Appeals of conduct hearing decisions may be made only on one or more of the following grounds:
- the conduct professional or SCRB exhibited unfair bias, which influenced the results of the hearing;
- the availability of new evidence, unavailable at the time of the hearing, that could substantially impact the conduct professional’s or SCRB’s decisions or sanctions;
- an error in hearing procedures, such as those described in the “Student Conduct Process Rights and Responsibilities,” that is of such magnitude as to deny fundamental fairness; and/or
- the sanction(s) issued by the conduct professional or SCRB are inappropriate for or inconsistent with the violation.
Instructions for submitting an appeal electronically, using UMW’s conduct management system, can be found in the hearing outcome letter that every student receives after the conclusion of their conduct hearing. All appeals should be submitted electronically. If students are unable to do so for any reason, they should contact OSCAR for assistance. Appeals must be submitted within five (5) business days of the date on the hearing outcome letter.
In the case of 1), 2) , or 3), a new hearing with the designated conduct professional or duly constituted board may occur if deemed necessary by the conduct professional or board to whom the appeal has been addressed. In the case of 4), the designated conduct professional or board shall convene to consider the sanction only. In no event shall a second sanction received by be more severe than the first. Appeal decisions are final.
Appeals of conduct hearing decisions made by the Director or Associate Coordinator of OSCAR will be heard by the Dean of Student Life, or, if this individual is unable to serve in this role for any reason, by the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Appeals of conduct hearing decisions made by a Residence Life Area Coordinator will be heard by the Director or Assistant Coordinator of OSCAR.
Appeals of conduct hearing decisions made by SCRB will be heard by a hearing panel comprised of five SCRB members who did not participate in the original hearing, led by a chair who also did not participate in the original hearing.