Appeals

PURPOSE

The purpose of an appeal is to review the procedures of a hearing in order to determine if there is a basis for error.

GROUNDS

A student may appeal a student conduct decision on the following grounds:

  • To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly and in conformity with prescribed procedures, including whether any hearing questions were improperly excluded or whether the decision was biased in nature.
  • To determine whether the finding of the case was consistent with the weight of the information.
  • To determine whether new information, not available to the Student at the time of the hearing, is relevant to or sufficient to alter the final decision.
PROCEDURE

The appeal officer will review all material related to the case including:

  • The record made before the original hearing body
  • All pertinent documents, including hearing transcripts, witness statements, and incident reports
  • Prior violations and sanctions against the student
FINDINGS

The appeal officer may:

  • Affirm the findings and sanctions.
  • Affirm the finding but issue a new sanction of lesser severity.
  • Remand the case back to the decision-maker to correct a procedural or factual defect.
  • Reverse or dismiss the case if there was a procedural or factual defect that cannot be remedied by remand.

Last updated: 8/13/2018

Office of Student Conduct • PO Box 8070 • (912) 478-0059 • studentconduct@georgiasouthern.edu