Appeals Guide

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Primary Conduct and Student Group Appeal Process

After a decision is made by the Hearing Officer or Student Hearing Panel, the Respondent has the right to file an appeal.

  1. Appeals must be made in writing within 5 week days of the date of the outcome letter using the appeal petition. Appeals must cite one of the following grounds:
    1. New information became available that was not known at the time of the hearing;
    2. A major procedural error was made; or
    3. The sanction assigned was inconsistent with current sanctioning.
  2. The Student Appeals Panel will convene to review the appeal. To decide an appeal, the appellate body reviews the written appeal submitted by the appellant, (in Sexual Misconduct cases, any written responses) and may review any or all portions of the record as appropriate to decide the appeal. 
  3. The panel may accept, modify, or reject the decision of the hearing body, or return the matter for further proceedings. The decision of the Student Appeals Panel is final.

Scholastic Dishonesty Appeals Process

A student who disagrees with the faculty member's allegations and/or sanction(s) has ten (10) business days from the date the Report of Academic Dishonesty was submitted to begin the appeals process.

  1. The first step of the appeals process is to speak with the faculty member’s Department Head. If the faculty member is the Department Head the student should meet with the Associate Dean of the College.
  2. Within ten (10) business days after speaking with the student, the Department head or Associate Dean of the College provides a written decision to the student and to OSCCR concerning the appeal.
  3. A student who disagrees with the written decision of the Department Head or Associate Dean of the College may use the Student Academic Complaint Resolution policy to further appeal.

Nature of Appellate Review

The Student Experiences Committee administers the appeals process and the Committee has the authority to appoint additional appellate body members from the campus community to serve on the Student Appeals Panel per UMD Shared Governance Bylaws. There is one campus-wide appeal of a finding of a violation. Appellate review generally is an examination of the record by a new panel of 3 individuals to determine whether a serious error occurred in the original proceeding that resulted in unfairness. Appellate review respects the credibility judgments of the hearing body, and respects the hearing body's determinations as long as there is evidence to reasonably support them. The Student Appeals Panel is responsible for making a deliberative judgment regarding the specific grounds appealed - not to re-hear the complaint.