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Appeals, Sanction Reduction Requests, and Contests

Students and Student Organizations who resolve an incident through the UC San Diego Student Conduct Procedures may submit an Appeal and Sanction Reduction Request. Students who resolve an incident through the UC SVSH Student Investigation and Adjudication Framework have the right to contest the investigator's preliminary determination as to findings if a Hearing occurred, and appeal the proportionality of any sanction(s) imposed.

Student Conduct Procedures:

Sanction Reduction Request

Students and Student Organizations who receive sanctions from an Administrative Resolution meeting where they accepted responsibility have the right to submit a Sanction Reduction Request within ten business days of the date of their resolution letter. Failure to make and/or attend an Administrative Resolution Meeting after second notice is viewed as an admission of responsibility and the Student Conduct Officer will determine responsibility and sanctions using the information available to them.

Appeal and/or Sanction Reduction Request

Students or Student Organizations found responsible at a Student Conduct Review and assigned sanctions, may Appeal the Finding(s) of responsibility and/or submit a Sanction Reduction Request within ten business days of the date of their resolution letter. Appeal and Sanction Reduction Requests will be reviewed and decided upon by:

  • The Council of Provosts for undergraduate students.
  • The Dean of the Graduate Division for graduate students.
  • The AVC-Student Life for student organizations.
  • The respective Dean for medical, pharmacy and Extension (for non-concurrently enrolled) students.

Respondents will generally be notified in writing of the result of their request by the Office of Student Conduct within 10 Business Days of the appropriate appeal body receiving it. Their decision is considered final, and possible outcomes include:

  1. The decision by the Community Standards Board or Review Officer is affirmed in whole or in part, or dismissed;
  2. The case, in whole or in part, is referred back to the Office of Student Conduct for re-review by a new Community Standards Board or Review Officer;
  3. The assigned sanction(s) is affirmed, modified (increased or decreased), or dismissed, in whole or in part.
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UC SVSH Student Investigation and Adjudication Framework

Contest

Either party may contest the investigator's preliminary determination as to policy violation(s) within 20 business days of the date of the Notice of Findings and Preliminary Determination. If either party contests, a live factfinding Hearing with a Hearing Officer will be scheduled to determine whether Respondent violated University policy by a preponderance of evidence, even if the preliminary determination was that no University Policy was violated. Concerns as to the proportionality of sanction(s) may be addressed through the appeals process. If either party wishes to contest the investigator’s preliminary determination, they must notify the Hearing Coordinator, regardless of whether the other party has contested.

If the Director, Office of Student Conduct proposes a sanction of Suspension or Dismissal, then the Respondent is presumed to contest the investigator’s preliminary determination unless they notify the Hearing Coordinator in writing that they do not contest and waive their right to a Hearing. If no such notification is received within the 20 business days, then the matter will proceed to a Hearing.

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Appeal

Regardless of whether a Hearing occurred, either party may appeal the proportionality of sanction(s) imposed within 10 business days of being notified of their imposition. If an appeal on the proportionality of sanctions is submitted, each party is entitled to meet separately with the Appeal Officer for the limited purpose of discussing the proportionality of sanctions assigned, and their desired outcome with regard to sanctions. Following a Hearing, either party may appeal the Hearing Officer's decision as to policy violation(s), in addition to any appeal on the proportionality of sanction(s).

Appeals will be reviewed and decided upon by the Chancellor's designee, or the Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs. The Appeal Officer will make a decision on any appeal(s) normally within 10 business days of its receipt. Their decision is considered final, and possible outcomes include:

  1. Uphold, overturn, or modify the findings and/or sanctions;
  2. For appeals alleging material procedural error, remand the case back to the Hearing Officer for further factfinding as needed.
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