that may be taken into consideration to reduce a sanction. A mitigating factor does not constitute a justification or excuse for the misconduct in question.
22. The term “hosting” is defined as having a gathering consisting of one or more individuals who are not the assigned residents of a University Housing residence hall room or apartment where the gathering is occurring.