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WAC 174-123-260

Filing of appeal.

(1) A respondent may appeal a student conduct official's determination of responsibility and required resolution and sanction(s) by filing a written notice of appeal to the senior college official within ten calendar days of service of the student conduct official's determination. Failure to file a notice of appeal within the time period constitutes the waiver of the right to appeal and the student conduct official's determination of responsibility and required resolution and sanction(s) will be final.
(2) The student filing the notice of appeal must include a brief statement explaining why they are seeking review of the determination of responsibility and/or required resolution and sanction(s).
(3) Except in cases of an interim suspension, the required resolutions and sanction(s) will be on hold pending the outcome of an appeal. Interim measures will remain in place pending the outcome of the appeal.
(4) The parties to an appeal will be the appellant and the student conduct official.
(5) On appeal, the college bears the burden of establishing the evidentiary facts underlying the determination of responsibility and required resolution by a preponderance of the evidence.
(6) The appellant has a right to a prompt and fair hearing as provided for in these procedures.
(7) Student conduct appeal to determinations in which the required resolution and sanction(s) include the following will be reviewed through a brief adjudicative proceeding:
(a) Suspensions of ten days or less;
(b) College housing suspension or eviction;
(c) Deferred action;
(d) Probation; and
(e) Any conditions or terms imposed in conjunction with one of the foregoing resolution and sanctions.
(8) Student conduct appeal to determinations in which the required resolution and sanction(s) include the following will be reviewed by the student conduct appeal panel:
(a) Suspensions in excess of ten days;
(b) College expulsions; and
(c) Complaints referred to the panel by the student conduct review officer or senior college official, or designee.
(9) Except as provided elsewhere in this code, warnings and findings of no responsibility are final and are not subject to appeal.
(10) In cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct or assault, the complainant has the right to appeal the following outcomes using the same procedures as set forth above for the respondent:
(a) The determination of responsibility; or
(b) Any required resolutions and sanction(s) imposed including a disciplinary warning.
(11) If the respondent appeals a decision imposing discipline for a sexual misconduct violation, the college will notify the complainant of the appeal and provide the complainant an opportunity to participate in the appeal.
(12) Except as otherwise specified in the code, a complainant who appeals a determination of responsibility and required resolution and sanction(s) within ten calendar days of notice of the determination, or who participates as a party to a respondent's appeal of a determination of responsibility and required resolution and sanction(s) will be afforded the same procedural rights as are afforded the respondent.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.40.120. WSR 18-17-102, ยง 174-123-260, filed 8/15/18, effective 9/15/18.]
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