The Law School's Director of Student Life, Mike Hall, (Room 5101; phone: 608-890-0115; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) serves as a primary point of contact for students who have complaints or concerns. In addition to consulting with students about their academic, personal or professional issues, the Director of Student Life is ready to help students with complaints they wish to make or concerns they wish to express.
Such complaints or concerns might involve: instances of sexual or physical harassment or assault; unfair or ill treatment; grading grievances (Law School Rule 2.11); grievances regarding the conduct of Law School personnel (Law School Rule 12.01); petitions for relief from a Law School Rule based on unusual hardship (Law School Rule 12.03(1)(a)); appeals on the basis of alleged discrimination (Law School Rule 12.03(1)(b)); or concerns/complaint regarding some aspect of the Law School's academic program, including the Law School's Program of Legal Education (ABA Standard 512).
Students are advised that the above list is not exhaustive and are invited to bring significant concerns to the attention of the Director of Student Life, the Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, or the Dean's Office.
Grading Grievances: A student may challenge the nature, quality, or fairness of an examination or other graded exercise for a particular course, rather than his or her particular grade on that examination or exercise. Instructors are expected to be scrupulously careful in constructing the exam, choosing grading criteria and applying those criteria, but there is no appeal from a grade on the allegation either that the grader misapplied the criteria for grading the exam, or that the criteria were themselves ill-chosen. For full information, see Law School Rule 2.11.
Grievances regarding the conduct of Law School personnel:
Students should bring to the Director of Student Life and/or the Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs grievances or complaints based on the actions of Law School personnel or committees in order to seek a resolution to the grievance. If the grievance is not resolved, the student may appeal to the Law School's faculty Petitions Committee. For full information, see Law School Rule 12.01.
Petitions for relief from a Law School Rule (allegation of unusual hardship):
Law School Rule 12.03(1)(a) provides that students make seek relief from a particular Law School Rule on the basis of an allegation of unusual hardship. Students should first raise the matter with the Director of Student Life and/or the Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs to see if the matter might be resolved by the Law School Dean's Office. If the Dean's Office has considered the request and has determined that it is not empowered to act or will not act, the student may submit the matter to the Law School's faculty Petitions Committee. Deadline: Note that the Petitions Committee will dismiss any appeal or request for relief, under §12.03(1)(a), brought more than 6 months after the occurrence of the event in issue. For full information, see Law School Rules 12.03(1)(a), 12.03(2), 12.03(3) and 12.04.
Appeals on the basis of alleged discrimination:
Law School Rule 12.03(1)(b) provides that students may appeal to the Law School's faculty Petitions Committee based on alleged discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, or parental status of the student. Deadlines: Note that the various deadlines and procedures applicable to an appeal under Rule 12.03(1)(b) are set out in Law School 12.05. For full information, see Law School Rules 12.03(1)(b), 12.03(2), 12.03(3) and 12.05.
Complaints regarding compliance with ABA Standards:
Students are advised that they may bring to the attention of the Law School a significant problem that directly implicates the Law School's program of legal education and the Law School's compliance with ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools. Per ABA Standard 512(c), such communication should be in writing. ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools are on-line here:
Note that Chapter 3 of the ABA Standards addresses the Program of Legal Education.