Appeals within the Student Conduct Review Process


Students found in violation as a result of a formal hearing may appeal the finding(s) and sanction(s) imposed. The appeal must be made in writing to the Appellate Officer (VP of SDES or designee) within ten (10) business days after the date the student was notified of the decision by the Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI) or designee.

Students may appeal the finding(s) and sanction(s) imposed on the basis of one or more of the following:

    1. Irregularities in fairness and stated procedures of the hearing that could have affected the outcome of the hearing.
    2. Discovery of new and significant information that could have affected the outcome of the hearing and that was not known or could not reasonably have been discovered and/or presented at the time of the initial hearing.
    3. The sanction(s) are extraordinarily disproportionate to the violation(s).

The appellate officer shall first determine if sufficient grounds for appeal exist and then, if so, the appellate officer may:

    1. Deny the appeal, thus sustaining the initial decision
    2. Alter the sanction(s)
    3. Return the case for a new hearing

The appellate officer should issue a written decision to the student’s appeal within twenty (20) business days of receipt of the appeal. Should the appellate officer require additional time for review beyond the twenty (20) business days, the appellate officer shall notify the charged student in writing of the need for additional time. Decisions of the appellate officer reflect final agency action.