Conduct Case Review Procedures

Students found in violation of University Standards of Conduct, policies or regulations at the conclusion of the University Conduct Process shall be provided the opportunity to seek a Case Review. 
 
Please note: Separate Case Review Procedures exist for findings from the Administrative Hearing for Alleged Violations of the Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and/or Hostile Environment Policies.
 
Third parties may not file a request for a Case Review on behalf of a student. Requests for Case Review must be submitted by the student via online form within seven (7) calendar days of being informed of the original decision. Failure to submit a request for Case Review within the time specified will render the original decision final and conclusive.
 
Unless otherwise stated, if a request for a Case Review is filed, the outcomes issued by the Office of Community Standards (or its designee) will not become effective until the Case Review process is complete.
 
Upon timely receipt of a request for Case Review, the student’s conduct file will be forwarded to the appropriate reviewer. The Office of Community Standards or designee shall also have the opportunity to provide a response to a request for Case Review. This response may include any information that the Office of Community Standards or designee regards as relevant to the review, including any information used in making its determination.
 
As explained below, separate conduct Case Review routes exist for: (A.) conduct cases that result in an outcome of Permanent Dismissal, and (B.) conduct cases that result in an outcome other than Permanent Dismissal.
  1. Conduct cases that result in an outcome of Permanent Dismissal:
    1. The student has the opportunity to request a Case Review by the Office of the President of the University or designee. 
    2. The student may request a Case Review of any aspect of the decision for any reason. Within seven (7) calendar days of being informed of the decision, a student must submit a request for Case Review via online form which describes all issues to be considered by the Office of the President or designee.
    3. Decisions of the Office of the President or designee will be based on a review of the file and are final.
  2. Conduct cases that result in an outcome other than Permanent Dismissal:
    1. The student has the opportunity to request a review by:
      1. the Conduct Case Review Board for those requests submitted from the first day of class to the last Monday of class before Final Exams in the Fall semester, and from the first day of class to the last Monday of class before Final Exams in the Spring semester.
      2. the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for those requests submitted outside of those dates listed in (i.) above.
    2. The Conduct Case Review Board shall be composed of one student, one faculty member and one administrator, selected by the Conduct Case Review Coordinator based upon recommendations provided by the Student Government Judicial Council President at the beginning of each academic year. Board members will be given case review assignments on a rotating basis.
    3. A request for Case Review conducted by the Conduct Case Review Board or the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is of the file and is based only upon the following grounds:
      1. procedural defect in the University Conduct Process which would have been substantial enough to have changed the outcome, and/or
      2. the discovery of substantive new information that was unknown or unavailable to the student at the time of the Conference or Hearing and would have had a significant effect on the outcome.

        The severity of outcome is not considered a legitimate ground for a Case Review.
         
    4. Within seven (7) calendar days of being informed of the decision, a student must submit a request for Case Review via online form which describes the procedural defect or new information.
    5. If the appropriate reviewer determines that a procedural defect occurred in the University Conduct Process, the case may be:
      1. remanded to the Office of Community Standards with specific instructions to correct the defect(s) and reconsider the case, or
      2. referred to (or retained by) the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a final decision.
    6. If the appropriate reviewer determines that the review request contains substantive new information, the case shall be remanded to the Office of Community Standards for disposition.
    7. Decisions of the Conduct Case Review Board and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs are final.

Case reviews will generally be resolved within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the initial request for review. When extenuating circumstances necessitate additional time to resolve the Case Review, the student will be notified via electronic letter.