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Appeals

A student found responsible for a Code of Conduct violation may only appeal a sanction of Removal from University Housing or Suspension to Permanent Expulsion from the University, with the exception of cases involving allegation of sexual misconduct.  Appeals requests are limited to the following grounds:

  • A procedural error occurred that significantly impacted the outcome of the hearing (e.g. substantiated bias, material deviation from established procedures, etc.);
  • To consider new evidence, unavailable during the original hearing or investigation, that could substantially impact the original finding or sanction.[1]
  • The sanctions imposed are substantially outside the parameters or guidelines set by the University for this type of offense or the cumulative conduct record of the responding student.

Appeals shall be heard by the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designed Appeal Review Officer, or in cases of alleged sexual misconduct and/or other Title IX violations, an Equity Resolution Panel.  A written request for an appeal by the student must be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct within three (3) business days[2] of notification of results of the original hearing or conference. The Office of Student Conduct may administer the notification of hearing results via students’ official University email address.

The Appeal Review Officer or Equity Resolution Panel may sustain or modify the sanction set by the Office of Student Conduct when he/she determines that the sanction recommended was outside the University’s sanction range for such violations and/or not justified by the nature of the offense. The person conducting the appeal will forward a written decision and rationale to the Director of Student Conduct and/or Title IX Coordinator within ten (10) business days of receiving the sanction review request.

[1]  Failure to provide information during or participate in an investigation or a hearing, even resulting from concern over pending criminal or civil proceedings, does not make evidence "unavailable" at the time of the hearing.

[2] Note: Computation of time: When any period of time is referred to, such period in all cases are computed to exclude the first and include the last day of such period. Business days include normal University operating days and exclude holidays and weekends. The last business day ends at 4 p.m.