An appeal must be presented in writing within three business days following written notice of the decision. An appeal is not a new hearing. It is a review of the records from the original hearing. If you do not seek an appeal for the proper cause, it may be dismissed.
An appeal can be requested if:
- A fundamental error occurred in the hearing procedures that unreasonably interfered with the student’s rights. You must specify the error in the appeal letter.
- New evidence or information relevant to your case that was not available at the time of your hearing becomes available. In your appeal letter, you must clearly present this information.
- The sanction imposed was unjust, unreasonable, or inappropriate. You must explain the reasoning for this appeal.
- The decision was contrary to the evidence presented. In your appeal letter, you must provide a detailed explanation.
If an appeal is granted, an appeal agent will review the case. The appeal agent may decide to:
- Uphold the original decision in full.
- Modify the stipulations attached to a sanction.
- Remand the case back to the original hearing entity for reconsideration.
- During the appeal process, the original sanctions and stipulations remain in effect. Under extenuating circumstances, the appeal agent has the authority to defer the imposed sanctions and stipulations while the appeal is in process. You will be notified in writing of all decisions regarding your appeal.