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5.1       Appeal
 
            A student may appeal a disciplinary sanction assessed by the Dean in accordance with Section 1.5 immediately above. Either the Dean or the student may appeal the decision of the Hearing Officer. An appeal shall be in accordance with the following procedures:
 

5.1.1      Appeal Procedures. The appealing party must submit a written appeal stating the specific reasons for the appeal and any argument to the president of the institution with a copy to the other party. The appeal must be stamped as received by the President’s office no later than 14 days after the appealing party has been notified of the sanction assessed by the Dean or the decision of the Hearing Officer. If the notice of sanction assessed by the Dean or the decision of the Hearing Officer is sent by mail, the date the notice or decision is mailed initiates the 14 day period for the appeal. The non-appealing party may submit a response to the appeal which must be received by the President’s Office no later than 5 days after receipt of the appeal with a copy to the other party. An appeal of the sanction assessed by the Dean in accordance with Section 1.5 immediately above will be reviewed solely on the basis of the written argument of the student and the Dean. The appeal of the decision of the Hearing Officer will be reviewed solely on the basis of the record from the hearing. The Dean will submit the record from the hearing to the president as soon as it is available to the Dean. At the discretion of the president, both parties may present oral argument in an appeal from the decision of the Hearing Officer.

 
5.1.2    President’s Authority. The president may approve, reject, or modify the decision in question or may require that the original hearing be reopened for the presentation of additional evidence and reconsideration of the decision. It is provided, however, upon a finding of responsibility in a case involving the illegal use, possession, and/or sale of a drug or narcotic on campus, the sanction may not be reduced below the recommended sanction prescribed by Section 1.5 immediately above.
 
5.1.3    Communication of Decision. The action of the president shall be communicated in writing to the student and the Dean within 30 days after the appeal and related documents have been received. The decision of the president is the final appellate review.