The Office of Student Development and Community Relations (SDCR) handles student conduct cases that are reported through an automated system. It uses streamlined processes for first and minor offenses whenever possible. As part of AUC’s educational mission, the Office of the Dean of Students communicates policies in clear and comprehensible language. It trains and mentors staff to work with students to understand underlying problems and attempt to provide guidance and support to get students back on track and restore good standing.
Procedural Update Regarding the Appeals Process
The Office of Student Development and Community Relations (SDCR), which ensures the observance of the AUC Code of Student Conduct has updated its appeals process effective December 30, 2021 as follows:
Either the respondent or the complainant to a decision by the Student Conduct Board (SCB) may appeal the outcome of the decision to the student conduct appeals committee in writing via email to email@example.com within five business days of the date of this notice solely on the grounds of the following:
- A procedural error that could have affected the determination or sanction(s) and/or
- New information that was not available at the time of the investigation or hearing and that could reasonably have affected the determination or sanction(s)
Should you choose to appeal, the student conduct appeals committee will review your appeal based solely on the grounds listed above and inform the SDCR of a decision within five business days of the receipt of the appeal from the SDCR. The SCDR will immediately inform you of the decision.
The appeal is not a re-hearing of the case, but an opportunity to provide a written statement specifically stating the grounds for the appeal and any supporting information. The burden is on the party bringing the appeal to demonstrate why the finding or sanction should be altered. Appeal requests will be denied if there are insufficient grounds for the appeal.