Student Conduct Appeal

NOTE: THIS IS FOR STUDENT CONDUCT APPEALS ONLY.  APPEALS FOR ACADEMIC CHEATING/PLAGIARISM HEARINGS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST.

Appeal of a decision from a student conduct hearing must be submitted by the respondent(s) or complainant(s) using the Office of Student Conduct Appeal Form to the Office of Student Conduct within seven (7) calendar days from the conclusion of the hearing (or the next available business day after seven calendar days – for example holidays or recesses).  

Access the Appeal Form

The Office of Student Conduct compiles the submitted appeal and documentation from the respondent(s), complainant(s), law enforcement/investigator(s), the student’s or student organization’s disciplinary file(s), the digital recording of the hearing, and any additional information provided by the hearing officer(s) and submits these materials to an appeal panel for a recommendation to the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs (or associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students). 

Appeals may be made on the basis that:

  • The decision(s) was not in accordance with the evidence presented, and/or
  • The decision(s) was reached through a procedure not in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct, and/or
  • New information is available which may suggest a modification of the decision(s), and/or
  • Sanction(s) imposed were not appropriate for the conduct violation for which the respondent(s) was found responsible.

If the Office of Student Conduct receives an appeal that does not meet any of the criteria listed above, it may reject the appeal.

The director of student conduct (or designee) has the discretion to extend the date to appeal for extenuating circumstances.

An appeal panel is composed of at least two Kent State University faculty, staff, and/or student hearing officers appointed by the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs who are trained by the director of student conduct (or designee).  An appeal panel will provide a recommendation in writing to the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the appeal.  The vice president for enrollment management and student affairs shall provide a written decision within seven (7) days of receipt from an appeal panel.  The decision will be provided to the respondent(s) and complainant(s) via communication from the office of student conduct.  

The vice president for enrollment management and student affairs may:

  • Accept or deny an appeal depending on the basis of the appeal, and/or
  • Alter an assigned accusation, and/or
  • Alter or reverse a finding of responsibility, and/or
  • Alter or reverse any sanction decision, and/or
  • Remand the case to another hearing.  A case may not be remanded more than once.

Appeal decisions made by the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs (or associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students) are final.