Student Appeals

The primary issue in a review of a disciplinary decision is whether University policy, procedures, and practices have been properly applied, not whether a student agrees or disagrees with the decision.

A student may submit an appeal if it is based on at least one of the following four grounds:

  1. A procedure was not followed as outlined in University policies.
  2. A claim that the decision of the hearing panel was clearly biased.
  3. A claim that the sanction(s) imposed was (were) overly harsh or inappropriate (only sanctions of suspension or expulsion
    may be appealed
    ).
  4. New evidence is presented, reasonably not available at a previous hearing, that could exonerate the student.

The student may submit an  appeal through a link in their decision email or by using the link below, documenting the reason(s) for appeal. Appeals must be received no later than five calendar days from the date of receipt of the email. Only appeals from the accused student will be considered. If more than one student is involved in the incident, each must file a separate appeal.

Appeal of decisions made by a hearing officer will be reviewed in a timely ma nner by the Dean of Students. The finding will be communicated via email in writing to the student. Students who wish to appeal the decision of the Dean of Students may do so if they meet the above established criteria, to the Vice President of Student Affairs.  After, decisions made by the appropriate appellate authority are binding and no additional appeals will be considered.

Student Appeal Form (Judicial Process)