Students may appeal the decision of a disciplinary hearing officer or the Peer Conduct Board. A letter of appeal must be submitted in writing to the appropriate appeals officer within five calendar days from the date of notification of the official decision. The appeals officer will render a decision within ten calendar days. Failure to appeal within the allotted time will render the original decision final and conclusive. The appropriate appeals officer is as follows:
a. For Administrative Hearings, appeals will be heard one administrative level up from the original hearing officer (e.g. the Assistant Dean of Residence Life will hear the appeal for a hearing conducted by a Residence Hall Director; the Assistant Vice President for Student Life will hear the appeal for a hearing conducted by the Assistant Dean of Residence Life).
b. For Peer Conduct Board Hearings, appeals will be heard one administrative level up from the original hearing officer (e.g. the Assistant Vice President will hear the appeal for a resolution written by the Assistant Dean of Residence Life).
Students who file an appeal may request a meeting with the appeals officer. Such a meeting may or may not be granted, subject to the discretion of that official.
Appeal decisions will be based solely upon the record of the original proceeding, upon the written appeal, and upon the meeting with the student, if held.
Assigned sanctions are not subject to appeal. Only one appeal may be heard per case and are based on the following grounds for appeal:
a. An erroneous finding of fact contrary to the substantial weight of the evidence;
b. Incorrect interpretation of a policy or of the responsibilities of the hearing officer/board;
c. Bias on the part of the disciplinary hearing officer/board which materially affected the hearing; and/or
d. New evidence material to the case that was not available at the time of the hearing.
After receiving an appeal and reviewing all available information, the appeals officer may elect to:
a. Deny the appeal and, in doing so, affirm the finding and the sanction originally determined;
b. Remand the case to the original hearing body with recommendations;
c. Order a new hearing with a new hearing body; or
d. Dismiss the case.
The decision of the appeals officer is final and is not subject to additional appeal.
The imposition of sanctions normally will be deferred during the pendency of appellate proceedings, unless otherwise directed by the appeals officer.