What to Expect at an Appeal Proceeding

General Information for Students

Most students find that they are more comfortable and able to communicate more effectively if they prepare in advance. It is important to understand the policies and procedures that apply to your appeal. Tell the NAM Appeal Panel what, if anything, you agree with, what you are responsible for, as well as what you dispute from the original decision. Focus on the eligible grounds (reasons) for appeal and why you think the outcome(s) should be changed. Anticipate questions that you may be asked so that you have a clear response prepared. Additional information about procedural fairness is provided by the Office of the University Ombudsperson.

 Bold text is where you will be asked to speak.


Opening Remarks (Chair)

Welcoming Address and Introductions

Explanation of Appeal Proceeding

Reading of the Student Code of Conduct violation(s) and outcome(s) under appeal

Appellant’s Statement (Student)

 Position on any finding(s) of responsibility and outcome(s)

 Statement on grounds for appeal (reasons why you allege original decision was wrong or unfair)

Respondent’s Statement (University Representative)

Respondent’s statement on findings of the investigation and rationale for decision

Questioning from the NAM Appeal Panel

The NAM Appeal Panel may ask questions to both the Appellant and the Respondent (the Parties)

 Responses from the Parties should be directed to the NAM Appeal Panel

 Appellant may address any new points from questioning

Closing Statements & Decision

Respondent makes closing statement and summarizes their position

 Appellant makes closing statement and summarizes their position

The NAM Appeal Panel will notify the Parties in writing, including reasons, within seven (7) calendar days after the appeal proceeding

If there is a finding of responsibility, submissions on appropriate outcome(s) will be addressed