FAQ for Appellants

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The information provided on this page is intended to assist those who have appealed a decision in a student discipline case or are considering doing so. We make every effort to update the information in a timely manner, but please be aware that, in any conflict between this information and the Student Disciplinary Procedures, the procedures will prevail.

An appeal will only be successful if the appeal body finds that at least one of the following grounds have been met:

  • The hearing was not conducted fairly or in conformity with prescribed university procedures. The appellant must show that any alleged bias or deviation from these Student Disciplinary Procedures is likely to have adversely affected the outcome of the original hearing.
  • Any sanctions imposed by the hearing body were not appropriate for the violation(s) for which the student was found responsible.
  • New, substantive information, sufficient to alter the decision, exists and was clearly not available at the time of the original hearing.

If you do not have a convincing argument that one or more of these grounds apply in your case, then you should not submit an appeal.

In order to request an appeal, you must submit a Notice of Appeal to the Office for Student Conflict Resolution (300 Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, IL 61820). You are strongly encouraged to complete the Appeal Information Checklist, the link to which you will find at the bottom of your sanction letter.

The Notice of Appeal must contain at least the following:

  • specific grounds for appeal,
  • specific relief requested, and
  • the appellant's reasons in support of the relief requested.

Also, you must sign either the Notice of Appeal or the Appeal Information Checklist (or both).

You have five business days from the date of your decision letter to submit your appeal materials. We rarely grant appeal deadline extensions, but you may request an extension by emailing either your disciplinary officer or the director of the office.

No contact directives are effective immediately. But unless otherwise noted, we do not implement your other sanctions until the appeals process is concluded. If your case is not appealed, then the sanctions take effect when the appeal deadline passes. If your case is appealed, then any sanctions take effect when the appeal body issues its final decision (assuming any sanctions remain at that time).

If your case was decided by a Disciplinary Officer or the Residence Hall Judicial Council and you were sanctioned with a University Reprimand, University Censure, or Internal Conduct Probation, then your appeal will be heard by the Director of the Office for Student Conflict Resolution.

If your case was decided by a Disciplinary Officer or the Residence Hall Judicial Council and you were placed on Conduct Probation, then your appeal will be heard by the appropriate Subcommittee on Student Conduct.

If your case was decided by the Director of the Office for Student Conflict Resolution, then your appeal will be heard by the appropriate Subcommittee on Student Conduct.

If your case was decided by a Subcommittee on Student Conduct, then your appeal will be heard by the Senate Committee on Student Discipline.

Only the Subcommittees on Student Conduct and the Senate Committee on Student Discipline schedule formal hearings to decide appeals (and only for cases NOT involving allegations of sexual misconduct). The Director of the Office for Student Conflict Resolution may not need to meet with you to decide your appeal.

As the appellant, you will make an opening statement of no more than ten minutes. You must use this time to explain the rationale for your appeal (based on one or more of the grounds for appeal) and for the relief you have requested. The original decision-maker in your case (or a representative thereof) will also attend the hearing to explain their decision. The appeal committee members will ask questions, and when they are finished, you will have an opportunity to make a closing statement of no more than five minutes. The appeal committee will then deliberate in closed session.

The appeal officer/committee may:

  • Affirm the action, at which time the matter will be considered final and binding upon all involved;
  • Reverse the action taken by the original hearing body and dismiss the case;
  • Remand the case to the original or new hearing body for a new hearing; or
  • Increase or decrease any sanctions imposed based on information presented during the appeal process.

Students often ask us this question, but we are not able to answer it. The student discipline system is designed to be fair and educational, but it is not infallible. Respondents who believe that one of the grounds for appeal applies in their case should appeal. Respondents who are unhappy with the decision but do not believe a ground applies should not appeal.

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