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 calendar 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. The written appeal must specifically address at least one of the following criteria:
1. Insufficient information to support the decision.
2. New information, sufficient to alter a decision, or other relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing.
3. Procedural irregularity from the disciplinary procedures that undermined the student's ability to present a defense (see the "Disciplinary Procedures" section and reference the specific procedures violated).
4. Bias or conflict of interest by a committee member or investigator.
5. 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 appeal committee to assist in making a recommendation to the vice president regarding the appeal. The vice president shall not be bound by the committee's recommendation.
The vice president may affirm, reverse, or modify the sanction. The vice president may also return the case to the associate dean or Student Disciplinary Committee for further consideration. The vice president's decision shall be final and effective immediately.