Appeal process

Established to afford the responding student an additional level of due process, an appellate review is centered on whether or not the original decision is sound enough to withstand the scrutiny of an impartial review. This process is initiated solely at the responding student’s request. The decision made in the appeal process is final, and the case will be closed upon completion of the appeal process.

Appeals of Honor Committee decisions must be submitted in writing within five (5) business days of the hearing. Appeals can be granted on the basis of the following:

  • New information (this does not include an individual failing to show up for their hearing who wants to present evidence they would have presented had they appeared)
  • Procedural irregularity

Appeal requests must include the following information:

  • Name and G Number of the Student
  • Sanction assigned by the honor committee
  • Clearly stated grounds upon which the student is appealing
  • A written statement detailing the appeal. Optional additional information, including witness statements in cases of new evidence, can be included

The decision to accept or deny the appeal will be made by three (3) Honor Committee members who have had no prior contact with the case. These individuals will review the evidence and, if necessary, the audio transcript of the original hearing.   In cases where there is no committee available to hear the appeal and the result of the appeal may impact a student’s graduation, tuition payment, or other extraordinary circumstance, an individual appeal officer may be assigned to the case.

Faculty members do not have an appeal avenue. However, they may submit a new case against a student if they have new evidence that was not available at the time of the hearing.

In the event that a faculty member chooses not to follow the Honor Committee’s recommended sanction, students may appeal the faculty member’s action to the Academic Appeals Committee, via the Office of the Provost. The decision of this committee is the final step in the Academic Integrity process.