Academic Disciplinary Case: A case brought against a student accused of academic misconduct involving sanctions other than or in addition to a penalty grade.

Academic Misconduct: Instances of academic dishonesty, violations of professional standards, and falsification of academic records or records for admission to a department/school/college. See also General Student Regulation 1.00, Scholarship and Grades; Integrity of Scholarships and Grades Policy.

Administrators: University employees who manage University budgets, direct work units, or formulate, evaluate, and/or administer University policy.

Advisor: A member of the student body, faculty, or staff of the University chosen by a party to assist in the preparation of a case.

All-University Graduate Student Governing Body: Council of Graduate Students (COGS).

All-University Undergraduate Student Governing Body: Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU).

Class Day: A day on which classes are held, including the days of Final Exam Week but excluding weekends.

Clear and Present Danger: An immediate and significant danger to the health or safety of persons or property.

Complainant: A member of the University community who initiates a judicial proceeding under this document.

Faculty: All persons appointed by the University to the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, or instructor, all persons appointed by the University as librarians, and all other University employees with approved titles in the academic personnel system whose duties involve instructional activities.

Falsification of Admission or Academic Records: Falsification of any record submitted for admission to the University or an academic unit of the University. Falsification of any record created, used, and/or maintained by the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Admissions, or academic units (e.g. colleges, departments, and schools).

Good Cause: Good cause includes, but is not limited to, circumstances outside of a party’s control, such as illness, death in the family, or a class conflict.

Graduate Student: A student enrolled in a master’s, doctoral, or educational specialist program or in a graduate non-degree program, including Lifelong Education.

Hearing Body: A duly constituted judiciary as described in this document.

Living Group: A campus residence hall or residential complex, or a floor in such a residence hall or complex.

Major Governing Groups: The Greek Governing Boards, Student Housing Cooperative, Owen Graduate Association, RHA, and UACOR.

New Information: Relevant information or documents previously unavailable to a party although the party acted with due diligence to obtain such information.

Non-Academic Disciplinary Case: A case brought against a student accused of violating a General Student Regulation, University ordinance, or University policy.

Ombudsperson: The University Ombudsperson is a senior faculty member or executive manager who assists members of the MSU community in resolving complaints or concerns confidentially, informally, impartially, and independently.

Penalty Grade: A grade assigned to a student by a faculty member based on a charge of academic misconduct.

Preponderance of the Evidence: Evidence that is more convincing, more credible, and of greater weight.

Professional Standards: Codes of expected professional conduct, sometimes referred to as honor codes.

Respondent: An individual or group against whom or which a complaint or grievance is filed.

Staff: Employees of the University other than administrators or faculty.

Student: An individual is considered a student from the time he or she attends his/her first class until graduation, recess, dismissal, suspension, or withdrawal from the University, or he/she fails to register for more than one consecutive semester.

Undergraduate: A student enrolled in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree or in an undergraduate non-degree program, including Lifelong Education.

University Community: All University students, Trustees, administrators, faculty, and staff.