Procedures for Student Accreditation Standard Complaints
A “Student Accreditation Standard Complaint” is a communication in writing from a student of the Law School that seeks to bring to the attention of the Law School a significant problem that directly implicates the school’s program of legal education and its compliance with the standards under which the Law School is accredited, and which is not otherwise handled under the procedures for grade appeals, complaints under the ADA, or complaints of harassment (which shall be handled under the University and Law School procedures otherwise applicable to such matters).
b. Submission to Dean
Student Accreditation Standard Complaints shall be made to the Dean. Such complaints shall be in writing, shall specify with particularity the facts relied upon to support the allegation, and shall identify the accreditation standard or standards as to which it is alleged the Law School is not in compliance. The complaint must be submitted in writing and must include the name and contact information of the complainant, and the fact that the complainant is a student in the Law School.
c. Action Upon Complaint
Upon receiving a Student Accreditation Standard Complaint the Dean shall have thirty calendar days in which to respond in writing to the complainant. Such response may be in the form of:
i. Notice from the Dean to the complainant that an investigation of the allegations of the complaint has been initiated, together with a date by which it is expected a final substantive response will be made;
ii. A preliminary substantive response to the allegations of the complaint, together with a date by which it is expected a final substantive response will be made; or,
iii. A final substantive response to the allegations of the complaint.
Upon receiving a final substantive response to a Student Accreditation Standard Complaint, the complainant may appeal the matter to the Provost of the University.
i. Such appeal must be taken within fourteen calendar days of the Dean’s final substantive response under 1.c.iii.
ii. Such appeal shall be in writing, shall specify with particularity the facts relied upon to support the allegation, shall identify the accreditation standard or standards as to which it is alleged the Law School is not in compliance, and shall specify with particularity the ways in which the final substantive response of the Dean is in error. A copy of the appeal shall be given the Dean at the same time it is given the Provost.
iii. The Provost shall have thirty days in which to make a substantive response to the complainant, copies of which shall be supplied the complainant and the Dean, at which point the process shall be complete.