F. Disability Accommodation
1) NOTIFICATION AND APPLICATION
A student who believes that he or she has a disability or other condition warranting accommodation for academic programs or exams at the Law School should notify the assistant dean for student affairs. This notification is separate from any communication with the Admissions Office or during the admissions process. Requests may be submitted at any time, but should be made as early as possible to ensure access to classroom work and exams. Requests specifically seeking accommodation for exams should be submitted at least 60 days before the beginning of the exam period. It may not be feasible to evaluate the disability and implement appropriate accommodations in fewer than 60 days, and hence any accommodation offered might be useful only for the following semester’s exams.
All requests for accommodation and related information will be confidential, except to the extent necessary to evaluate the student’s condition and determine and implement an accommodation. Students seeking accommodations for disabilities must submit a written request to the assistant dean for student affairs. This request should be accompanied by any documentation the student has, such as copies of previously compiled medical or psychological tests, evaluations or diagnoses. If prior psychoeducational testing reports and/or medical reports are not available, the request should also include the Verification of Disability Form available on the Student Disability Access Center’s web page. For conditions of which the student has previously been aware, any accommodations offered by other institutions, such as schools and undergraduate colleges, should be described and documented.
2) TESTING AND EVALUATION
The assistant dean for student affairs or the faculty Disability Accommodation Committee may seek the guidance of the University’s Student Disability Access Center with respect to any request for accommodation. The Student Disability Access Center may request additional testing, assessments or evaluations.
3) IMPLEMENTATION AND REVIEW
If the assistant dean for student affairs determines that an accommodation is appropriate, she will promptly prepare a written plan of accommodation. Reasonable accommodations in academic programs that do not impose undue burdens will be implemented, with the costs borne by the Law School or the University. An academic accommodation may be made for a limited period of time, in which case additional documentation will need to be provided by the student to renew it, or may be made permanent until the graduation of the student.
The student will be provided with the written plan of accommodation. The goal will be to structure a plan acceptable to the student. If, however, the action taken does not address the student’s disability in a manner that the student believes reasonably meets the needs of the student, the student may request reconsideration of the decision or modification of the planned accommodation by appeal to the Disability Accommodation Committee, and may offer new information or explanation in support of the request. The committee may seek the assistance of consultants, such as experts or evaluators, and may require additional testing and/or evaluation. The student may request to meet with the committee prior to its final deliberations (from which the student and others not on the committee will be excused). A student may seek review of a decision of the committee by the full faculty, which will hear the matter if the assistant dean or at least one member of the faculty committee dissented from the committee’s action.
If the student accepts a plan of accommodation, the assistant dean for student affairs will inform the student’s instructors of the accommodation and the reasons for it only to the extent necessary to assure effective implementation of the accommodation. The assistant dean for student affairs and the Disability Accommodation Committee shall have authority to modify any Law School rule or course requirement to provide an accommodation. The complete waiver of any Law School rule or course requirement must be presented to the full faculty for its approval.