Student Conduct Code - Section 2. Definitions


Abbreviated term used to reference the Student Conduct Code


A complainant is the person who files a complaint or incident report providing information about alleged misconduct or violation of the Student Conduct Code. Incidents initiated by a University administrator or Public Safety do not always involve a complainant.


Means a business day when the University is in normal operation.

Institution or University

Abbreviated terms used to reference the University of San Francisco


The Office of Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities. This is the office responsible for the oversight and implementation of the student conduct code and conduct process.


Actions implemented when a student is found responsible for a violation. Outcomes are intended to reinforce the educational and developmental nature of the conduct process and employ a learning opportunity in line with the nature of the violation.


A respondent is the student who is alleged to have engaged in misconduct or to have violated the Student Conduct Code.

Resolution Staff

Resolution staff members are university employees who have responsibility for investigating or reviewing conduct matters or are appointed and trained to be resolution staff by the Office of Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities.


An individual is considered a student beginning with admission to the University and at all times they are enrolled - including all University breaks, holidays and between semesters. The code of conduct also remains applicable to students who choose to take a leave of absence, withdraw or have graduated for any alleged misconduct that occurred prior to the leave, withdrawal or graduation.

University Appeals Board

The University Appeals Board (UAB) is composed of faculty and staff trained on the conduct and appeals process. The UAB conducts appellate reviews for all matters handled through the student conduct process. The appeals process is a review process initiated by a student's submission of a request for an appeal. 


A witness is someone who can provide first-hand information about the reported incident. Individuals who do not have first-hand information about the reported incident or who present information that is deemed unnecessary for the deliberation process, or serve only to present information about the involved student’s character shall not be permitted to serve as a witness.