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The Appeals Process

Appealing a Decision Rendered by an Area Coordinator
Students wishing to appeal may do so to the Senior Director of Student Judicial Affairs within three business days from receipt of one's outcome letter.  The senior director or designee will limit the review of appeals to those that qualify under the approved three appeals grounds. The appeal must be submitted electronically.  Once a decision is made it is final, and no further appeals are allowed.

Appealing a Decision Rendered by the Senior Director of Student Judicial Affairs and/or a Hearing Board
Students wishing to appeal may do so to the college board of appeals within three business days of the receipt of the outcome of one's outcome letter. The appeals board will limit the review of appeals to those that qualify under the approved three appeal grounds (see below). The appeal must be submitted electronically. Once a decision is made it is final, and no further appeals are allowed.

Related Information
A hearing heard by an individual hearing officer will result in an appeal rendered by one person.  However, in circumstances where a multiple person panel hearing hears a case and/or an individual hearing officer, where suspension or expulsion are possible sanctions, then a multiple person panel will review the appeal.   All appeals are first reviewed for eligibility.  If an appeal merits review, then an appellate board will be organized.  Once a decision is made it is final, and no further appeals are allowed.      

Grounds for an Appeal
  1. Procedural error: The student must demonstrate that there was a material deviation or change from the procedures outlines in policy, that had the proper procedures been followed, the outcome would like have been different.
  2. New evidence: The student must demonstrate that new evidence became available or discovered after the hearing which would likely have impacted the outcome had the evidence been known and reviewed during the new investigation or hearing.  The student needs to present or describe the new evidence in writing and explain why the new evidence was unavailable prior to the hearing.
  3. Substantial bias: The student must demonstrate facts that show prejudice, bias, or other inappropriate or unlawful factors improperly influenced the outcome. 
Related Information
Students will receive a written notice of the result of their appeal within 14 days or shortly after.   The timeframe is a target deadline and in extenuating circumstances the College reserves the right to extend the time, as needed.  An appeal may result in supporting a decision, modifying a decision or dismissing a decision from the hearing board or hearing officer.  Students are limited to one appeal, and the decision of the appeal authority is final.

Request for Appellate Consideration
The form for appellate consideration is entirely online. Complete the Request for Appellate Consideration Form.

If you have any questions regarding the appeals process, contact us.