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Appellate board

Office of Student Conduct seeks undergrads for appellate board


8:04 a.m., Feb. 10, 2014--Starting today, Monday, Feb. 10, the University of Delaware Office of Student Conduct will recruit undergraduate students to join the appellate board for the 2014-15 academic year.

All applications must be completed by Wednesday, Feb. 26, and returned to the Office of Student Conduct. 

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The Office of Student Conduct Appellate Board is the final reviewing body for pending student conduct matters and is an integral part of the student conduct process.

Students participating as board members will have the opportunity to join University officials and faculty members in reviewing cases under appeal and solidify final decisions on each case. Their decisions will then take immediate affect through the Office of Student Conduct. 

“The student voice is just as important as the faculty and the staff voice when it comes to reviewing these cases,” said Holly Harvey-Dudlek, assistant director for the Office of Student Conduct. “It sometimes can be life changing for the student whose case is being reviewed, since they can potentially face suspension and expulsion, so the students are great contributors on the appellate board.”

Students on the board

For senior and history education major Patrick Derosa, two years as an appellate board member have been both rewarding and insightful. 

“I was able to get a better grip on the code of conduct, which allowed me to understand the University’s views on certain things and helped me learn about what it takes to make the University a great place to live and how it can be kept that way,” he said. 

Derosa said he believes that since the positions are not limited to pre-law or political science majors “it is an experience that anyone on campus should try to become part of.”

Sarah Swanson, a junior political science and Spanish double major also had the privilege of joining the appellate board last spring.

“The number one thing I have learned since I started working on the appellate board is the importance of perspective,” Swanson said. “My job as a student representative is to be the voice of the student population while keeping the rules of the Office of Student Conduct in mind. It is rewarding to see the positive outcomes certain decisions make on students and the University.” 

For Swanson, membership on the appellate board has allowed her to become more aware of what is occurring on and off campus and the opportunity to directly impact the student body population, which she said she couldn’t be more thankful for. 

Getting involved 

Students who want to apply to the appellate board must first complete an application. Students can obtain applications in the Office of Student Conduct, 218 Hullihen Hall, or on the website beginning Feb. 10.

The board positions are open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors of all disciplines and the acceptance process includes a written or submitted application, followed by individual and group interviews. 

Applicants must have completed one semester of undergraduate coursework on the UD campus, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.2, and not have a current student conduct sanction.

Newly appointed appellate board members will complete training throughout April and May consisting of a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training. New members will be qualified to start serving on the appellate board as early as the summer.

Faculty and staff

UD faculty and staff who are interested in serving on the appellate board can contact the Office of Student Conduct for more information.

All UD students who are interesting in applying can contact Holli Harvey-Dudlek by phone, 302-831-2117, or email with any questions.

For more information about the appellate board, visit the website.

Article by Nicole Sullivan

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