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Review Process

When the University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee has made a determination regarding allegations of unlawful discrimination or sexual misconduct the respondent and the complainant each may request a review of the decision regarding those allegations.

The only legitimate grounds for review are: 

  1. Prescribed procedures were not followed.
  2. New and material information unavailable to the University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee would substantially change the outcome of the proceeding.
  3. The sanction is disproportionate to the violation.

The request must be made in writing to the Dean of Students in the University (or designee) no more than fifteen days following the date on which the University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee issues a letter of notification.

A Review Board will be promptly constituted once a request for review is received by the Dean of Students in the University (or designee). Where allegations of sexual misconduct have been investigated, either party may request a review of the decision regarding those allegations.

The Review Board consists of the Dean of Students in the University (or designee), one faculty member of the University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee who serves as chair, and one student member of the University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee. The faculty and student members are both appointed by the Dean of Students in the University (or designee) and none shall be a member of any preceding Review Board that was involved in referring the case to a hearing or of the University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee that rendered the decision under review. All members of the Review Board must maintain independent judgment and an open mind about the decision under review.

The Review Board’s decision is final and non-reviewable.

In making a decision, the Review Board does not conduct a new disciplinary proceeding and normally does not interview witnesses or seek additional information from the student seeking review or witnesses, although the Review Board has the authority to do so and may seek additional information regarding the proceeding from the Associate Dean of Students in the University for Disciplinary Affairs.

The Review Board, acting on the basis of the entire record, may sustain, reduce, modify or strike the sanctions imposed if it determines that prescribed procedures were not followed; or, if it is satisfied in its reasoned judgment that the new and material information not available to the University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee more likely than not would have resulted in a different decision, it may require the University-wide Student Disciplinary Committee to reconvene and consider the new information in the proceedings.

The Dean of Students in the University (or designee) will promptly communicate the Review Board’s decision to the requesting student and other parties involved, as necessary.