Appeals

How do I file an appeal of the Finding of Responsibility? 

Step 1: Appeals must be written and submitted to the Title IX Coordinator or designee within five (5) business days of receiving the Hearing Panel’s Notice of Outcome. Please submit to titleix@appstate.edu. 

Step 2: Appeals must include a rationale and any supporting evidence for any of the grounds for appeals.  

What are the grounds for an appeal? 

The Complainant and/or the Respondent may appeal the Decision-Maker(s) Finding of responsibility or decision to dismiss the Formal Complaint on any of these three bases:  

(1) procedural irregularity that affected the outcome of the matter;  

(2) new evidence that was not reasonably available at the time the determination regarding responsibility or dismissal was made, that could affect the outcome of the matter; or  

(3) the Title IX Coordinator, Investigator(s), or Decision-Maker(s) had a conflict of interest or bias for or against Complainants or Respondents generally or the individual Complainant or Respondent that affected the outcome of the matter.  

Who makes the decision regarding Appeals of Responsibility?  

Appeals will be reviewed by a trained appellate officer or appeals panel assigned by the Title IX Coordinator or designee.  

Can I appeal my Sanctions? 

Appeals of University decisions regarding sanctions for faculty and staff will be addressed in the procedures provided by each administrative office that was responsible for the determination of the sanction(s). Each administrative office will author and publish procedures to resolve appeals of sanctions in cases of Prohibited Conduct. However, any supportive measures shall remain in place. Students may not appeal sanctions. 

Please review Policy 112 for complete details of the Grievance Process