Appeal Process

The decisions made by a Conduct Officer or Student Conduct Board related to responsibility or sanctions can be appealed, provided that one or more of the reasons for appeal is relevant to the case:

  1. Procedural error, which had a bearing on the original decision.
  2. New information that was not available at the time of the hearing which would affect the original decision.
  3. Information demonstrating that there is no way a reasonable person could have arrived at decisions similar to the original decision absent bias.

The right to appeal does not entitle a student or student organization to a full rehearing of the entire case. The appellate board reviews the appeal only if sufficient and appropriate grounds for appeal exist.  No appeal simply stating the student’s perception that the outcome is overly punitive will be considered unless outcomes vary wildly from standard sanctioning practices.

Appellate Officer / Appeals Board
The Appellate Officer for cases resulting in suspension or expulsion shall be the Vice Chancellor.  All other cases will be referred to the Appeals Board for review.  The Appeals Board is comprised of three members, including students and faculty or staff members.  The students serving on the Appeals Board shall be appointed from the Student Conduct Board and will not have participated in the original hearing of the case.  The faculty or staff members shall be appointed by the Dean of Students, or designee, annually and will chair the appellate proceedings.  All three members shall have an equal vote and a majority vote is needed to change a previous decision regarding responsibility and/or sanctions.

Appeal Procedures
The following procedures are followed regardless of the appellate body.

  • A written request must be completed and submitted via the online request form, within three class days from the date of the Outcome Letter.
  • Unless instructed otherwise, a student should continue going to class during the Appeals Process. 
  • The appeal should be complete at the time of submission, including at a minimum: the reason(s) for appeal with the supporting facts, any new information available and why it was not available at the time of the original hearing, and any supporting documentation.  All appeal materials must be uploaded at the time of submission.
  • The appellate officer or appeals board shall have access to the case file maintained by the Dean of Students’ office, which will be provided by the office to the appellate body.
  • The Director of Community Standards and Appeals Board chair will review the written request, any accompanying information, and will decide whether or not to grant an appellate review.
    • In cases where the outcome assigned is suspension or expulsion, the Director of Community Standards will forward the request and case information to the Vice Chancellor for review. The student does not have an active role in this appeal.
    • If the Appeals Board finds no basis for review, then the original decisions regarding responsibility and sanctions will stand, and the student will be notified in writing sent via email to the student’s University email address.
    • If there are grounds for review of a case that did not result in suspension or expulsion, the Appeals Board will either review the case information or convene a rehearing of the case. A student is not guaranteed a meeting with the Appeals Board during the review.
  • Appellate responses are communicated in writing and sent to the student’s University email address. The student is considered to have received the appellate response upon the response being sent to the student’s email address.
  • Sanctions related to suspension, expulsion, and removal from campus housing will not take effect until the appellate process is complete, except in the case of Interim Administrative Measures.
  • The process is complete once the appellate response is sent to the student’s University email address.

Appeal Outcomes

  • The Appellate Officer or Appeals Board has the option of:
    • affirming the original decision(s) regarding responsibility and sanctions,
    • affirming the original decision(s) regarding responsibility and modifying the sanctions,
    • if a procedural error is found to have impacted the original outcome, sending the matter back for a rehearing by either the Student Conduct Board or Conduct Officer,
    • or reversing the original decisions regarding responsibility and eliminating the sanctions.
  • All appellate responses are final.