Appeal Process

Complete appeal procedures can be found in the Student Conduct System Handbook.

In cases of violence related violations, sexual assault, stalking, gender-related harassment, or domestic/relationship violence, decisions of the respective boards are effective immediately. In all other cases, decisions of the respective boards are effective immediately, unless a written notice of intention to appeal has been received by Community Standards (CS) within twenty-four (24) hours after the confirmed decision is made available.

Either party may appeal the decision of the hearing board in writing within five (5) University business days after the written decision is made available. All appeals must be submitted via the Appeal of University Conduct Board Outcome form and authored by the submitting party. Appeal submissions uploaded on the form must not be more than two (2) pages, double-spaced, using 12-point font and 1-inch margins (not including attachments.) An appeal by one party will be forwarded by Community Standards to the other party. Appeals produced by procedural advisors or other non-parties will not be considered by the University Appeals Board.

Appeals must be based on one or more of the following:

  • New evidence not reasonably available at the time of the original hearing, the absence of which can be shown to have had a detrimental impact on the outcome of the hearing;
  • Procedural error that can be shown to have had a detrimental impact on the outcome of the hearing;
  • Errors in the interpretation of University policy so substantial as to deny either party a fair hearing;
  • Grossly inappropriate sanction having no reasonable relationship to the charges.

The other party will be permitted to respond in writing, specifically addressing the issues raised in the appeal, within five (5) business days after the appeal has been made available. Responsive submission must follow the same formatting and page length requirements as the original appeal.

The University Appeals Board will make a decision on the case. Decisions of the University Appeals Board will be final when reviewed and confirmed by the Senior Vice President for the Student Experience, or a designee. More information can be found in the appeals portion (Part 10 ) of the Handbook.