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Student Appeals to the University Judicial Appeals Committee - 512.5

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Student Appeals to the University Judicial Appeals Committee
Policy Number: 512.5
Effective Date: May 7, 1984
 

Policy:

The following procedures for student appeals to the University Judicial Appeals Committee were adopted by the University Assembly on May 7, 1984. The procedures apply to decisions made by the Behavioral Standards Committee, the Academic Integrity and Grievance Committee, the judicial boards of the Greek governing bodies for organizational offenses, and the Dean of Students or his or her designee.

Student Appeal Procedures and Instruction for University Judicial Appeals Committee (Not Applicable to Grade Appeals)

  1. The University Judicial Appeals Committee is empowered to review the conclusions, sanctions, and procedures used to adjudicate the case and limit its consideration of the appeal to the record of the previous hearing on the following grounds: (a) original decision contrary to the facts or based on insufficient evidence, (b) availability of new information (remand the case to the original judicial hearing committee), (c) procedural violation, or (d) excessive severity of the disciplinary sanction. The committee shall not exceed the purview of the original hearing committee.
  2. The student can appeal any decision to the Chancellor.
  3. The student, the faculty member, or the Dean of Students/designee may appeal the findings and sanctions of the original judicial hearing committee, within five class days of the service of the decision. The appeal must be submitted in writing, describe the grounds for the appeal, and be addressed to the chairperson of the University Judicial Appeals Committee. The appealing party shall send copies of the appeal to the chairperson of the original hearing committee, the non-appealing party, and the Dean of Students.
  4. Upon receipt of an appeal, the chairperson shall request that the records from the previous hearing be forwarded for review. At the discretion of the committee, and if clarification is needed, the committee may invite the appealing party, the non-appealing party, or the chairperson of the original hearing committee to meet with the committee. The committee does not conduct a hearing. The appeal shall be reviewed and a decision rendered in writing to all interested parties, including the reasons for the decision, no later than five class days upon receipt of the appeal. Reasonable deviations from the time frame or procedures will not invalidate a decision unless the deviations cause significant prejudice to the student.
  5. The University Judicial Appeals Committee shall have the authority to:
    1. approve the recommendation of the original hearing committee or the board;
    2. remand the case to the original hearing committee or the board for rehearing;
    3. reverse the decision of the committee orders;
    4. modify the sanction, but impose none more severe than originally imposed.
  6. In the case of a remand the chairperson will return the records to the chairperson of the original hearing committee. The committee, if possible, should rehear the case within ten (10) class days upon receipt of the notification. If the case is not remanded, the chairperson of the University Judicial Appeals Committee shall maintain the records until the deadline for an appeal to the Chancellor has expired. If there is no appeal, the chairperson shall return the records to the Dean of Students for filing and appropriate action.

Appeals to the Chancellor (Not Applicable to Grade Appeals)

  1. After showing good cause as outlined in Grounds for Appeals, the student, the Dean of Students/designee, or the faculty member may appeal the findings of the University Judicial Appeals Committee to the Chancellor within three class days of the decision. The appealing party may appeal to the Chancellor only after all other University appeals have been exhausted. Such appeal must be in writing, describing the grounds for the appeal, and be addressed to the Chancellor. The appealing party shall send copies of the appeal to the chairperson of the University Judicial Appeals Committee, chairperson of the original hearing committee, non-appealing party, and the Dean of Students.
  2. The Chancellor is empowered to review the conclusions, sanctions, and procedures used to adjudicate the case and limits his/her consideration of the appeal to the record of the original committee hearing, review by the University Judicial Appeals Committee, and grounds for appeal.
  3. Upon receipt of an appeal, the Chancellor shall request the records from the chairperson of the University Judicial Appeals Committee. At the discretion of the Chancellor and if clarification is needed, the Chancellor may invite the appealing party, the non-appealing party, and the chairpersons of the original hearing committee and the University Judicial Appeals Committee to meet with him/her.
  4. The Chancellor shall review the appeal and render a decision in writing to all interested parties, including the reasons for the decisions, no later than five class days upon receipt of the appeal. Reasonable deviations from the time frame or procedures will not invalidate a decision unless significant prejudice to a student may result.
  5. The Chancellor shall have the authority to:
    1. approve the recommendation of the University Judicial Appeals Committee;
    2. remand the case to the original hearing committee for rehearing;
    3. reverse the decision of the University Judicial Appeals Committee;
    4. modify the sanction, but impose none more severe than originally imposed.
  6. The Chancellor shall return the records to the Dean of Students for filing and for appropriate action.


Source: University Assembly May 7, 1984, UALR Faculty Handbook 2009, UALR Student Handbook 2009
Revised:
Approved By: VCESS, April 1, 2010
Custodian: UALR University Assembly

Updated 3.8.2013