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Either the instructor or the student may appeal the decision of the URC to the vice president for academic affairs. Appeals must be made in writing to the vice president for academic affairs within three business days of receiving the written notification of the decision. Appeals will be considered only if they are based on one or more of the following criteria:

  1. new evidence not reasonably available at the time of the original hearing and which is provided as part of the written appeal; or

  2. procedural error that can be shown to have affected the outcome of the hearing; or

  3. appropriateness of sanction only in cases of suspension or dismissal.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs will decide whether or not there is a basis for appeal, and, if so, upon consideration of the appeal, may revise the URC decision or the penalty. The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs is final and will be communicated to both parties involved in the hearing, to the convenor of the URC and to the chair of the URC.

(Approved by the DePauw University Faculty, November 4, 2002; updated April 14, 2014. University Review Committee (URC) Hearing Procedures are available in the Office of Academic Life. Hearing Procedures are updated and revised periodically by the Academic Affairs administration in consultation with the Student Life and Academic Atmosphere Committee.)