A student found responsible for violating policy may appeal the outcome of the hearing officers and/or the sanction(s). All appeal requests for cases involving academic misconduct are forwarded to the Dean of the student’s respective school. All other appeal requests are forwarded to the appellate officer appointed by the Associate Vice President. All appellate officers receive relevant training at least once a year on how the adjudication and appeal processes works. The three grounds for appeal are:
  • Procedural error: An appeal based on procedural error must identify each instance if said error within the investigative and/or hearing process and said error must have substantially affected the fairness of the process;
  • New information: An appeal based on new information must explain why this information was not available or not provided to the hearing officers in a timely manner, and how this information would substantially alter the decision by the hearing officers; and/or
  • Excessiveness of the sanction: An appeal based on the imposed sanction must explain why this sanction is inappropriate based on the weight of the information provided during the investigation, hearing and/or sanction.
Disagreement with the finding or sanction(s) is not, by itself, a ground for appeal. Moreover, the purpose of an appeal is not to initiate a review of substantive issues of fact.

A student may appeal the outcome and/or sanction within five (5) days after receipt of the decision/outcome letter, by filing the appeal electronically to SCCS, directing its attention to the appellate officer outlined in the decision/outcome letter. Attached to their appeal, the student may provide a written submission for the appellate officer to review. This written submission should be no longer than five (5) single-spaced typed pages, using size 12 Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins. Relevant attachments are permitted so long as the material to be considered is directly cross-referenced in the five-page appeal request.

In determining an outcome, the appellate officer will have the ability to review the complete file, including all exhibits and permitted student submissions, and with that information will make an appropriate outcome.

If the appellate officer concludes that a change in the hearing officer’s outcome is warranted, the appellate officer may enter a revised outcome, reconvene the hearing officer’s to reconsider the outcome, or return the matter for additional investigation. The appellate officer can also change the sanction.

Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, the appellate officer will notify the student of the final decision in writing at their earliest convenience. This final decision is not appealable.


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