Throughout my senior year I served on the Board of Appeals committee with other CMU faculty and staff. Coming in I did not expect it to be what it ended up being! This committee makes some tough calls in regards to students and their academics and if they might be staying here longer than expected. Being the only student on the board was a very interesting take because I felt I was speaking on behalf of all students and being an advocate in that way. The others on the committee ranged from employees of the university whether they worked in the Appeals office or they were professors in different departments ranging around different areas of campus.
This committee was a really collected and structured one to be a part of. We would either meet up in person if there were a lot of appeals to go over or if they were a heavier topic to talk about, or we would simply to an email and reply chain with your opinions. It was pretty dynamic to see how all of us could come together with our separate knowledge from around campus in our departments and ethically and realistically go through the appeals that were set forth.
In the end I learned a lot in regards to even how I could appeal in the future if it came down to it and even giving advice to others about what to appeal, what is realistic to change and how to do it in the best way.