Any party may appeal decisions of the Administrative Hearings or Honor Council to an appellate body. Procedures for appeals are in this handbook and are also available in the dean of students office.
General appeal process
- An accused student or a complainant may request an appeal by so notifying the Dean of Students within five school days of the notification of the decision. Such a request for an appeal shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Dean of Students Office.
- The Dean of Students Office or a designee shall determine whether the matter is appropriate for appeal based on whether the information contained in the written request for appeal gives reason to believe that:
a. The original hearing may not have been conducted fairly in light of the charges and evidence presented and/or may not have been conducted in conformity with college guidelines (that give the complaining party a reasonable opportunity to prepare and present evidence that the Code of Conduct was violated, and that give the student a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a rebuttal of those allegations); or
b. The decision reached regarding the accused student may not have been based on substantial evidence, that is, the facts in the case may not have been sufficient to establish that a violation of the Code of Conduct occurred; or
c. The sanction(s) imposed may not have been appropriate for the violation of the Code of Conduct which the student was found to have committed*; or
d. New evidence may exist which is sufficient to alter the decision, and such evidence was not brought out in the original hearing because such evidence was not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing.