Students with permanent or temporary disabilities seeking accommodations are invited to have a confidential conversation upon admission to the law school or at the beginning of the semester with the Associate Dean of Students. The Dean of Students Office is located in the Dean's Suite on the 4th Floor of Sargent Hall. In accordance with federal laws, accommodations cannot be considered or provided unless 1) students self identify as a person with a disability to the Associate Dean of Students/Disability Compliance Officer, 2) provide qualifying and current clinical documentation of a disability (see documentation guidelines), and 3) follow the University procedures for submitting requests for academic accommodations in a timely fashion.
All requests for exam accommodations should be submitted no later than 60 days prior to the beginning of the examination period of each semester, and 30 days prior to summer session exams. Deadline extensions may be provided to students who were unable to meet this timeframe due to extenuating circumstances. Requests for classroom accommodations should generally be submitted in advance of the first day of classes. Accommodation requests impacting the academic nature of the law school curriculum will be referred to the Dean of Students and/or the Office of the Associate Deans for approval. Examples include but are not limited to requests for a reduced course load or a leave of absence based on the impact of a disability. Accommodations are not automatic for each course or for each semester.
Please note one must be confirmed officially eligible for services/accommodations by the Associate Dean of Students before accommodation requests will be processed.
As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, a person with a disability is one who:
a) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
b) has a record of such impairment; or
c) is regarded as having such impairment.
Retroactive accommodations will not be provided and late requests cannot be guaranteed, though we will do our best to provide support. The provision of accommodations for an individual student is made on a case by case basis.
A student who is dissatisfied with any decision of the Associate Dean of Students regarding reasonable accommodations may request an informal meeting with the Dean of Students to appeal the decision. As soon as possible following the informal meeting, the Dean of Students will notify the student in writing of any changes to the decision. If the student disagrees with the decision of the Dean of Students, the student may file a written appeal to an Academic Associate Dean. The written appeal should state in detail the basis for the appeal and furnish all relevant documentation in support of the appeal. The Associate Dean of Students and the Dean of Students will also provide the Academic Associate Dean with any documentation or information relevant to the decision in question. In reviewing the appeal, the Academic Associate Dean may request a meeting with the student and may also request additional information pertinent to the appeal. After review, the Academic Associate Dean will issue a written decision to the student. The decision of the Academic Associate Dean regarding the reasonable accommodation is final and not subject to appeal.