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Appeal Procedures

Any student wishing to appeal the decision of any hearing body must submit a letter to the assistant dean of students (social policies) or associate vice president for academic affairs (academic policies) by 5 p.m. on the second working day after the initial decision is rendered.

The appeal officer or University Appeals Board has the authority to:

  • Uphold the original decision;
  • Uphold the original decision but change the sanction (more or less severe);
  • Change the not/responsible decision; or
  • Remand the case to the original hearing officer or hearing board.

NOTE: The written appeal must be clear and specific as the appeal officer or University Appeals Board may base its decision solely on the written appeal. An appeal does not guarantee the opportunity to meet with the appeal officer or board. The written request must contain a detailed statement of the grounds for appeal, the date, and the signature of the student. Only those requests for appeal on the following grounds below will be considered. The review by the appeal officer or board will be based on these grounds and will not be a rehearing of the original case.

New Facts

Discovery of substantial new facts that were unavailable at the time of the hearing and which could affect the hearing outcome.

If the appeal is based on substantial new facts the request must outline the following:

  • Source of new information;
  • Name(s) of who can present this information;
  • Reason(s) why this information was not presented at the original hearing; and
  • Reason(s) why this information may contribute to a decision other than that which was originally made.

Inappropriate Sanctioning

If the assigned sanctions are either excessive or too lenient and are not consistent with the sanctions presented in the student handbook, the request for an appeal must include specific information indicating why the sanction is deemed inappropriate.

Procedural Violation

If there was a substantial violation of the hearing procedure.

If the appeal is based on substantial violation of hearing procedure the request must outline the following:

  • Citation of specific procedural errors with appropriate reference;
  • Reason(s) why procedural error was not mentioned in the original hearing; and
  • Reason(s) why correction of error can contribute to a decision other than that which was originally made.

 

Appeals for Social Policy Cases

Appeal Process for Sanctions less than Disciplinary Suspension or Permanent Separation from the University:

The assistant dean of students for student conduct or his/her designee will review requests for appeals from students. The decision of the assistant dean is final.

In those cases where the assistant dean of students was the original hearing officer, the request will be forwarded to the assistant vice president for student life who will review the appeal. The decision of the assistant vice president is final.

Appeal Process for Students Assigned Disciplinary Suspension or Permanent Separation from the University or cases involving sexual misconduct:

The assistant dean of students for student conduct will forward the request for appeal to the assistant vice president for student life who will review the request for appeal.   If the request meets the grounds for an appeal, the University Appeals Board will review the case. The decision of the appeals board is final.

Appeals for Academic Policy Cases

A student found responsible for academic policy violations may request an appeal of the honor board decision or the "university related" sanctions assigned by the associate vice president for academic affairs. (Grade-related sanctions may not be appealed.)  If an appeal hearing is granted, it is heard by the University Appeals Board and their decision is final.

University Appeals Board

The University Appeals Board is comprised of the vice president for Student Life or his designee, the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs or his designee, the president of the Student Government Association (SGA) or another executive officer of the SGA and a faculty member.  (In cases related to sexual harassment/misconduct, members will have been trained in both the conduct process and the issues related to personal violence and sexual misconduct.)