Terminology

Term Description
Aggravating Factor Any element of a charge that adds to the seriousness of the situation (e.g. violence or dishonesty)
Alcohol Education An educational sanction. It involves an initial meeting with a counselor, a class, and a follow-up meeting.
Alcohol Fine Any student found responsible for an alcohol violation is subject to a mandatory fine of $50 for a 1st offense and $100 fine for subsequent offenses.
Appeal The process of having a hearing decision reviewed by another designated university official. Grounds for appeals may be: 1) new evidence, 2) lack of sufficient evidence, 3) inappropriate sanction, or 4) procedural error. Appeals are administrative and do not include an additional hearing.
Complainant A community member (hall director, apartment manager, police officer, etc) who documents a student alleging that the student violated university Student Code of Conduct.
Dismissal The most severe university disciplinary sanction which involves permanent separation from the university.
Eviction from University Housing A disciplinary sanction in which a student must vacate their assigned room or apartment by a given date (usually within a week). Eviction is only imposed in a formal hearing and is appropriate for more serious code of conduct violations such as hosting an alcohol gathering or narcotics use and possession.
FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; this dictates that in order for the university to reveal any information related to a student's disciplinary record, a signed release of information must be provided by the student.
Guest A guest may be either: any non-student on University premises under a student's supervision or any UNH student present in a student's room or apartment. Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests and may be held accountable for their actions.
Hearing Panel A hearing body consisting of 2 faculty/staff and 1 student member, designated to determine whether or not a student is responsible code of conduct violations.
Hosting an alcohol gathering Occurs when one or more individuals who are not the assigned residents of a room or apartment are present where prohibited drinking and/or drug use has occurred. (see SCC Article I, #15)
Mitigating Factor Any element of a charge that decreases its seriousness. Mitigating factors do not justify an excuse for the conduct, but may be taken into consideration during sanctioning.
No Response (plea) The response given when a respondent does not understand the charges. Respondents may also give no response to protect their rights under the 5th Amendment.
Not Responsible (plea) The response given when a respondent does not believe they are responsible for the charges.
Preponderance of Evidence The standard of evidence required in the University conduct process. Preponderance is based on the more convincing evidence and its probable truth or accuracy, and not on the amount of evidence. The Standard of the Preponderance of the Evidence has been met (or not) when it is more likely than not, to a reasonable person, that a violation has or has not occurred.  This is contrasted with "beyond a reasonable doubt," which is the more severe test of evidence required to convict in a criminal trial.
Probation A disciplinary sanction more severe than a warning that is imposed to remind students that they must be in compliance with the university code of conduct or more severe sanctions will ensue. Being on probation may impact scholarships and participation in some organizations and activities including study abroad.
Report of Violation A document written by a complainant outlining the alleged charges and a narrative of the incident in question.
Respondent In a Conduct Hearing, the student who is alleged to have violated the university code of conduct.
Responsible (plea) Response given when a respondent believes they are responsible for the charges.
Review Officer Designated volunteer who reviews decisions and sanctions from a formal hearing.
Review Process Form of appeal in which a student completes a review petition to have someone reconsider the decision made on a violation form where probation was imposed.
Sanction Disciplinary or educational outcome imposed when a student is responsible for violating the code of conduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a hearing officer or complainant.
Student Advisor Volunteer assigned as a resource to a respondent in preparing for a hearing. The advisor does not serve as an advocate in the hearing process.
Student Any person taking classes through the University System of New Hampshire, or any person with a continuing relationship with USNH (e.g. a student who has been suspended, or withdrawn).
Student Code of Conduct The rules that students must abide by as part of the University community. It is a part of the Students’ Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities Handbook.
Suspension A sanction in which the student is unable to attend UNH for a specified period of time. During this time, the student is banned from the UNH campus and will not be able to attend other University System of New Hampshire institutions.
University Community Includes but is not limited to: students, faculty members, other university employees, university properties, and proximal properties. Community at UNH is viewed as anyone or anything that is connected to the university in a way that violations of the Student Code of Conduct may affect.
University Official Any employee of the University performing assigned administrative or professional duties. This includes faculty, staff and student staff including resident and community assistants.
University Premises Any property owned by the university.
Warning Lowest level of disciplinary sanctions. A reminder that a student needs to be in compliance with the university code of conduct.
Witness Anyone who has first-hand knowledge of events related to a potential violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Character witnesses without first-hand knowledge of the incident are not allowed to take part in Judicial Hearings.