Student Conduct Appeals


(1) Appeals within the Student Conduct Review Process

  • Students found in violation as a result of a formal hearing may appeal the finding(s) and sanction(s) imposed. The appeal must be made in writing to the Appellate Officer (VP of SDES or designee) within ten (10) business days after the date the student was notified of the decision by the Director of the OSC or designee. The appeal form can be found at http://osc.sdes.ucf.edu/process.
  • Students may appeal the finding(s) and sanction(s) imposed on the basis of one or more of the following:
    1. Irregularities in fairness and stated procedures of the hearing that could have affected the outcome of the hearing.
    2. Discovery of new and significant information that could have affected the outcome of the hearing and that was not known or could not reasonably have been discovered and/or presented at the time of the initial hearing.
    3. The sanction(s) are extraordinarily disproportionate to the violation(s).
  • On the appeal form, the student must state the reason(s) for appeal, the supporting facts, and the recommended solution. This is not a re-hearing of the conduct case. An appeal cannot be filed simply because a student is dissatisfied with the decision. Failure to describe the nature of the information in full detail in the appeal letter will result in the denial of an appeal.
  • The appellate officer shall first determine if sufficient grounds for appeal exist and then, if so, the appellate officer may: deny the appeal, thus sustaining the initial decision; alter the sanction(s); or return the case for a new hearing. Any decision by the appellate officer to alter sanctions or return a case for new hearing shall be accompanied by a concise and explicit written statement that explains the basis for that decision.
  • The appellate officer should issue a written decision to the student’s appeal within twenty (20) business days of receipt of the appeal. Should the appellate officer require additional time for review beyond the twenty (20) business days, the appellate officer shall notify the charged student in writing of the need for additional time. Decisions of the Appellate Officer reflect final action.
  • Any decision by an Appellate Officer to alter sanctions or return a case shall be accompanied by a concise and explicit written statement that explains the basis for that decision.
  • The Office of Student Conduct cannot place an overlay on the student’s record until the appeal decision is completed or if the student chooses not to appeal. At such time, if appropriate, a hold and/or overlay, is placed on the student’s record. If the Appellate Officer upholds the original findings, the effective date of any disciplinary sanction(s) imposed will revert back to the date of the Director of the OSC’s or designee’s final decision letter.

(2) Appeals within the Student Conduct Review Process for Complainants and Respondents

  • Complainants and Respondents in matters involving allegations of sexual misconduct and/or interpersonal violence complicity (as defined above in section 5.008(5) may appeal the finding(s) and sanction(s) imposed from a student conduct formal hearing. The appeal must be made in writing to the Appellate Officer (VP of SDES or designee) within ten (10) business days after the date both the Respondent and Complainant are notified of the decision by the Director of the OSC or designee. The appeal form can be found at http://osc.sdes.ucf.edu/process.
  • Complainants and Respondents may appeal the finding and sanction(s) imposed on the basis of one or more of the following:
    1. Irregularities in fairness and stated procedures of the hearing that could have affected the outcome of the hearing.
    2. Discovery of new and significant information that could have affected the outcome of the hearing and that was not known or could not reasonably have been discovered and/or presented at the time of the initial hearing.
    3. The sanction(s) are extraordinarily disproportionate to the violation(s).
  • On the appeal form, the student must state the reason(s) for appeal, supporting facts, and the recommended solution. Failure to describe the nature of the information in full detail in the appeal letter will result in the denial of the appeal.
  • The appellate officer shall first determine if sufficient grounds for appeal exist and then, if so, the appellate officer may: deny the appeal, thus sustaining the initial decision; alter the sanction(s); or return the case for a new hearing.
  • The appellate officer shall issue a written decision to the student’s appeal within twenty (20) business days of receipt of the appeal. The written decision shall issue to both the Complainant and the Respondent. Should the appellate officer require additional time for review beyond the 20 business days, the appellate officer shall notify the Complainant and Respondent in writing of the need for additional time. Decisions of the appellate officer reflect final agency action.
  • Any decision by an appellate officer to alter sanctions or return a case shall be accompanied by a concise and explicit written statement that explains the basis for that decision.

NOTE: This section may be found in Chapter 5 on the University of Central Florida Regulations website.