10.3 Definitions

(Amended 3/07; 7/15)

Terms used in this policy:

  1. "Academic or administrative officer" includes the following:
    1. Collegiate deans (including associate deans and assistant deans);
    2. Faculty members with administrative responsibilities at the level of departmental executive officer (DEO) or above;
    3. Any staff member whose primary job responsibility is to provide advice regarding a student's academic pursuits;
    4. A faculty member serving as departmental (or collegiate) director of undergraduate or graduate studies;
    5. The President, Special Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity and Diversity, vice presidents (including assistant and associate vice presidents), and Executive Vice President and Provost (including assistant, associate, and vice provosts), and those persons' designees;
    6. Directors and supervisors in an employment context, other than Department of Public Safety personnel when receiving criminal complaints or reports; and
    7. Human resource representatives.
  2. "Alleged victim": a person who allegedly has been harmed in violation of this policy.
  3. "Complainant": the person who brings a complaint of violation of this policy, who could be an alleged victim, a third party, or an academic or administrative officer of the University.
  4. "Domestic/dating violence" is coercive, abusive, and/or threatening behavior toward a current or former intimate or romantic partner. These behaviors may include physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, or injure the victim/survivor.
  5. "Graduate assistant": a graduate student employed by the University as a research assistant or teaching assistant.
  6. "Human resources representative": the individual designated as departmental authority on human resource policies and procedures, and all central human resources staff.
  7. "Member of the University community": any University student, faculty, or staff member.
  8. "Protected interests": University employment, education, on-campus living, or participation in a University activity.
  9. "Respondent": a person who has been accused of violence in a formal complaint.
  10. "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 first-hand observation of events to be "specific and credible," but direct observation normally results in greater specificity and credibility than indirect knowledge.
  11. "Stalking": a course of conduct that is directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
  12. "Supervisor": a person who has authority to either: 1) 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, reassigning, and compensation decisions) affecting an employee; or 2) direct the employee's daily work activities.
  13. "Third-party complainant": a person who brings a complaint alleging that someone else has been harmed or demeaned in violation of this policy.