Student Conduct Appeals

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Student Appeals

Students are entitled to request an appeal for each incident. Requests for an appeal must be made within five (5) business days of the outcome letter. Students appealing to Academic Affairs, must be appealing a decision made by the Executive Director for Residential and Student Life OR Campus Judicial Officer. Minor Housing Violations that are determined by a Residence Director are not appealable to Academic Affairs and should follow the Housing Appeals Process. An appeal is limited to a review of the proceedings before the conduct officer and any evidence that first became available after the student conduct meeting.

Grounds for Appeal

Grounds for an appeal are considered if any of the following are met:

  1. The judicial process was biased.
  2. New information or evidence is available that supports a change in the current decision which was not present at the time of the original student conduct meeting.
  3. Disciplinary sanction imposed was too severe for the violation.

Appeal Decision

  1. The written appeal should include any supporting documents, videos, or witness statements.
  2. While an appeal is pending, student conduct sanctions are suspended until the Appellate Reviewer has acted upon the request and a final resolution has been reached. An exception may occur to ensure the health, safety, or well-being of members of the residence hall community or to preserve property.
  3. The Appellate Reviewer may:
    1. Uphold or modify the original decision;
    2. Uphold or modify the student conduct sanctions and/or;
    3. Remand the case back to be reheard or reconsidered in cases where there is new information or a procedural error.

Appeal Procedure

  1. Complete the Appeal Request Form.
  2. Attach documents to support your basis for appeal.
  3. Send signed Appeal Request form and any additional documentation to the Office of Academic Affairs by the deadline. Academic Affairs will ensure the appeal officer receives the appeal and the record of the case.
  4. Students neither meet with nor make an oral presentation to the appeal officer.
  5. Students who do not submit their appeals by the date and time specified in their decision letter waive their opportunity to appeal.
  6. Students who do not provide information to support the basis of their appeal waive their opportunity to appeal.

Appeal Request

 

Please select basis for your appeal from one or more of reasons listed below. Provide facts, documentation, or perspective to support your appeal for each basis you select. Send any additional documentation to the Office of Academic Affairs at AcademicAffairs@Fairmontstate.edu. Academic Affairs will ensure the appeal officer receives the appeal and the record of the case.

Please identify the error(s) in the proceedings that took place and how these error(s) prevented a fair, impartial, or proper hearing.

Please describe the new evidence and, if appropriate and possible, attach it to this appeal. Indicate why the information was not provided at the time of the student conduct meeting. Also indicate why the information is sufficient to alter the original decision in the case.

Please explain how the sanction imposed was too severe for to the violation given all the relevant circumstances.