Following an initial review, both the accused student and the complainant may file a written appeal within 10 business days from receipt of the written opinion. Receipt is deemed accomplished by personal delivery or two days after the date of mailing. Written appeals should be submitted to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.
Should a party intending to appeal believe they have been given inadequate time to prepare their written documents, a written request for extension of time may be submitted to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards. The request must be submitted in writing within the 10-business-day appeal period, and should include the rationale for requesting extra time along with a proposed date by which all appeal documents will be submitted.
Requests for extension of time will be considered on their merits and will not be granted automatically. When an extension is granted, opposing parties to the initial review will be notified.
15.01 The written appeal must include the Appeal Request Cover Sheet indicating the specific grounds for the appeal (see Section 15.02 ), supporting arguments and documentation, and any other relevant information the accused student or the complainant wishes to include. Appellants should refer to Guidelines for Writing Appeals, a document available from the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.
15.02 Appeals must state one or more of the following criteria as the reason for the appeal:
15.03 Upon receipt of the written appeal, the other principal parties to the original complaint (complainant or accused student) are notified and provided reasonable opportunity to respond in writing to the appeal.
After receiving all appellate documents, the appropriate appeals panel will convene and review the submitted appellate documents, the written decision from the initial review and supporting documents relevant to the initial review decision. In addition, the appeals panel may request additional statements from the hearing officer of an administrative review or the chairperson or advisor from a panel review, and may refer to the audio recording of an initial panel review, if such was conducted. The appeals panel will issue a written decision to all principal parties to the initial review.
15.04 Upon review of the appellate documents, the appeals panel may uphold the initial decision in its entirety, increase sanctions of the initial decision, decrease sanctions of the initial decision, remand the case back to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards for further review or dismiss the case.
15.10 Appropriate Appeals Panel
B. STUDENT BEHAVIOR APPEALS PANEL
The members of this panel are appointed by the President. Each appeal is reviewed by three members including at least one student and one faculty member. The panel will be advised by an appointee of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The advisor will be a non-voting member whenever the panel convenes.
The Student Behavior Appeals Panel will meet on a regular basis to review all appeals where academic sanctions and/or sanctions of expulsion, suspension, revocation of degree and revocation of admission are imposed.