Appeals Procedures

A. Period for appeal

Decisions of the Greek Judicial Board are effective immediately, unless the Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life has received a written notice of appeal within seventy-two  (72) hours after the written decision of the Greek Judicial Board is made available.

B. Basis for appeal

Appeals must be based on one or more of the following:

1. New evidence not reasonably available at the time of the original hearing, the absence of which can be shown to have had produced a fundamentally unfair result.

2. Procedural error that can be shown to have produced a fundamentally unfair result.

3. Errors in the interpretation of University policy so substantial as to deny either party a fair hearing;

4. Grossly inappropriate sanction having no reasonable relationship to the charges.

C. Procedures

When an appeal has been filed, the appropriate parties may be requested to respond in writing to the matters in question before a decision about the appeal is made.  The Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life will determine whether the basis for appeal have been satisfied and whether further process is necessary to resolve the appeal.

Appeals of an informal resolution meeting will be forwarded to the Greek Judicial Board. Appeals of the Greek Judicial Board will be forwarded to the Greek Appeals Board.

Findings of fact will be accepted as determined by the Greek Judicial Board unless the Greek Appeals Board determines that the Greek Judicial Board acted in an arbitrary, capricious, or unfair manner.  The Greek Appeals Board will make a decision based on the written submissions and arguments of the accused chapters and judicial board.  The Appeals Board will notify the appropriate parties within ten (10) business days of the Board’s decision.  Decisions of the Greek Appeals Board will be final when reviewed and confirmed by the Executive Director of Campus and Community Engagement or designee.

Greek Appeals Board hearings are held in closed session.  The accused chapter shall submit a written argument to the Greek Appeals Board.  The decision of the Greek Judicial Board and all written materials considered in their decision shall also be submitted in writing to the Greek Appeals Board.  The accused chapter and Greek Judicial Board will each be given 15 minutes for oral argument. The Chairperson of the Greek Appeals Board shall forward the Board’s written decision, including rationale, to the Executive Director of Campus and Community Engagement  within twenty-four (24) hours after the hearing.  The  Executive Director of Campus and Community Engagement shall review all decisions and make any additional recommendations within ten working days. Advisors, accused chapters, and the inter/national fraternity shall receive copies of the final decision.

An appeal of the Sorority and Fraternity Chapter Review Board will be forwarded to the Vice President for Student and Campus Life, who will apply the method of their choosing in making a final determination, including but not limited to hearing verbal arguments from parties involved, and/or sending the case back to the Sorority and Fraternity Chapter Review Board with direction for reconsideration.