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Review of decision in brief adjudications.

(1) The findings and sanctions rendered by the university conduct board or a conduct officer may be appealed by the complainant and accused student(s) in the manner prescribed in the decision letter containing the findings and sanctions. Such appeal must be made before twenty-one days of the date of the decision letter. The director of student conduct provides a copy of the appeal request by one party to the other party (parties) as appropriate.
(a) The university president or designee, of his or her own initiative, may direct that an appeals board be convened to review a conduct board or conduct officer decision without notice to the parties. However, the appeals board may not take any action less favorable to the accused student(s), unless notice and an opportunity to explain the matter is first given to the accused student(s).
(b) If the complainant or accused student and/or the student conduct officer or designee wish to explain their views of the matter to the appeals board they shall be given an opportunity to do so in writing.
(c) The appeals board shall make any inquiries necessary to ascertain whether the proceeding must be converted to a formal adjudicative hearing under the Administrative Procedure Act (chapter 34.05 RCW).
(2) Except as required to explain the basis of new information, an appeal is limited to a review of the verbatim record of the university conduct board hearing and the conduct file for conduct board decisions or the conduct file for conduct officer decisions for one or more of the following purposes:
(a) To determine whether the university conduct board hearing was conducted fairly in light of the charges and information presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures giving the complaining party a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present information that the standards of conduct for students were violated, and giving the accused student a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a response to those allegations. Deviations from designated procedures are not a basis for sustaining an appeal unless significant prejudice results.
(b) To determine whether the decision reached regarding the accused student was based on substantial information, that is, whether there were facts in the case that, if believed by the fact finder, were sufficient to establish that a violation of the standards of conduct for students occurred.
(c) To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation of the standards of conduct for students which the student was found to have committed.
(d) To consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision, or other relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original university conduct board hearing.
(3) The university appeals board shall review the record and all information provided by the parties and take one of the following actions:
(a) Affirm, reverse, or modify the conduct board's or conduct officer's decision;
(b) Affirm, reverse, or modify the sanctions imposed by the conduct board or conduct officer;
(c) Set aside the findings and sanctions or remand the matter back to the conduct board or conduct officer with instructions for further proceedings.
(4) The appeals board's decision shall be personally delivered, sent via regular U.S. mail, or electronically mailed to the student. Such decision shall be delivered or mailed to the last known address of the accused student(s) or electronically mailed to the student's official university electronic mail account. It is the student's responsibility to maintain a correct and updated address with the registrar. The university appeals board's decision letter is the final order and shall advise the student or recognized student organization that judicial review may be available. If the appeals board does not provide the student with a response within twenty days after the request for appeal is received, the request for appeal is deemed denied.
(5) The appeals board decision is effective as soon as the order is signed.
(6) Students may petition to delay the date that the final order of the university becomes effective by directing a petition to the chair of the appeals board, or the president or designee, as applicable, within ten calendar days of the date the order was personally delivered to the student or placed in the regular U.S. mail, or electronically mailed. The chair, or the president or designee, as applicable, shall have authority to decide whether to grant or deny the request.
(7) There is no further review beyond that of the findings of responsibility or outcomes assigned by university or college academic integrity hearing boards.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.30.150. WSR 17-13-049, § 504-26-407, filed 6/15/17, effective 7/16/17; WSR 16-08-014, § 504-26-407, filed 3/28/16, effective 4/28/16; WSR 15-11-041, § 504-26-407, filed 5/14/15, effective 6/14/15; WSR 15-01-080, § 504-26-407, filed 12/15/14, effective 1/15/15; WSR 12-04-049, § 504-26-407, filed 1/30/12, effective 3/1/12; WSR 11-11-031, § 504-26-407, filed 5/11/11, effective 6/11/11; WSR 08-05-001, § 504-26-407, filed 2/6/08, effective 3/8/08; WSR 07-11-030, § 504-26-407, filed 5/8/07, effective 6/8/07; WSR 06-23-159, § 504-26-407, filed 11/22/06, effective 12/23/06.]
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