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Judicial Appeals Overview

The appeals process typically proceeds like this:

  1. The student notifies the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs (DRLJA) of his or her intent to file an appeal.  The student must notify the DRLJA within 14 days of being notified of the outcome of his or her judicial case.
  2. The DRLJA gives the student a form with information on how to write an appeal.
  3. The student submits the appeal to the DRLJA.  The student may request a meeting to review the appeal with the DRLJA prior to submitting it.  The student must turn the appeal in within 14 days of giving notice of intent to appeal.
  4. The DRLJA prepares an appeals packet, consisting of a copy of the student’s appeal, a copy of the incident report and any other pertinent documentation, and a written explanation of the DRLJA’s decision and sanction in the case.
  5. The DRLJA turns the appeals packet in to the president’s office.  The president has 30 days to notify the student and the DRLJA of the outcome of the appeal.  The president can take the following actions:
    • Approve the decision:  The original finding and sanctions stand.
    • Reject the decision:  The original finding is reversed.  If a student’s finding of “in violation” is reversed, sanctions arising from that charge will be dropped.  If a student’s finding of “not in violation” is reversed, the student will be issued sanctions for the policy violation.
    • Modify the decision:  This generally involves a modification of sanctions.  For example, the president may find that the finding should stand, but the sanction should be modified.
    • Require the original hearing be re-opened:  If there is substantial new information to consider, the president may require that the original hearing be re-opened to hear the case in light of the new information.
  6. The decision of the president is the final appellate review.

For more information on the appeals process, please see section 8-600 of the Manual of Policy and Procedures.