Appeals

A respondent has the right to appeal the outcome or the sanction of a student conduct process on one or more of the following grounds for appeal:

  • There was a material deviation from the procedures that affected the outcome of the student conduct process;
  • There is new and relevant information that was unavailable, with reasonable diligence and effort, that could materially affect the outcome;
  • The sanction(s) was clearly inappropriate and/or disproportionate to the prohibited conduct for which the respondent was found in violation.

Appeals must be submitted in writing to SRR within five business days after receipt of the outcome letter. Failure to appeal within the allotted time will render the original decision final and conclusive. 

Process - the basic outline of the process is as follows. Please see the Code of Student Conduct for additional details and information.

  • Appeals are reviewed by the Associate Dean of Students or designee to determine if the appeal provides the grounds as described above and in the Code of Student Conduct; 
  • Review will generally be completed within 14 days of the date the appeal is filed;
  • If the appeal is found to have provided grounds as described above and in the Code of Student Conduct, it will be forwarded to the Chair of the Committee on the Judicial System; 
  • This person shall select a Panel of three persons from the Committee to review and decide the appeal;
  • One member from each constituncy (students, faculty, administrators) shall be appointed;
  • The decision to grant or deny the appeal will be based on information supplied in the written appeal and when necessary, the record of the original proceedings;
  • The decision of the Panel shall be final and conclusive and no further appeals will be permitted;
  • Sanctions will generally be deferred during the pendency of appellate proceedings, unless it is decided that the continued presence of the student on campus poses a substantial threat to themselves, others, or to the stability and continuance of normal university functions.

Decisions of the Panel of the Committee on the Judicial System include:

  • Affirm the findings of the original board or conference;
  • Remand the case to the original board or conference officer for a new hearing or conference;
  • Request that a new board or conference officer hear the case.