The University has implemented procedures for student appeals with the intent of assuring fundamental fairness. Students who believe they were not treated fairly in the disciplinary process can submit a written appeal to the vice president for student life and dean of student affairs. The appeal letter must be submitted within seven (7) days of the issuance of the sanction.
The written appeal must specify grounds that would justify consideration. General dissatisfaction with the outcome of the decision or an appeal for mercy is not an appropriate basis for an appeal. Appropriate grounds for appeal include:
- Insufficient evidence to support the decision.
- New evidence or facts not known to the student at the time of the hearing.
- Procedural irregularity that undermined the student's ability to present a defense.
- Inappropriateness of the sanction for the violation of the Code of Conduct.
Generally the appellate process does not require a hearing, nor does it require the
vice president to make personal contact with the student or the Student Disciplinary
Committee. The vice president may, but is not required to, convene an ad hoc appeals
committee to assist in making a recommendation to the vice president regarding the
The vice president may affirm, reverse, or modify the sanction. The vice president may also return the case to the associate dean of student affairs for community standards or Student Disciplinary Committee for further consideration. The vice president's decision shall be final and effective immediately. In the event of extenuating circumstances the vice president may refer the appeal to the dean of Seaver College.