Appeal of Academic Integrity Panel Decision

The student may only appeal the IP findings if the recommended sanction for the academic violation is suspension or expulsion, or course failure resulting in dismissal from the academic program.

The student must submit a written appeal of the IP findings to the Provost within 5 (five) working days of receipt of notification of the IPR decision. Failure to appeal within this timeline will result in refusal to hear the appeal. Upon receipt of an appeal request, the student will be forwarded, if he/she so requests, a transcript of the hearing. The student shall have 5 (five) working days to submit in writing the reasons why the record supports overturning the findings of the IP, either because (a) the evidence doesn’t prove the student’s culpability, (b) there was a violation of due process that substantially prejudiced the student’s rights, and/or (c) the sanction is grossly disproportionate to the violation.

The Provost will convene an Integrity Appeal Panel (IAP) comprised of 3 (three) students and 3 (three) faculty from the pool of AIC members, and the Dean of the Academic Program, none of whom served on the original IPR. The Dean of the Academic Program shall serve as a voting member and the Provost will serve as facilitator of the IAP. The Dean of the Academic Program may defer serving on the IAP to the Dean of another academic program, if a conflict of interest exists. If any potential IAP member has a conflict of interest, the Provost will appoint non-conflicted students and/or faculty from the College at large to serve on the appeal panel.

The appeal will be determined solely based upon the record made before the IP by the student and the Course Faculty, including all testimony and exhibits. The IAP will review the IPR record and decision and the student’s appeal letter and written rationale requesting the IP decision be overturned within 5 (five) working days. All decisions of the IAP will be made by simple majority vote.

  1. If there is no evidence in the appeal that supports reconsideration to overturn the findings of the IP or its sanction, the IAP upholds the IP decision. The appeal process is complete and sanction is applied.

  2. If there is no evidence in the appeal that supports reconsideration to overturn the findings of the IP, but there is evidence that supports reconsideration of the IP sanction, the IAP upholds the IP decision, but reduces the sanction and remediation plan.

  3. If there is evidence in the appeal that supports reconsideration to overturn the findings of the IP, the IAP will overturn the IP decision and the academic integrity violation will be absolved from the student’s record.

The Provost will notify the student, the Dean of the Academic Program, AIC Chair, and Course Faculty of the IAP decision. The student will be notified within 3 (three) working days of the decision. The IAP decision is final and not appealable.