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Appeals

1. Procedures for Appeal – Academic Integrity Cases

Any student who believes that they have been referred for a violation of the Academic Integrity policy unjustly or considers that the sanction issued for the infraction by the faculty member is excessive given the circumstances can initiate the appeal process.

There are three levels of appeal for academic integrity cases. All levels of appeal requests must be communicated in writing to the appropriate party via your Drexel email account and be copied to rlsc@drexel.edu.

First Level: A student may request a meeting with the faculty member or designee of the course in writing. If the student is unable to meet with the faculty member, then the student can request a meeting with the department head or the department program director.

Second Level: If such a meeting does not resolve the issue, and the student still believes the charge or sanctions have been unjust, they can appeal, in writing, to the dean of the college or director of the school.

Third Level: If the issue is still not resolved, the student can pursue a final level of appeal that should be sent in writing to the University Provost. At this level of appeal the student should provide all the information they have regarding the issue and subsequent meetings. The Provost’s office will also request this information from the College/School to understand their perspective.

*NOTE: When a student suspects that another student has violated the Academic Integrity policy, a report should be made to the appropriate faculty member or college/school.

2. Procedures for Appeal

(Excluding complaints involving OED-3, Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy)

A student or organization may appeal the decision and/or sanction(s) rendered by the University Conduct Officer or University Hearing Board to the University Appellate Board. The appeal must be in writing and received within seven business days from the date of the sanction notification informing the student/organization of the decision and the sanction(s) imposed. Once an appeal is submitted, a “stay of sanction” (meaning that the sanctions do not have to be completed until the appeal is resolved) is issued. In some cases, a stay of sanction may not be granted due to the seriousness of the case. Students/organizations will be informed by a Conduct Officer if their sanctions will be enforced during the appeal process

1) Appeals of sanctions issued by the University Conduct Officer may only be based on the severity of the sanction(s).

2) Appeals of a decision/sanctions made by the University Hearing Board must be based on improper procedure, insufficient information, new information, and/or severity of sanction(s)

3) All Appellate Board Hearings are document hearings; the student is not present.

4) The link to the appeal form is in the students/organizations sanction notification letter.

Appeal Instructions Sheet - Tips to best help you complete the Appeal Form

3. Procedures for Appeal – Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Misconduct Cases

The procedures for appeal for sexual misconduct cases, or any case with Title IX implications, are similar to the general procedures for appeal.  For additional information, please review Appendix A to OED-3, Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy.

Additional questions?

Call 215.895.6074 or email rlsc@drexel.edu