If students are suspected of being in violation of the code of conduct or another Relay policy, students will be informed in writing of the suspected violations and will have an opportunity to meet and discuss the allegations and to learn what evidence Relay has to support them. Any student suspected of being in violation will be given a full opportunity to present their positions and to provide evidence to support their positions. Students and the campus dean, or their designee, upon completion of the investigation, may reach a mutually acceptable resolution that will end the matter. If no mutual informal resolution is reached, a determination of whether or not there is a violation and the sanction to be imposed (which may take into account the students’ previous records) will be provided to students in writing.
Students may appeal the determination made, the sanction, or both. The appeal should be made in writing and sent to the campus dean within 10 days of the determination being sent. The grounds for an appeal are that new information not previously available should be taken into consideration, that there were procedural irregularities in the process that significantly affected the determination, or that the sanction imposed is not appropriate for the violation. The appeal should clearly set forth the basis of the appeal and explain the students’ position on the appeal. If there is any supporting documentation, it should be supplied. The campus dean will review all appeals with the senior dean, student affairs, a student services administrative officer, and may include a panel of at least two campus deans when necessary. The senior dean, student affairs, and/or panel will review the record and any materials submitted to make a decision regarding the appeal. They may decide to meet with students, but a meeting is not required. The decision on appeal may be to uphold, in whole or in part, the determination of a violation, to sustain or modify, in whole or in part, the sanction applied, or to return the matter to the campus dean for further review. The decision of the senior dean, student affairs, and/or panel is final.