Carnegie Mellon University

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Student Handbook

Important Definitions


University official authorized to resolve allegations or impose sanctions for students alleged to have violated community standards. This person is usually a housefellow or college liaison, but the dean of students or designee may also act as an adjudicator.


The person(s) or group bringing allegations forward in the student conduct process. In cases where there is no individual bringing forward an allegation, the university may act as complainant. Further, in cases where there is a community member bringing forward an allegation, a university official may serve as co-complainant where the university determines that a broader community interest exists to safeguard the welfare of the university community and when the potential outcome in such a case could include separation from the university.


The Student Affairs staff member who facilitates a University Disciplinary Committee hearing. Moderators are appointed and trained by the Office of Community Standards & Integrity. The hearing runs at their discretion according to process guidelines.

Process Advisor

As a member of the team the Office of Community Standards & Integrity, the Process Advisor is responsible for the logistics of convening a University Disciplinary Committee. The Process Advisor schedules the hearing, assembles the hearing board, informs the complainant(s) and respondent(s) of the procedures for the hearing, and manages other administrative tasks.


Typically, the result of a complaint being adjudicated through the student conduct process which may entail administrative resolution or the University Disciplinary Committee. However, a complaint may be resolved informally outside of the student conduct process at the discretion of the dean of students or designee and the individuals involved in the matter.

Resolution Review Board

The team of designated and trained staff that reviews and approves inital allegations and determines appropriate venues for resolution through the student conduct process. The Resolution Review Board also reviews and approves proposed outcomes stemming from Administrative Resolution Meetings.


The person(s) or group alleged to have violated community standards.