Appeals and Final Review
Respondents and complainants may petition for a review of a decision or assigned sanction(s) within three (3) business days of issuance of a written decision letter
. All requests for review must be in writing and delivered to the appropriate administrator as indicated in the written decision letter.
If the indicated administrator determines that a complaint may be reviewed, every opportunity will be taken, where possible, to return the complaint to the original hearing officer or hearing panel for reconsideration; however, if this is not possible, the complaint will be reviewed by the appellate body. The original hearing officer or hearing panel may support or change a decision. The review body will be deferential to the original decision-maker, making changes to the finding only where there is clear error and to a sanction only if a compelling justification to do so exists. Reviews will only be considered for one or more of the following purposes:
- To consider new information which was unavailable at the time of the original hearing that could change the outcome; or
- To assess whether a material deviation from written procedures resulted in an unfair outcome of the hearing.
Except as required to explain the basis of new information unavailable at the time of a hearing, review of a hearing will be limited to the record of the initial hearing and all supporting documents.
Sanctions are not appealable. However, in the case of loss of housing, suspension, or expulsion, a student may request that the sanction be reviewed by the student conduct administrator in order to determine if the original sanction of loss of housing, suspension, or expulsion is appropriate. If the original hearing officer is the student conduct administrator, the chief conduct officer will review the sanctions.