Academic Policies

I. ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Every student is responsible for knowing and complying with all Law School policies and procedures.

A.  ATTENDANCE

In accordance with American Bar Association standards, regular and punctual class  attendance is part of each student’s required work in courses. While instructors are authorized to require a higher standard of attendance, at a minimum students are required to attend 80 percent of class sessions. Poor attendance may be taken into account by the instructor in any manner for grading purposes.

NOTE: See the attendance policy governing January Term and Short Courses section VI.I and VI.N.

The course instructor shall notify the Student Records Office when a student is frequently absent from class. If it is determined that the student’s absence from class is excessive, then the student shall not be permitted to complete the work for the course, shall not receive any academic credit for work performed in the course and shall receive the grade of WF (Withdrawn Failing). The grade of WF does not have exclusionary significance, nor does it preclude the student from re-enrolling in the course in a subsequent semester.

Any member of the Law School community (faculty, student or staff) who has reason to believe that a student is frequently absent from classes in general should inform the Student Records Office. If it is determined that the student’s absence from classes is excessive, the assistant dean for academic services may deny residence status for that semester, or may require withdrawal from the Law School.

B. CLASS RANK

The Law School does not use or disclose class rank except for limited purposes, such as determination of specific academic awards.

C. COMPLAINT POLICY
The Law School is committed to addressing student concerns that directly implicate its program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA’s accreditation standards. Any student who has such a concern should submit a signed, written statement explaining the concern and identifying the relevant ABA standard(s) to the assistant dean for student affairs. The assistant dean will work with a review committee consisting of the vice dean, the senior associate dean for administration, and other Law School personnel, as appropriate, to address the concern within a reasonable period of time. The assistant dean will notify the student in writing about the review committee’s resolution of the concern. A copy of all such concerns and their resolutions will be kept in the dean’s office until the next ABA accreditation visit.

D. CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS

While enrolled in the Law School, no student may be enrolled concurrently in academic courses, as part of a degree program or otherwise, at another institution without prior approval by the Curriculum Committee. Exception: Students enrolled in external collaborative programs do not need Curriculum Committee approval.

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