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Judicial Affairs

Terms You Should Know

Definition of “student”

For purposes of the code, the term "student" includes the following:

  • A person who is admitted and enrolled in any credit-bearing course or program in any school or division of Indiana University.
  • A person who is admitted to Indiana University and is present on a campus for the purpose of being enrolled in any credit-bearing course or program in any school or division of Indiana University.
  • A person who has been admitted and enrolled in any credit-bearing course or program in any school or division of Indiana University and continues to be associated with Indiana University because of failure to complete the course or the program in which the person was enrolled.

Definition of “calendar day”

For purposes of the code, the term "calendar days" is defined as all days, excluding those when the university officially is not in session. Non-session days are identified as those which occur between the last day of final examinations of one semester and the first day of classes the following semester, plus official closing days for Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, and the fourth of July.


Persons authorized to exercise specified responsibilities

Under this code, the authority that is given to a specified Indiana University official or employee may be exercised by any person who occupies the specified position or has a comparable position on a campus that does not have the specified position. This code refers to the following specified positions but each position includes any equivalent position on a campus that does not use these specific titles:

  • Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
  • Director, Affirmative Action
  • Director, Human Resources
  • President, Faculty Senate
  • Chancellor

Under this code, the authority that is given to a particular Indiana University official or employee may be exercised by that particular person or by that person's designee.


Advisors for witnesses

A person who appears as a witness in any proceeding conducted under this code is entitled to have an advisor or other counsel present while the witness is testifying during the proceeding, provided it is at the student's expense.

An advisor or counsel for a witness is limited to the role of advising the witness. The advisor or counsel may not participate in the proceeding, may not question the witness, and may not make any statements during the proceeding.


Notification of a victim

A person who is a victim of any misconduct for which disciplinary proceedings are conducted under this code is entitled to participate in all proceedings, except for the final deliberative process in which the hearing officer or panel weigh the evidence presented and arrive at a decision. The victim may not be present when the dean of students discloses the contents of the accused student’s disciplinary record. The victim may be present when the outcomes are given.

If the subject matter of the disciplinary proceeding involves crimes of violence or a sex offense and the accused is determined to have committed the act, the dean of students is required to notify the victim of the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings within seven school-calendar days after the proceedings have been concluded. If the victim of the misconduct is a student or a student organization, and the accused is a fraternity, sorority, or other similar student organization, the dean of students is required to notify the victim of the sanction imposed within seven school-calendar days after the proceedings have been concluded.

If the student(s) against whom a sanction(s) is rendered discuss the judicial process, or the outcome of the judicial process, in a public forum, any claim to confidentially is waived. The dean of students, in the dean's discretion, is free to discuss any or all aspects of the case publicly.


Importance of free and open discussion:

Nothing in this code shall be construed as limiting free and open discussion of all matters, including matters of morality and public policy.

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