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Student Code of Conduct

Section V: Appeals

Grounds for Appeal

Appeals must be based on the issue of substantive or procedural errors which were committed during the conduct process. The specifics to be addressed on appeal are:

  1. New or newly discovered evidence is of a character which may substantially affect the outcome.
  2. There was a procedural error which substantially affected the outcome of the hearing.
  3. The sanction is not appropriate for the violation of the Code of Conduct which the student and/or student organization was found to be responsible.
  4. The facts appear insufficient to establish responsibility.

The student and/or student organization must demonstrate that one or more of the above grounds for appeal has merit.

Appeal of Informal Conduct Hearing

When a student and/or student organization has accepted responsibility for violating the Student Code of Conduct as part of an informal conduct meeting, the student and/or student organization may appeal only the sanction(s). In these instances, the appeal shall be in writing to the Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment or his/her designee (as identified in the decision letter) within five (5) business days of the student and/or student organization's receipt of the decision.

Appeal of Formal Conduct Hearing

Appeals shall be made to the Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment or his/her designee (as identified in the decision letter) within five (5) business days of the Respondent’s receipt of the decision of the formal conduct hearing. The appeal shall be in writing, stating the ground(s) for appeal. The appeal letter will be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment, who may schedule an appeal meeting if more information is needed. The Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment will notify the student and/or student organization found in violation within five (5) business days of receiving the appeal letter. The appeal decision is final. Failure to file an appeal or request an extension in a timely manner constitutes a waiver of any right to an appeal.

If an appeal meeting is scheduled, a student's adviser may attend. In the event new evidence is relevant to the outcome of the decision, the Vice President for Student Life and Development or designee may request a re-hearing.

In cases involving sanctions of suspension for 10 days or longer, students have a right to a contested case hearing under Minnesota State Statute 14.

For more information contact:
Office of Student Development
and Enrollment
Deputy Hall 313
Phone: (218) 755-2075
Fax: (218) 755-3961

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