Appeals

Students found responsible for violations of the Code of Conduct, as well as complainants within the conduct process, have a right to appeal. The appeal must be in writing and must be delivered to the Office of the Dean of Students electronically or in hard copy within three (3) business days of the date on which the Letter of Notification is sent.

Appeals are not re-hearings, and they are not granted on the basis of disagreement with the original decision. The Office of the Dean of Students will review appeal requests to determine if the appeal has sufficient merit and to decide on appropriate action. 

Appeals will be considered based only on the following reasons:

Appeal Procedure:

The Dean of Students or designee will consider all information related to the appeal and take one of the following actions:

Appeals for Complainants

Student complainants have the right to appeal based on the same above criteria.

Notification of Parties

In the event that there are two or more parties in a case -- complainant(s) and respondent(s) -- the other party will be notified at the time of appeal and given the opportunity to respond or provide information relevant to the appeal.

Timeline

A student has three (3) business days (a business day is defined as a day University offices are open) after written notice of a disciplinary decision is issued to file an appeal request with the Office of the Dean of Students. Failure to request an appeal within the 3-day working period waives the right to request an appeal. Special considerations can be brought to the attention of the Dean of Students. Implementation of sanctions during the appeal process is left to the discretion of the Dean of Students, or designee. Deadlines for assignments due will be adjusted to reflect the time it takes to process the appeal. 

Request for Appeal

The appeal must be typewritten and submitted with a Request for Appeal Form, which will be attached to the Letter of Notification. In completing the form, the student is asked to make a statement explaining in detail why an appeal should be considered. Copies of any documents that will substantiate or clarify the appeal should be attached. The completed form is to be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students in hard copy or electronically to deanofstudents@sxu.edu

References to the Office of the Dean of Students in the conduct process shall be understood to also refer to the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Vice President’s designee. 

In all appeal cases, the disposition of the case by the Vice President for Student Affairs is final.

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