Students are responsible for knowing the following:
1. When used in the Code:
a. The terms "institution" and "College" mean Occidental College and all of its departments and programs.
b. The term "student" includes all persons taking courses at the College either full-time or part-time, pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies. Persons who withdraw or are not officially enrolled for a particular term, but who have a continuing relationship (e.g. students who are on a leave of absence, post-graduate research, etc.) with the College, are considered students.
c. The term "faculty member" means any person hired by the College to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the College to be a member of its faculty.
d. The term "College official" and "College administrator" includes any person employed by the College performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
e. The term "member of the College Community" includes any person who is a student, faculty member, College official or any other person employed by the College. A person's status in a particular situation shall be determined by the appropriate college administrator.
f. The term "College premises" means buildings or grounds owned, leased, operated, controlled, or supervised by the College (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).
g. The term "organization" means a number of persons who have complied with College requirements for registration as managed by the Office of Student Life.
h. The term "Conduct Council" means those persons authorized by the Office of Student Conduct to determine whether or not a student has violated the Code and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a violation of the Code has been committed.
i. The term "Conduct Officer" means a College official authorized by the Office of Student Conduct to hear alleged violations of the Code and to potentially impose sanctions upon any student(s) found to have violated the Code. The Office of Student Conduct may authorize a Conduct Officer to serve simultaneously as a Conduct Officer or one of the members of a Conduct Council. The Office of Student Conduct may authorize the same Conduct Officer to impose sanctions in a case.
j. The term “Honor Board” refers to the branch of the Associated Students of Occidental College that addresses student conduct. Honor Board members are elected by the student body.
k. The term "policy" means the written regulations of the College as found in, but not limited to, the Student Handbook, the Catalog, and other published College policies.
l. The term "disciplinary action" or "conduct action" refers to the process of investigation and determination of a sanction as the result of a violation of College policies.
m. The term "College-sponsored activity" means any activity on- or off-College premises that is initiated, supervised, and/or sanctioned by the College.
n. The terms "will" or "shall" are used in the imperative sense.
o. The term "written notice" includes paper copy and electronic mail. In other words, official notifications in this Code may be given exclusively by e-mail to the “oxy.edu” e-mail address assigned to a student. Students are therefore expected to check their “oxy.edu” e-mail address at least once a day and shall use e-mail as the primary form of communication with the Office of Student Conduct. Students who forget or otherwise fail to check or read their e-mail are not excused from their obligations and responsibilities imposed upon them by the Code.
p. The term "alleged" means that reports or accusations of violations of college policy presume that an individual is not responsible for the violation until investigation, statements, or other facts demonstrate that an actual violation occurred.
q. The term "complainant" means the College, a student, employee or third party who alleges misconduct by a student. The College may also serve as the complainant if an individual complainant is unwilling or unable to participate.
r. The term "respondent" means any student accused of violating this Code.
s. The term "reckless" means conduct that a person should reasonably be expected to know would create a substantial risk of harm to persons or property or that would otherwise be likely to result in interference with normal College business or College sponsored activities.
t. The term "business day" means a Monday through Friday, except for College designated holidays.
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