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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.

The student must submit the request for review and any supporting material in writing; the Review Board will consider only a request for review and/or supporting materials prepared and/or submitted by the student, i.e., the Review Board will not consider materials prepared or arguments advanced by other parties (e.g., an attorney). At the written request of the student, the student may be granted an additional fifteen days to submit those materials. Extension requests must be submitted to the Dean of Students in the University (or designee) not more than fifteen days following the date on which the University-wide Disciplinary Committee’s decision is formally communicated in writing.  Further extensions of time will not be considered (nor will “supplemental” submissions of supporting materials).

Requests for review should clearly state the basis for the request (i.e., that prescribed procedures were not followed, new and material information is newly available and/or disproportionate sanction) and include in the submission materials that directly support the complainant’s or respondent’s claim(s). Character references should not be submitted and will not be considered by a Review Board.

The Dean of Students in the University (or designee) will evaluate the request for review to determine whether it meets the above-stated criteria for convening a Review Board. Key to this evaluation is whether the claims presented in the request for review individually or collectively were more likely than not to have had a bearing on the University-wide Disciplinary Committee’s decision.

When both complainant and respondent submit requests for review and the Dean of Students in the University (or designee) determines that both meet one or more of the criteria for convening a Review Board, the Dean of Students in the University will decide whether the dual requests should be considered by separate Review Boards or by a single Review Board.

The Dean of Students in the University will inform the complainant and/or the respondent in writing if the other party has submitted a request for review and will subsequently inform both parties, in writing, if the request meets one or more of the criteria for referral to a Review Board. The complainant’s and/or respondent’s request for review will be made available to the other party, who will have 7 days to submit an optional response statement. This statement, if submitted, will be provided to the Review Board along with the request for review.

Review Boards will be convened as soon as is practicable but not before the deadline (either fifteen or thirty days, if an extension has been granted) for submitting a request for review.

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.