Amherst College has defined the following terms below in addition to the terms found in Sections 2, 3, 12, and 13.

Adjudication: The informal or formal process through which the College resolves conflict that occurs within the Amherst community. See Sections 12, The Community Standards Adjudication Process, and 13, The Sexual Misconduct Adjudication Process, for additional information about adjudication.

Adjudicator: The person or persons designated by the College to oversee adjudication processes. This includes, but is not limited to, the Senior Associate Dean of Students, the Director of Community Standards, the Director of Residential Life, the Assistant Directors of Residential Life, the Community Standards Review Board, and the Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board. If a single person is listed as the adjudicator, that person is generally referred to as an Administrative Adjudicator.

College Council: The College Council is the body to approve and determine policy in three areas: extracurricular faculty-student relations, the review of recommendations involving the Statement of Intellectual Responsibility, and social regulations for student residential and social life. In addition, the College Council possesses power to make recommendations concerning a wide range of subjects that touch the joint interests of students, faculty, and administration.

Conflict Resolution Processes: These processes include mediation, the Community Standards Adjudication Process, and the Sexual Misconduct Adjudication Process.

Honor Code: The Amherst College Honor Code consists of the Statement of Intellectual Responsibility, the Statement on Respect for Persons, the Statement of Freedom of Expression and Dissent and the Statement of Student Rights. It is collectively shaped and upheld by students, faculty, and staff.

Intimidate: To make fearful or afraid; to compel or deter by or as if by threats.

Preponderance of the Evidence: The evidence standard used in Conflict Resolution Processes which is whether the information available to the adjudicator supports a finding that it is “more likely than not” that the respondent is responsible for the alleged violation(s).

Party Registration: The required process for an Amherst student to register/host a party.

TIPS: TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is a dynamic, skills-based training program designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking by enhancing the fundamental “people skills” of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol. TIPS gives individuals the knowledge and confidence they need to recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies. See section 4.3 about the requirements of TIPS student and staff training for party registration.