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Appeal/ Sanction Reduction Request

Students and Student Organizations who resolve an incident through the Student Conduct Code and/or Student Adjudication Model for Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Cases may have the right to submit a Sanction Reduction Request and/or Appeal of the Findings using our online form below by logging in via Single Sign On.

Appeals/Sanction Reduction Requests under the UC San Diego Student Conduct Code:

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 your Administrative Resolution Meeting after a second notice is viewed as an admission of responsibility, and the Student Conduct Officer will determine responsibility and sanctions without the benefit of your input, using the information available to them.

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.

Appeals 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.

Read the Appeals and Sanction Reduction Request Matrix (PDF) for more information about the process and timeline of your submission.

Appeals under the UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Student Adjudication Framework:

Respondents and Complainants who undergo a Title 9 Investigation and receive a decision, may appeal the finding(s) and/or sanction(s) within ten business days of the date of their decision letter. The procedures depend on whether the case involves a suspension or dismissal. Appeals will be reviewed and decided upon by an Appeal Body composed of one to three individuals who may be University staff, academic appointees, or non-University officials such as administrative law judges or experienced investigators.

For cases involving a suspension or dismissal, either party submit an appeal request stating what the appealing party seeks to change about the findings and/or sanctions, and an explanation as to why. The Appeal Body may request clarification on the reasons for the appeal or what the appealing party seeks to change, but will typically allow any appeal to proceed. Either party must submit an appeal request for there to be an Appeal Hearing, however.

For all other cases, a party may submit an appeal request on at least one of four possible grounds, outlined in Section VI, Letter B, Number 2 of the UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Student Adjudication Framework (SVSH Adjudication Framework). The Appeal Body will review the appeal to determine whether to grant an Appeal Hearing. The purpose of this review is not to determine the merits of the appeal, but to determine whether the appeal adequately identifies ground(s) for appeal, includes reasons related to those grounds, as well as the nature and scope of any issues to be addressed in an Appeal Hearing. If an appeal is defective or incomplete, the Appeal Body will grant the appealing party one opportunity to correct and resubmit their appeal within 5 business days.