Academic Appeals Committee
The Academic Appeals Committee serves numerous functions. One of its primary roles is to allow the student due process in the event of their academic dismissal. The committee listens to the student’s appeal and ultimately renders a decision concerning the student’s ability to successfully master the curriculum. The committee will also be convened at any time to consider other matters, including but not limited to, readmission to the program for students who had previously withdrawn, or to review additional supporting documentation submitted by previously dismissed students (academic or otherwise) requesting readmission to the program. In all matters, the committee reviews the student’s appeal and ultimately renders a decision concerning the student’s ability to successfully master the curriculum.
Students previously dismissed for reasons other than academics who are applying for readmission will have their request considered by the dean. The decision of the dean approving or denying readmission for these students is final.
Membership of the Academic Appeals Committee is as follows:
- Four faculty members
- Senior associate dean of academic affairs (or designee)
- Director of academic services and enrollment analytics (or designee)
- Director of educational resources (or designee)
- A request for hearing shall be made by the student in writing to the Office of Academic Services and Enrollment Analytics and shall include a statement of facts summarizing the basis for the appearance. Such requests must be submitted by the deadline specified by the Office of Academic Services and Enrollment Analytics.
- Preparation for Hearing
- A written notice of the date, time and place of the hearing shall be given to the committee members and the student requesting the hearing.
- At the scheduled meeting, all committee members shall be given a copy of any written statements prepared by the student and access to the student’s academic file.
- The student must be present at the requested hearing and may make an oral and/or written presentation to the committee.
- Attorney or legal counsel for any parties involved may be present in the room during a hearing, but may not participate directly in the hearing. The legal counsel may only advise his/her client. The Office of Academic Services and Enrollment Analytics must be notified at the time of the request for an appeal if the student intends on having legal counsel present at the hearing.
- Letters in support of the student must be submitted in advance of the hearing.
- The student (and legal counsel) is excused from the room prior to deliberation.
- The committee shall deliberate and formulate a decision in the absence of the involved parties. Votes shall be by ballot. There are two decision options:
- Offer the student readmission to the program or
- deny the student readmission to the program.
- The meeting is then adjourned.
- The committee’s decision is final. It is transmitted, in writing, by the director of the Office of Academic Services and Enrollment Analytics to all involved parties.
Privacy of Records and Hearing
- The committee will act in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) regarding the information of a student’s record.
- All proceedings of a hearing are confidential. No member of the committee shall disclose and of the subject matter or discuss these matters with anyone except members of the committee.