If a disciplinary board finds that you have broken the college code somehow, the finding will be recorded on your academic record, and you may be subject to one or more sanctions. Having a mark on your record can limit your ability to enroll in other educational programs or even obtain professional licenses in the future. Suspension or expulsion may be imposed in response to significant misconduct claims, such as sexual assault. It may then be tough to transfer to another institution, potentially jeopardizing your future. An attorney for academic appeals can be your savior in this situation.
The Appealing Process
-The first stage in a college code appeal is to identify whether you wish to challenge the finding, the severity of the punishment, or both, and the grounds for appeal that the school allows.
-You may choose to appeal the full disciplinary board’s verdict if you were found guilty of something you didn’t do or the findings were otherwise incorrect.
-However, you may not necessarily disagree with the conclusions, but you may consider that the penalties are excessively harsh and disproportionate to the violations.
-You may be eligible to pursue an appeal of only those sanctions in that case.
-Colleges and universities can enforce disciplines in a variety of ways. Some may include necessary writing assignments and other minor requirements that are unlikely to be worth appealing.
–Probation, disqualification from athletics or other activities, suspension, or expulsion are some of the alternatives.
-Sanctions may have unintended repercussions that are not related to the sanction itself. For instance, if you cannot participate in sports, you may lose your athletic scholarship, and a suspension may result in the loss of financial aid.
-This could prevent you from completing your studies. Your future may be on the line, and it’s worth filing an appeal.
-Your institution will have its own appeals policies, which can be complex and stringent. Some schools only give you a few days to prepare and file an appeal, so you should get legal counsel as soon as you learn of the decision — if not sooner.
-An expert college code attorney can guarantee that your appeal satisfies all standards and makes a compelling case for overturning the finding or punishment.
An experienced attorney can also examine whether your school infringed on your due process rights, which Title IX and the US Constitution guarantee. An appeal may need to be filed as an administrative complaint or even a civil action in certain situations.