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Submitting An Appeal Request
Grounds for Appeal
A student may appeal the outcome of an Administrative Hearing or Conduct Board Hearing on one or more of the following bases:
- The student was not accorded his/her procedural rights as outlined in this Handbook;
- New evidence that was unknown or unavailable at the time of the initial hearing has become available which would have significantly altered its results; or,
- The sanction imposed is substantially disproportionate to the offense (including any consideration of the student’s prior offense(s)).
A student may appeal a sanction as disproportionate to the offense (basis #3 above) only in regards to the following sanctions:
- Residence Hall Suspension*
- Residence Hall Expulsion *
- A sanction issued by the Conduct Board or amended by the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs/Chief Conduct Officer following a Conduct Board Hearing
* Exclusion from housing on weekends is not considered residential suspension or expulsion and cannot be appealed.
Note: Sanctions imposed following an Administrative Hearing or a Conduct Board Hearing will remain in effect until the decision of the appealing body is rendered.
Process for Appeal
- Appeal requests must be filed in writing to the Vice President of Student Affairs no later than three (3) business days after receipt of the Conduct Outcome Letter. Failure to submit such a request in the manner prescribed will be deemed a waiver of the right to appeal.
- In most cases, the Vice President of Student Affairs’ review will consist of a review of the written appeal request, the case file, and written findings of the Conduct Board or Administrative Hearing Officer. In cases involving Suspension or Expulsion, the Vice President of Student Affairs may also review the case personally with the student, any witnesses, or other appropriate parties prior to making a decision.
- If the Vice President of Student Affairs believes sufficient evidence exists to proceed, they will refer the appeal to the Conduct Board or another Administrative Hearing Officer to determine the outcome of the appeal. In the event the appeal is of a sanction given by the Conduct Board is overturned by the Vice President of Student Affairs, a new Conduct Hearing Board will be appointed to hear the case.
- The Vice President of Student Affairs may render a decision on appeal without referring the appeal to the Conduct Board or another Administrative Hearing Officer where:
- A student is appealing based upon procedural error or new evidence (basis #1 or basis #2);
- The Conduct Board is not in session, (e.g. final exams, academic break periods, periods at the start of each semester prior to the convening of the Conduct Board);
- The Conduct Board is unable to conduct its proceedings according to the provisions of the outlined this Handbook;
- The number of cases to be heard cannot be scheduled in a timely manner;
- The cases involve a special need for confidentiality.
- All decisions on appeal are final.