The responsible administrator for this section is the Office of Student Affairs. The Office of Student Affairs has approval authority.

Amherst College has defined the following terms below in addition to the terms found in Sections 2, 3, 12, 13, 24, and 25. 

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.

Athletics Team: An athletic team includes any of the teams recognized by the Department of Physical Education and Athletics and any intramural sports organization.

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.

Discrimination: Treating a member of the community unfavorably because of an actual or perceived aspect of their identity. For further information about discrimination at Amherst College, see the College’s Statement of Non-Discrimination and the College’s Honor Code.

Disparagement: A verbal or written act that belittles, brings discredit to, or reproach upon another.

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.

Intimidation: Placing another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through 1) the use of threatening words and/or other conduct or 2) subjecting the person to actual physical attack.

Matriculate: Matriculation at Amherst College occurs when a student registers in courses.

Preponderance of the Evidence: The evidence standard used in most 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. https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/our-community/keefe/party-registration 

Registered Student Organization (RSO): A RSO is a group of actively enrolled students at Amherst College who share a common purpose or interest. A RSO has been approved to operate by the Office of Student Activities. Additional information about Registered Student Organization can be found on the Club and Club Recognition page of the Amherst Association of Students website.

Student Group: The umbrella term for athletic teams and registered student organizations.