The Student Conduct Appeals Process

This appeals process does not apply to Title IX cases (please see below in the Title IX policy section). To ensure a fair student conduct process, an appellate system exists with strict guidelines for grounds of appeal. Regardless of the method of original adjudication, the appeals process is as follows:

Grounds for an Appeal

For a case or sanction to merit appeal, any of the following criteria must be met:

  • A procedural irregularity so substantial as to deny the responding student a fair hearing.
  • New evidence that could not have been known or presented at the time of the original hearing that is so substantial as to have likely altered the outcome of the original hearing.
  • Disproportionate sanctioning for the violation in question.

Options Available to the Appellate Body

  • Affirm the sanction.
  • Alter or reduce the original sanction. This will be done only if the appellate body finds that the sanction was grossly disproportionate to the offense and its standard and recommended sanction.
  • Remand the case back to the original hearing body. This is done only in the case of serious procedural error or new evidence that is so significant that the decision of the original hearing body would have likely been different.

Appellate Bodies

  1. The Dean of Students, or designee, serves as the appellate body for all judicial hearings. In the case of a disciplinary dismissal, the Provost serves as the appellate body.
  2. The Provost serves as the appellate body for administrative decisions rendered by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and academic violations adjudicated by the student conduct board.

The Process of Appeal

Assuming that any of the above grounds for appeal is believed present, the student follows this procedure as documented in the Guilford College Student Handbook.

  1. The student has two (2) working days (excluding College holidays and breaks) to submit, in writing, their appeal to the appropriate appellate body (see above). 
  2. The appellate body or designee will review the appeal and will respond within five (5) working days (excluding College holidays and breaks). 
  3. The decision of the appellate or designee is final and not subject to further appeal.