Appeal Process

Exterior of Campion Hall, taken February 2011

Respondents found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct may appeal in writing to the Dean of Students or their designee by following the procedures described in Section 5.2.1 of the Code of Student Conduct. 

An appeal is not a re-hearing and will not be granted based on a Respondent's disagreement with a decision; rather, an appeal is an administrative review of the investigation and hearing process to identify any procedural errors, consider newly discovered information, and/or assess the proportionality of sanctions. 

Instructions for submitting an appeal are included in all University decision letters. 

Summary of Appeal Process

  • Appeals must be submitted by 3:30pm on the third calendar day after the decision letter is issued; 
  • The appeal must be submitted in writing to integrity@seattleu.edu or delivered to Student Center 140;
  • When an incident involves multiple Respondents, each individual Respondent wishing to appeal must submit their own, individual appeal letter.  
  • Appeals must meet at least one of the criteria detailed in Section 5.2.1 of the Code of Student Conduct. 

University appeal decisions are final.   

Not a Re-Hearing: Acceptable Grounds for Integrity Formation Appeals

1
Significant Procedural Error

A procedural error occurred that significantly impact the outcome of the investigation.

2
New Information

New information has been discovered that was not available or known to the appealing party during the investigation and could substantially impact the findings.  If a student chooses not to attend a hearing, their testimony or documentary/tangible evidence may not be considered "new evidence" in an appeal. 

3
Substantially Disproportionate Sanctions

The sanctions imposed were substantially disproportionate to the violation. 

 

This information is presented as a summary only.  A complete description of the appeals process can be found in Section 5.2.1 of the Code of Student Conduct.  Students found in violation of a policy related to sexual misconduct should visit Section 4.6 of the Code of Student Conduct for appeal information. 

Appeals are typically resolved within 30 days following receipt of the written appeal request.