An appeal is not a new hearing and the hearing body has no obligation to meet with you.  Therefore, it is imperative that you complete the appeal form accurately and with as much detail as possible.  The appeal body will review the case information to determine if one or more of the following conditions exist:

  • The original hearing was not conducted in conformity with the Guide to Residential Living or the Code of Student Responsibility.
  • The decision reached was based on less than a preponderance of the evidence.
  • The sanctions imposed were not appropriate to the violation and the student’s previous conduct history.
  • New evidence exists that was not available at the time of the hearing.

If one or more of these conditions exists, the appeal body will find that a basis for an appeal exists and may alter the decision or sanction, or send the case back to the original hearing officer to be heard again.

If you are appealing a decision made by your Resident Director, you may choose an Administrative Review or Peer Review.  If you choose an Administrative Review, your appeal will be reviewed by the Dean of Students.  If you choose a Peer Review, your appeal will be reviewed by the Residential Conduct Board.

If you are appealing a decision made by the Residential Conduct Board, your appeal will be reviewed by the Dean of Students.

If you are appealing a decision made by the Dean of Students, Coordinator for Conduct and Community Standards or Student Conduct Committee, your appeal will be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Appeal forms are available in the office of Student Conduct (located in Ackerman Hall) or download here.

All appeals must be submitted within five (5) calendar days upon your notification of the hearing results.  You may not appeal a decision about an appeal you have already made.


Office of Student Conduct
studentconduct@wou.edu 503.838.8930