3.2 Definition of Terms Used in This Policy

(Amended 5/12/22)
  1. Impacted party: a person against whom discrimination has allegedly occurred.
  2. Reporting party: the person who brings a complaint of violation of this policy, who could be an party or a third-party reporter.
  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, applicant, or employee.
  6. Protected interests: university employment, education, on-campus living, or participation in a university activity.
  7. Responding party: a person or unit that has been accused of discriminating against one or more individuals.
  8. Allegations: to the extent possible, allegations of policy violations should 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, 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 reporter: a person who brings a complaint alleging an act of discrimination against someone else. A third-party reporter does not need to be a member of the university community (i.e., a current UI faculty member, staff member, student, or applicant).