Filing an Appeal

This information explains how to request an appeal with the Judicial Council, which is the appellate body for Honor Code and Code of Conduct cases and is composed of students, faculty, and administrators.

Students requesting an appeal must follow these procedures:
1. Requests for an appeal from an Administrative hearing outcome must be submitted within 14 calendar days to Doug Bland, Secretary of the Judicial Council. Please send the appeal request via e-mail to blandwd@nullwfu.edu and then confirm that the statement has been received by calling Mr. Bland at 336.758.5916. This is a timeline that is non-negotiable. If a student needs to consult with parents, guardians or other persons, this must be accomplished within this time frame.

2. An appeal request (which should be no longer than 1000 words) should set forth the reasons why the decision of the hearing body should be reversed or modified and must address one or more of the following grounds for an appeal: (1) sufficiency of the evidence to support the decision, (2) appropriateness of the sanction, (3) germane new evidence not available at the time of the original hearing, (4) procedural error that significantly impacts the outcome.

3. It is a very good idea to engage the help of a BIA Student Advisor during this process. A student who needs help identifying a Student Advisor should contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 336.758.5226.

4. When an appeal request is received by the Secretary of the Judicial Council, the hearing officer or the deliberative chair or their representative will be asked to respond to the appeal request in writing. When these statements are in hand, the Judicial Council will be in a position to consider the appeal request. Meanwhile, the Office of the Dean of Students will be notified that any sanctions in the case are on hold pending a Judicial Council decision about an appeal.

5. Students who have received a sanction of suspension or expulsion will be automatically granted an appeal hearing if the request is made within 14 calendar days of receiving notification of the outcome of an Administrative hearing.

6. Students who have received a sanction other than suspension or expulsion are not guaranteed an appeal hearing. Upon receipt of a request for an appeal in such cases, the Judicial Council will determine whether or not an appeal request should be granted. If the Judicial Council decides against hearing an appeal in such cases, the appellant will be notified in writing of the reasons for the Council’s decision, and sanctions will go into effect with any timetables adjusted, if necessary, to take the delay of appealing into account.

7. In cases where an appeal hearing is held, Mr. Bland will set a date for the appeal hearing and notify the student in writing of the hearing date at least seven (7) days before the hearing. Mr. Bland is also prepared to talk or meet with a student to explain the details of how an appeal hearing works and address any questions before the hearing.