Students who wish to appeal the decision of a Title IX investigation or subsequent disciplinary action imposed can submit a written appeal to the Title IX Appeals Committee via the Title IX Officer. The Appeals Committee shall normally be called by the Title IX Officer and consist of at least three of the following: The Title IX Officer, the Provost, the Vice President of Student Affairs and a senior faculty member of the school, to be chosen by the Title IX officer in consultation with the Dean, to which the student is enrolled. The appeal must be submitted within seven (7) calendar days of the issuance date of the outcome of the Title IX investigation or letter of disciplinary action. The written appeal must specify grounds that would justify consideration. General dissatisfaction with the outcome of the decision or an appeal for mercy is not an appropriate basis for an appeal. The non-appealing party will be notified of the request for appeal and may file a response with the Appeals Committee within seven (7) calendar days from the date of notification.

The written appeal must specifically address at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Insufficient information to support the decision.
  2. New information, sufficient to alter a decision, or other relevant facts not brought out in the original investigation, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the investigation.
  3. Procedural irregularity in the disciplinary proceedings that undermined the respondent's ability to present a defense or the complainant's ability to present relevant information supporting his or her complaint.
  4. Bias or conflict of interest by a committee member or investigator.
  5. Inappropriateness of the sanction for the violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Generally, the appellate process does not require a hearing, nor does it require the Appeals Committee to make personal contact with the students. Within twenty (20) business days from the date of receipt of the initial request for appeal, the Appeals Committee may affirm, reverse, or modify the sanction. The Appeals Committee may also return the case to the Title IX Coordinator for any additional needed follow-up. The Appeal Committee’s decision shall be final and effective immediately. A copy of the decision letter will be provided to both parties.