A. Membership - Three faculty members and three students, not members of any other judicial body, shall be chosen in accordance with the provisions set forth in Article IV. The term of office for the Appeals Council shall be two years. No one shall be elected for more than four consecutive years. The council shall elect a Chair from its own membership.
B. Functions - The Appeals Council shall have final judicial authority to deal with infractions of the University regulations, except those within the jurisdiction of the Personnel Committee, to hear appeals of individuals against whom action has taken by a Residence Hall Director, Judicial Hearing Officer, the Judicial Council, the Traffic Council (for major violations only) the United Greek Governing Board or the Academic Council. After examining the record, the council may decide to hear the appeal in its entirety or to limit the scope of its hearing. In all cases the Appeals Council will determine the facts and prepare a written statement. When Traffic Council has acted as an appellate body for a major violation, its decision may be further appealed to Appeals Council, but the council may decline to hear the case. In cases of suspension or dismissal, a student may file an appeal to the President. This must be done in writing (no emails) within 48 hours of the notification (either written or verbally) of the sanction.
C. Rules concerning judicial records shall be promulgated by the Appeals Council.
D. The Appeals Council, when considering that pending matters merit the attention of the Academic Council, shall inform the Academic Council accordingly.
E. Any student who is convinced that his/her academic performance has been evaluated on other than an academic basis or in a prejudiced or capricious manner has the right to appeal such a grade. The evidence leading to this conclusion shall be presented by the student in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs after the student consulted with the professor involved. The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall consult with the student and the faculty member, after which the appeal may be passed on to the Appeals Council for its consultation and judgment. The actual grade change if deemed in order by the Appeals Council shall be determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the student and the professor involved in the appeal, or, if the professor is unavailable, with the appropriate Department Chair.
F. The Judicial Bodies will structure their procedures in accordance with the spirit of the Statement on the Rights and Freedoms of Students adopted by the faculty, May, 1969.
G. No record of the decision made by a Residence Hall Director, Judicial Hearing Officer, the Judicial Council, the Traffic Council, or the Appeals Council shall be released to the public unless requested by the individuals involved, or required by law.
A student suspended from the University for disciplinary reasons may apply to the Admissions Office for readmission after one semester, unless a different period of time was specified at the time of suspension. A recommendation of the Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs must be considered before such a student may be readmitted.
Acting under the legal authority of the Board of Trustees, the President can in extraordinary cases or in an emergency situation veto or alter decisions of the judicial bodies but may not reinstate charges against a person when judicial action fails to confirm the original complaint. In all such instances, the President shall state his/her reasons in writing, with one copy going to the council from which the vetoed or altered decision came, and one copy going as a report to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. This latter body shall review the action no later than its next regularly scheduled meeting.