The Code of Student Conduct provides students the right to appeal the original decision resolving their charges. In cases involving sexual misconduct charges as defined by applicable university policy, the complainant may also appeal the original decision.
The Code provides specific grounds upon which students can appeal:
Procedural error that resulted in material harm or prejudice to the student (i.e. by preventing a fair, impartial, or proper hearing). Deviations from the designated procedures will not be a basis for sustaining an appeal unless material harm or prejudice results;
Discovery of substantial new evidence that was unavailable at the time of the hearing and which reasonably could have affected the decision of the hearing body; or
Disciplinary sanction imposed is grossly disproportionate to the violation(s) committed, considering the relevant aggravating and/or mitigating factors.
Submitting an Appeal
Students submit their appeal request and any supporting documentation through this online form. Students should review the online form first, then gather their materials and write draft responses to the form’s questions. Preparing this material in advance is important because you cannot save this form “in progress” and come back to it later.
This form is available to students who wish to submit a printed "hard copy" appeal in person, by mail, or as an attachment to an email.
Students have five business days to submit their appeal.
If you are appealing the outcome of a hearing, you may review the hearing packet and the audio recording of the hearing in the Student Conduct office file review room. Please call 614-292-0748 to make an appointment. If you are not in Columbus or if other circumstances prevent you from coming in to the office, contact your administrative hearing officer or board coordinator to discuss other options to review hearing materials.
You may continue working with an advisor as you consider submitting an appeal. We strongly encourage students receiving sanctions involving separation from the university (suspension or dismissal) to consult with the Office of Student Advocacy regarding questions about the impact those sanctions may have on their university account, transcript, current enrollment, and degree progress. The answers to those questions may affect what you include in your appeal. Students can only appeal ONCE. Thus if you are later surprised by the affect your suspension date had, for example, on your financial aid and you did not include that information in your appeal, there is no recourse.