Policy Glossary

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Name Description
Perpetrator or abusive partner or person who causes harm

A person who commits or threatens to commit coercive or violence acts, which may include, but is not limited to, physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and/or emotional abuse against a victim.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Equipment worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. Examples of PPE include items such as gloves, goggles, face shields, foot protection, protective hearing devices (e.g. earplugs, muffs), hard hats, respirators and full body suits.

Personnel Actions

Personnel actions include, but are not limited to hiring, discipline, performance, evaluation, promotion, tenure, demotion, transfer, discharge from employment, layoff, conditions of work, rates of pay, or similar financial decision and selection for training, and terms, conditions, or privileges of employment

Physical Abuse

Physical contact with a child which is intended to cause, or causes, pain or physical injury, including punching, beating, shaking, throwing, kicking, biting and burning, or directing a child to perform physical activity which is intended to cause physical injury


A documented guiding principle, plan or course of action of the College designed to influence and determine decisions and actions for which all faculty, staff, and students are accountable. Policies are guiding principles that generate action.


Policy Library

A web-based, centrally located system containing the most recent, finalized version of all policies on the Geneseo campus.

Policy Owner

A Policy Owner includes any employee or office designated by the President or any members of the Cabinet to develop College policy.

Policy Writing Group

An ad hoc group charged with drafting or revising a College policy. The members of this group will be selected by the Responsible Officer.

Privacy vs. Confidentiality

Consistent with Student Code of Conduct or applicable employee policy, references made to confidentiality refer to the ability of identified confidential resources to not report crimes and violations to law enforcement or college officials without permission, except for extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency or child abuse. References made to privacy mean SUNY Geneseo offices and employees who will maintain privacy to the greatest extent possible, and information disclosed will be relayed only as required or allowed by law, necessary to investigate and/or seek a resolution and/or to notify the Title IX Coordinator or designee, for the purpose of tracking patterns and spotting systemic issues. SUNY Geneseo will limit the disclosure as much as practicable, even if the Title IX Coordinator determines that the request for confidentiality cannot be honored.


A specific method or course of action or way of performing or effecting policy implementation; a set of established forms or methods for carrying on affairs of the College. Procedures are the steps taken to implement a policy.


Professional Responsibility

May include but is not limited to, supervisory, instructional, or other campus relationship where power and authority is exercised and the real or perceived freedom of the student or employee to terminate or alter the relationship is impeded.

Public Art

Public art is defined as any artwork installed in outdoor spaces on campus or in public areas in campus buildings. 

Public Place

An area that the general campus community has routine access to and where one’s expectation of privacy would be limited, such as outdoor areas, lounges and hallways.