Worcester State University
Student Conduct

 

Appeals Process


A decision reached by a judicial body may be appealed by the accused student(s) to the Appellate Board or Dean of Students no later than 5:00PM on the fifth (5) business day from the date of the decision letter. You must complete the appeal form.

If you fail to appear at your original hearing without consent of your Hearing Officer you may lose your right to appeal. 

 

An appeal is not a new hearing but a review of the summation/record of the initial hearing and supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:

 

a.     To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly in light of the charges and evidence presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures.

 

b.    To determine whether the finding of responsible is supported by the weight of the evidence.

 

c.     To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate.

 

d.  To consider new evidence, sufficient to alter a decision or
     other relevant facts not brought out in the  original hearing,
     because the person appealing did not know such
     evidence and/or facts at the time of the original hearing.

 

A request for an appeal shall be denied if the Judicial Coordinator determines that it does not meet the above criteria. 

 

Upon completion of the appellate hearing, the Appellate Board or Dean of Students shall promptly notify the accused student of the outcome of the appeal. Said decision(s) shall take one of the following forms:

 

a. Appeal Upheld: The accused student’s request for relief has been honored. In the case of an upheld appeal, the new findings/sanctions shall be stated

 

-or-

The matter may be remanded to the Judicial Administrator for re-opening of a hearing to allow reconsideration of the original determination and/or sanction(s).

 

b. Appeal Denied: The accused student’s request for relief is denied and the findings and/or sanctions stand.

 

In the case of extraordinary circumstances, the Vice President of Student Affairs, or his/her designee, may waive the deadline for filing an appeal. The decision to waive a deadline shall be final. No disciplinary sanction shall be imposed while an appeal is pending unless the Judicial Coordinator determines that such action would be in the best interest of the accused or other members of the College community. An interim suspension shall remain in force while an appeal is pending unless the Judicial Coordinator directs otherwise.

 
 
Related Links:
  Residence Life
  College Police
  College Handbook
  Code of Conduct Student Affairs
  Student Rights Responsibilities Sheet
  Student Conduct Appeal Form


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