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Appeals Process

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 University dean of students (hereafter, "dean"). 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 and/or facts that were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing that is relevant and sufficient to alter the initial decision and/or sanction.

  3. Procedural irregularity from the Disciplinary Procedures that significantly and substantively undermined the student's ability to present a defense. The appealing party must specifically reference the relevant provisions of the "Disciplinary Procedures" section above that he or she believes the committee and/or chair should have followed.

  4. Bias or conflict of interest by a committee member or investigator. The appealing party must state the basis for this belief and provide any supporting evidence.

  5. Inappropriateness of the sanction for the violation of the Student 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 may, but is not required to, convene an ad hoc appeal committee to assist in making a recommendation to the dean regarding the appeal. The dean shall not be bound by the committee's recommendation.

The dean may affirm, reverse, or modify the sanction. The dean may also return the case to the associate dean or Student Disciplinary Committee chair for further consideration. The dean's decision shall be final and effective immediately (or as otherwise designated by the dean).