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Reasons For Appealing A College Disciplinary Sanction

Last updated on May 6, 2024

A college disciplinary appeal is a student’s last chance at reversing a finding of responsibility from a hearing. Appealing the decision gives the student an opportunity to have another staff member review the case.

What should I write about in my student disciplinary appeal?

The best answer anyone can give is that it depends. You must review the university policies regarding student appeals. They are typically limited to a few categories: procedural errors, new evidence and harshness of sanction.

Some schools, however, offer students the opportunity to argue on additional grounds. The wording can vary, but many times, it says something along the lines of the evidence presented does not support the findings.

What is the “Evidence Does Not Support The Finding” student appeal category?

In this category, the student is arguing that the evidence that was presented or that came out at the hearing does not support the charge or the finding by the panel. This is not an argument where you disagree with the ultimate outcome. This is where you can identify in your appeal specific facts that were discussed at the hearing that support your claim.

A simple example could be like this: You are accused of using a cell phone during an exam. A teaching assistant (TA) originally reported in an email that he saw you using a phone. But at the hearing, the TA testified that he could not be sure that you had a phone, that he really did not see anything and that he partially relied on what he heard.

Despite that, a panel finds you responsible. In that case, you would want to point out the TA’s testimony and argue that the evidence presented at the hearing does not support that you used a cell phone. These arguments are very fact-specific and require some skill to be made effectively.

Can you help me write my student disciplinary appeal?

Yes. Richard Asselta has assisted several students in writing successful appeals. Having a lawyer help you write your student appeal gives you a big advantage.

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