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 must be submitted by completing the online appeal form within seven calendar days of the issuance date of the hearing decision.
On the online appeal form, the student must specifically address at least one of the following criteria:
The hearing decision was not supported by substantial information. In other words, there was no reasonable basis for such decision. The disciplinary committee's credibility assessment of the student and witnesses is not subject to review by the dean. The student must state the basis for this belief and provide relevant supporting information.
New information that was not reasonably available at the time of the hearing and would have substantially impacted the decision. The student must provide a summary of this new information and its impact.
Procedural irregularity in the investigation or disciplinary committee proceedings that was substantial enough to undermine the student's ability to present a defense or provide relevant supporting information. The student must identify the specific investigative or hearing procedure that was not followed, along with a summary of how it undermined the student's ability to present a defense or provide relevant supporting information.
Bias or conflict of interest by an investigator or committee member. The student must state the basis for this belief and provide any supporting information.
Inappropriateness of the sanction for the violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
Generally the appellate process does not 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 advisory 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 the Student Disciplinary Committee chair for further consideration. The dean's decision shall be final and effective immediately. A letter describing the result of the appeal and the rationale for the decision will be emailed to the student's pepperdine.edu account.