The Appeal Process

The complainant and/or respondent shall have five (5) business days from the time that they are notified of an outcome to submit an appeal to the Department of Student Conduct and Community Standards. An appeal can be filed using the Appeals Board Request Form

The appeal is not intended to re-hear or re-argue the same case and is limited to the specific grounds outlined below. The appeal must specify the applicable grounds for appeal, the facts that support the appellant(s)' claim(s), and the requested solution. 

As a reminder, in a case where a respondent has accepted responsibility for violating the Code of Student Conduct, the appellant(s) may only appeal on the basis of, "the sanction(s) imposed were grossly disproportionate to the violation(s) of the Code of student Conduct for which the respondent(s) was/were found responsible."

What are the grounds for appeal?

An appeal shall be limited to review of the verbatim record of the initial hearing and the supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:

  • To determine whether there was a misapplication or misinterpretation of the rule alleged to have been violated.
  • To determine whether the hearing was conducted in violation of procedural requirements set forth in the code of student conduct, and whether these violation(s) significantly impacted the outcome of the hearing.
  • To determine, whether there was a reasonable basis for the hearing board's or hearing officer's decision.
  • To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were grossly disproportionate to the violation(s) of the code of student conduct for which the respondent(s) was found responsible.
  • To determine whether there is new evidence that was unavailable to the appellant(s) at the time of the hearing which is sufficient to alter a decision.

In order to prepare an appeal, the appellant(s) may have reasonable access to all available materials related tot he proceedings.

Who hears the appeal?

The Appeals Board is composed of three members including one student and at least one faculty member; it may include one contract professional. No Appeals Board member may have participated in the initial adjudication of the case. 

What appeal outcomes are possible?

  • The appeal may be denied and the outcome of the hearing upheld.
  • The case may be remanded for a new hearing.
  • The Appeals Board may reverse the finding of responsibility, in whole or in part, made by the University Hearing Board or Hearing Officer.
  • The Appeals Board may uphold, reduce, or increase the sanction(s) imposed by the University Hearing Board or Hearing Officer.
  • The Appeals Board may dismiss the appeal if the appeal is not based upon one or more of the grounds for appeal.

Does the appeal process impact the sanction(s)?

  • Sanction(s) will not be imposed until the appellant has been notified of the Appeals Board decision. Students who have received an interim suspension shall remain on interim suspension until the conclusion of the appeal process.
  • The decision of the Appeals Board is final.