Conduct conferences do not have an appeal process. If you are the respondent and you attended your hearing, you may appeal the decision of a Conduct Officer or panel for sanctions involving separation (termination of the housing agreement, revocation of admission and/or degree, suspension of student organization status, conduct suspension, or conduct expulsion) or other guidelines in XII.F.4.a.
Requests for appeal should be emailed to the Director, or designee, within 5 business days from the date on which the hearing decision letter was sent. Requests received after this date will only be accepted for good cause. Any request for an appeal should describe, as thoroughly and precisely as possible, the basis for the request, as an appeal will normally be limited to a review of applicable records. When the Director, or designee, requests to speak with any party regarding the appeal, the purpose will be to gather information related to the appeal request, not to rehear a case.
All appeals must be sent to the director for consideration. You should be sure to include your name and UIN in the email so Mr. DeBowes can identify your case. At least one of the following reasons should be stated in your request for an appeal:
- To determine whether sanctions involving separation (termination of the housing agreement, revocation of admission and/or degree, suspension of student organization status, conduct suspension, or conduct expulsion) were appropriate in light of all relevant factors (other sanctions are not eligible for appeal).
- To determine whether a significant departure from any provision of this Code unfairly and materially impacted the outcome of the hearing (deviations from procedures outlined in the Code will only be instructive when significant prejudice to the appealing student occurs);
- To determine whether a finding of responsibility was reasonable based on the information available to the Conduct Officer or panel; and
- To consider new information, not known or reasonably available to the appealing student at the time of the hearing, that could be sufficient to substantively modify the outcome of the hearing.
The original decision may be upheld, modified, overturned, or sent back to a Conduct Officer or panel to remedy any prior errors or to consider new information. The decision of the Director is final and not subject to further appeal.