Students involved in violations of the Student Code of Conduct have the option to request a review of the decision. In addition to the accused student, the complainant in cases involving sexual misconduct, domestic and/or dating violence, and/or stalking may also request a review of the decision. If the students request an appeal, the Vice President for Enrollment & Student Affairs (VPESA) will review decisions made by the Director of Student Conduct, an Administrative Council or the University Justice Council. In the event of an appeal, the pathway projects or other measures of accountability originating from the initial hearing decision will be on pause until the appeal decision has been made except when such a delay may pose a health and safety risk to other members of the University community.
All appeal requests to the VPESA must be in writing and submitted using the Appeal Submission form within five (5) business days of the date of the outcome letter. The Office of Student Conduct will provide the VPESA with the appeal packet of the appealing student. The student can request an appellate meeting with the VPESA. The VPESA has the discretion to accept or deny the meeting request. This request must be included on the original appeal submission form. If a meeting is granted, the student must attend the meeting alone due to the meeting being at the student’s request. The VPESA will review the packet and make a final determination about the student’s case. The student will be notified of the final decision by the VPESA via email.
Decisions made by the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life for minor violations as stated above in the “Hearings” section can be appealed to the Director of Housing and Residence Life per the University of Montevallo Residence Hall Handbook guidelines.
Grounds for Appeals
A student has the right to request an appeal which must include grounds upon which the appeal is based. The Vice President for Enrollment & Student Affairs (VPESA) may grant an appeal to the complainant or the respondent or both on the grounds that there was 1) a procedural error that significantly impacted the outcome of the hearing; or 2) new and relevant evidence, unavailable during the original hearing or investigation, which could substantially impact the original finding or pathway project. 3) recommendation of a pathway project that is either unreasonably harsh or inadequate. A summary of any new evidence and its potential impact must be included in the initial letter of appeal.
Decision on Appeals
The Vice President for Enrollment & and Student Affairs (VPESA) will review the packet and make the final decision. The student is notified of the final decision by the VPESA via email. As a result of the appeal, one of the following actions may occur:
- The original decision and pathway projects(s) will be upheld.
- The original decision will be upheld with a modified pathway project(s).
- A new hearing will take place with the new and relevant information included; in the best interest of the student, a different Council may be selected.
- The student will be found not in violation and the original decision and projects will be reversed.
All appeal decisions of the Vice President for Enrollment & and Student Affairs are final.