30 NSU STUDENT HANDBOOK 2023-24 official NSU email. A meeting of the Academic Appeal Committee must be convened within ten (10) and no less than five (5) school days after the appeal has been filed with the provost. The committee must reach a decision within ten (10) days after its first meeting. Any deadlines in this procedure for the Academic Appeal Committee that fall outside of the normal fall and spring semesters, e.g., during the winter break or summer terms, shall be set to the first week of the next semester. E. The Academic Appeal Committee is an ad hoc committee of the President (University Committee) and considers student academic appeals. The Academic Appeal Committee shall consist of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, one faculty member and an alternate from each undergraduate division chosen by each division faculty, and three students and three alternates chosen by the student government in existence at that time. The Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as chairperson of the committee. The composition of the Academic Appeal Committee is from the NSU Faculty Handbook. F. The committee shall follow the procedures below: • Hearings are closed. • The faculty member and the student shall have access to each other’s written statements prior to the hearing and have the right to offer rebuttal to each other’s comments at the hearing. • The faculty member and the student may present appropriate testimony and may be advised by a person of their choice. • During the hearing and in the presence of the faculty member and the student, the committee may request testimony from at least one consultant from the faculty member’s academic discipline. • The committee or its advisor may ask relevant questions of the faculty member and the student. The faculty member and advisor as well as the student and advisor may ask relevant questions of the committee. The committee members, the faculty member, the student and advisors may ask questions relevant to all participants’ testimony. • Any records of the faculty member or the student deemed pertinent to the appeal shall be made available to the committee upon its request. The confidentiality of these records shall be protected. • If the course is an online course, the student and their advisor may be invited to participate in the hearing via video conference, e.g., Zoom. G. The decision of the committee and the reasons for it shall be reported in writing to the faculty member and the student, with copies being sent to the Registrar, division dean, and department chair. The report is to be sent within at least ten (10) school days following the hearing, communicated via official NSU email. If an action or decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, in the role of faculty member, is being appealed, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs shall act as chairperson of the committee. The decision of the Academic Appeal Committee is final. This policy is from the NSU Faculty Handbook and is in alignment BOR Policy 2:9.