Request for Appeal
found responsible for a violation, or victims involved in cases of
sexual mis-conduct, may request an appeal of the decision made by a
student conduct officer or conduct board. An appeal is not a re-hearing
and must fit within the guidelines listed below. The Director of
Residence Life (level 1 cases) and/or Dean of Student Development (level
2 cases) or designee will review requests to determine if there are
sufficient grounds for an appeal. For cases in which the Dean of Student
Development makes the original student conduct decision, the Vice
President for Enrollment will act in the role described in this section.
Appeals must be in writing and must clearly demonstrate one of the
Information of a Substantive Nature: New, significant or relevant
information regarding the case becomes available that could not have
been discovered through investigation prior to the time of the original
conduct meeting/hearing. Information is not considered new if the
student did not attend the original conduct meeting/hearing or
voluntarily withheld information during the original conduct
meeting/hearing and/or investigation.
Procedural Error: The specified procedural error or error in
interpretation of university conduct procedures may have substantially
affected the conduct meeting/hearing such that the student was denied a
fair conduct meeting/hearing or the error prevented the hearing officer
or panel from making a fair decision.
Disproportionate Sanction: The sanction appears to be significantly
incongruent with the violation, given either the student’s prior record
or the usual action for his or her offense.