Findings of the investigation cannot be appealed. Sanctions imposed
by the Dean of Students Office/Human Resources Office
post-investigation can be appealed by any party according to the
grounds below. Sanctions imposed by the Dean of Students Office will
be in effect during the appeal process. Students may request an appeal
to the Dean of Students Office and employees may request an appeal to
the Human Resources Office to delay implementation of the sanctions
until the appeal is decided, but the presumptive stance of the
University is that the sanctions will go into effect immediately.
- Any party who files an appeal request must do so in writing to the
Dean of Students Office or designee, or Human Resources Office or
designee, within two business days of receiving the written
decision, for a review of the sanctions imposed.
- The written decision will be provided in person and/or emailed to
the parties’ university-issued email accounts and/or mailed to the
local mailing address of the respective party as indicated in
- The appeal request will be shared with the other party (e.g. if
the responding party files an appeal, the appeal is shared with the
reporting party, who may also wish to file a response and/or bring
their own appeal on separate grounds; this response or appeal will
be shared with the initial appealing party).
- The appeals board can take one of three possible actions:
- dismiss an appeal request as untimely or ineligible;
- grant an appeal and remand the finding and/or sanction for
- modify a sanction.
- The original finding and sanction will stand if the appeal request
is not timely or substantively eligible, and that decision is final.
- The party requesting appeal must show clear error as the original
finding/or a compelling justification to modify a sanction, as both
finding and sanction are presumed to have been decided reasonably
- An appeal provides limited review of the original decision. It is
not an opportunity to present evidence again or to reevaluate
credibility. The grounds for appeal are:
- A procedural error occurred that significantly impacted the
outcome of the finding (e.g. substantiated bias, material
deviation from established procedures, etc.);
- To consider new evidence, unavailable during the original
investigation, that could substantially impact the original
finding or sanction. A summary of this new evidence and its
potential impact must be included;
- The sanctions imposed fall outside the range of sanctions
designated for this offense and the cumulative conduct history
of the responding party.
- If remanded to re-open the investigation, the results of a revised
investigation can be subsequently forwarded for reconsideration to
the sanctioning panel. If the appeal remands to the sanctioning
panel for review, the reconsideration of the sanctioning panel is
- In rare cases where a procedural error cannot be cured by the Dean
of Students Office/Human Resources Office, the appeals board may
order a new sanctioning panel. The results of a reconvened
sanctioning panel cannot be appealed. The results of a new
sanctioning panel can be appealed once on any of the three
applicable grounds for appeals.
- The appeal board will typically render a written decision on the
appeal to all parties within five business days from review of the
appeal. The appeal board’s decision to deny an appeal request is final.