Student Handbook

Section I: Honor Code and Code of Conduct

 

Honor Code | Honor Code Commission |Honor Code Violations

Student Code of Conduct | Jurisdiction | Violations of Law | Standards of Conduct

The Skidmore Student Conduct Process

Honor Code

Established at the request of the student body in 1921, the Skidmore Honor Code defines the guiding principles of honesty, respect, and integrity that should inform all choices and behavior patterns in the Skidmore academic and social communities. Each student, in matriculating at Skidmore College (or engaging in any Skidmore-sponsored activity or program as a non-matriculated student), agrees to the following code:

I hereby accept membership in the Skidmore College community and, with full realization of the responsibilities inherent in membership, do agree to adhere to honesty and integrity in all relationships, to be considerate of the rights of others, and to abide by the College regulations.

It is the responsibility of every student and every member of the faculty and staff, both by example and by instruction, to encourage students to embrace the standards of the Honor Code. If a student is aware of a violation, he or she is honor-bound to speak to the student, and if necessary, to report the student to the Dean of Student Affairs (DoSA) or other appropriate member of the staff or faculty. (Note: All references to the DoSA include the Dean or his/her designee.) If a member of the faculty is aware that someone has committed an academic violation, faculty legislation requires that the faculty member report the violation to the Associate Dean of Faculty for Academic Advising. It is only through a combination of ethical commitment, guidance, and sanctions that the Honor code can become a living set of principles for our community.

As one regular manifestation of the Honor Code at Skidmore, at the end of each examination students must write and sign the following statement:

I have not witnessed any wrongdoing, nor have I personally violated any conditions of the Skidmore Honor Code while taking this examination.

This statement, provided by the instructor and transcribed by each student, should be included in every exam. Failure on the part of a student to write and sign this statement makes it incumbent upon the faculty member responsible to speak to the student about a possible Honor Code violation.



The Honor Code Commission

The Commission is a committee of the Student Government Association established to help educate students about the values, responsibilities, and consequences of the Honor Code. The commission also works with other areas of the student governance system and the deans of the College to recommend changes in the Honor Code system.

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Honor Code Violations

The goal of the Honor Code is to help all members of the Skidmore community develop as individuals as well as to assure the growth, safety, and ethical conduct of the community as a whole. While this Handbook focuses, as is appropriate, on student responsibilities and rights, the faculty and administration of the College also pledge to live by the principles of the Honor Code and to honor a host of professional standards as well. The faculty and staff are, however, generally answerable to codes and processes defined by the faculty and administration of the College, not to the hearing processes defined in this Handbook.

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Student Code of Conduct

Basic College regulations are vital to community welfare, student safety, and supporting high standards of ethical integrity. Skidmore College expects all members of the community to conduct themselves in a manner supportive of its educational mission. The College considers violations of these regulations as breaches of the College Honor Code that may lead to various sanctions, up to and including expulsion. In addition to following basic College regulations, community members are also obligated to observe the laws and ordinances of local, state, and federal governments. The College may press charges against community members engaged in criminal activities on or off the campus. All currently enrolled Skidmore students are required to report any circumstance that results in their arrest (including but not limited to non-custodial or field arrests) to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs/ Student Conduct Administrator within 72 hours after release.

Respect for the person, property, ideas, and perspectives of others and a commitment to intellectual and personal growth are values essential to membership in the College community. The policies listed below are illustrative only, not exhaustive; the College has the right and obligation to act upon conduct not in accord with the informing principles of the Honor Code or Code of Conduct, whether or not expressly proscribed below.

Students are provided a copy of the Student Handbook annually in the form of a link on the Skidmore College website. Students are responsible for having read and abiding by the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.

(The Skidmore College Student Code of Conduct is partially adapted from The NCHERM Group Model Developmental Code of Student Conduct and is used here with permission.)

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Jurisdiction

The Honor Code, the Code of Conduct and the student conduct process apply to the conduct of individuals who are considered students from initial enrollment through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment. The College retains conduct jurisdiction over students who choose to take a leave of absence, withdraw or have graduated for any misconduct that occurred prior to the leave, withdrawal or graduation. If sanctioned, a hold may be placed on the student's ability to re-enroll and/or obtain official transcripts and/or graduate and all sanctions must be satisfied prior to re-enrollment eligibility. In the event of serious misconduct committed while still enrolled but reported after the accused student has graduated, the College may invoke these procedures and should the former student be found responsible, the College may revoke that student's degree.

The Honor Code and Code of Conduct apply to behaviors that take place on the campus or at College-sponsored events, and may also apply to conduct occurring in other locations when the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students or designee determines that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial College interest. A substantial College interest includes, but is not limited to:

The Honor Code and Code of Conduct may be applied to behavior conducted online, via email or other electronic medium. Students should also be aware that online postings such as blogs, web postings, chats and social networking sites are in the public sphere and are not private. These postings can subject a student to allegations of conduct violations if the violations occur, or if evidence of policy violations is posted, online. The College does not regularly search for this information but may take action if and when College officials become aware of such information.

The Honor Code and Code of Student Conduct apply to guests of community members. Community members who host guests are expected to take reasonable precautions to ensure that their guests comply with the Honor Code and the Code of Conduct, and are subject to discipline if they fail to take such precautions. Visitors and guests may seek resolution of violations of the Code of Conduct committed against them by students of College.

There is no time limit on reporting violations of the Honor Code or the Code of Conduct; however, the longer someone waits to report an offense, the harder it becomes for College officials to obtain information and witness statements and to make determinations regarding alleged violations. Though anonymous complaints are permitted, the nature of anonymous reports makes investigation, determination, and remediation more difficult and, at times, impossible. The College therefore encourages persons reporting violations to provide their names and contact information whenever possible. College email is the primary means of communication with students. Students are responsible for all communication delivered to their College email address.

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Violations of the Law

Alleged violations of federal, state and local laws may be investigated and addressed under the Code of Conduct. The College may, but shall not be obligated to, delay its processes when criminal charges on the basis of the same behaviors that implicate the Honor Code and/or the Code of Conduct are being investigated. College action will not be altered or precluded on the grounds that civil or criminal charges involving the same incident have been filed or that charges have been dismissed or reduced.

The College reserves the right to exercise its authority of interim suspension upon notification that a student is facing criminal investigation and/or complaint. Interim suspensions are imposed until a hearing can be held. The interim suspension may be continued if a danger to the community is posed and the College may be delayed or prevented from conducting its own investigation and resolving the allegation by the pendency of the criminal process. In such cases, the College will only delay its hearing until such time as it can conduct an internal investigation or obtain sufficient information independently or from law enforcement upon which to proceed.

Students accused of crimes may request to take a leave from the College until the criminal charges are resolved. In such situations, the College procedure for voluntary leaves of absence is subject to the following conditions:

Any violation of the law should be immediately reported to Campus Safety and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Director of Student Conduct.

The Student Government Association provides students with the opportunity to receive one free legal consultation from the legal services of Richard F. Mullaney and Eleanor K. Mullaney, Attorneys At Law (518-584-8000).

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Standards of Conduct

Good social conduct in the large majority of cases is a matter of common sense and the ordinary principles of fairness, respect, and honesty. Considering how we ourselves would like to be treated will usually provide guidance on how to interact with other members of the community. The social policies listed below cannot capture the essential value of a respectful and cooperative community. The items listed do, however, suggest some of the more serious issues that sometimes confront our community. Violations of the Skidmore College Honor Code and Code of Conduct include, but are not limited to, the following:

Integrity: College students exemplify honesty, honor and a respect for the truth in all of their dealings. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

 1)      Falsification. Knowingly furnishing or possessing false, falsified or forged materials, documents, accounts, records, identification or financial instruments;

 2)      Academic Dishonesty. Violating the Academic Integrity Policy. For definition, policy, and conduct procedures, see http://www.skidmore.edu/advising/integrity/index.php;

 3)      Unauthorized Access. Unauthorized access to any College building (including but not limited to access through unauthorized use of keys, cards, etc.), unauthorized possession, duplication or use of means of access to any College building, or failing to report a lost College identification card or means of access (e.g., a key or card), propping of doors (of any kind) or unauthorized use of alarmed doors for entry into or exit from a College building;

 4)      Collusion. Action or inaction in concert with another or others to violate the Honor Code and Code of Student Conduct;

 5)      Election Tampering. Tampering with the election of any College-recognized student organization;

 6)      Taking of Property. Intentional and unauthorized taking of College property or the personal property of another, including goods, services and other valuables;

 7)      Stolen Property. Knowingly taking or maintaining possession of stolen property;

 Community: College students build and enhance their community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

 8)      Disruptive Behavior. Substantial disruption of College operations including obstruction of teaching, research, administration, other College activities, and/or other authorized non-College activities which occur on campus;

 9)      Infringement of Certain Intellectual Property Rights. Unauthorized use (including misuse) of the name, images, logos, trademarks or service marks, or other infringement of intellectual property rights, of the College or an organization recognized by the College;

 10)  Damage and Destruction. Intentional, reckless and/or unauthorized damage to or destruction of College property or the personal property of another;

 11)  Information Technology. Violating the College IT Policy. For definition, policy, and conduct procedures, see http://cms.skidmore.edu/it/policies/index.cfm;  

 12)  Gambling. Gambling as prohibited by the laws of the State of New York. (Gambling may include raffles, lotteries, sports pools and online betting activities);  

 13)  Weapons. Possession, use, or distribution of explosives (including but not limited to fireworks and ammunition), guns (including but not limited to air, BB, paintball, facsimile weapons and pellet guns), or other weapons or dangerous objects such as arrows, axes, machetes, nun chucks, throwing stars, or knives having blades in excess of six inches in length (except for culinary knives reasonably necessary for cooking in on-campus residences), including the storage of any item that falls within the category of a weapon in a vehicle parked on College property;

 14)  Smoking. Violating the College Smoking Policy. For definition, policy, and conduct procedures, seehttps://www.skidmore.edu/dean-students/smoking-policy.php

 15)  Fire Safety. Violating the Fire Safety Policy. For definition, policy, and conduct procedures, see http://www.skidmore.edu/student_handbook/room_and_board.php#fire

 16)  Animals. Violating the Service and Therapy Animal Policies. For definition, policy, and conduct procedures, see http://www.skidmore.edu/accessibility/policies/index.php

 Social Justice: Students recognize that respecting the dignity of every person is essential for creating and sustaining a flourishing campus community. They understand and appreciate how their decisions and actions impact others and are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community. They act to discourage and challenge those whose actions may be harmful to and/or diminish the worth of others. Conduct that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

 17)  Discrimination. Any act or failure to act that is based upon an individual or group’s actual or perceived status (sex, gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or other protected status) that is sufficiently severe that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from College programs or activities. The College reserves the right to sanction discrimination even if the behavior in question does not rise to the level of legally recognized or actionable discrimination.

 18)  Harassment. Harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected category constitutes violations of the Honor Code and Code of Conduct, but such violations are adjudicated under polices below rather than under the procedures described here.

 19)  Retaliation. Any intimidation, harassment, discrimination, retaliation or other adverse action against an individual as a result of that individual participating in, or cooperating with, College processes (including without limitation student disciplinary processes).

 20)  Abuse of Conduct Process. Abuse or interference with, or failure to comply in, College processes including student disciplinary processes, including, but not limited to:

 Respect: College students show positive regard for each other and for the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

 21)  Harm to Persons. Intentionally or recklessly causing physical or emotional harm or endangering the physical or emotional health or safety of any person.

 22)  Threatening or Intimidating Behaviors:

 23)  Bullying and Cyberbullying. Bullying and cyberbullying are repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally.

 24)  Hazing. Any behavior that is physically, emotionally or psychologically abusive to an individual or selected group of individuals for the purpose of gaining entrance or acceptance into an established group.

 25) Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct, including dating violence, stalking, and sexual misconduct. In cases where a Responding Student is alleged to have violated the SGBM policy and other violations of the Student Code of Conduct during the same incident, the Conduct Administrator may charge the SGBM Administrative Hearing Board to adjudicate all of the alleged violations. For sexual and gender-based misconduct definitions, policy, and conduct procedures, see

http://www.skidmore.edu/student_handbook/sexual-misconduct.php

 Responsibility: College students are given and accept a high level of responsibility to self, to others and to the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

 26)  Alcohol and Other Drugs. Violating the College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy. For definition, policy, and conduct procedures, see;

http://www.skidmore.edu/student_handbook/alcohol-and-other-drugs.php

 27)  Failure to Comply. Failure to comply with the authorized directives of College officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so;

 28)  Financial Responsibilities. Failure to promptly meet financial responsibilities to the College, including, but not limited to; knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to the College or to an official of the College acting in an official capacity.

 29)  Arrest. Failure of any student to accurately report an off-campus arrest by any law enforcement agency for any crime or offense (including but not limited to non-custodial or field arrests) to the Office of Student Conduct within 72 hours of release.

 30)  Other Policies. Violating other published College policies or rules, including but not limited to Residential Life policies;

 31)  Health and Safety. Creation of health and/or safety hazards (dangerous pranks, hanging out of or climbing from/on/in windows, balconies, roofs, etc.)

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The Skidmore Student Conduct Process

Authority

The Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs (DoS/VPSA) is responsible for resolving student violations of social policies while the Dean of Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs (DoF/VPAA) is responsible for resolving student violations of academic policies. All references to the DoS/VPSA and DoF/VPAA include the applicable dean(s) or their designees, hereafter referred to as the Conduct Administrator (CA). Students and faculty should report an alleged violation to the student and to the CA within a reasonable period after the violation was committed. However, the College reserves the right to pursue disciplinary action whenever it learns about a violation of the Honor Code or Code of Conduct.

The CA will develop procedural rules for the administration of the conduct process that are consistent with this process. Material deviation from these rules will, generally, only be made with reasonable notice to the parties involved. The CA may vary procedures with notice where the CA determines that the circumstances make such action necessary or advisable (for example, upon determining that changes to law or regulation require policy or procedural alterations not reflected in this process). The CA may, at any time, make minor modifications to procedure that do not materially jeopardize the fairness owed to any party. Questions of interpretation of the applicable rules or procedures may be referred to the DoS/VPSA for social policies and the DoF/VPAA for academic policies, who will have discretionary authority to resolve any disputed or ambiguous terms and whose interpretation is final.

Investigation

The CA will appoint an investigator(s) for allegations under this Code, typically a Campus Safety Officer in the case of social policy violations, and the Associate Dean of the Faculty in cases of academic integrity. The investigator(s) will take the following steps:

  1. Determine the identity and contact information of the party bringing the complaint, whether that person is a harmed party, a College representative or a third party;
  2. Conduct a preliminary investigation to identify an initial list of all policies that may have been violated, to review the history of the parties, the context of the alleged incident(s), any potential patterns and the nature of the complaint;

    a)   If the harmed party is reluctant to pursue the complaint, determine whether the complaint should still be pursued and whether sufficient independent evidence could support the complaint without the participation 
          of the harmed party
    b)   Notify the harmed party of whether the College intends to pursue the complaint regardless of their involvement, and inform the harmed party of their rights in the process and option to become involved if they so
          choose;
    c)   Implement appropriate action to maintain the safety of the campus community (or specific persons within the campus community) until the investigation and/or hearing process is complete, such as “no contact”
          directives, removal from campus residence facilities, removing a student from a class or classes, or interim suspension from the College.  A student subject to such interim measures may appeal the decision to 
          impose them to the DoS/VPSA within 3 business days after being notified of the decision;
  3. If indicated by the preliminary investigation and authorized by the CA, conduct a comprehensive investigation to determine if there is reasonable cause to believe that the Responding Student violated College policy, and to determine what specific policy violations should serve as the basis for the complaint;

    a)   If there is insufficient evidence through the investigation to support reasonable cause, the allegations will be closed with no further action;
    b)   If there is sufficient evidence through the investigation to support reasonable cause, the allegations will be referred for resolution as described below;
  4. The College may deny a student participation in commencement activities if the student is the subject of an ongoing investigation or has disciplinary charges pending.

Resolution Options

A student accused of violating the Honor Code or the Code of Conduct meets with the CA to review the complaint and potential avenues for resolution (described below). The CA determines which of the available processes will be used in any given case based upon factors including, but not limited to, the seriousness of the alleged violation, the existence of a pattern of repeat or multiple violations, or issues of fairness and equity.   If a student withdraws from the College while disciplinary action is pending, the College may proceed with resolution based on available information in the student’s absence, and include the finding in the student's permanent record. The student must resolve the disciplinary complaint before the College will consider readmission.

  1. Administrative Conference: The CA may conduct an administrative conference to determine and administer appropriate sanctions without a board hearing, typically when the Responding Student admits to violating the Honor Code or the Code of Conduct. In an administrative conference, complaints will be heard and determinations as to responsibility and sanctioning will be made by the CA. Sanctions may include any sanctions available in connection with a formal board hearing (described below).
  2. Informal Resolution: If harmed parties are willing, the CA may ask students (and faculty and staff as appropriate) to participate in mediation, conflict resolution circles, or restorative justice conferencing as an informal resolution, which may obviate the need for a formal board hearing.
    • Mediation and Conflict Resolution Circles: The CA may recommend facilitated dialogues to help parties in a dispute find an agreement that best meets their needs. Students in conflict may be referred to mediation or a conflict resolution circle to find a mutually acceptable outcome. Participation in mediation or a conflict resolution circle does not require admission of a violation and agreements do not result in a conduct record.
    • Restorative Justice (RJ) Conference. RJ is a collaborative decision-making process that includes harmed parties, Responding Students, and others seeking to hold Responding Students accountable by having them (a) accept and acknowledge responsibility for their misconduct, (b) to the best of their ability repair the harm they caused to harmed parties and communities, and (c) work to reduce the risk of further conduct violations by building positive social ties to the community. Trained facilitators guide the dialogue. After a discussion of the harm, the parties (rather than a conduct administrator or board) decide what steps the Responding Student can take to repair the harm. An RJ conference is a voluntary process used when a Responding Student has admitted to a violation. RJ agreements are included in the conduct record.
    • Students participating in an informal resolution process may elect to withdraw from the process at any time. If the Reporting Individual or Responding Student withdraws, the matter will be addressed through an administrative conference or board hearing
  3. Academic Integrity Resolution. Faculty are required to report suspected academic integrity violations of the Honor Code to the Associate Dean of the Faculty for Academic Policy & Advising. When a student acknowledges responsibility for a violation, the ADoF administers institutional sanctions as prescribed by faculty legislation and described in the Academic Integrity Handbook (found at http://www.skidmore.edu/advising/documents/AcademicIntegrityHandbook_Web.pdf); the instructor retains authority over the grade consequence. Most cases alleging academic integrity violations are resolved between the ADoF, the student, and the instructor but any party may bring the case to the Integrity Board. The Integrity Board is particularly important when a student contests the charge itself. If the student is found responsible, the Integrity Board cannot reduce or set aside sanctions imposed by the ADoF or modify a grade penalty determined by the instructor. The Academic Integrity Handbook describes further impacts of academic integrity violations and describes grievance procedures and the limited forgiveness policy. Questions about academic integrity may be directed to the ADoF or to the Director of Academic Advising.
  4. The Integrity Board (IB) or the Administrative Hearing Board (AHB) The IB/AHB meets with the Responding Student and determines if the Responding Student is in violation of the Honor Code or Code of Conduct and, if so, assigns sanctions. The IB/AHB requires a student who has violated the Honor Code or the Code of Conduct to be accountable for their misconduct and take steps to return to good standing. The procedures described below, which include fact-finding, discussion, complaint resolution, and assignment of sanctions, support these goals. The board depends on the participants' honesty, integrity, and commitment to resolving complaints, and decides each case according to its own merits and the disciplinary precedents that may apply.

Integrity Board/Administrative Hearing Board Structure and Process

Types of Boards

The Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs establishes the Integrity Board (IB) and Administrative Hearing Board (AHB).

Participants in the Hearing Process

Referral to Boards

Once a determination is made that reasonable cause exists for the CA to refer a complaint for a hearing, notice will be given to the Responding Student at least three days before the hearing. Notice will be in writing and may be delivered by one or more of the following methods: in person by the CA; mailed to the local or permanent address of the student as indicated in official College records; or emailed to the student’s College-issued email account. Once mailed, emailed and/or received in-person, such notice will be presumptively delivered. The letter of notice will:

Preparation for Board Hearings

The Board Hearing

Guidelines for Sanctions

Sanctions preserve individual and institutional integrity and, whenever possible and appropriate, help students to learn from their mistakes, make amends, and regain their standing in the community. The CAs maintain a record of all disciplinary hearings and sanctions applied, and these are admissible in subsequent student conduct proceedings involving the student(s) in question. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, those described below. Each listed sanction may be imposed alone or in combination with one or more others. Violations of the Honor Code may have an impact on eligibility for prizes and honors, eligibility to hold a leadership position, participation and/or status in the room selection process, graduate school applications, security clearances, etc.

Disciplinary Probation: The CA or board may sanction students found in violation of the Code of Conduct and/or the Honor Code in a variety of ways that protect the safety of the community, repair harm and/or rebuild trust. During the period from hearing to completion of sanctions, the student is on "Disciplinary Probation." If determined appropriate by the board or the DoS/VPSA or DoF/VPAA, a student on Disciplinary Probation may not be eligible to register for the ensuing semester of study at Skidmore or participate in Skidmore room selection or in the off-campus housing draw. In the case of graduating seniors, students may not receive diplomas or participate in the graduation ceremony until completion of all sanction requirements, unless specifically permitted by the IB/AHB. Note that some campus organizations, such as SGA, do not permit their members to serve in leadership positions if they are on Disciplinary Probation. Probation may also affect eligibility for study abroad, attending conferences, or representing the College at an official function, event or intercollegiate competition as a player, manager or student coach, etc.

Disciplinary Record

The outcome of a campus hearing is part of the education record of the Responding Student and is protected from release under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), except under certain conditions. As allowed by FERPA, when a student is accused of a policy violation that would constitute a “crime of violence” or forcible or nonforcible sex offense, the College will inform the alleged victim in writing of the final results of a hearing regardless of whether the College concludes that a violation was committed. Such release of information may only include the Responding Student’s name, the violation committed (including both the College policy(ies) violated and the findings of fact supporting the conclusion that the violation occurred), and the sanctions assigned (if applicable).

In cases where the College determines through the student conduct process that a student violated a policy that would constitute a “crime of violence” or forcible or nonforcible sex offense, the College may also release the above information publicly and/or to any third party. In addition, the College reserves the right to release information regarding disciplinary proceedings in other circumstances when required or permitted under applicable law, including but not limited to FERPA.

All conduct records are maintained by the College for seven years from the time of their creation except those that result in separation (suspension or expulsion), those that fall under Title IX, and violations of academic integrity, which are maintained indefinitely. Additional information about privacy, FERPA, and Skidmore student educational records can be found at this website: http://www.skidmore.edu/registrar/transcripts/index.php

Appeals Process

A student involved in the conduct process as a Reporting Individual or a Responding Student may appeal any decision from an Administrative Conference, the Integrity Board, or the Administrative Hearing Board. Appeals will be considered on the following grounds: (a) a procedural error occurred that significantly impacted the outcome of the process (e.g. substantiated bias, material deviation from established procedures, etc.); (b) the discovery of new evidence, unavailable to the appealing party during the original hearing or investigation, that could substantially impact the original finding or sanction; or (c) sanctions are disproportionate to the nature or severity of the violation or violations, taking into account the totality of the circumstances (including the cumulative conduct record of the Responding Student, if any).

Individuals who wish to appeal a decision must submit their request for review in writing to the DoS/VPSA (for social policy violations) or DoF/VPAA (for academic integrity violations) or the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Conduct (for cases involving only alcohol and other drug violations that were not heard by a hearing board) within five business days after receiving notification of the outcome being appealed. Upon receiving an appeal, the appellate officer may decline to consider the appeal if it is not based on one or more of the criteria listed above. If the appellate officer considers the appeal, he or she may review the record of the case and the Responding Student’s prior disciplinary history (if any), and may consult participants present at the initial hearing (if any) as he or she deems appropriate. If the appeal is granted, the appellate officer may alter the result of the case as to responsibility or sanctioning, remand the case to the original hearing board to reconsider some or all of the case, or direct that a Board of Appeals hearing be convened to reconsider some or all of the case. The decision of the appellate officer is final, subject to any further proceedings ordered by the appellate officer as described above.

Board of Appeals (BOA): At the discretion of the DoS/VPSA, DoF/VPAA or Associate Dean of Students/Director of Conduct, the BOA may review cases heard by Administrative Conference, the IB or AHB. BOA members are appointed by the appellate offficer from the pool of IB members who did not participate in the initial hearing (if any). BOA membership is as follows:

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