18.What does the appeals process entail?
The appeal is considered a review of the record and the process, not a new hearing. Therefore, the appeal officer will not conduct an in-person meeting. Appeals should be typed and submitted electronically. Specific instruction is provided on the outcome letter if a student is found responsible.
There are three grounds upon which a review of a decision of responsible may be made:
- If a student has new information, unavailable at the time the hearing
- If a student has concerns with the process that may change or affect the outcome of the decision
- If a student feels that the sanction issued is too severe.
The student will be contacted if further clarification is needed. The appeal officer will contact the student in writing once a decision is made. It is possible for the decision to sustain, overturn, or modify the original decision made by the Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards. The decision of the appeal officer is final. It is important to note that a modification of the original decision may result in a sanction that is more severe.