Student Handbook - Conduct Code


Appeals

The point of an appeal is not to provide the accused with a new hearing. The accused may appeal the decision of the Hearing Board based only upon the grounds outlined below with respect to the violation(s) found to have occurred. The complainant, in the case involving sexual misconduct, may appeal the decision of the Hearing Board based only upon the grounds outlined below. The appeal is to be prepared by the student or organization seeking the appeal, not legal counsel. There is no option for an appeal of sanctions issued through an Administrative Review.  Appeals of hearing decisions must be submitted to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students in writing within ten (10) days of written notification of the hearing results. The imposition of sanctions will remain in effect during the period of the appeal proceedings. Most appeals are reviewed by Vice President for Student Affairs. Appeals of expulsions from the College are handled by the College President directly.

The Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students may review all materials presented  at the hearing and may consult with the chair of the appropriate hearing board on questions of judicial procedure; and the Director of Student Conduct, on questions of appropriateness of the sanction(s).

Appeals shall be submitted based on the student’s ability to demonstrate that:

  • The hearing was materially inconsistent with the established judicial procedure;
  • New information which was discovered after the hearing that could not have been readily discovered before the hearing, and which evidence might have had an effect on the outcome of the hearing.

An appeal must set forth concisely the grounds for appeal, as well as any supporting material submitted by the accused students.

A written decision will be rendered by the Vice President for Student Affairs (or President in accordance with the above procedures) and mailed to the student’s local address, ordinarily within ten (10) days of receipt of the appeal. Vice President for Student Affairs (or President) may:

  • Uphold the original decision.
  • remand the case to the appropriate body for rehearing.

The outcome of the appeal is final.