Appeal Process

If found responsible for a policy violation, a student may petition for an appeal. To do so, a  Petition for Appeal Form must be submitted, to the Office of the Dean of Students, within 2 business days of receiving the decision (whether the decision was given verbally or in writing) and must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Evidence did not warrant a finding of responsibility.
  • Hearing was not fair or due process was not followed (degree of due process varies with the significance of the potential outcome).
  • Sanction is not appropriate for the violation. (May not be applicable for standard sanctions).
  • There is new evidence that was not available at the time of the hearing. (Evidence must be substantial enough to change the outcome).

Submitting a Petition for an appeal does not guarantee that an appeal will occur. The petition provides information to the hearing officer to determine whether or not there is a basis for an appeal.

If an appeal is granted, the decision and/or sanctions may be upheld, changed (increased or decreased), or a new hearing granted.

Petition for appeal forms may be obtained from Residence Director, Apartment Managers, the Office of the Dean of Students or on the Office of the Dean of Students website.