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Appeals Process

Appeals Process

 

 

The appeals process was developed in collaboration by the NIRSA Standards of Competition Committee, the NIRSA Director of National Sport Programs, the NIRSA Championship Series Immediate Past Chair, and the respective sport's Chair to provide timely feedback and swift rule in cases where participants feel they have received unjust or inappropriate sanction. The NIRSA Championship Series appeals process will ensure that all individual competitors and institutions participating in NIRSA Championship Series events receive fair and equal treatment. The ultimate goal of the Appeals Board is to maintain the integrity of the NIRSA Championship Series tournament brand.

NIRSA Championship Series Appeal Process

  • An individual or team can appeal the sanction or request an eligibility exception through a written letter approved by their Campus Recreation Director (include the Director's statement of support and signature) and sent to the NIRSA Director of National Sport Programs within 10 business days of the sanction (NOTE: Request for eligibility exceptions must be made a minimum of 15 days prior to the respective contest). The reasons for the appeal should be clearly outlined. The NIRSA Director of National Sport Programs forwards the appeal to the Standards of Competition Work Team Chair for review by the appeals committee, including: Standards of Competition Work Team Chair, the NIRSA Championship Series Committee Past Chair, Work Team Chair of the appropriate sport, and the current Standards of Competition Work Team. The appeals committee reserves the right to modify current sanctions as necessary, including imposing additional sanctions. The appeals committee will rule on the appeal within five business days of receiving notification from the NIRSA Director of National Sport Programs.
    • The committee may choose to contact the Campus Recreation Director from the appealing institution (or designated representative), the team representative of the appealing team, and/or legal counsel.
  • An individual or team may request a second review/appeal by the NIRSA Championship Series Appeals Board.
    • The Campus Recreation Director (or appropriate school representative) must request this appeal through written notification. This should be sent to the NIRSA National Director of Sport Programs, include any circumstances related to the situation that caused the violation, and must be submitted within five business days of the ruling(s) of the Committee. The NIRSA Director of National Sport Programs forwards the appeal to the Chair of the NIRSA Championship Series Appeals Board.
      • The NIRSA Championship Series Appeals Board will rule on the appeal after investigating the situation and may uphold, reject, or modify the action taken by the NIRSA Director of National Sport Programs.
        • The written appeal can be reviewed and voted on via email.
        • The chair of the NIRSA Championship Series Appeals Board can elect to hold a conference call and invite any of the following: Director of National Sport Programs, Chair of the respective Championships committee, Campus Recreation Director from the appealing institution (or designated representative), the team representative of the appealing team, legal counsel.
        • The Appeals Board will make a final ruling within five business days.
      • The NIRSA Championship Series Appeals Board may make exceptions to rules/policies due to extenuating circumstances. Decisions made by the Appeals Board are final. Under no circumstances can a decision by the Appeals Board result in the replay of any completed competition.

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