Appeal a Student Conduct Decision

How do I appeal a student conduct decision?

All appeals should be sent to the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at sconduct@marymount.eduand addressed to the appellate officer listed in your outcome letter. You may not appeal an outcome simply because you disagree.However, you can appeal the Outcome Letter within three (3) business days of the date the letter was sent for one or more of the following purposes:

  1. To consider new information which was unavailable at the time of the original hearing
    • Example: After your hearing, you learn that another student recorded the incident, and the video will clearly show that you were not involved with the incident. In this example, you would need to submit your appeal explaining why the evidence was not available at the time of the hearing along with the video and a statement from the person who had the evidence explaining how they came to record the video.
    • General Guidance:You should consider the elements of the appeal. The new information must have been unavailable at the time. As such, you will need to explain why the information was unavailable, why the information could not have been provided in any other form at the time of the hearing (such as a written witness statement), and how the evidence will alter the outcome of the case.
  2. To assess whether a material deviation from written procedures resulting in an unfair outcome of the hearing.
    • Example:If you were only given two calendar days’ notice of your hearing rather than the required four calendar days’ notice.
    • General Guidance:You should consider the elements of the appeal. In this case, it must be a deviation from written procedures, so your appeal should include references to our code where it states a procedure that is different than what occurred. It must also have led to an unfair outcome, so you will need to explain how that specific error impacted the case.
  3. To assess whether a sanction of the loss of University housing, a suspension, or expulsion will have a substantially disproportionate impact on you or is inconsistent with University practices and values.
    • Example:You were expelled for drinking one beer on campus and it was your first violation. While the university has the right to address violations of the code, it must do so in a manner consistent with it practices. The Code outlines standard sanctions for the most common alcohol and drug violations. An expulsion is inconsistent with those outcomes.
    • General Guidance:If there is a reference in the code to what should have been the outcome, you should include that information. If not, this is an opportunity to explain how the incident will have a disproportionate effect on you in comparison to other students.

For more information about the student conduct process in general, review our video: https://youtu.be/0X1PHzx1Kjc