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Nonseparable Appeals
If a student is found responsible and sanctioned for a nonseparable academic integrity violation, he or she can appeal to the Campus Appeals Committee (CAC). If the student does not appeal within the specified time frame, the finding will stand and the sanction will be implemented.

1. The student completes an appeal form, briefly summarizing the event, the supporting evidence, and his or her reasons for challenging the finding and/or sanction. The appeal must be submitted to the Assistant Director for Student Conduct within ten (10) working days of receiving the finding and sanction.

2. The appeal is considered by the CAC, which consists of two students, one faculty member, and one non-voting staff member known as the Staff Investigator. The investigator collects any additional information needed to render a fair judgment and presents the appeal to the other members of the committee. The CAC considers the appeal on the basis of the written record only.

3.  The CAC may:

  • Uphold both the finding and the sanction.
  • Uphold the finding, but modify the sanction.
  • Dismiss the finding.

The student is notified in writing of the committee’s decision, which is final and not subject to further appeal.

Separable Appeals
If a student is found responsible for a separable academic integrity violation, he or she may contest the finding and/or the sanction. A student who has accepted responsibility for a violation may appeal the sanction only. If the student does not submit an appeal within the specified time frame, the finding will stand and the sanction will be implemented.

1. The student files an appeal to the Campus Appeals Committee (CAC), submitting an appeal form and any supporting documentation. The appeal may address the finding, the sanction, and/or any significant errors in the disciplinary process. If a Disciplinary Conference or University Hearing was held, the student may request a copy of the recording of the proceeding in preparation for the appeal. The appeal is due within ten (10) working days of the final sanction. The complaint party and the Conduct Officer have the right to submit a response to the student’s appeal.

2. The CAC, which in separable cases consists of two students and one faculty member, meets to consider the student’s appeal, the case file, and any statements submitted by the other parties. The CAC considers the appeal on the basis of the written record only.

3. The CAC may:

  • Uphold both the finding and the sanction.
  • Uphold the finding, but recommend that the sanction be modified.
  • Remand the case to a new Disciplinary Conference or University Hearing.

4. A sanction is reconsidered only if it is grossly disproportional to the offense. A case may be sent to a new conference or hearing if:

  • The accused student presents relevant new evidence that was unavailable at the time of the first proceeding;
  • The finding was not based on the facts presented; or
  • There was a procedural error so significant that it compromised the fairness of the disciplinary process.

5. The CAC’s decision is a recommendation to the Campus Academic Integrity Designee (CAID). If any part of the student’s appeal was denied by the CAC, the student is given the opportunity to respond to the committee’s recommendations.

6. The CAID reviews the CAC’s recommendations and any comments submitted by the student and makes the final decision regarding the appeal. The CAID’s decision is not subject to further appeal.