3.2 Definition of Terms Used in This Policy

  1. Alleged victim: a person against whom discrimination has allegedly occurred.
  2. Complainant: the person who brings a complaint of violation of this policy, who could be an alleged victim or a third party.
  3. Graduate assistant: a graduate student employed by the university as a research assistant or teaching assistant.
  4. Instructor: a person engaged in teaching students or in evaluation or supervision, direct or indirect, of a student's academic work.
  5. Member of the university community: any university student, or faculty or staff member.
  6. Protected interests: university employment, education, on-campus living, or participation in a university activity.
  7. Respondent: a person or unit that has been accused of discriminating against one or more individuals.
  8. Specific and credible allegations: allegations that provide factual details such as, but not limited to, time, place, actions, participants, and witnesses. Allegations do not necessarily have to be based on firsthand observation of events to be "specific and credible," but direct observation normally results in greater specificity and credibility than indirect knowledge.
  9. Supervisor: a person who has authority either: 1) to undertake or recommend tangible employment decisions (those that significantly change an employee's employment status, such as, but not limited to, hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, reviewing performance, reassigning, and compensation decisions) affecting an employee, or 2) to direct the employee's daily work activities.
  10. Third-party complainant: a person who brings a complaint alleging an act of discrimination against someone else.