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3. Definitions

1. The term “College” means College of Charleston.

2. The term “student” means an individual:

2.1. Who has received an offer of admission to the College, or who has been accepted for enrollment in one or more classes offered by the College of Charleston, and

2.2. Who has either:

a) Registered for one or more classes or academic instruction to be given at the College (including those educational institutions operating under an academic agreement with the College as part of a Collegeapproved program of study),

b) Whose registration relates to one or more classes scheduled for the current or following semester (6- month period).

2.3. Who withdraws or attempts to withdraw after allegedly violating a code or policy while enrolled.

2.4. Student status continues until it is terminated upon the occurrence of one or more of the following events:

a) Graduation (without any indication of intent to pursue post graduate activities at the College during the following or the immediately following semester);

b) Voluntary withdrawal of the student from all courses of academic instruction;

c) Involuntary dismissal (or other withdrawal of the student initiated by the College) from all programs and activities of the College, and the exhaustion of all internal grievance procedures to redress the dismissal or withdrawal (if applicable);

d) Unauthorized absence from the College for one or more semesters, as determined appropriate under the circumstances by Academic Affairs; or

e) Cancellation of all classes for which the student is currently registered or for which the student is seeking registration.

3. The term “Honor System” means the Honor Code and the Student Code of Conduct (which includes but is not limited to the Alcohol, Drug, and Sexual Misconduct policies).

4. The term “Codes” means the Honor Code and the Student Code of Conduct.

5. The term “College official” includes any person employed by the College and any person serving the College in an official capacity.

6. The term “member of the College community” includes any person who is a student, College official, trustee, or any other person serving the College in an official capacity. The Executive Vice President for Student Affairs shall determine a person’s status in a particular situation.

7. The term “College premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the College.

8. The term “organization” means any registered student organization. 11

9. The terms “shall” and “will” are used in the imperative sense.

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

11. The term “working day” means a day when the College is open for normal business, regardless of whether classes are in session (e.g., the day preceding Thanksgiving). In determining any deadlines as set forth in the codes, references to a number of “days” prior to or after occurrence of an event shall not include the day of the event.

12. The term “day” means a calendar day.

13. The term “Complainant” means any person filing a complaint of suspected misconduct under these codes.

14. The term “Respondent” means a student or organization against whom a complaint has been filed under these codes.

15. The term “health” means physical or mental well-being.

16. For the purposes of the Honor System, the term “residence hall” means any hall, house or any other living unit owned or leased by the College for the principal purpose of providing student housing.

17. For the purposes of the Honor System, the term “possession” means having actual knowledge of a substance or property and/or being in such close proximity to the substance or property that it is a reasonable presumption that one had knowledge of the substance or property.

For example,

1) those in a room where a controlled or prohibited substance is present would be presumed to be in possession of the substance absent compelling evidence to the contrary or

2) a bong found on a desk during a health and safety inspection would be presumed to be the possession of the student to whom the desk belongs absent compelling evidence to the contrary.