Appeals Board On Standing and Conduct For Students Under the Jurisdiction of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies

Effective Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Office of Primary Responsibility

School of Graduate and Advanced Studies

Summary of Policy

Operations of the Appeals Board for graduate students.

Affected Parties

Arts & Sciences Faculty

Policy Statement

1. Membership. 

The Appeals Board on Standing and Conduct for students under the jurisdiction of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies shall consist of three students and four faculty members. The chair must be a faculty member and will be chosen by all members selected to serve on the Board. At least two of the faculty members (including the chair) must be from a graduate program or department.

2. Election and Appointment. 

When requested by the Dean, four faculty members will be selected by lot from members of the Council on Graduate Studies (excluding the Dean). The three student members from the Graduate Student Council will be selected by lot by the Council on Graduate Studies. No student shall be eligible to succeed him or herself on the Board. The Chair will vote only in the case of a tie. In the event a member shall disqualify him or herself from the Board, a replacement shall be selected by lot from among all the remaining members of the group that individual represents on the Board.

3. Jurisdiction. 

The jurisdiction of the Appeals Board shall be appellate. It shall hear appeals by graduate students only after action has been taken by the Dean of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. In matters of conduct, its decisions will be final, though it must rehear a case if requested to do so by the President. In matters of academic standing, its findings will be advisory to the Dean of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies and to the department or program involved.

4. Conduct of Business. 

The Appeals Board may adopt by majority vote such rules and procedures as are necessary for the conduct of its business. Decisions of the Appeals Board shall be determined by majority of the Board.

5. Confidentiality. 

Decisions of the Appeals Board may be made public, but in no instance shall the name of the student concerned be divulged. Reports, records, and the deliberations of the Appeals Board are not to be examined by or revealed to any person or persons other than College personnel authorized by the Dean of the Faculty. Records and reports shall be destroyed immediately after they have lost any reasonable usefulness. The privacy of the student is to be protected.

6. Reports and Record Keeping. 

The Secretary of the Council on Graduate Studies will be the recorder of the Appeals Board deliberations and will prepare reports at the request of College personnel authorized by the Dean of Faculty.