How to File an Appeal

Appeal: a formal request for someone in authority to review a case and change a decision

A student respondent may appeal a disciplinary action by filing a written notice of appeal.  A notice of appeal is a written statement submitted to a conduct review officer.  The conduct review officer is the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs or designee.

Submit an appeal online using the Student Conduct Code Disciplinary Appeal form.

You can also appeal by submitting an appeal in person to U307 or by email to avpstudentaffairs@bellevuecollege.edu.  You must email from your official BC email account.  Your appeal must include a statement explaining why you are appealing.

You must file your appeal within 21 days.

  • If you appeal a disciplinary action within 21 days, you have the right to a prompt, fair and impartial hearing (WAC 132H-126).
  • If you do not file an appeal within 21 days, you waive the right to appeal.  That means the student conduct officer’s decision becomes final. 

If the reported misconduct includes sexual misconduct by a student, the complainant (reporting party) may also file an appeal. They must also file their appeal within 21 days.

There are two types of appeal hearings: a brief adjudicative proceeding or a hearing with the Student Conduct Committee. Your sanction determines the hearing type.

  • A conduct review officer holds a brief adjudicative proceeding if your sanction was:
    • a suspension of 10 instructional days or less,
    • disciplinary probation,
    • written reprimand and/or
    • any conditions or terms imposed in conjunction with one of those disciplinary actions.
  • The Student Conduct Committee hears appeals if your sanction was a suspension over 10 instructional days or a dismissal from the college.  

For more information, see the Student Conduct Code (WAC 132H-126-130) and review how to prepare for a hearing.

Last Updated July 5, 2022