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Article I: Definitions

1. The term “Luther College” means Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

2. The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at Luther College, either full-time or part-time. Persons who withdraw or are suspended after allegedly violating the Code of Conduct, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with Luther College or who are prospective students in the admissions process are considered “students,” as are persons who are living in Luther College residence halls, although not enrolled in this institution. This Code of Conduct does apply at all locations of Luther College, including all Luther-sponsored off-campus programs.

3. The term “faculty member” means any person hired or otherwise authorized by Luther College to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by Luther College to be a member of its faculty.

4. The term “Luther College official” includes any person employed by Luther College, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.

5. The term “member of the Luther College community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, staff member, Luther College official, visitor, or any person employed by or working on the Luther campus (either for pay or as a volunteer). A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Student Life Office and/or the Human Resources Office.

6. The term “Luther College premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by Luther College, including adjacent streets and sidewalks.

7. The term “organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for Luther College recognition as an organization.

8. The term “Student Conduct Board” means those persons authorized by the Vice President and Dean for Student Life or his/her designee to determine whether a student(s) or organization(s) has violated the Code of Conduct and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a violation of this Code of Conduct has occurred. The Campus Hearing Board, Honor Council, Interpersonal Violence Hearing Board, and Traffic Hearing Board, among others, may act as Student Conduct Boards under appropriate circumstances.

9. The term “Student Conduct Administrator” means a Luther College official authorized by the Vice President and Dean for Student Life or his/her designee to preside over an Informal Administrative Hearing and, in that context, to determine whether a student(s) or organization(s) has violated the Code of Conduct and to impose sanctions. The Vice President and Dean for Student Life or his/her designee may authorize a Student Conduct Administrator to serve simultaneously as a Student Conduct Administrator and one of the members of a Student Conduct Board. The Vice President and Dean for Student Life or designee may authorize the same Student Conduct Administrator to impose sanctions in all cases.

10. The term “Student Conduct Coordinator” means the Luther College official authorized by the Vice President and Dean for Student Life or his/her designee to manage the student conduct process and serve as the chief conduct officer on campus. The Student Conduct Coordinator also serves as a Student Conduct Administrator.

11. The term “Campus Appeals Board” means those persons authorized by the Vice President and Dean for Student Life or his/her designee to consider an appeal from a Student Conduct Board’s determination as to whether a student has violated the Code of Conduct and/or whether the sanction is appropriate. In addition, the Campus Appeals Board may consider an appeal to determine whether the sanction imposed at an Informal Administrative Hearing by a Student Conduct Administrator is appropriate.

12. The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense.

13. The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.

14. The Vice President and Dean for Student Life or designee is that person designated by the Luther College President to be responsible for the administration of the Code of Conduct.

15. The term “policy” means the written regulations of Luther College as found in, but not limited to, the Luther Code of Conduct, The Honor Code, Alcohol and Other Drugs Policies and Procedures, Residence Life Policies and Procedures, Housing and Dining Contract, Student Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures, Harassing and Discriminatory Conduct Policies and Procedures, Student/Campus Organizations Policies and Procedures, Parking and Traffic Policies and Procedures, Computer Use Policies and Procedures, the Luther College Catalog, and the Luther College website.

16. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:
a. Use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.
b. Use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.
c. The acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the Luther College faculty or staff.
d. Engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion. (See the Luther Honor Code for a full description of student rights and responsibilities related to academic conduct.)

17. The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. (See the Luther Honor Code for a full description of student rights and responsibilities related to academic conduct.)

18. The term “Complainant” means any person who submits a charge alleging that a student violated this Code of Conduct. When a student believes that he/she has been a victim of another student’s misconduct, the student who believes he/she has been a victim will have the same rights under this Code of Conduct as are provided to the Complainant, even if another member of the Luther College community submitted the charge itself.

19. The term “Respondent” means any student accused of violating this Code of Conduct.

Please follow this link to view Article II: Student Code Authority.