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 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 Dean to make personal contact with the student or the Student Disciplinary Committee. The Dean of Students may, but is not required to, convene an ad hoc appeals committee to assist in making a recommendation to the Dean regarding the appeal.
The Dean may affirm, reverse, or modify the sanction. The Dean may also return the case to the Associate Dean of Students or Student Disciplinary Committee for further consideration. The Dean's decision shall be final and effective immediately. In the event of extenuating circumstances the dean may refer the appeal to the Dean of Seaver College.