Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (PCHCS) 2023–2024 124 involving professional issues. The CWAC will review the decision to ensure the policies and procedures of the university, HPD, and the PCHCS have been followed. If a student appeals the decision of the department chair or designee, the appeal must be in writing and submitted to the chair of the CWAC within five business days (excluding holidays and weekends) after the date of receiving notification of the department chair or designee decision. Any appeals not submitted to the chair of the Appeals Committee within this time frame shall not be heard. The appeal must contain a concise statement of all relevant facts and the result sought. The CWAC will not consider evidence which was not presented to the department or the program CSP. The appeal may be submitted in hard copy, including a mailing address, and should also be emailed to the chair of the program committee to expedite a response. Appeals Committee Membership The Appeals Committee shall consist of six faculty members from the PCHCS, one of whom will be elected by the members of the committee to serve as chair, and one representative from the dean’s office and/or Office of Student Affairs. The dean’s office/student affairs representative is a nonvoting member and assures that policies and procedures are carried out to protect the rights of the student and to assure that the policies of the college are followed. Each program director will be responsible for appointing one faculty representative. The chair of the CWAC will participate in the voting process only in the case of a tie or if the chair is counted to make a quorum. Hearings Protocol and Procedure • The student will be notified of the date, place, and time of the hearing via email (read receipt requested). • Any students who fail to appear at the designated date and time will automatically waive their right to appeal. • The Appeals Committee hearing will proceed under the direction of the chair. • A quorum must be present to convene an official appeal hearing and will be constituted by 50 percent or more of the voting membership including the chair. • Students will provide the committee chair with a list of any witnesses they may have, in writing, no later than two business days before the hearing date. Only witnesses with direct information that is related to the program director/department chair or the program CSP’s failure to adhere to the policies and procedures of the university, HPD, and/or the PCHCS in making its decision will be considered. • Students will be present only during their testimony. • Witnesses, if any, may be present only during their testimony. Each witness will be housed in a separate waiting area to avoid any contact among witnesses or with the student. • The Appeals Committee may question any witnesses present during the hearing. • The Appeals Committee will have the option of calling more witnesses. The student shall not be present during the questioning of any witnesses.