Appeals must be filed within five (5) business days after the conclusion of the conduct meeting or hearing. An appeal may be requested for the following reasons:
- Procedural Error - to determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly in light of the charges and information presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures giving the complainant a reasonable opportunity to prepare and present information that the Code was violated, and giving the respondent a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a rebuttal of those allegations.
- Unsupported Conclusion - to determine whether the decision reached regarding the accused student was based upon a preponderance of evidence.
- Disproportionate Consequence - to determine whether the consequences assigned were appropriate for the violation(s) of the Code which the student was found to have committed.
- New Information - to consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision, or other relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing.
Upon reviewing the appeal, the appellate authority can do the following:
- Remand the matter to the original hearing authority to re-open the case
- Affirm the finding
- Reverse the finding
- Modify the consequences
- Deny the appeal
The appellate authority will notify the person filing the appeal of the decision as soon as it is reached.