1.  The term “University” or “Concordia” means Concordia University Chicago.

2.  The term “Student” includes all persons taking courses at Concordia University Chicago, either full-time or part-time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Code, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the university or who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered “students” as are persons who are living in the university residence halls, although not enrolled in this institution. This student code is binding at all locations of Concordia University Chicago.

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

4.  The term “university official” includes any person employed by the university, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities. This does include, but is not limited to, student campus security officers or resident assistants acting rightfully in the performance of their assigned duties and responsibilities.

5.  The term “advisor” includes any person who is a faculty or staff member, parent, guardian, official representative, and/or legal counsel for the accused student.

6.  The term “community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, official or any other person employed by the university.

7.  The term “Concordia University Chicago premises” or “university premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned by, used, controlled, or leased by Concordia University Chicago (including adjacent streets and sidewalks.

8.  The term “organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for university or student association recognition or registration.

9.  The term “Conduct Meeting Officer” means any person authorized by the Student Code Authority to determine whether a student has violated the Student code and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a rules violation has been committed.

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

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

12.       The term “policy” means the written regulations of the university and university departments as found in, but not limited to, Student and Faculty Statement on Rights and Responsibilities of Students, the Student Code of Conduct, the Undergraduate Student Handbook, the Graduate Student Handbook, and the Graduate/Undergraduate Catalogs.

13.       The term “complainant” means any person who submits a charge allegation that a student violated this Student Code.

14.       The term “accused student” means any student accused of violating this Student Code.

Student Code Authority

1.  The Dean of Students shall determine and grant the authorization of the Assistant Dean of Students and the additional Conduct Meeting Officers to hear and make determination of sanctioning on each matter.

2.  The Assistant Dean of Students, under the supervision and direction of the Dean of Students, shall develop policies for the administration of the student conduct system and procedural rules for the structure of the Conduct Meetings that are consistent with provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.

3.  Decisions made by a Conduct Meeting Officer, Assistant Dean of Students, and/or the Dean of Students shall be final, pending the normal appeal process.