Appeals

Eligibility to Appeal

A student found to be responsible for either an academic or nonacademic violation of the SCOC shall have the right to appeal. For cases involved harassment or discrimination, both the complainant and respondent have the right to appeal. Parties may appeal under the following grounds:

  • New information discovered that was not available at the time of the hearing
  • Procedural error occurred which affected the process
  • Sanction of suspension or dismissal not commensurate with the violation
  • Title IX appeal of sanction not commensurate with the violation

Submitting an Appeal

An appeal must be submitted in writing to the Director of SCCS within five days of receipt of the sanction decision letter by submitting the Student Code of Conduct Appeal Form. Upon receipt of the appeal, the Director of SCCS will forward the appeal along with the student's file to the University Appeals Administrator (UAA).

University Appeals Administrators

The Vice President for Student Affairs appoints University Appeals Administrators (UAA) to hear appeals. The University Appeals Administrators are:

  • Christine Ackerman
  • Ray Kimmel
  • Rachel Smith

Parties may challenge participation of a UAA on the grounds of conflict of interest. Challenges must be submitted in writing to the Director of SCCS along with the appeal within the five days. The challenge must specify reasons that would prevent the individual from being unbiased with respect to the hearing proceedings. The Director of SCCS, in consultation with the Dean of Students, shall decide whether the challenge has merit. If the challenge is granted or if there is an inherent conflict of interest with the UAA, a substitute will be appointed by the Director of SCCS, and the same option to challenge shall exist.