Student Appeal Process

Appeal from Formal Hearing Decisions

  1. General Overview:  A student party who wish to appeal the decision from either Judicial Board Hearing or an Administrative Conduct Hearing must request an appeal in writing within three (3) calendar days of receipt of the outcome letter. For the appeals procedure related to Title IX matters, please see this link.

    Requests for an appeal must be made to the Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs, who serves as the Chair of the Student Appeals Committee. A case is limited to one appeal.

    If the Student Appeals Committee Chair determines that adequate grounds for an appeal exists, the Chair will convene an Appeal Panel, which shall include the Chair, one faculty member, and one student member from the Student Appeals Committee.

    If the Chair determines that the Respondent has not provided adequate grounds for an appeal, the request will be denied.
  1. Grounds for Appeal: Appeals may only be made on the following grounds:

    1. A procedural error(s) occurred that may have prejudiced the Panel or the dean; or

    2. The Respondent has evidence that was unavailable at the original proceeding and, had it been available, would likely have affected the outcome. “Unavailable” means the Respondent was unable to produce the evidence at the time of the hearing. This does not apply to evidence the Respondent chose not to produce.

      The Respondent may not appeal on the basis of dissatisfaction with the outcome or sanction.
  1. Appeal Process: Requests for an appeal should be written to the Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs, who serves as the Chair of the Student Appeals Committee. Appeals may be submitted electronically or in paper form and should include any materials relevant to the argument for appeal. Requests for appeal must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third day of the appeal period.

    The Respondent’s request for appeal should clearly state the grounds for an appeal (i.e., clearly identify the procedural error and/or provide the evidence that was unavailable and explain why that information was unavailable).

    Upon receipt of a request for an appeal, the Dean for Student Affairs shall promptly review the request to determine whether the Respondent has provided adequate grounds to consider an appeal. If an appeal is deemed appropriate, the Dean for Student Affairs shall convene a panel of members of the Student Appeals Committee.

    The Office of the Dean of Students may provide a response and submit any relevant materials to the Student Appeals Panel regarding issues raised in the appeal. 

  2. Appellate Review: The Appeal Panel will limit its review to a review of the record from the original hearing and supporting documents, any statements submitted by the Respondent, and the response offered by the Office of the Dean of Students. In cases where the Respondent appeals on the basis of evidence unavailable at the original proceeding, the Student Appeals Committee may consider such evidence.

  3. Outcome: The Appeal Panel is not bound by the finding of responsibility or the sanction. The Appeal Panel may affirm, reverse, or modify the hearing decision and/or may eliminate, reduce, or increase the sanction. The Appeal Panel may direct either the Dean of Students to take appropriate action in light of its decision or ask the Judicial Board or Hearing Officer to reconsider the case with appropriate corrections. 

  4. Administrative Decisions: Students wishing to appeal a conduct outcome (see Student Disciplinary Process) from either a Conduct Officer or a Hearing Officer may appeal that decision in writing to the Dean of Students within three (3) calendar days of receiving the outcome letter documenting the sanction(s). Appeals must be made on the same grounds as appeals from a formal Hearing Decision as described above.

    Upon receipt, the Dean of Students will promptly review the request to determine whether the student has provided adequate grounds for an appeal. The Dean of Students is not bound by the original determination or responsibility or sanction. The dean may affirm, reverse, or modify the decision and/or may eliminate, reduce, or increase the sanction. 

  5. Disposition Without a Hearing: Students who request and receive a disposition without a hearing may not appeal.