Appeal Guidelines

Section 15 – Appeals of the Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards process

Following an initial review, a student found responsible for a violation of the Student Conduct Code may file a written appeal within ten business days from receipt of the written decision. Receipt is deemed accomplished by personal delivery or three days after the date of mailing.

In most cases, the status of a student will not be altered and disciplinary sanctions will not be implemented until completion of the appeal. Written appeals should be submitted to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.

Should a party intending to appeal believe they have been given inadequate time to prepare their written documents, a written request for extension of time may be submitted to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards. The request must be submitted in writing within the ten business-day appeal period, and should include the rationale for requesting the extension along with a proposed date by which all appeal documents will be submitted.

Requests for extension of time will be considered on their merits and will not be granted automatically. When an extension is granted, opposing parties to the initial review may be notified.

15.01

The written appeal must include the Appeal Request Cover Sheet indicating the specific grounds for the appeal, supporting arguments and documentation, and any other relevant information the accused student wishes to include. Appellants should refer to Guidelines for Writing Appeals, a document available from the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.

The appellant should be aware that all appeals are documentary reviews in which no oral testimony is taken. Generally, appeals are determined solely on the merits of the documents submitted and do not proceed to oral hearing. Appellate documents therefore should be as complete as possible.

15.02

Appeals must state one or more of the following criteria as the reason for the appeal:

I. That new evidence has become available which is sufficient to alter the decision and which the appellant was not aware of or could not have been reasonably obtained at the time of the original review.

II. That the sanction imposed is excessive, insufficient or inappropriate.

III. That the review panel or review officer failed to follow university rules or regulations while reviewing the cited behavior.

15.03

Upon receipt of the written appeal, the complainant is notified and provided reasonable opportunity to respond in writing to the appeal, when appropriate.  When a student appeals, the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards may submit a response relevant to those grounds.

After receiving all appellate documents, the appropriate appeals panel will convene and review the submitted appellate documents, the written decision from the initial review and supporting documents relevant to the initial review decision. In addition, the appeals panel may request additional statements from the review officer of an administrative review. The appeals panel will issue a written decision through the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards to all principal parties to the initial review.

15.04

Upon review of the appellate documents, the appeals panel may uphold the initial decision in its entirety, increase sanctions of the initial decision, decrease sanctions of the initial decision, remand the case back to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards for further review or dismiss the case. The appellate panel applies a preponderance of the evidence standard.

All decisions of appellate bodies, as left in effect or modified by the Vice President for Student Affairs, are final and binding upon all parties. There is no further appeal in any of these cases.

15.05

Upon written request to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs, the university will provide an alleged victim of a crime of violence the final results of the disciplinary proceeding. Final results are available only after the appeal process has been exhausted and the university has made a final determination in the matter. Final results are limited to information related to the sanctions imposed by the university that affect the victim.

15.10  Appropriate Appeals Panel

I.  Peer Review Appeals Panel

The Peer Review Appeals Panel reviews all nonacademic appeals except those resulting in sanctions of expulsion, suspension, revocation of degree or revocation of admission, and except for matters of sexual, interpersonal, or protected class misconduct.

The panel is appointed by the Director of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, and consists of three to five members including at least one student member. The Director of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, or designee, shall serve as a non-voting advisory member of every appeals panel. The recommendations of the Peer Review Appeals Panel may be reviewed and modified by the Vice President for Student Affairs at their sole discretion and, once approved, are final and binding upon all parties.

II.  Student Behavior Appeals Panel

The Student Behavior Appeals Panel reviews all appeals where academic sanctions and/or sanctions of expulsion, suspension, revocation of degree and revocation of admission are imposed.

The members of this panel are appointed by the President or their delegate. Each appeal is reviewed by three members including at least one faculty member and one student. The panel will be advised by an appointee of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The adviser will be a non-voting member whenever the panel convenes.

The Student Behavior Appeals Panel serves the President through the Vice President for Student Affairs. The recommendations of the Student Behavior Appeals Panel are reviewed and modified by the Vice President for Student Affairs at their sole discretion and, once approved, are final and binding upon all parties. No student has the right to make a direct appeal to the Vice President for Student Affairs.