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Appeals of Honor Council Verdicts

Any student found guilty of an Honor Code violation may appeal the verdict and/or the assessed penalty. The student must file the appeal in writing with the Chair of the Appeals Committee (the Honor Council President), stating what is being appealed and the justification for the appeal, within 10 class-days of being notified of the Honor Council verdict. Upon receipt of the appeal, the Chair shall convene the committee within 10 class-days to address the issue. The committee shall hear the reason for the appeal from the student, shall review the summary record of the hearing, may review the entire record of the hearing, and shall make a judgment based on this information. The committee may decide to hear and consider testimony not presented at the hearing, but it has no requirement to do so. The committee shall deliberate its decision in private.

No person may be present during the appeal hearing other than the Committee and the student, except that any person called to give testimony may be present for that purpose only. The Committee may refuse to hear an appeal, if justification for it is found lacking, and the Committee may also refuse to hear any testimony that it deems not relevant. Confidentiality of the appeal process shall be identical to that of violation hearings.

Upon compelling new evidence, determination of lack of due process, or disparate impact, the Appeals Committee may change an Honor Council verdict and/or may alter an assessed penalty. Upon reaching a decision, the Chair shall, within five class-days, send notice of the decision to the student via registered mail and shall formally notify the Honor Council. Since an environment of trust is vital for success of the Honor System process, if the Appeals Committee alters any decision of the Honor Council, it shall appear before the Council within 10 class days to explain the reasons for its action.

Appeal to the President of the University

Upon unsuccessful appeal to the Appeals Committee, a student may appeal directly to the University President, as the final authority. The University President will only consider appeals based on lack of due process (procedural errors) that have been previously denied by the Appeals Committee.  The decision to consider or reject a presidential appeal is at the sole discretion of the University President. If this is deemed necessary, the Honor Council, the Appeals Committee and all other appropriate parties shall be notified, in writing, and the President shall timely meet with the Honor Council to explain his reasons. If the President denies the appeal, he shall also notify the parties accordingly. Appeals to the President must be submitted through the Honor Council President in writing and within 10 class-days of denial of the appeal by the Appeals Committee. The appeal letter must state the basis for the appeal.

After a period of a minimum of five years following the imposition of a penalty for an Honor Code violation, a student may petition the President of the University to have all reference to the violation removed from the student’s academic record. The President will review the student’s justification for requesting this action, but he/she is under no obligation to act upon it.

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