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The Complainant and Responding Party each may appeal the Board’s decision by notifying the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) in writing of the specific grounds for the appeal within seven (7) calendar days of the date of the Board’s decision. The non-appealing party has seven (7) calendar days to respond to any written appeal. A non-appealing party is under no obligation to respond to any appeal.

Appeals are limited to the following grounds:

  1. There were procedural defects or procedural omissions that significantly impacted the outcome of the original hearing. When an appeal alleges a procedural defect or procedural omission in either the investigation or hearing process, the appeal will be shared with the investigator(s) and/or chair of the hearing board so they may provide a written response for the appellate board to review.
  2. There exists new evidence which could significantly impact the original finding or sanction that was not known and could not have been known at the time of the original hearing. Minimally, a summary of this new information and its potential impact must be included.
  3. The sanctions fall outside the range of sanctions the University has designated for this offense

All appeals are reviewed by an appellate panel (the “Appellate Panel”) consisting of three (3) impartial and trained University officials designated by the Title IX Coordinator (or designee). The Appellate Panel reviews the record presented to the Board with respect to the grounds for the appeal.

The decision of the Appellate Panel is based on a majority vote and that decision is final. The Panel’s decision will be issued in writing and simultaneously shared with the Complainant’s and the Responding Party’s with a copy provided to the Title IX Coordinator.