Committee on the Judicial System

The Committee on the Judicial System is the university’s appellate body, which is comprised of two faculty members, two staff members, and two full-time undergraduate students and one full-time graduate student. 

Appeals must be based on new information that is relevant to the case, not presented during the hearing/conference, and that significantly alters the finding of fact.  In accordance with the "Code of Student Conduct," appeal requests for any other reason (e.g., the severity of sanction) will not be accepted.

If an appeal is found to be viable by the Executive Director of Planning & Outreach or designee, the appeal will be forwarded to the Chair of the Committee on the Judicial System, who shall select a Panel of three persons from the Committee to review and decide the appeal (the “Panel”).  One member from each constituency – students, faculty, and administrators – shall be appointed, but otherwise, the selection of Panel members shall be within the discretion of the Chair. 

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.  As a general practice, the Panel will attempt to reach its decision within 45 days, although it may take additional time to do so in individual cases depending on the circumstances involved, the complexity of the facts, the availability of witnesses, and other factors. 

The Panel of the Committee on the Judicial System may

  1. Affirm the finding of the original board or conference;
  2. Remand the case to the original board or conference officer for a new hearing; or
  3. Request that a new board or conference officer hear the case. 

The decision of the Panel, or the outcome and sanctions (if any) resulting from any new hearing or conference ordered by the Panel in connection with the appeal, shall be final and conclusive and no further appeals will be permitted. 

For information regarding the appeals criteria and process, please read Article 33, Article 34, Article 35, and Article 36 of the "Code of Student Conduct."