Appeal Request Process

 

1.     An appeal request shall be submitted via e-mail to conduct@willamette.edu within five (5) days of the date that the outcome notification was sent. The appeal request shall be written directly by the respondent stating the specific ground(s) for appeal.

2.     Grounds for Appeal – the appeal request shall be based on one or more of the following grounds:

        a.     A significant procedural error occurred that reasonably may have impacted the outcome.

        b.     New information exists which was unavailable to the student submitting the appeal request at the time of the conduct meeting or hearing and which would have likely affected the decision outcome. Deliberate omission of information by the appealing party is not sufficient grounds for appeal.

         c.     The sanction is inappropriate or disproportionate given the details of the case and the student’s prior conduct record.

 

3.     Appeal Request of Informal Resolution – Conduct Meeting

An appeal request regarding a conduct meeting outcome or sanction(s) shall be made to the Senior Associate Dean of Students or designee; an appeal decision is final.

 

4.     Appeal Request of Formal Resolution – Administrative Hearing

        a.  An appeal request regarding an administrative hearing outcome or sanction(s) shall be made to the VPSA; an appeal decision is final.

        b.  If the request for an appeal is granted on the basis of new information, the matter shall be referred back to the original conduct administrator(s) for reconsideration of the original determination or sanction.

        c.  If the request for an appeal is granted on the basis of a significant procedural error that reasonably may have impacted the outcome, the matter shall be assigned to a new conduct administrator(s) for a conduct meeting or administrative hearing.

        d.  If the request for an appeal is granted on the basis of inappropriate or disproportionate sanction, VPSA may review the conduct meeting or administrative hearing record and appeal material for reconsideration of the sanction if appropriate.

 

5.     Appeal  Request of Informal or Formal Resolution of Sexual Misconduct  

        a.  See Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and Sexual Misconduct Resolution Procedures for Students.

        b.  Appeal requests regarding sexual misconduct cases are not referred to individual conduct administrators or to any board or panel with student members.