Appeal Process

Both the reporting party and the respondent have the same opportunity for consideration to appeal the outcome or findings of the allegation of Misconduct and of any disciplinary actions. The limited grounds on which the University will consider granting an appeal are one or more of the following:

  • New Information of a Substantive Nature: New and relevant information that was not available at the time the decision was made that could have significantly impacted the findings or the outcome
  • Substantive Procedure Error: The original processes had a significant or relevant procedural error that may have impacted fundamental fairness
  • Substantive Disproportionate Response: The University response was clearly disproportionate to the established range of consequences for the violation

A formal request for an appeal should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator within five business days of receiving notice of the decision. The request for an appeal must consist of a concise written statement outlining the grounds for the appeal as described above. The Title IX Coordinator will review the request and will notify the person of the University response to the request as well as provide information regarding the appeal process if the appeal process is granted. At their discretion the University may choose to implement the original University response, sanction or other interim measures during the appeal process.

Student requests for an appeal will generally be directed to the Conduct Appeals Committee, which is a broadly representative group comprised of faculty/staff. The assistant vice president for Campus & Student Life serves as the ex-officio secretary and non-voting member.

Given that in most cases the respondent has already had a face-to-face hearing with the investigative processes and/or the judicial body, the appeal process does not provide a second opportunity for a face-to-face hearing nor does it provide a rehearing of the facts or a repeat of the investigative processes. The appeal is generally limited to review of a written appeal or other relevant documents.

The role of the Conduct Appeals Committee is not to substitute judgment for the original decision—the Committee will remain focused on the specified grounds for the appeal.

In cases where there is new or relevant information of a substantive nature, the appeal request may be returned to the original judicial body for review.

The Conduct Appeals Committee can uphold the original decision, alter the original decision, and/or alter the University response.

The decision of the Conduct Appeals Committee will be final (except that, in cases of dismissal or termination, the responding student may request an additional review with the provost.

Additional Information and Rights

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