Definitions Section

Alleged: This role defines an individual who is believed to have broken a policy or regulation.

Classification: A student's classification refers to the number of years they have been enrolled in higher education. This is measured by the number of college-level hours completed.

College Integrity Committee: The Appeal committee for Academic Dishonesty cases.

Complainant: This role defines an individual who submits a formal complaint against another party. 

Conduct Officer: An employee of West Texas A&M University who serves as a case manager, investigator, and decision maker in the Student Conduct cases assigned to them. The Office of Community Standards currently has three Conduct Officers; Jessica Dotson, Compliance Coordinator for the Office of Community Standards, Itzel Anett-Enriquez, Area Coordinator of Centennial Hall, and Cody Ragsale, Area Coordinator of Jarrett Hall. 

Full-Time Graduate Student: One who is registered for nine (9) semester hours during a Fall or Spring semester, or eight (8) in a summer semester.

Full-Time Undergraduate Student: One who is enrolled in at least 12 semester hours during a Fall or Spring semester, or eight (8) in a summer semester.

Hold: A hold can be applied to a student's account, this would limit the persons ability to register for upcoming courses, or receive a transcript from the university.

Letter: In the context of Student Conduct proceedings, a Letter is defined as the official notification sent to the student via the Office of Community Standards. This Letter will go to the student's WT email account and will require the student to sign in with their university credentials. 

Non-Student: An individual who has not been admitted into West Texas A&M University, or a former student that does not have a current or upcoming course schedule.

Respondent: This role defines an individual who was named in a Formal Complaint submitted in reference to alleged misconduct.

School Official: A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff), a person or company with whom the university has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent), a person serving on the Board of Regents, or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing their tasks.

Student: An individual who is admitted into West Texas A&M University and is either currently taking courses or has completed a course schedule for the upcoming academic term.

Student Identification Cards: More commonly called "Buffalo Gold Card" or "Buff ID", a student identification card is the personal identifier issued to the student upon initial registration with the university.

Student of Concern: This role defines an individual who is exhibiting behavior outside th typical scope, that leads others to worry about their safety and/or wellbeing.

Victim: A role that defines an individual as a person who was negatively impacted by the actions of another.

Withdrawal: When a student is no longer enrolled in current or upcoming courses with the university.

Witness: This role defines an individual who witnessed the incident being reported.


Common Acronyms:

AIC | Academic Integrity Code

BIP | Behavioral Intervention Plans

BIT | Behavorial Intervention Team

CIC | College Integrity Committee 

CTW | Criminal Trespass Warning

DA | Designated Administrators

DSA | Division of Student Affairs

EDTIX | Executive Director of Title IX

EVPP | Executive Vice President and Provost

FERPA | Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

OSA | Office of Student Accessibility

SOAB | Student Organization Accountability Board

SOAP | Student Organization Accountability Process

VP | Vice President

VPSA | Vice President of Student Affairs