UMMC Policy and Procedure Manual E-SPH-GEN-GEN-PO-00046
Subject: SOPH Appeal of Dismissal
Revised Date: 3/11/2021 Effective Date: 12/6/2016
Prepared By:
Jeanna D. Wilkes
Approved By:
Natalie W. Gaughf

Reviewed By:
Sydney R. Murphy

John D. Bower School of Population Health

DOCUMENT TYPE: Policy

REVIEW PERIOD: 2 years

TITLE: Appeal of Dismissal

PURPOSE: To establish policy for a student’s appeal of dismissal from the John D. Bower School of Population Health.

POLICY: A student has the right to appeal a dismissal from the Bower School of Population Health.

The appeal of dismissal must be made in writing to the dean of the Bower School of Population Health within ten (10) working days of the date of the notification of dismissal decision.  Failure to make a written appeal within the ten (10) working day time period shall constitute a waiver of the appeal right and result in the sanction becoming final as recommended. The written request for an appeal must set forth the substantive basis for the appeal and be documented in an official letter to the dean. The official letter of appeal should be sent as an email attachment to the dean. 

The Bower School of Population Health Academic Council shall act as the appeal committee to hear all matters concerning dismissal. The student will be informed of the time and place of the appeal hearing. If the student is enrolled in a traditional program, the student must appear in person at the hearing to present the appeal to the appeals committee. If a student is enrolled in a distance education program, the student must appear in person or be granted permission to appear virtually (using both audio and video connections) at the hearing to present the appeal to the appeals committee. The request for permission to appear virtually must be included in the official letter of appeal to the dean. 

During an appeal hearing, the student shall be permitted, at their own expense, to have an advisor/legal counsel at the hearing and through all other stages of the disciplinary process. The role of the advisor/legal counsel shall be limited to an advisory capacity only. They will not be permitted to make opening or closing statements, question witnesses, or make oral arguments. The student is entitled to present witnesses or other evidence, and make opening and concluding statements on their behalf. If the student elects to bring an advisor/legal counsel to the hearing, they must give notice to the dean within two (2) working days prior to the appeal hearing. If a request for permission to appear virtually is granted, instructions for the virtual process will be provided. 

The Academic Council deliberates and reviews the case and will forward its written recommendation to the dean.  The dean of the Bower School of Population Health may accept, reject or modify the recommendation of the Academic Council.  The decision by the dean of the Bower School of Population Health will be final.  The dean will notify the student of the decision through the student’s official UMMC email account. 

The student shall have the right to file a “procedural” appeal at the institutional level by writing to the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs within ten (10) working days of the date of notification of the school’s decision. To file a procedural appeal to the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs the student is required to follow all guidelines detailed in the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Student Procedural Appeal for Academic Decisions policy. 

SCOPE: All SOPH students 

REFERENCE: University of Mississippi Medical Center [Intranet].  Student Procedural Appeal for Academic Decisions. [Effective 27 August 2013]. 

University of Mississippi Medical Center [Intranet].  SOPH Student Dismissal. [Effective 1 March 2017].