As an ABA-accredited law school, Suffolk University Law School is subject to the ABA Standards for Approval of Law schools. The Standards may be found at
Any student at Suffolk University Law School who wishes to bring a formal complaint to the administration of the law school of a significant problem that directly implicates Suffolk University Law School's program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA Standards should take the following steps:
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 Disability Services in the Dean of Students Office. 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 students 1) self identify as a person with a disability to Disability Services, 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 by the stated deadline. Deadline extensions may be provided to students who were unable to meet the deadline 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 Disability Services 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.
Suffolk University requires the observance of all laws and regulations that pertain to alcoholic beverages and other controlled substances as outlined in the statutes and laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts . It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to be familiar with and to comply with these laws.
This policy is intended to allow for the responsible use of alcoholic beverages while providing safeguards for the University and its faculty, staff and students.
The regulations for use of alcoholic beverages at programs and events sponsored at the University and/or by University departments and organizations are designed to enable these activities to be monitored for compliance with state laws and to limit the use of alcohol to designated areas.
The free distribution of alcoholic beverages at any event is prohibited except at small receptions primarily designed for staff, faculty and guests or special student programs approved, in advance, by the Office of Risk Management, or the Office of the Dean of Students in the Law School for Law School student events.
All summer programs and conference guests should also contact the Office of Residential Life and Summer Programs, except those located in the Law School, who should contact the Law School Events Coordinator.
I. Registration of Events: All events for the College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer Business School, NESADSU, and non-Suffolk-affiliated functions with alcohol must be registered with the Office of Risk Management. In the Law School, the Office of the Dean of Students has the responsibility for registered events and will file a copy with Risk Management. To obtain this form, contact the Office of Risk Management for CAS, SBS and NESADSU events or the Law School events coordinator for Law School events.
Registration of events is required on the following schedule:
A. University receptions where alcohol is served but not sold: 3 days in advance
B. University events where alcohol is sold: 14 days in advance.
II.Staffing of Events: All events where alcoholic beverages are served or sold must have a designated host who is considered the individual responsible for the event. In addition, all events must be staffed with monitors in a ratio of one monitor for every forty (40) persons expected to be present. The names of the designated host and monitors must be provided as a part of the registration.
A. Designated Host: The designated host must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age. In the case of student clubs and organizations, the designated host will usually be the staff or faculty advisor to that student group. In the case of the Law School, the host will be the person so designated by the governing body of the organization. The designated host agrees to assume the following responsibilities:
B. Monitor/ Server: Monitor/ Servers are those students, faculty, or staff members who are responsible for serving alcoholic beverages to their peers. It is required that servers be certified by TIPS or Safe Server. All groups that have 12 or more guests must include 1 Monitor/Server. Events with 40 guests or more must include an additional monitor for every 40 guests. The Office of Risk Management can approve servers for college wide events sponsored by conference groups, except those located in the Law School, which should be approved by the Law School Events Coordinator.
C. University Police: University Police shall be assigned to all campus events where alcoholic beverages are sold. Based on a review of the event and expected attendance during the registration process, University Police may be assigned to other events at which alcohol is available.
a. The event is specifically designed for a student population over 21 years of age; or
b. The Office of Student Activities and Service Learning or Law School Dean of Students provides written approval of the event and its sponsor agrees to comply with the regulations in this document covering events with alcohol.
NOTE: Events on campus approved for alcoholic beverages (whether served or sold) must limit the alcoholic beverages to beer and wine.
Time Limits on Serving Alcohol: Functions where alcoholic beverages are served at no charge are to have a serving time limit of two (2) hours. Exceptions to this apply in the following cases:
Pricing and Purchase Limitations: At events where alcohol is sold, there will be a minimum price of $1.50 for beer and wine. An individual will only be allowed to purchase two alcoholic beverages at one time.
Quantity of Alcohol Available for Consumption: At events where alcoholic beverages are served at no charge, available alcohol must be limited to 1 drink per hour per guest. Drink is defined as 12 ounce beer or 6 ounce wine.
Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages:
Advertisement and Promotion of Events with Alcohol
License Application Procedures for Events Selling Alcohol
A 24-hour temporary liquor license must be obtained for any on-campus event at which alcoholic beverages will be sold. Under terms of such a license, the closing hour of the function can be no later than 12 midnight.
The procedure for securing this license is as follows:
1.Complete the required University registration process (See Section A, “Registration of Events,” above) two weeks in advance of the event.
2. Obtain a special license application at Boston City Hall Licensing Board.
3. Complete the application and secure three signatures – Risk Manager or Dean of Students in the Law School (Law School); Vice President/Treasurer; and University Police Lieutenant.
4. Return the application to City Hall with licensing fee at least one week prior to the date of the event.
5. Submit the original license and payment receipts to the Risk Management Office or the Dean of Students (Law School). Make copies of the license.
6. Post copies of the license at the event in the areas where the alcohol is distributed.
Establishing Proof of Age
Students who are twenty-one years of age and older who wish to consume alcoholic beverages at approved on-campus events must present proof of age by providing a valid driver’s license or a valid passport along with a current Suffolk University I.D. card. In the case of a duplicate license, a birth certificate can be provided and date of birth will be verified against records of the Registrar’s Office.
Following the establishment of drinking age, a wristband will be affixed to the individual’s wrist as identification for the purpose of consuming alcohol. Only those wearing a wristband will be allowed to enter the bar area where alcoholic beverages are being served or sold. In the Law School an acceptable form of identification will be used to designate that drinking age has been established.
Policy Revised January 2007
Policy Created October 1991.
Please call 617-573-8262 for updated messages. Do not call the University Police Department, switchboard, administrative offices, radio, or television stations to verify University closing.
See the Law School Class Make-up Policy for more information concerning classes that are cancelled under this policy.
In order to meet ABA class instruction time standards, cancelled classes (including those cancelled as a result of a University weather or emergency closure) must be rescheduled. Students will be expected to attend any rescheduled class and the Attendance and Assignment Policy will apply to rescheduled classes
The law school has identified a Saturday during each semester for classes unable to be reasonably rescheduled during the week. The date for the make-up Saturday will be announced at the beginning of each semester and will be noted on the Academic Calendar.
In support of the University’s mission of teaching, research and service, Suffolk provides access to computing and information resources within institutional priorities and financial capabilities. The University encourages faculty, employees, and students to make full use of these resources. Use of the computing and information resources is a privilege extended in good faith to faculty and employees and carries with it the responsibility to abide by certain policies and guidelines to ensure that all users enjoy the benefits of these resources.
I. The computer facilities and information resources are for the use of authorized persons only. Faculty, employees, and students are responsible for maintaining password security and the security of the computer system they use. Faculty and employees must not allow anyone to use their passwords to gain access to the computer facilities, including e-mail.
II. Computer and information resources are meant solely for legitimate purposes relating to education, coursework, teaching, research and administration of the University. Among the uses that are inappropriate are:
A. Causing intentional damage to any component of the computing and information resource facilities.
B. Unauthorized access, alteration, copying or deletion of system accounts, passwords, directories, files or programs belonging to any other user.
C. Unauthorized dissemination of confidential records obtained through computer and information resources.
D. Sending foul, inappropriate or threatening messages such as those including offensive racial or sexual content.
E. Using the facilities to harass or intimidate individuals or interfere with their normal use of the system.
F. Playing practical jokes, sending chain letters or “fake” e-mail, “spamming” (sending hundreds of copies of the same message), introducing computer viruses or otherwise deliberately breaching system security.
G. Soliciting for unauthorized outside business ventures or political or religious causes.
H. Creating personal copies of licensed, proprietary software or running illegally copied software. (See University Policy on Copyright)
III. Any faculty member, employee, or student worker who has access to confidential information must access only the information that they have a legitimate administrative or academic need to use, modify or otherwise view. The confidentiality of all such information must be maintained.
IV. The University ITS Department has more specific guidelines for use of specialized resources provided by the University. Faculty, employees, and students must familiarize themselves with those guidelines and abide by them. In addition, both the Sawyer and Moakley Libraries have specialized resources as does University Media Services (UMS). Again, users must abide by any specialized guidelines issued by those departments.
Copies of the University policy will be placed in faculty and employee handbooks and will be distributed to employees at the new employee orientation.
The University cannot guarantee the privacy or security of users’ computer files, including email messages or the anonymity of any user. To help safeguard security, administrative and academic users on the Exchange Email System are recommended to change email passwords every semester. While the University does not monitor email, staff of Information Technology Services may be required to enter users’ files, if necessary, to correct system problems or to address other improper system use.
Supervisors are responsible for assuring that all faculty, staff, and student employees in their area of authority have the appropriate training for and orientation to responsible computer use.
Suffolk University websites, web pages, and web facilities are global representations of the University’s image and will maintain graphic standards developed by Suffolk University to establish and maintain a consistent public image and to reinforce the mission and identity of Suffolk University. A Suffolk University website is defined as a set of websites, web pages, and web facilities, both internal and external, that represents any school, department, administrative or organizational unit, faculty member, institute, alumni office, or student organization of Suffolk University.
Commercial advertising is prohibited on University websites, web pages, and web facilities. This includes ads for businesses or services owned and/or operated by a University employee. Only community advertising may appear on University websites, web pages, and web facilities. A discounted product or service offered to University students or employees through student services or human resources is an example of community advertising. Alumni relations and fundraising activity including gifts, grants, and corporate sponsorships on any Suffolk University websites, web pages, and web facilities must comply with existing University policies. Any such pages must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Advancement.
Suffolk University is committed to providing access to web-based information in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, amended.
creation or transmission (other than for research or teaching purposes) of any offensive, obscene, or indecent images or material;
creation or transmission of any material likely to cause annoyance, inconvenience, or needless anxiety;
creation or transmission of defamatory material;
storage or transmission of material that infringes on copyright/intellectual property rights, laws, and policies; and
purposes unrelated to the staff member’s employment or to the research, educational, community service, or administrative purposes of the University.
All written policies, including the University web policy, must be observed in authoring any University affiliated website, web page or web facility. Please contact Web Services/UMS for the latest copy of the University web policy.
ITS will notify the faculty member, employee, or student, or if deemed necessary, the appropriate Dean or the Director of Human Resources, of any inappropriate activity. It is expected that the inappropriate activity will cease at this warning. If inappropriate use persists, ITS will suspend the user’s computing privileges. Privileges will remain suspended until a thorough review of the incident has been completed and a decision has been made about the imposition of sanctions, if any. Note: If ITS determines that the inappropriate activity is a serious harm to the system, user computing privileges will be suspended immediately without warning.
Depending upon the severity of the incident sanctions might include warning, temporary or permanent suspension of computer privileges, suspension or termination. Persons who engage in activities that violate state and federal law will be referred to the proper law enforcement authorities.
Sargent Hall has a wireless network and over 3000 public ports in the classrooms, library, cafeteria and lobby which allow users to plug in their laptop for email and internet access. The Symantec Antivirus program is available free of charge to all registered students and can be downloaded from Campus Cruiser. Students must keep their systems up-to-date with the latest security updates and current virus definitions from Symantec or any antivirus program.
If your laptop causes suspicious traffic over the network, it will be suspended from the network until it is checked by ITS Tech Support.
Students must present their Suffolk ID to gain access to the computer lab. The lab is reserved for law students and law alumni only.
Equipment in the lab consists of 44 HP Computers with Windows 7, 3 MAC Computers, 6 HP LaserJets and 1 HP Scanner.
Students must log in using their Suffolk email username and password. All work must be saved externally to a USB key drive or disk. In the event the computer reboots or becomes unresponsive, any unsaved work will be lost. ITS is not responsible for any damage or loss of data resulting from the use of the lab computers.
Suffolk University expects all users of our site as well as members of our community to comply with U.S. Copyright laws and refers all users to the University’s Copyright Policy (available on-line at www.suffolk.edu under “Explore Suffolk”, then “About Suffolk” ), which governs the use of these resources.
In compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Suffolk University has designated an agent to receive notice of alleged infringement of copyright.
Designated Agent Contact Information:
Karen Schwartz Kruppa, Risk Manager
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Additional information may be found on-line at www.suffolk.edu under “Explore Suffolk”
DETERMINATION OF CREDIT HOURS FOR COURSEWORK (ABA STANDARD 310)
In determining credit hours for coursework, Suffolk University Law School adheres to ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, Standard 310:
Standard 310. DETERMINATION OF CREDIT HOURS FOR COURSEWORK
(a) A law school shall adopt, publish, and adhere to written policies and procedures for determining the credit hours that it awards for coursework.
(b) A “credit hour” is an amount of work that reasonably approximates:
(1) not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and two hours of out-of-class student work per week for fifteen weeks, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
(2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required in subparagraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including simulation, field placement, clinical, co-curricular, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
Additional information regarding credit hours may be found on the Suffolk University Syllabus page: http://www.suffolk.edu/explore/54511.php
1. All allegations of student misconduct shall be filed with the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students may request the allegations be filed in writing. Upon receipt of such allegations, the Dean of Students shall, within a period not to exceed fourteen days absent good cause, refer the matter to the Chair or, if there are co-Chairs, a co-Chair (hereinafter both referred to as Chair) of the Faculty Administrative Committee. If, however, the Dean of Students reasonably believes that the allegations, even if true, would not constitute sanctionable conduct, then the Dean of Students shall consult with an academic associate dean regarding the matter. If the academic associate dean agrees with the Dean of Students, then the Dean of Students shall not refer the matter to the Chair and shall take no further action. If the academic associate dean disagrees, then the matter shall be referred to the Chair. Upon referring the matter to the Chair, the Dean of Students shall notify the Assistant Dean for Academic Services of the filing of the allegations.Initial Review and Issuance of Complaint
2. Upon receipt of the allegations from the Dean of Students, the Chair shall initially review the matter after which he or she, in the exercise of his or her sole discretion, shall either (a) refer the matter to a Fact Finding Subcommittee (hereinafter Subcommittee), or (b) dismiss the matter. If the Chair refers the matter to the Subcommittee, the Chair shall issue a Complaint of Student Misconduct to the student informing him/her of the allegations and that the matter has been referred to the Subcommittee. The Chair also shall provide a copy of the Complaint to the Subcommittee and to the Assistant Dean for Academic Services.
3. The Chair may dismiss the matter sua sponte if he or she finds it to be meritless or insubstantial. If the Chair does so, he or she shall provide a written summary of the allegations and reasons for dismissal to all members of the Faculty Administrative Committee, the Dean, Academic Associate Deans, Dean of Students, and Assistant Dean for Academic Services. If, within a reasonable period of time as set by the chair but not less than fourteen days, any two people within the group described in the previous sentence request further investigation, then the Chair shall refer the matter to the Subcommittee and issue a Complaint of Student Misconduct to the student and forward a copy of such Complaint to the Subcommittee and to the Assistant Dean for Academic Services.Fact Finding Subcommittee
4. The Fact Finding Subcommittee shall consist of five members of the Faculty Administrative Committee as selected by the Chair. The Chair shall designate one of those five members to serve as chairperson of the Subcommittee.
5. The procedure before the Subcommittee shall be private, informal, and confidential. The Chair shall present the evidence concerning the allegations. The student shall not be present during the fact-finding proceeding, except that the student shall have the opportunity to appear to present evidence and to speak on his or her own behalf. Counsel or another advisor to the student may be present when the student appears before the Subcommittee, solely for the purposes of observing the proceedings and advising the student, and may make a brief statement at the discretion of the Subcommittee chairperson.
6. The Subcommittee shall determine whether sanctionable conduct has been established by clear and convincing evidence. A vote of four of the five members of the Subcommittee (or three of four if one member is absent) shall be required to find sanctionable conduct. If it finds that no sanctionable conduct has been established, it shall dismiss the complaint. If it finds that such conduct has been established, it shall report to the Dean the nature of the conduct found with a recommendation as to the appropriate sanction or other disposition. A copy of the Subcommittee’s report shall be sent to the student. Such report shall include the Subcommittee’s findings of fact.
7. If the student admits both the allegations and that those allegations constitute sanctionable conduct, the Subcommittee shall hear the evidence or a summary thereof, consider the circumstances and any statement the student wishes to make, and recommend a sanction or other disposition to the Dean. A copy of the Subcommittee’s report shall be sent to the student. Such report shall include the Subcommittee’s findings of fact.Dean’s Review
8. If the Subcommittee finds sanctionable conduct, or the student admits such conduct, the Dean shall meet with the student concerning the Subcommittee’s report and its recommended sanction. The student may bring counsel or another advisor to the meeting. The Dean shall discuss the recommended sanction with the student, and, unless paragraph 9 applies, inform the student of the sanction that he or she will recommend to the Law School Faculty.
9. If the Subcommittee’s recommended sanction or other disposition includes neither suspension nor dismissal from the law school, such recommended sanction or other disposition is unanimous (whether by a vote of four out of four or five out of five, as the case may be), and the Dean agrees with the Subcommittee’s recommendation, then, unless the student requests a formal hearing as provided in paragraph 10, the Dean shall impose the recommended sanction and the matter will not be reported to the Law School Faculty for final disposition as provided in paragraph 15. The Dean, however, shall advise the Law School Faculty of the student’s name, nature of the violation, and sanction imposed.Formal Hearing Committee
10. If the student contests the Subcommittee’s findings of fact, he or she may request that a formal Hearing Committee be appointed to hear the allegations. The student may request a formal hearing by filing a written request for such hearing within ten days of the meeting with the Dean described in paragraph 8. If the student does not request a formal hearing within such ten day period, the student shall have waived his/her right to such hearing. If, within such ten day period, the student files written notice with the Dean of his/her decision to waive a formal hearing, the matter may proceed immediately for disposition under paragraph 8 or 9, as the case may be.
11. The Hearing Committee shall consist of five members appointed by the Dean from the faculty at large. The Dean shall appoint one of the five members as chairperson. No member of the Subcommittee may serve on the Hearing Committee. The student may challenge any member of the Hearing Committee for cause. Such challenges shall be resolved by the Dean.
12. The formal hearing shall be closed, except for the parties and necessary staff, unless the student requests that the hearing be public. Formal rules of evidence shall not apply, but the chairperson may make such rulings as are necessary to ensure fairness and to expedite the proceedings. Witnesses will be sequestered unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties. Witnesses will be sworn by a notary public. The student may be represented by counsel and shall be entitled to present evidence and cross-examine witnesses. The allegations and supporting evidence shall be presented by the Chair or by counsel for the law school. If either the law school or the student intends to be represented by counsel, the other party shall be notified at least four days prior to the hearing. A taped or stenographic record shall be made of the proceedings. Opening and closing statements will be allowed. Members of the Hearing Committee may ask questions, but should exercise care not to take an adversarial role in the hearing.
13. The Hearing Committee shall hear the evidence de novo and determine whether sanctionable conduct has been established by clear and convincing evidence. If it finds that no such conduct has been established, it shall dismiss the charges. If it finds that such conduct has been established, it shall report to the Dean the nature of the conduct found, with a recommendation as to the appropriate sanction. A vote of four of the five members of the Committee (or three out of four if one member is absent) shall be required to find sanctionable conduct. The Hearing Committee shall issue a written report containing its findings of fact. A copy of the Hearing Committee’s report shall be sent to the student.
14. Findings of fact as made by the Hearing Committee shall be final.Sanctions
15. Except as provided in paragraph 9, the Law School Faculty shall have final authority to impose a sanction on a student for sanctionable conduct. Provided paragraph 9 does not apply, the Dean shall provide a written report of the matter to the Faculty, which report shall include the sanction recommendation of the Subcommittee, the Hearing Committee, if any, as well as his or her own recommendation.
16. Provided paragraph 9 does not apply, the student shall have an opportunity to make a statement to the Faculty, in person or by counsel or another advisor on the issue of an appropriate sanction.
17. Sanctions which may be imposed include but are not limited to a private reprimand, a public reprimand, probation, suspension, or dismissal from the law school. Any sanction more serious than a private reprimand shall become part of the student’s permanent transcript. Additional conditions may also be imposed where appropriate.
18. The Office of the Dean shall maintain a file of all student disciplinary proceedings. Such file shall include a copy of the Complaint of Student Misconduct and all findings of fact and reports issued by the Subcommittee or a Hearing Committee, if any, the Dean’s recommendation, and the decision of the faculty, if any.
19. If a student withdraws from the Law School while a disciplinary investigation or proceeding is pending, the following entry shall be made on the student’s transcript: “Withdrew while disciplinary proceeding pending.” A student who withdraws while a disciplinary investigation or proceeding for sanctionable conduct is pending will not be readmitted to the Law School except in extraordinary circumstances.
20. The Registrar’s Office shall not issue an official transcript of the student between the time at which such office is notified by the Dean of Students that the matter has been referred to the Chair, as provided in paragraph 1, and a determination by the Chair as to whether a Complaint of Student Misconduct should issue as provided in paragraph 2.
21. If the student requests an official transcript after the issuance of a Complaint of Student Misconduct but before final resolution of the matter, the transcript shall bear the legend “Complaint of Student Misconduct Filed – Decision Pending.”Miscellaneous
22. Sanctionable conduct shall include any violation of the Suffolk Univerity Law School Rules and Regulations including all conduct described in Regulation XI of said Rules and Regulations.
23. Actions required by the Dean under these rules may be delegated by the Dean to an Academic Associate Dean.
24. Law School Faculty or Faculty, as used in these rules, refers to faculty members entitled to vote at faculty meetings of the Suffolk University Law School Faculty.
25. Any person who serves as counsel or advisor to the student as provided for in these rules may not be an employee of Suffolk University.
26. Issues not specifically addressed by these rules or interpretations of these rules shall be resolved by the Dean in consultation with the Chair.
27. Allegations of Student Misconduct which constitute violations of the Suffolk University Law School Sexual Harassment Policy and Guidelines shall be determined under that Policy and not under these Rules.
28. If a student to whom a Complaint of Student Misconduct has been issued represents that he or she is under criminal investigation for the same or related conduct that comprises such Complaint, the student shall have the right at any stage of the proceeding to request that further proceedings be deferred until the resolution of the criminal matter without any adverse inference being drawn from that decision. Such request shall be granted.
29. If a student to whom a Complaint of Student Misconduct has been issued is under criminal investigation or facing any criminal charge based on the same or related conduct, the Dean may place the student on administrative leave of absence for the period of time and under terms and conditions deemed necessary by the Dean.
Approved by the Faculty on October 22, 2009. Effective as of October 23, 2009.
The University prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by employees and students. The University complies with all local, state and federal regulations pertaining to alcohol and illicit drugs. In addition, the University complies with the regulations of both the Drug Free Work Place Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.COMMUNICATIONS
As required by the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act annually the University will provide a written statement to employees and students covering: a) standards of conduct concerning drugs and alcohol; b) federal, state and local legal sanctions governing the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol; c) health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol; d) a description of counseling and treatment programs available for alcohol and drug abuse; and e) University disciplinary sanctions imposed for unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
The University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and the unauthorized or illegal possession, use, or distribution of alcohol on University property or as any part of a University-sponsored activity.DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS
The University enforces this policy in a consistent manner and in accordance with local, state and federal laws. Possibly disciplinary actions include warning, probation, suspension, expulsion, termination of employment, and requirement of satisfactory participation in a substance abuse treatment, counseling or education program as a condition of reinstatement or continued employment. Actual disciplinary action will be imposed based upon a review of the circumstances of the case.
The following examples illustrate the range of sanctions for particular violations of the standards of conduct:
1. Unauthorized possession of an illicit drug in an amount implying intent to distribute:
First Offense: Written warning
Second Offense: Suspension up to two weeks
Third Offense: Suspension, expulsion or termination
2. Unauthorized use of an illicit drug:
First Offense: Entrance into and satisfactory completion of an assessment and treatment plan
treatment program approved by the University. Failure to enter into and to satisfactorily complete the program will result in suspension, expulsion or termination.
Second Offense: Suspension
Third Offense: Expulsion or termination
3. Unauthorized distribution of illicit drugs or possession with intent to distribute:
First Offense: Suspension, expulsion or termination
4. Use or possession of alcohol by an individual under the age of 21:
First Offense: Written warning
Second Offense: Suspension for up to two weeks or, where appropriate, a three day suspension and entrance into and satisfactory completion of an assessment and treatment program approved by the of University; failure to enter into and to satisfactorily complete the program will result in suspension, expulsion or termination
Third Offense: Suspension, expulsion or termination
5. Distribution of alcohol to an individual under the age of 21 years:
First Offense: five day suspension
Second Offense: Suspension, expulsion or termination
6. Use or distribution (in an open container) of alcohol by an individual 21 years of age or older at a University activity where alcohol is not approved:
First Offense: Written warning
Second Offense: Three day suspension and entrance into and satisfactory completion of an assessment and treatment program approved by the University; failure to enter into and to satisfactorily complete the pro-gram will result in suspension, expulsion or termination.
Third Offense: Suspension, expulsion or termination.FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LEGAL SANCTIONS GOVERNING THE UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ILLICIT DRUGS OR ALCOHOL
Local, state, and federal laws make illegal use of drugs and alcohol serious crimes. Conviction can lead to imprisonment, fines, and assigned community service. Courts do not lift prison sentences in order for convicted persons to attend college. A felony conviction for such an offense can prevent students from entering many fields of employment or professions.
The minimum age for the sale or purchase of alcoholic beverages in Massachusetts is 21 years of age. All state laws apply at the University. Cities and towns in Massachusetts, specifically Boston, prohibit public consumption of alcohol and impose fines for violation. Massachusetts has criminal penalties for the use of controlled substances or drugs, with penalties varying with the type of drug. In general, narcotic, addictive, and drugs with potential for abuse carry heavier penalties.
Driving while intoxicated in Massachusetts is a serious offense and there are strict penalties for those convicted, including driver’s license suspension and imprisonment.
Possession of drugs is illegal without valid authorization. Under federal law, distribution of drugs to persons under age 21 is punishable by twice the normal penalty with a mandatory one year in prison; a third conviction is punishable by mandatory life imprisonment. These penalties apply to distribution of drugs in or within 1,000 feet of a college or school. Federal law sets greatly heightened prison sentences for the manufacture and distribution of drugs, if death or serious injury results from the use of the substance. While penalties for possession are generally not as great as for the manufacturing and distribution of drugs, possession of a relatively large quantity may be considered distribution. Under both state and federal laws, penalties for possession, manufacture, and distribution are much greater for second and subsequent convictions. Many laws dictate mandatory prison terms and the full minimum term must be served.
Massachusetts makes it illegal to be in a place where heroin is kept and to be in the company of a person known to possess heroin. Anyone in the presence of heroin at a private party risks a serious drug conviction. Sale and possession of drug paraphernalia is illegal in Massachusetts.
Persons convicted of drug possession under state or federal law are ineligible for federal student grants and loans for up to one year after the first conviction, and five years after the second; the penalty for distributing drugs is loss of benefits for five years after the first, 10 years after the second, and permanently after the third conviction.
Students should review the following state laws regarding alcohol and other drugs which are available on the Massachusetts General Court website:
• Chapter 138: Alcoholic Liquors. Online at
• Chapter 90: Section 24. Driving While Under Influence of Intoxicating Liquor.
Online at www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/90-24.htm
• Chapter 94C: Controlled Substances Act. Online at www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/gl-94c-toc.htm
Resources are available to help those who suffer from substance dependency. Assistance may be sought through the University’s Counseling Center located on the 5th floor of the 73 Tremont Building or by calling x8226. This service is confidential.
For more information on drug abuse, see: www.drugabuse.gov
All students are required to check their Suffolk University Law School student e-mail address on a regular basis. (i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org). All official school e-mail announcements and individual e-mail communications to students will be sent to the Suffolk University Law School student e-mail address. Each student is required to read and respond, as appropriate, to all Suffolk University messages sent to this address.
Official communications will not be sent to students’ personal, non-Suffolk e-mail addresses. The Suffolk University Law School e-mail system allows students to forward messages to another e-mail account. Please note that if there are problems forwarding messages from a Suffolk University Law School student e-mail address to another address, students remain responsible for official communications sent to their Suffolk University Law School student e-mail address.
Students who choose to send communications (including documents such as take-home exams or papers) from non-Suffolk e-mail addresses assume the risk of non-delivery due to a problem with the non-Suffolk e-mail system.
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Be ready to take action in the event of an emergency at Suffolk University. The Office of Emergency Management has established specific procedures for various emergency situations.
All Suffolk University students are required to submit (or confirm) current emergency contact information each semester, and when such information changes. This will ensure that the University has current and accurate information in the unfortunate event of a student or campus emergency.
Contact information provided will be recorded in Rave, the University’s emergency notification system. In the event of an emergency on campus, or a school closing due to weather or other event, you will be notified via one or all of the following ways, depending on the event and the information you have provided: home phone, cell phone, text message, and email.
It is the students’ responsibility to maintain accurate and up-to-date contact information with the University.
Shelter in Place is a protective action to stay inside a building to avoid external hazards such as severe weather, a hostile intruder, or a hazardous material release. Shelter In Place is implemented as a measure to protect the safety and welfare of our students and staff. When Shelter In Place is warranted, you will be appropriately advised via the emergency notification system or other appropriate means.
General Steps to Shelter in Place:
Important fire safety information and evacuation procedures are provided to all students at the beginning of each semester. Since the procedures that must be followed vary slightly for each University building, students are required to familiarize themselves with the evacuation procedures for each building that they have classes in or occupy. Evacuation plans and means of egress are posted in all classrooms and most elevator lobby areas. All building occupants are responsible for becoming familiar with and adhering to the emergency evacuation procedures and for evacuating the building when an evacuation tone is sounded on their floor. Follow the instructions of the Suffolk University Police Department personnel or other emergency officials at all times.
If an emergency situation results in the alarm system being activated, occupants of the building will hear the following:
How To Report a Fire
Persons discovering a fire, smoky condition, or explosion should:
Procedures for clothing on fire
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Tel: 617.570.4849 or 617.573.8628
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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY
It is the policy of Suffolk University to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff to work and learn in. Included in this policy is the University’s commitment to protect our environment. To ensure that these policies are met, the University operates in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and develops internal policies and procedures that are implement throughout the University. The University is committed to maintaining a work and educational environment free from recognized hazards. Students, faculty and staff shall comply with the regulations and established policies and procedures applicable to his or her own activities, actions, and conduct.
Students are responsible for:
Their own personal safety and should not perform unsafe acts that compromise personal safety or the safety of others.
Making sure he or she understands safety procedures whenever performing work-study or class-related tasks.
Reporting unsafe conditions or practices immediately to his or her professor/supervisor and to OEHS. Submit independently or with the help of the supervisor an incident report to OEHS in case of any injury.
Familiarizing themselves with applicable University Emergency Procedures
Reporting all emergencies to SUPD immediately by calling 617-573-8111 or Ext 8111.
Demonstrating good environmental citizenship by supporting University recycling and energy and water conservation efforts.
Suffolk University Law School strives to provide a legal education which ensures that its graduates are capable of functioning as competent and ethical practitioners who work professionally with clients, judges, attorneys, and others in the legal community. Candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor must possess certain minimum cognitive abilities and sufficient mental and emotional stability to participate fully in and satisfy the requirements of the Juris Doctor program of study, with or without reasonable accommodation. The technical standards, set forth below, outline the essential abilities and characteristics required for the completion of the J.D. degree. For purposes of this document, the term “candidate” means candidates for admission to the law school as well as enrolled law students who are candidates for graduation. While these standards delineate the necessary abilities of all candidates, they are not intended to deter or exclude candidates for whom reasonable accommodations for a disability will allow successful participation in and completion of the program.
I. Time Management Skills: A candidate must be able to meet deadlines, keep scheduled appointments, and manage his/her time to satisfactorily complete all assignments and administrative tasks within the allotted timeframe. A candidate must be able to adhere to the law school’s attendance policy and punctually attend classes prepared and ready to participate.
II. Communication Skills: A candidate must be able to communicate civilly and professionally with others in a candid and respectful manner by all forms of communication, including through electronic means and social media. A candidate must be able to receive constructive feedback in a mature manner. A candidate must be able to understand and respond to oral and written directions and feedback, and must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written forms. A candidate must be able to participate, be called upon, and answer questions in a classroom or other instructional setting. A candidate must be able to communicate with members of the law school faculty and administration without the assistance and intervention of third parties. Communication skills include public speaking, oral communication, reading, and writing, including by means of computer.
III. Organizational Skills: A candidate must be able to follow directions, make reasonable inferences, and organize and synthesize information. A candidate must be able to organize ideas to communicate either in writing or orally, and must be able to organize large amounts of information.
IV. Behavioral Skills: A candidate must possess the good judgment, honesty, integrity, and interpersonal skills required to work under stressful conditions and to work well with others. A candidate must be able to tolerate and manage competing demands and workloads as mentally and emotionally taxing as are routinely found in the legal profession. A candidate must be able to adapt to changing circumstances, monitor one’s own behavior, conduct oneself in a civil manner, and adhere to all other norms of professional conduct.
V. Intellectual-Conceptual and Integrative Skills: A candidate must have the ability to set goals, formulate a plan to accomplish those goals, and implement the plan over time. A candidate must be able to understand, synthesize and apply complex information, and must have the ability to integrate and process information promptly and accurately.
This policy applies to situations in which a student begins, but does not complete, an examination.
The Law School encourages students who are ill or experiencing an extraordinary personal situation to seek assistance from the Dean of Students Office before an examination begins. In addition, students with pre-existing conditions, illnesses, or situations that could cause an unexpected interruption during examinations should discuss the situation with the Dean of Students Office before the examination period.
If an incident occurs during the examination, the student must notify the proctor immediately. The proctor will then refer the student to a Law School administrator as per below. A student in this situation must identify himself/herself before the examination ends, as accommodations cannot be made after the fact for illness during an examination.
If the student, after consulting with the Assistant Dean for Academic Services and/or the Dean of Students or Associate Dean of Students, is unable to complete an exam due to a medical or mental health issue, then he/she must report immediately to Health Services, his/her private physician or the Emergency Room at a hospital. The University Police, Academic Services Office and Dean of Students Office can assist with transportation to a local Emergency Room. It is important to note that a contemporaneous and comprehensive, professional evaluation of a student in this situation is an important element in a petition for excusal from the examination as outlined below.
This portion of the policy applies in the rare case where a student begins an exam, is unable to complete the exam due to a medical reason, mental health issue or other extraordinary personal situation and has complied with the process outlined above. After receiving appropriate medical attention, the student may request to be formally excused from the exam. The decision to excuse a student will be made by the Associate Deans, in consultation with the Dean of Students, the Assistant Dean for Academic Services and/or the Law School’s Disability Services Officer.
Students wishing to request relief under this policy shall submit a written petition and supporting documentation as soon as possible after the examination interruption. A student may submit only one exam excusal petition per exam period. Thus, it should be emphasized that all extraordinary circumstances relating to the exam interruption must be raised in the petition for exam excusal. Once the petition is reviewed and decided upon by the Associate Deans, there will be no appeal of the decision.
Petitions for relief shall include information on the following:
• History of treatment (if medical/mental health situation) including, but not limited to, age of diagnosis, recommendations for medical/therapeutic interventions, compliance, use, and side effects of medication, and treatment successes
• The unpredictability and/or severity of the situation and the impact on functioning and performance across a variety of settings
• History of communication regarding the specific issue or condition with the Dean of Students Office
In the case of a medical or mental health situation, medical documentation submitted to support the petition shall:
1) be as contemporaneous as possible with the exam interruption
2) confirm that the condition has an element of unpredictability
3) include an opinion from the treating physician or clinician that the interruption was directly caused by the diagnosed medical/mental health condition
Please note that a medical diagnosis alone does not automatically guarantee relief. Furthermore, a diagnosis of test anxiety in and of itself is insufficient to support a request for relief.
Students who have been properly excused from a final exam will be subject to the examination excusal provision in Rules and Regulations III. F. Failure to Take Examinations. Should the interruption occur during a mid-term assessment, relief, if available at all, will be determined on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Dean of Students in consultation with the course instructor, an Associate Dean and/or the Assistant Dean of Academic Services and such determination shall be final.
Relief for Graduating Students: In the event that the student is due to graduate immediately following the exam period in which the exam interruption occurred and the matter cannot be resolved by withdrawing the student from the course in which the exam interruption occurred, the law school may offer alternative relief if reasonably available. The decision to offer alternative relief to a graduating student and the nature of such relief shall be made by the Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Dean of Students and Academic Associate Dean and such decisions shall be final.
It is expected that students will sit for all examinations as scheduled. Tentative examination schedules are available to students at the time of course pre-registration. Students are therefore expected to have reviewed and considered the examination schedule for all courses in which they enroll.
The exam period is intensive for all students. It is not uncommon for students to have exams on successive days or to have two exams in one day. Students are also expected to plan for the due dates of papers/projects assigned during the semester and to properly manage the time allotted for take-home examinations. Adjustments to a student’s exam schedule will only be made for the following reasons:
1) A student has three proctored examinations in 53 hours. In this case, the student may request that one be rescheduled. Take-home exams and papers/projects are not counted for the purposes of this provision.
2) A student has a direct conflict with two scheduled exams (this includes exams in a dual degree program). This provision does not apply to situations where a student has a scheduled exam that falls at the same time a paper, project or take-home exam is due.
3) A student is experiencing an extraordinary personal matter or emergency situation which presents an unavoidable conflict with the exam. Examples of this include an issue relating to the health of the student, or close family member, or death of a family member. Documentation is required for this type of request.
Students who wish to request adjustment to their exam schedule must not discuss the matter with their professor. Instead, students with three exams in 53 hours or two exams in direct conflict should complete the Academic Services Office online exam reschedule form. Students seeking to reschedule exams due to an emergency situation or extraordinary personal matter should contact the Dean of Students Office.
Any rescheduled examination will be administered on a date no earlier than the date originally set. Please note that ExamSoft may not be available for all rescheduled examinations.
The general policy is that exams will not be postponed for situations occurring during the semester that cause a student to lose study time. If a student experiences such a situation, he or she is encouraged to meet, as soon as possible, with the Dean of Students Office to discuss what options are available to the student. If properly documented, these options may include a Leave of Absence or reduction of course load. Students experiencing such situations during the semester should notify the Dean of Students Office, in writing, no later than the commencement of the exam period for the semester or session in which the situation occurred.
Students who do not receive exam numbers due to outstanding financial obligations to the University should attempt to resolve the matter with the Student Accounts/Office of the Bursar. The Dean of Students Office is also available to discuss the situation with the student, but the student must contact the Dean of Students Office prior to the commencement of the exam period. Examinations will not be rescheduled to allow a student to resolve a financial obligation to the University.
1. All examination rooms must be completely vacated one half hour prior to the scheduled time for the examination. Thereafter, students may only enter the examination room when the proctor so indicates.
Students who enter the room prior to the proctor’s arrival to the examination will be asked to vacate the room. All students must be checked into the examination room.
Students are expected to be on time for examinations and arrive 30 minutes before the starting time of the exam. Any student who arrives after the start time of the examination, due to transportation problems or other extenuating circumstances should report to the Dean of Students. Only the Dean of Students may permit the student to begin the examination at a later time with the full time allocation. Any student who arrives to the examination room after the starting time of the examination (without approval of the Dean of Students) will not be permitted any additional time to complete the examination.
Examsoft users who arrive late to an examination will be required to handwrite the examination.
2. There shall be no materials of any kind in the examination area during CLOSED BOOK examinations. Students taking LIMITED OPEN BOOK examinations will be allowed to bring in only those materials specifically authorized by the professor. Students must leave their personal belongings including hats, caps or hoods in the front of the room in the area designated by the proctor. Students may not return to their personal belongings while the examination is in process, except under the direct supervision of the proctor.
Students are strongly encouraged not to bring any non examination materials (other than personal items) into the examination room for a closed book/limited open book examination. Students who remove articles of clothing like sweaters or jackets during the examination must place these items under the desk. Students will not be permitted to leave these articles on writing surfaces or on the backs or seats of chairs.
No student is permitted to bring any electronic devices into the examination room including cell phones, smartphones, smartwatches, MP3 players, hand held computers, PDA's, calculators (unless permitted), cameras, radios, tape recorders, headphones/headsets, wireless email devices and/or any other electronic device. All watches must have alarms disabled. Only students who are using a laptop for purposes of Examsoft may bring a laptop into the examination room.
3. Upon entering the examination room, each student must present his or her student identification card and examination number to the proctor in order to receive his or her sealed examination answer book. The examination answer book must remain sealed until the proctor announces the commencement of the examination. Writing on the examination answer booklet prior to the commencement of the examination is not permitted.
Only a copy of the student's examination numbers screen with the student's name, as it appears on Campus Cruiser, will be accepted by the proctor with the student ID. Students who attempt to check in without this required format will be directed to the Academic Services Office for an official examination number confirmation report.
4. Each student's identification card must be visible during the course of the examination.
5. Students will receive only one examination answer book, and will be required to fully complete the assigned book before requesting supplemental writing material. Students will not be allowed additional writing material for outlining purposes. Students should use the available space on the examination or in the examination answer book for outlining. The proctor must determine that all available space has been used in the assigned examination book before additional material will be issued.
a. Since the examination process is anonymous, students shall not identify themselves to the Professor in any manner whatsoever in the examination book.
b. "Examination Rules and Regulations provide that a student shall not reveal to a course instructor, in an examination booklet or in any other manner, any fact(s) identifying the exam writer by name or otherwise providing information concerning the identity of the author of a particular examination booklet prior to the date on which grades are disseminated by the Academic Services Office. A violation of the Regulations constitutes a violation of the Law School’s Academic Integrity Rule as set forth in the Student Handbook.”
7. Students shall not remove pages or portions thereof from the examination questions, the examination answer book, or from any supplemental materials handed out by the proctor.
8. Students are requested to consider and respect the rights of others and to avoid any actions which would be distracting to others during the examinations.
Students may bring in beverages in covered containers only. No food is permitted in the examination room, unless a documented medical condition exists and is authorized by the Dean of Students.
9. When the proctor announces the commencement of the examination, no student shall speak or communicate in any way with another student. Students shall not communicate with each other until after they have left the examination room at the conclusion of the examination.
Students may not share textbooks or any other materials with one another nor provide assistance to another student.
10. Students shall not leave the room during the examination without prior permission of the proctor. Only ONE student is permitted to leave the examination room at a time and must sign out and in. The student must give all of his or her materials to the proctor upon leaving the room. The materials will be returned by the proctor to the student upon reentering the examination room.
Students may leave the examination room, with proctor permission, only to use the restroom on the same floor as the examination room in which the student is taking the examination. Students are not permitted to visit any other areas for any other reason during the examination.
11. When a student completes his or her examination, the student must sign the Academic Integrity Statement on the back of the examination card and return the examination card along with the examination questions, the examination answer book and supplementary writing materials, handouts, answer sheets, and all materials distributed during the examination.
Student Examination Numbers must appear on the front cover of each examination test booklet in the space provided.
12. Upon completion of the examination and recording by the proctor, the student shall immediately depart the examination area and shall not return until the examination process has been completed by the proctor and the room is cleared of all examinees.
13. No student, including those who have completed the examination, will be allowed to leave the room during the last ten minutes of the examination.
14. Once the proctor announces that the examination has ended, all remaining students must stop writing and remain seated. The proctor will then inform the students when they may approach the desk to submit their examination materials.
15. It is the student's responsibility to see that the aforementioned materials are recorded by the proctor.
Students using Examsoft are subject to the rules listed below in addition to the Examination Rules and Regulations noted in number 143.
1. All instructions for new and returning users must be completed.
2. Any attempt to launch, copy, move, or delete a download exam file prior to entering the exam will cause the file to be disabled.
3. All students must be checked in with the proctor at the assigned examination room at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the examination. (For example, a student must be checked in at 9:15am for 9:30am examination). Students who are not checked in at this time must handwrite the examination. This includes students who receive exam accommodations.
4. You must come to the examination room with your laptop, power cord and Ethernet cable.
5. The proctor may impose seating arrangements in the examination room to facilitate the examination process.
6. Disable all screen savers.
7. Software must be opened within 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the examination. If the student is unable to open the software or other hardware/software problems occur prior to the start of the exam, the student will handwrite the examination.* The starting time of the examination will not be delayed nor will the ending time of the examination be extended. Technical Assistance is not available prior to the start of the examination.
8. The proctor must be notified immediately when a laptop freezes or crashes. Students may not attempt to reboot or otherwise trouble shoot computer problems during the examination.
9. Should any hardware/software problems occur during the examination that cannot be immediately remedied, it will be necessary for the student to handwrite the examination.* No adjustment to grades or additional time will be given to students for laptop failure or the unavailability of Examsoft, even if such a failure or unavailability is unexpected or occurs shortly before or during the examination.
10. If after the examination is complete, a student believes that all or a portion of an exam answer that he or she believes to have properly typed during the examination while using Examsoft is missing, the Process for Investigating and Resolving Claims of Missing Exam Text will be followed.
11. All students must remain in the classroom until the successful upload of the file is completed.
12. The Law School is not responsible for any computer hardware/software problems that may arise, or any damage which may occur to student property.
13. Any attempt to bypass or disable the security features of the Examsoft software will subject the student to disciplinary action as described in Rule XI . Suffolk University Law School Rules and Regulations.
14. All students are subject to the Suffolk University Law School’s Examination Regulations.
* Students whose current disability accommodations expressly grant the use of a computer to complete the examination may be permitted to continue on a law school computer.
All students seeking exam accommodations should request accommodations no later than 60 days prior to the exam period to allow adequate time for scheduling the logistics involved with these requests. If extenuating circumstances have interfered with a student's ability to meet this deadline, the student must contact the Associate Dean of Students to discuss his/her situation and request for services. Accommodations Request Forms are available online here.
All students who have been approved for accommodations based on a permanent or temporary disability will receive an official letter from the Associate Dean of Students outlining their approved exam and/or classroom accommodations. Students are encouraged to keep these letters for their records should they submit an application for accommodations for the bar exam.
All law school examinations are scheduled through the Registrar's Office. For more information about examination procedures, please consult the Registrar's website. Before the exam period, students will receive a written notification from the Registrar's Office to confirm the exam accommodations, times, locations, and instructions for each scheduled examination. Under no circumstances should students discuss exam accommodations with their professors. All questions and concerns should be directed to the Dean of Students Office. Maintaining the integrity of the anonymous grading system is a student’s responsibility and a critical component to the student code of conduct.MPRE and Bar Exam: Applying for ADA Accommodations
Law students requesting exam accommodations for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) or state bar examinations should know that the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards established by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and the state Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) may differ from higher education standards and standardized testing guidelines established for the SAT, LSAT, or GRE. In other words, receipt of ADA accommodations in college and/or law school does not guarantee approval for exam accommodations on any bar exam. Further, the BBE and NCBE’s clinical documentation standards are very detailed, clear, and time sensitive.
Students are advised to plan early and take the time to review the testing accommodation standards for each agency. Applying early and planning carefully will allow applicants to maximize their chances of successfully submitting requests for ADA accommodations on the MPRE and/or state bar examinations. Students are also encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with the Associate Dean of Students for additional assistance.
More information is available on the Disability Services website.
The Examsoft program is designed with many safeguards (such as redundant data back-up and an extensive exam-activity audit trail) to protect the integrity of the exam process and to ensure that even in the unlikely event of a malfunction, the student’s exam data is protected and accessible. As with the numerous jurisdictions that use Examsoft for bar examinations, the law school believes this to be a very safe and reliable way for students to complete exams.
In the unlikely and rare circumstance that a student believes that all or a portion of an exam answer that he or she believes to have properly typed during the examination while using Examsoft is missing, the law school will investigate and resolve the matter in accordance with the following process:
The Assistant Dean for Academic Services will conduct an investigation of the matter, including reviewing the Examsoft logs and available reports associated with the exam at issue. The Assistant Dean for Academic Services will notify the student of the results of the investigation within 2 business days. If the Assistant Dean for Academic Services determines that further investigation of the matter is necessary, then the Assistant Dean for Academic Services will notify the student by e-mail that he/she must bring the laptop to Suffolk University Tech Support Services.
Once notified by the Assistant Dean for Academic Services that the laptop must be brought to Tech Support Services, the student has 3 business days to bring the laptop used for the examination to Tech Support Services. If the student fails to submit the laptop used for the examination to Tech Support Services within 3 business days, no further investigation will take place and the exam will be submitted to the instructor for grading.
Once it has access to the student’s laptop, Tech Support Services will work with Examsoft to retrieve any missing data from the laptop and/or to investigate the student’s claim. If during the investigation, the missing text or exam is found to be accessible, then the exam will be submitted to the instructor.
Upon the conclusion of the Tech Support Services investigation, the Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Dean of Students and an Academic Associate Dean will review the findings of the investigation, including the detailed reports provided by Examsoft regarding keystrokes and user initiated commands. Absent indication of an Examsoft-caused or computer-caused malfunction out of the control of the student, no relief will be granted and the exam will be submitted to the instructor for grading.
If, after conducting their review, the Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Dean of Students and an Academic Associate Dean believe by a preponderance of the evidence that:
then the Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Dean of Students and an Academic Associate Dean will determine what relief to offer the student.
The decision of the Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Dean of Students and an Academic Associate Dean whether to grant relief and, if granted, the nature of any relief is final.
In accordance with the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (Section 438 of the General Education Provisions Act, 20 USC § 1232g, commonly referred to as the “Buckley Amendment” or “FERPA”) Suffolk University has adopted the procedures below to protect the privacy rights of its students.
FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Education records are defined as records directly related to a student and maintained by the institution or by a party acting for the institution. These rights include:
1. The right to inspect and review your education records (with certain limited exceptions) within 45 days of the day Suffolk University receives your request for access. You should submit any such request to the Registrar’s Office in writing, identifying the records you wish to inspect. The Registrar’s Office will make arrangements for access and notify you of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
2. The right to request the amendment of your education records if you believe them to be inaccurate. You should submit any such request to the Registrar’s Office in writing, clearly identifying the records that you want to have amended and specifying the reasons you believe them to be inaccurate. The Registrar’s Office will notify you of its decision and, if the decision is negative, of your right to a hearing regarding your request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to you at that time.
3. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Suffolk University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
4. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in your education records, except to the extent FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One such exception permits Suffolk University to disclose personally identifiable information in education records to “school officials” with “legitimate educational interests.” A “school official” is any person employed by Suffolk University in any administrative, supervisor, academic or research, or support staff position; any person or company with whom Suffolk University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); any person serving on Suffolk University’s Board of Trustees; or any student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a “legitimate educational interest” if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill the official’s professional responsibility.
Another exception permits Suffolk University to disclose your “directory information” to anyone within the Suffolk University community and to the general public. Suffolk University has designated the following as directory information: name, address, e-mail address, telephone listing, photograph, date and place of birth, grade level, enrollment status, dates of attendance, major field of study, degrees, honors and awards received, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of members of athletic teams, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended. All other student information will not be released to students, parents, or outside agencies unless accompanied by a written release of information, signed by the student, which complies with the requirements of FERPA, unless the disclosure of information is authorized by FERPA.
Students may request that directory information not be released to any person without their prior written consent by completing a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form, available in the Registrar’s Office. Students may give such notification at any time, but it will be effective only prospectively.
Suffolk University also discloses education records without a student’s consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. Information on other exceptions authorizing Suffolk University to disclose education records without a student’s consent is available through the Registrar’s Office.
Suffolk University Law School publishes directory information to members of the Law School community in order to foster community and further the educational objectives of the Law School. In particular, the Law School includes directory information in the following internal publications and databases:
Paper Directory: Suffolk University Law School publishes an annual paper directory which includes the following information about entering students: name, photograph, year/section, and undergraduate institution. This paper directory is distributed to all law school faculty, administration and staff for internal use only. Please complete a Student Directory Opt-Out Request form to opt-out of inclusion in the paper directory.
Campus Cruiser: Suffolk University Law School maintains Campus Cruiser, a portal accessible through the internet by members of the Suffolk University Law School community. Campus Cruiser contains the following directory information about students: name, class year, day or evening program, dual degree program, area of concentration, area of interest, semester of enrollment and clubs. Only those students who are also members of the same communities will be able to view names and @ccmail.suffolk.edu email addresses within that community. Please complete a Student Directory Opt-Out Request form to opt-out of inclusion in Campus Cruiser.
Blackboard: Suffolk University Law School maintains Blackboard, which is a course learning management tool. When students post a message to a discussion board, their name and e-mail address will appear, unless they post anonymously. Students may also choose to include additional information (for example, address or telephone number) and may make this contact information available to members of the class or those in the directory on the Blackboard system. Please complete a Student Directory Opt-Out Request to opt-out of inclusion in Blackboard.
We encourage all students to participate in these methods of communication; however, we recognize your right, under FERPA, to “opt-out” from the release of directory information. Please note that, even if you opt-out, photos and all other directory information will always be available to law school faculty, administration and staff with legitimate educational interests as defined by FERPA.
Those wishing to withhold information and/or photos from the above paper and online directories must submit a completed Student Directory Opt-Out Request to the Academic Services Office no later than Friday of the first week of classes. Please note that online information and/or photos may be removed at a later date only in extraordinary circumstances and with permission of the Dean of Students.
Food and beverages (in spill-proof containers) are allowed in the cafeteria, dining room, private offices, law library study carols, common areas and rooms or locations where food is served during an approved school sponsored event. Spills and trash associated with eating/drinking shall be cleaned up immediately by the person eating/drinking and noise and odor related to food shall be kept to a minimum.
Beverages in spill-proof containers are allowed in classrooms.
There shall be no food or drink in any computer lab or in Room 725. This includes spill-proof containers.
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Suffolk University does not tolerate any form of hazing. In compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Anti-Hazing Statute, the University annually provides each student with a copy of the state law and requires officers of student organizations to distribute a copy of the law to all members.
See G.L. c. 269, §§ 17-19.
§17. Hazing; organizing or participating; hazing defined
Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing, as defined herein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment.
The term "hazing" as used in this section and in sections eighteen and nineteen, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.
§18. Failure to report hazing
Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in section seventeen and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.
§19. Copy of Secs. 17 to 19; issuance to students and student groups, teams and organizations; report
Each institution of secondary education and each public and private institution of post secondary education shall issue to every student group, student team or student organization which is part of such institution or is recognized by the institution or permitted by the institution to use its name or facilities or is known by the institution to exist as an unaffiliated student group, student team or student organization, a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen; provided, however, that an institution's compliance with this section's requirements that an institution issue copies of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations shall not constitute evidence of the institution's recognition or endorsement of said unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations.
Each such group, team or organization shall distribute a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to each of its members, plebes, pledges or applicants for membership. It shall be the duty of each such group, team or organization, acting through its designated officer, to deliver annually, to the institution an attested acknowledgement stating that such group, team or organization has received a copy of this section and said sections seventeen and eighteen, that each of its members, plebes, pledges, or applicants has received a copy of sections seventeen and eighteen, and that such group, team or organization understands and agrees to comply with the provisions of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.
Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post secondary education shall, at least annually, before or at the start of enrollment, deliver to each person who enrolls as a full time student in such institution a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.
Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post secondary education shall file, at least annually, a report with the board of higher education and in the case of secondary institutions, the board of education, certifying that such institution has complied with its responsibility to inform student groups, teams or organizations and to notify each full time student enrolled by it of the provisions of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen and also certifying that said institution has adopted a disciplinary policy with regard to the organizers and participants of hazing, and that such policy has been set forth with appropriate emphasis in the student handbook or similar means of communicating the institution's policies to its students. The board of higher education and, in the case of secondary institutions, the board of education shall promulgate regulations governing the content and frequency of such reports, and shall forthwith report to the attorney general any such institution which fails to make such report.
The Law School’s disciplinary processes will be applied in cases of alleged hazing.
PART ONE: POLICY
Suffolk University Law School is committed to providing a successful learning and working environment for all members of its community, free from any harassing or discriminatory conduct. Sexual misconduct in any form, including opposite and same sex harassment, or in any context will not be tolerated. It is discriminatory, unlawful, and clearly inconsistent with the nature of an academic community. The Law School regards such behavior as a violation of the standard of conduct required of all persons associated with the institution.
The Law School’s sexual misconduct policy applies to all members of the law school community and all programs affiliated with the Law School including domestic and international internships and externships and international programs.
The Law School recognizes that sexual misconduct may occur regardless of the formal position or status of each person involved. Sexual misconduct is especially offensive, however, when it occurs in relationships between teacher and student, supervisor and subordinate, or between a student with a position of authority over another student. In those situations, the behavior exploits unfairly the power inherent in the position.
This policy also reflects the Law School's commitment to educate, counsel, and train all of the members of the Law School community about the nature of sexual harassment, its impact on individuals and the law school community as a whole, and the steps necessary to combat it.
Sexual harassment constitutes a form of sex discrimination which is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Elementary/Secondary Education Act of 1972, and state law. In addition to any sanctions that may be imposed by the Law School for violation of this policy, a person who sexually harasses another person may be held personally liable to the victim and be subject to sanctions independent of those imposed by the Law School.
The Dean of Students of the Law School shall serve as the law school’s Title IX coordinator and is charged with all duties of that position as described in Title IX.
For more information, including information regarding definitions and training programs, see the SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY’S POLICY AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT and the SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY’S POLICY AGAINST SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
II. Non-Fraternization Policy
Individuals in positions of power must be aware that romantic or sexual relationships with students are fraught with danger for exploitation and pose a legal risk to both the individual and the University.
There are special risks in any sexual or romantic relationship between individuals in inherently unequal positions of power. These relationships may be subject to concerns about the validity of consent and unfair treatment of students or employees. Such relationships can undermine the atmosphere of trust essential to the educational process and the employment relationship. They may be less consensual than the individual whose position confers power believes. The apparent consensual nature of the relationship is inherently suspect due to the fundamental asymmetry of power in the relationship and it thus may be difficult to establish consent as a defense to an allegation of sexual harassment. The greater the institutional power differential that exists, the greater risk there is for exploited consent. Exploited consent exists when consent to a relationship is given as a function of the position of power one person occupies over another within an institution. Even when both parties consented at the outset to a romantic or sexual involvement, this past consent does not remove grounds for or preclude a charge or subsequent finding of sexual misconduct based upon subsequent unwelcome conduct.
Romantic and/or sexual conduct between a faculty member and a student enrolled at the University may violate the faculty member's ethical obligation to the student and to the student body as a whole, may create a conflict of interest, and may contribute to a hostile environment for other students. Therefore such relationships are prohibited.
Faculty members must notify the dean of their school of any relationship that pre-exists the enrollment in the University of the student member of the relationship that would otherwise be prohibited by this policy.
A violation of this provision by a faculty member constitutes a violation of the University’s Equal Opportunity Policy and will subject the faculty member to appropriate sanctions, up to and including termination of employment.
PART TWO: LAW SCHOOL SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY and GUIDELINES IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES
Suffolk University Law School provides several options for students, staff and faculty who believe that they have been subjected to sexual misconduct prohibited by the Law School’s guidelines:
A. Seeking information and confidential advice;
B. Soliciting the aid of the Law School in attempting to reach a resolution through informal, non-disciplinary procedures; and
C. Invoking formal procedures against the alleged harasser.
The following implementation and enforcement procedures seek to promote a variety of ends:
This policy provides procedures available to complainants who are members of the Law School community, including students, professional and administrative staff, support staff, and faculty members. This policy, up to the commencement of formal complaint proceedings, also applies to all members of the Law School community who are accused of sexual harassment. The formal complaint proceedings outlined in this policy apply to law students only. Any formal complaint resolution proceedings involving faculty, administrators or staff accused of a violation of this policy will be governed by Suffolk University personnel policies.
The informal and formal complaint procedures set forth below are internal administrative procedures of the Law School. As to those forms of sexual misconduct that also violate state or federal law, an aggrieved party may also file a complaint with the appropriate local, state, or federal agency or in a court with jurisdiction.
Regardless of the outcome of any proceedings under this policy, in the discretion of the Dean and upon recommendation by the Sexual Misconduct Advisor, Fact Finder, Examiners Committee, or Dean of Students, a faculty member may be prohibited from supervising a directed study, internship, or other activity, or be removed from involvement in matters such as grading in non-identity blind courses, handling of references and recommendations, when a complaint has been brought involving a faculty member and a student as parties. The Dean or his/her designees must take any and all measures recommended by the Sexual Misconduct Advisor, Fact Finder, Examiners Committee, Dean of Students, or as requested by the complainant deemed reasonably related to remedying the effects on a victim of sexual harassment. The Dean may also take other appropriate measures to ensure confidentiality and non-retaliation against students or employees who are complainants or who have cooperated with investigations under this procedure.
In addition, Human Resources, the Dean and/or Dean of Students have the right to take any interim protective measures during the pendency of any informal or formal complaint against a student or faculty member or employee including but not limited to: stay away orders, class and advising changes, limitations on club or committee participation, suspension from the school, and the regulation of other activities. Such interim measures are not to be considered a form of discipline in and of themselves. For more information on Interim Measures, see the SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY’S POLICY AGAINST SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
II. PROCEDURES AVAILABLE TO COMPLAINANTS
A. Informal Information and Advice
Any Law School student, staff or faculty member who has a concern, inquiry, or complaint regarding prohibited misconduct should feel free to seek information and advice concerning the Law School’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Guidelines, its formal and informal grievance procedures, and the counseling and other services that the Law School makes available to people who believe they have been subjected to prohibited sexual harassment. Informal information and advice should be imparted in as supportive and confidential a manner as reasonably possible.
Information and advice is available from Sexual Misconduct Advisors, whose role and responsibilities are described more fully below. A list of Sexual Misconduct Advisors will be published annually and widely distributed throughout the Law School community.
2. Nature of Information and Advice
The Sexual Misconduct Advisor to whom an inquiry is directed should provide information regarding the availability of institutional counseling and support, the possibilities of resolving difficulties through informal means, and the procedures triggered by the filing of an informal and a formal complaint.
B. Informal Resolution Procedures
Informal complaints may be oral or written. In many instances, informal discussion and counseling can be useful in resolving perceived or actual instances of sexual harassment. Problems are sometimes easier to resolve when an informal atmosphere encourages people to identify the difficulty, talk it out, and agree on how to deal with it. Informal complaint resolution does not involve disciplinary proceedings against the alleged harasser. Use of the informal procedures set forth below is not a prerequisite to initiating a formal complaint.
1. Whom to Contact
Any person who believes that he or she is a victim of sexual misconduct may make an informal complaint to any Sexual Misconduct Advisor.
An informal complaint must be filed within one year of any alleged violation of the Sexual Misconduct Guidelines or within six (6) months of graduation from the Law School, whichever is later. The Complainant and the Sexual Misconduct Advisor shall agree at the outset as to what constitutes a resolution of the informal complaint. Complainants should be aware that the more time that elapses between alleged incidents of sexual misconduct and the filing of an informal complaint, the greater the difficulty of successfully resolving such a complaint.
The statutes of limitations for filing sexual misconduct complaints under state and federal law vary and are far shorter than the time frames permitted under this policy. This policy is not intended to mirror or conform to those statutes of limitations determined by state and federal law. In cases where the alleged harasser is an administrator or staff member, Suffolk University Human Resources should be consulted for more information relating to deadlines for the filing of a formal complaint.
Resolution of the informal complaint process should be reached within forty-five (45) days of the report to a Sexual Misconduct Advisor.
3. Sexual Misconduct Advisor’s Role and Responsibilities
Sexual Misconduct Advisors shall be designated annually by the Dean of the Law School, and shall be knowledgeable about sexual misconduct matters and trained to assist in understanding and resolving such matters. The law school shall provide such training. Sexual Misconduct Advisors should be sensitive to the feelings, rights, and interests of all parties, and have demonstrated the ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters in a discreet manner. A sufficient number of Sexual Misconduct Advisors should be designated each year to afford reasonable access to them. A listing of Sexual Misconduct Advisors should be published widely by the Dean’s office at least once a year.
The Sexual Misconduct Advisor will treat an informal complaint as confidential to the greatest extent possible, as described below.
The Sexual Misconduct Advisor will advise the complaining individual about support services available at the Law School, and the availability of both formal and informal complaint resolution procedures.
If requested by the complaining party, the Sexual Misconduct Advisor will assist in attempting to resolve the complaint informally. Such assistance may involve, for example, advising the complainant in writing a letter to the person complained of asking that the behavior stop. Alternatively, the complainant may ask the Sexual Misconduct Advisor to meet with the alleged harasser, or to explore other possible resolutions. The Sexual Misconduct Advisor may enlist the help of other Law School or University personnel, such as deans or administrators or Human Resources personnel, in resolving an informal complaint, but only with the written permission of the complaining student.
During informal resolution, all reasonable efforts will be made to ensure the confidentiality of information received, including the identities of the parties. The identity of the complaining party will be disclosed to the accused during the informal resolution process only if the complaining party gives permission in writing to the Sexual Misconduct Advisor. If, due to the circumstances of the alleged harassment, it is not possible to conduct a review of or resolve the complaint and yet maintain confidentiality, the complaining party will be informed and will be given the options of proceeding (with disclosure of identity) or withdrawing from the informal resolution process.
Anyone with an inquiry or informal complaint may bring another member of the Law School community to discussions with the designated Sexual Misconduct Advisor, as long as that person agrees, in writing, to be bound by the confidentiality provisions of this policy.
Although every effort will be made to ensure confidentiality, this policy does not guarantee absolute confidentiality in all cases. In some instances the Sexual Misconduct Advisor may be bound by law or otherwise required to initiate an investigation and/or to report the complaint to superiors to ensure the safety and well being of others in the Law School community.
C. Formal Complaint Proceedings when Accused is a Law Student
Anyone who believes that he or she has been the victim of sexual harassment prohibited by Suffolk University Law School's Sexual Misconduct Policy and Guidelines is entitled to file a formal complaint. Unlike an informal complaint, a formal complaint seeks a formal, institutional determination that a violation has occurred and the imposition of formal, disciplinary sanctions upon the alleged harasser.
Section II. C. applies only for situations where a student has been accused of a violation of this policy. Employees accused of a violation of this policy will be governed by Suffolk University personnel policies.
1. Filing of Complaint
Members of the Law School community who believe that they are victims of sexual misconduct may bring a formal administrative complaint of sexual misconduct by filing a written complaint directly with the Dean of Students and/or a designee in his or her office and/or any Associate Dean of the Law School. Although it is encouraged, a person is not required to utilize informal resolution procedures before filing a formal complaint.
A formal complaint of sexual misconduct shall state the name(s) of the alleged offender(s) if known and shall specifically describe the incident(s) of alleged sexual harassment. The complaint should identify the dates and places of such incidents with reasonable specificity and list any known witnesses. A formal complaint shall be signed and dated by the complainant.
2. Investigation/Probable Cause Finding
A Fact Finder will be responsible for conducting a prompt investigation of a formal complaint of sexual harassment. The Fact Finder will be an outside party appointed by the Law School Dean from a list of Fact Finders approved by a committee comprised of Sexual Misconduct Advisors. A Sexual Misconduct Advisor may recommend a member of the list to the Dean to serve as Fact Finder in a particular case, but the Dean will make the ultimate decision.
The purpose of the investigation is to establish whether there is a reasonable basis (probable cause) for believing that a violation of this policy has occurred. The Fact Finder may conduct the initial fact-finding upon a written record consisting of a statement by the complainant, a statement from the respondent, and reply statements from each party if desired. Written statements from witnesses may be submitted. If such witnesses’ statements are submitted, the parties are entitled to an opportunity to review and reply to such statements. The investigation also may entail interviews of the complainant, the accused, and other persons believed to have pertinent factual knowledge.
If a formal complaint is brought, both accuser and accused have the right to have counsel present for any proceedings, including the right to be accompanied by counsel during their own interviews with the Fact Finder.
During such investigations, every reasonable effort will be made to protect the privacy rights of all parties, but confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.
3. Notice and Opportunity To Be Heard
The accused shall be provided with a copy of the Formal Complaint, which may be redacted as to the Complainant’s name if the alleged misconduct took place in public and the accused would have a fair opportunity to respond to the allegations without such disclosure. The determination to redact the Complainant’s name shall be made by the person receiving the Formal Complaint as per C.1 above. The investigation will afford the accused an opportunity to examine and respond to the allegations.
Possible outcomes of the investigation by the Fact Finder are: (a) a judgment that the allegations are not warranted, (b) a negotiated resolution of the complaint, or (c) a judgment that there is a reasonable basis (probable cause) for believing that a violation of this policy has occurred.
The Fact-Finder will inform all parties promptly, in writing, of the outcome of the investigation. Such report shall include findings of fact.
If the Fact Finder finds probable cause, the Fact Finder is authorized to seek an administrative resolution of the proceedings. An accused party may enter into an agreement with the Fact Finder to accept responsibility, to accept partial responsibility, or not to contest an allegation, thus waiving his or her right to a further hearing process and agreeing to an outcome or sanction which is not subject to appeal. The complainant must agree to this resolution or the matter must go forward.
A formal complaint must be filed within one year of any alleged violation of the Sexual Misconduct Guidelines or within six (6) months of graduation from the Law School, whichever is later. Complainants should be aware that the more time that elapses between alleged incidents of sexual misconduct and the filing of a formal complaint, the greater the difficulty of a successful resolution of such a complaint.
The statutes of limitations for filing sexual misconduct complaints under state and federal law may vary and are far shorter than the time frames permitted under this policy. This policy is not intended to mirror or conform to those statutes of limitations determined by state and federal law. Employees should contact Human Resources for more information relating to deadlines to file an employee complaint.
Resolution in the formal complaint process will be made as quickly as possible, but should take no longer than (60) days after the filing of a formal complaint.
Each party shall have prompt notice of, and the opportunity to review and respond to all documents or communications filed with the Fact Finder by the other party. The Fact Finder shall keep both parties informed on a timely basis of the status of the complaint and the timetable for resolving it.
7. Written Record
The record shall include a statement of findings from the Fact Finder and such reply statements as the parties wish to file.
8. Formal Hearing
If the Fact Finder determines there is a reasonable basis (probable cause) for believing that a violation of this policy has occurred, the complaint will go before an Examiners Committee in a formal hearing.
a. The Examiners Committee will consist of a group of three impartial members, all outside parties appointed by the Law School Dean from a list of approved Examiners presented by the Sexual Misconduct Advisors Committee.
b. The formal hearing shall be closed, except for parties and necessary staff. A taped or stenographic record shall be made of the proceedings. Witnesses will be sequestered unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties. Formal rules of evidence will not apply, but the Examiners Committee may make such rulings as are necessary to ensure fairness and to expedite the proceedings.
All parties may be represented by counsel at the hearing. If any party intends to be represented by counsel, all parties must be notified at least five days prior to the hearing.
The Fact Finder who completed the investigation shall present the allegations and supporting evidence through witnesses and documents. In addition, parties or their representative shall be entitled to make an opening statement of not more than five minutes, to propose questions to the Examiners Committee to be asked of any witness, and to make a closing statement of not more than ten minutes.
A party also may submit a written list of questions that, if appropriate, will be asked by a member of the Examiners Committee. Such list of questions and any other documents a party wishes to present at the hearing shall be submitted to the Examiners Committee at least five days before the hearing. Members of the Examiners Committee may ask questions of any party or witness at any time but should exercise care not to take an adversarial role in the hearing. Such questions shall not be provided to the other party in advance of the relevant witness(es)’ testimony at the formal hearing.
All written and oral participation must be authentic and truthful. Any demonstrated fabrication or tampering with evidence will be subject to disciplinary action. A party or witness has the right to refrain from responding to particular questions. The Examiners Committee is permitted to draw a negative inference from a party’s or witness’s refusal to answer questions unless the alleged conduct constitutes a crime under state or federal law, in which case the accused may refuse to answer any question(s) without an adverse inference being drawn. The determination of whether the alleged conduct constitutes a crime shall be made by the Fact Finder or Examiners Committee with the aid of any outside advice deemed necessary.
The Examiners Committee will determine whether a violation has occurred based on the testimony and other evidence presented.
c. The Examiners Committee shall hear the evidence de novo and determine, by a majority vote, whether a violation of this policy has been established by a preponderance of the evidence.
d. If a violation has not been established by a preponderance of the evidence, the charges shall be dismissed. If the Examiners Committee finds that conduct constituting a violation has been established by a preponderance of the evidence it shall report to the Dean the nature of the conduct found, with a nonbinding recommendation as to the appropriate sanction under all the circumstances.
e. A copy of the Examiners Committee Report, which shall include findings of fact as well as the sanction, if any, recommended by the Examiners Committee, shall be sent to all parties.
f. Findings of fact by the Examiners Committee shall be final.
During the formal disciplinary process, all reasonable efforts will be made to protect the privacy rights of all parties, but confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.
Unless and until a disciplinary sanction is imposed, the Examiners Committee shall maintain as much confidentiality as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances. In particular, the Examiners Committee shall generally strive to keep confidential, except from the parties and the Dean, the identity of the parties, and the content of all documents, conversations, and hearings pertaining to the complaint. After a sanction is imposed, release of the record or of information included in the record shall be at the discretion of the Examiners Committee. Records of the proceedings or their contents may also be disclosed if someone found to have engaged in sexual misconduct is subsequently found in any formal proceeding to have committed any additional act(s) of sexual harassment, in which case the records of prior proceedings may be treated as relevant to the imposition of sanctions only. Nothing in this section is intended to preclude the disclosure of the record in a formal proceeding to other Law School or University officials as required in related proceedings.
D. Hearings Regarding Sexual Assault Cases
Sexual assault cases follow the same set of procedures as other cases. However, some
special procedural mechanisms apply in cases involving alleged sexual assault as defined by state or federal law.
1. Testimony about Prior Sexual Conduct
The Law School applies the Massachusetts Rape Shield Statute concerning evidence about prior sexual conduct. Usually, no questions, testimony, or evidence about the sexual activity of a complaining or responding party with anyone beside the other party in the case may be introduced. However, if a party introduces information about his/her own sexual activity with someone besides the other party in the case, questions then may be asked about that relationship.
In rare cases, if a party can demonstrate that the opposing party has reason to lie about the allegations made, testimony about prior sexual conduct may be allowed. For example, there may be a preexisting condition or factor that makes it advantageous for the complaining party to have others believe that he or she had been an unwilling participant in the sexual encounter.
Anyone seeking to offer evidence of prior sexual conduct must first confer with the Examiners Committee in private no later than 5 days before the hearing before such evidence may be admitted. Though the Committee has broad discretion to admit or exclude evidence in a hearing, any evidence concerning prior sexual conduct will rarely be admitted. The other party shall be notified in advance of the hearing if such evidence is sought to be introduced.
2. First Complaint In sexual assault cases, the complaining party will be allowed to call one "first complaint" witness. When feasible, this person must be the first person told of the alleged assault. Such a witness may testify to the details of the alleged victim's first complaint of sexual assault and the circumstances surrounding the first complaint.
3. As in all cases, the complainant and/or the accused may submit a written list of questions that, if appropriate, will be asked by a member of the Examiners Committee.
4. The University will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence (as that term is defined in Section 16 of Title 18, United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by such institution the Law School against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph.
1. If an accused student admits the conduct, or accepts the findings of the Fact Finder that such conduct has occurred, or, after a formal hearing, the Examiners Committee finds that such conduct has occurred, the Dean shall so report to the Faculty. The Dean shall also report the sanction recommendations of the Fact Finder and the Examiners Committee, if any, and his or her own recommendation for an appropriate sanction. The faculty will make a final determination as to the sanction to be imposed.
Both the complainant and the accused shall have an opportunity to make a statement to the Faculty, in writing, in person, or by counsel or another advisor, on the issue of the appropriate sanction.
Sanctions that may be imposed upon students include but are not limited to:
a) Instruction to stop the offending conduct;
b) Mandatory counseling with regard to the underlying conduct;
c) Prohibition on participation in certain student boards/clubs;
d) Removal of special titles, positions or honors;
e) Removal from certain classes or activities;
f) Private reprimand;
g) Public reprimand;
j) Dismissal from the Law School;
k) Any other sanction determined necessary by the Dean of the Law School or adopted by the Dean from the Examiners Committee recommendation.
The Office of the Dean shall keep a record of all proceedings, including any findings by the Fact Finder or Examiners Committee, and any sanctions imposed by the Dean or the Faculty.
The Dean of Students, as Title IX coordinator under this policy, shall also keep a record of all complaints, proceedings, outcomes of proceedings and sanctions imposed under this policy and guidelines.
2. Withdrawal during Pendency of Disciplinary Hearings
If an accused student withdraws from the Law School while an investigation or proceeding is pending, the following entry shall be made on the student's transcript: "Withdrew while disciplinary proceedings pending." A student who withdraws while such investigation or proceeding is pending will not be readmitted to the Law School except in extraordinary circumstances.
3. Outside Reporting
When deemed appropriate, the Dean of the Law School will report sanctions to the Supreme Judicial Court, the Board of Bar Examiners, or to any other appropriate bar authorities.
No person shall be subject to harassment, intimidation, or retaliation of any kind for having brought a good faith complaint of prohibited harassment, whether formal or informal.
Threats, other forms of intimidation, and retaliation in any form against any member of the Law School community who in good faith exercises his or her right to initiate a complaint or inquiry regarding sexual misconduct, or who cooperates with the proceedings in any way (as a witness, etc.) under this policy is strictly prohibited, and will itself be cause for appropriate disciplinary action, regardless of the outcome of the misconduct complaint.
H. Further General Policies
1. Duty of Good Faith
Any member of the Law School community is liable to sanction for knowingly or recklessly bringing a false complaint of institutionally sanctionable conduct against another member of the Law School community.
2. Representation, Advice, and Counsel
Any person seeking information or advice about the Law School’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Guidelines, any informal or formal complainant, and anyone alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct may be accompanied, aided, or represented by a friend, an advisor, or by counsel at any stage of the process.
3. Designation of Personnel
On an annual basis, the Dean shall ensure a sufficient number of Sexual Misconduct Advisors have been appointed and properly trained to provide information regarding the Law School’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Guidelines. Sexual Misconduct Advisors will be available to any member of the Law School community to discuss matters relating to sexual misconduct and the Law School’s informal and formal policy. Sexual Misconduct Advisors will make every reasonable effort to maintain confidentiality at all levels of the process.
The Dean, or a designated official in the Dean’s Office, and the Dean of Students as a Deputy Title IX coordinator shall be informed of the initiation and outcome of all formal complaint proceedings in order to ensure adequate record keeping and coordination.
If a complainant believes that the outcome of a formal hearing was substantially flawed by procedural error in the investigation or hearing, or finds new information not known at the time of the investigation that is sufficient to alter the outcome, he or she may request a review by the Dean of the Law School or his/her designee. Likewise, if an accused believes that the outcome of a formal hearing was substantially flawed by procedural error in the investigation or hearing, or finds new information not known at the time of the investigation that is sufficient to alter the outcome, he or she may request a review by the Dean of the Law School or his/her designee. The request for review by the Dean or his/her designee must be made within 5 working days of receipt of the result of the formal hearing. The Dean or his/her designee will review the written record and will submit a written decision to both parties within 30 working days of the receipt of the appeal.
J. Computation of Time Periods
In computing any period of time prescribed by these Guidelines the following rule shall apply: When the period of time prescribed is less than thirty days intermediate Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, snow days and any other days when the University is closed for other reasons shall be excluded in the computation. For time periods of thirty days or more, all consecutive calendar days shall be counted. If the person investigating the complaint determines that additional working days are necessary to complete the investigation, she or he will notify the parties of the anticipated completion date of the investigation.
K. Filing Complaint with Government Agencies
Any employee or student who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual misconduct may file a formal complaint with either or both of the government agencies set forth below. Using the Law School’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Guidelines does not prohibit an employee or student from filing a complaint with these agencies:
1. United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
JFK Federal Building Room 475
Boston, MA 02203
1 800 669 4000
2. Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)
One Ashburton Place Room 601
Boston, MA 02108
3. United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Students may voluntarily withdraw from Suffolk University Law School at any time during matriculation at Suffolk University. In addition, students may request a Leave of Absence in accordance with Law School Rules and Regulations V. However, situations as described below may arise when the Law School determines on an individualized, case-by-case basis that a student may need to be involuntarily placed on a Leave of Absence from the Law School.
When a student demonstrates conduct that violates the Suffolk University Law School standard of Student Conduct (Law School Rules and Regulations XI) or other Suffolk University or Law School policies, that conduct will be addressed through the appropriate disciplinary processes. This Policy is not intended to be disciplinary in nature. Rather, this Policy outlines the criteria and procedures for when and how a student may be involuntarily placed on a Leave of Absence from the Law School for demonstrating behavior that creates a direct threat to the safety or health of the student or others or that unreasonably disrupts the normal education processes and orderly operation of the University. There may be situations in which both this Policy and the Student Discipline Process and/or other Suffolk policies are applicable.
Criteria for an Involuntary Leave of Absence
A student may be involuntarily placed on a Leave of Absence from Suffolk University Law School if the Law School determines on an individualized, case-by-case basis, in accordance with the procedures listed below, that the student:
(a) Demonstrates behavior that is unreasonably disruptive to the normal education processes and orderly operation of the Law School or Suffolk University;
(b) Demonstrates behavior that endangers him/herself, or that creates a direct threat that the student may endanger him/herself; or
(c) Demonstrates behavior that endangers others or that creates a direct threat that the student may endanger others.
Involuntary Leave of Absence Process
If it becomes evident (through observed behavior or by report(s) from faculty, staff, students or others) that a Leave of Absence from the Law School may be in the best interest of a student and the Law School, and the student does not agree, then the following procedures will be engaged:
Definition of Notice
Under this policy, notice is deemed to be given if sent by e-mail to a student’s Suffolk University e-mail address.
The Law School reserves the right to place a student on an immediate interim Leave of Absence that will remain in effect until a final decision is made pursuant to the procedure, unless, before a final decision is made, the Law School determines that the reasons for imposing the interim Leave of Absence no longer exist.
Other Applicable Policies
Action under the this policy does not preclude the Law School from taking action under other applicable policies including, but not limited to, the Student Disciplinary Procedure, the Sexual Misconduct Policy and the Law School’s Academic Standards.
A student who wishes to take a Voluntary Leave of Absence or withdraw from Suffolk University Law School must submit a completed Withdrawal or Voluntary Leave of Absence Request to the Academic Services Office. The Academic Services Office will process the paperwork related to the withdrawal or Voluntary Leave of Absence, including obtaining the approval of the Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Dean of Students or an Associate Dean in accordance with the Rule and Regulations.
If a student is currently unable to continue the study of law, the student may take a Leave of Absence for up to one academic year. A student who wishes to take a Voluntary Leave of Absence must submit the Voluntary Leave of Absence Form to the Academic Services Office. If the Leave of Absence is for medical/psychological reasons, the student must support the request with medical documentation and, at the conclusion of the Leave of Absence, will be required to submit medical documentation to confirm the student’s ability to return to school. The documentation supporting a return to school will be reviewed by the “Leave of Absence Committee.” The Leave of Absence Committee will be comprised of the Dean of Students, the Associate Dean of Students and one Law School Associate Dean. Additional Law School or University Administrators will be added to the committee if and when appropriate. The Leave of Absence Committee may consult with the Director of University Health and Wellness (or designee) if and when it deems it appropriate to do so.
As a general matter, a student will not be permitted to resume his or her studies unless the Leave of Absence Committee is satisfied that the student has the ability to complete law school and has the judgment and integrity to function as a member of the profession. For example, the Leave of Absence Committee must be satisfied that the problems which precipitated the leave are resolved and that the student is able to handle all of the physical or emotional stress, as applicable, of attending law school, and that there is no significant risk of danger to the student or others or of disruption to the Law School or University environment. The Leave of Absence Committee may require the student to make available relevant health records, to permit the Leave of Absence Committee to communicate directly with the student’s physicians or counselors, and, in appropriate circumstances, to undergo additional medical/psychological evaluation.
Reentry may be conditional. For example, a student may be required to engage in regular and ongoing medical, psychiatric or psychological treatment when specifically related to the conditions giving rise to the leave if the Leave of Absence Committee believes that, without such ongoing treatment, the individual will not be able to function effectively as a student or will pose a significant risk to the health or safety of himself or others or a significant risk of disruption to the Law School or University environment.
If the Leave of Absence Committee determines that the student will not be permitted to return to the Law School, the decision may be appealed to the Dean of the Law School (or his/her designee). The Dean’s decision (or that of his/her designee) will be final.
No student may take a Voluntary Leave of Absence after the examination period begins or while consideration of his or her academic standing is pending. A student granted a Leave of Absence is entitled to return to the Law School at the end of the term of the leave without reapplying for admission. A Leave of Absence will be granted to a first year student only under extraordinary circumstances. A Leave of Absence is considered a withdrawal for financial aid purposes and may result in the student owing money to the Law School and in the student’s federal loan entering repayment.
Students who fail to enroll at the conclusion of an approved Voluntary Leave of Absence will be withdrawn from the Law School. Those in this situation who wish to return to the Law School must apply for readmission in accordance with the Readmissions Process outlined in the Law School Rules and Regulations.
Students on a Voluntary Leave of Absence will not have locker access during the Leave of Absence. All locker contents must be removed within 10 calendar days of approval of the Voluntary Leave of Absence, or they will be considered abandoned property and confiscated by the Law School.
Students on a Leave of Absence will continue to have access to:
Student ID Card, Email, Westlaw and Lexis, Blackboard, Campus Cruiser, Library
A student who wishes to withdraw from the Law School must submit the Withdrawal Form to the Academic Services Office. No student may withdraw after the examination period begins or while consideration of his or her academic standing is pending.
Once a withdrawal request is approved, access to the following services will be deactivated: Student ID Card, Email, Westlaw and Lexis, Blackboard, Campus Cruiser, Library
Lockers: Prior to removal of contents please contact a member of the Registrar’s staff for assistance. Contents not removed within 10 calendar days of approval of withdrawal will be considered abandoned property and will be confiscated by the Law School.
The Office of Financial Aid is required to recalculate federal student aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a Leave of Absence prior to completing 60% of a semester. In some cases, federal loans already disbursed to the student may need to be returned to the lender. This may result in the student owing money to Suffolk University.
Students with federal student loans are required by the federal government to complete exit counseling upon their departure from Suffolk University Law School. Exit counseling information is available on the Office of Financial Aid’s website at http://www.suffolk.edu/law/admission-aid/20919.php. Federal loans will enter their grace or repayment periods as of the effective date of withdrawal.
Note that a Voluntary Leave of Absence is treated as a Withdrawal for federal student aid purposes. This means that federal loans will enter their grace or repayment periods during the Voluntary Leave of Absence. In addition, a student must complete exit counseling when taking a Voluntary Leave of Absence. To receive financial aid in future semesters, students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and must have earned at least 67% of cumulative attempted credits at each point satisfactory academic progress is measured. Please see the Office of Financial Aid for further information.
Suffolk University recognizes and appreciates the service and challenges student service members or reservists may face when called to active service while they are enrolled students. As a result, Suffolk University will work with student service members and reservists on a case-by-case basis to address academic and financial considerations. Law student service members and reservists must contact the Law Dean of Students Office within one month of being called to duty and must provide documentation of their call to service. The Law Dean of Students Office will work on the student’s behalf with campus departments (Academic Services, Bursar, Registrar, Financial Aid, Associate Deans, etc.) to arrange late course withdrawals, leaves of absence, exam postpoments, University financial consideration and re-entry to academic programs, etc. Students are encouraged to view the University's webpage regarding veterans and active duty military.
Separate from Suffolk University action or assistance, student service members or reservists are subject to the rules and regulations established by the US Department of Education regarding financial aid and by regulations governing veteran‘s benefits.
Concerns regarding a law student being unreachable or missing should be referred to the Law School Dean of Students Office. Upon receipt of such a concern, the Dean of Students will determine an appropriate course of action on a case by case basis, balancing the privacy of our adult students with legitimate concerns for safety and well-being. The Dean of Students Office may contact the student directly, inform the University Police, communicate to the emergency contact provided by the student, or take other appropriate action. Any such response will occur within a reasonable time of the report and applicable student privacy laws will govern communications regarding the law student.
Absent additional facts or circumstances, the failure of a law student to attend class, participate in school activities or respond to communications from law school personnel will not result in the law school taking action under this policy.
[Policy reviewed and updated by Incident Support Team 3/19/14]
MOTOR DRIVEN VEHICLES
Use or possession of motor driven vehicles on University property such as, but not limited to, hoverboards, scooters, mopeds, Segways, or electric skateboards is prohibited. The use of mobility scooters such as wheelchairs is permitted.
Suffolk University does not tolerate any behavior that constitutes harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or disability. In light of this harassment policy, it is appropriate to further clarify that Suffolk University, its religious groups, and its religious coordinators are committed to mutual respect and non-proselytization. Any form of religious harassment and manipulation is opposed, while the roles of personal freedom, doubt, and open critical reflection in healthy spiritual growth are affirmed. Religious harassment is constituted by coercive behavior that affects one’s personal freedom to choose one’s own religious practices.
As an urban institution in the heart of Boston, Suffolk University Law School does not provide parking for students. However, the Law School participates in the Semester MBTA Program which offers students the opportunity to prepay for a semester of T-passes at a savings of 11%. Please contact the Dean of Students Office (LawDeanOfStudents@suffolk.edu) for more information.
In addition, the Law School has discounted parking arrangements with several area garages*.
Boston Common Underground Garage
Entrance on Charles Street (across from Public Garden)
No vehicles over 6’3”
0 - 1 Hour: $12
1 - 2 Hours: $18
2 -3 Hours: $24
3 - 10 Hours: $28
10 - 24 Hours: $32
Evenings: Enter Mon-Fri, 4 p.m. - 6 a.m., Exit before 8 a.m.
0 - 1 Hour: $10
1 - 3 Hours: $14
Over 3 Hours (until 8 a.m.): $18
Sat, Sun & Holidays - Enter after 6 a.m., Exit before 8 a.m. the next day.
0 - 1 Hour: $10
1 - 3 Hours: $14
Over 3 Hours (until 8 a.m.): $18
Center Plaza Garage
Entrances on Somerset Street and Tremont Street
00-20 minutes Parking Rate $9
20-40 minutes Parking Rate $19
40-60 minutes Parking Rate $29
60-80 minutes Parking Rate $36
80+ minutes Parking Rate $41
Overnight Parking Rate
In after 4PM, out by 6AM $13
Sat, Sun & Holidays – 6am-6am $11
Special rates for Suffolk Students:
All Day: In by 6:00AM, out after 6:00PM $20
Overnight: In by 3:30PM, out by 6AM $8
To receive the discounted Suffolk rates, you must purchase a minimum of five “Chaser Tickets” from the Center Plaza Garage Office. Suffolk I.D. required.
For further information on area garages, rates, and early bird specials:
*NOTE: The above rates are as of July 2016 and are subject to change. For more information contact the garage at the number listed above.
Bicycles: Bicycles are not permitted inside the building with the exception of the parking garage area which is located in the basement of 120 Tremont Street. There is a small bicycle rack located in the Suffolk Law School garage for students and staff members of the law school. All Suffolk University students and staff that wish to use the bicycle rack in the garage will be required to register their bicycle. Registration forms are available in the security office in the garage. A list of bicycle riders will be maintained at the security desk.
Registered bike riders can access this area by utilizing the red campus assistance call box located outside the building off of Hamilton Place. Registered bike riders entering the garage must check in with the security officer assigned to the garage. Bicycles must be properly secured. Any bicycles left over 30 days will be removed. We strongly recommend always securing your bicycle every time, whether in the garage or outside of the university. We also recommend a U-shaped lock for bicycles due to the sturdy design and increased security it provide over a wire or chain lock.
Motorcycles: There is minimal rentable space in the 120 Tremont Street garage for motorcycles/scooters. Please contact SUPD’s 120 Tremont Operations Office in regards to parking assignments.
The policies of the law school are listed below.
Select the yellow headline for the appropriate policy to read the content.
If you have any questions regarding the policies, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 617-573-8157.
Students and Student Organizations must receive approval for all postings by the Dean of Students Office or the Academic Services Office.
Notices regarding school-related
activities and information may be posted as follows:
Suffolk University administrators, staff and faculty, as well as non-Suffolk organizations using the Sargent Hall facility should consult with the Office of Community Planning & Scheduling regarding their posting needs
The Deans Office reserves the right to remove or edit any postings
The options to post announcements
under this policy do not apply to vendors.
Vendors must adhere to the Vendor Policy.
Suffolk University is authorized by statute to operate as a postsecondary educational institution and confer law degrees in Massachusetts. Suffolk University Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). If you feel that Suffolk University Law School has failed to meet your expectations, you are encouraged to attempt to resolve the issue directly with the Law School or the appropriate University office, if relevant. If your concerns are not resolved through that process and the concerns relate to a matter set forth in the law school accreditation standards of the ABA, you may file a complaint in accordance with the ABA Standard 510 Statement. Concerns not otherwise resolved by the law school or the relevant University office that relate to an accreditation or regulatory matter governed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may be referred to the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Public Charities Division, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108.
Suffolk University Law School prohibits the audio and/or video recording of class lectures absent the express consent of the professor. Students who record class lectures without express permission may be subject to disciplinary action.
Students who have the express consent of a professor to record a class must make their own arrangements to record the class. University Media Services (UMS) is not available to record classes for individual students.
Unless otherwise expressly permitted by the professor, permission to record a class applies exclusively to the student who received permission from the professor. The recording may not be accessed or utilized by any other individual. No replication of the recording may be made without the express permission of the professor.
The Dean of Students will ask Media Services to record all classes held during certain religious observances including, but not limited to, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, and Good Friday. In such cases, faculty participation is voluntary.
Any professor may make any changes to the procedure regarding the recording of his or her own classes.
Students who are requesting recording of classes under the Americans with Disabilities Act must contact the Law School Dean of Students.
In accordance with the above policy, all students should be aware that any class, and discussions held therein, may be subject to recording.
Suffolk University Law School may grant exam accommodations to students whose first language is not English. Please note that exam accommodations are granted to allow students whose first language is not English to become acclimated to the law school examination process.
The following criteria are used to determine the appropriateness of accommodations:
Any eligible international student who is seeking second language exam accommodations must complete and submit the online Second Language Exam Accommodation Request Form NO LATER THAN TWENTY-ONE DAYS prior to the examination. Students needing assistance completing the form should contact the Dean of Students Office with questions.
Students granted second language accommodations may receive extended time on their examinations. However, an accommodation of additional time on examinations in subsequent semesters and/or academic years is not automatic. Please note that second language accommodations are not available for papers, class assignments or oral presentations. In addition, second language accommodations will only be granted for take-home examinations for which the student has less than 24 hours in which to complete the exam (no second language accommodations will apply to take-home exams in which the student has at least 24 hours in which to complete the exam).
To request second language exam accommodations please click here.
Suffolk University recognizes the importance of Service Animals to individuals with disabilities and has established the following policy regarding Service Animals. This policy ensures that people with disabilities, who require the use of Service Animals to provide equal access or as a reasonable accommodation, receive the benefit of the work or tasks performed by such animals and/or the therapeutic support they provide. Suffolk is committed to allowing people with disabilities the use of a Service Animal on campus to facilitate their full-participation and equal access to the University’s programs and activities, in accordance with the rules set forth below. Set forth below are specific requirements and guidelines concerning the appropriate use of and protocols associated with Service Animals.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Service Animals are permitted in University facilities for persons with disabilities. Access for Service Animals in university buildings, residence halls and/or at university events does NOT require documentation of disability.
Students with disabilities in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Sawyer School of Business who have questions should contact the Office of Disability Services. Students in the Law School who have questions should contact the Law Dean of Students Office. Employees should contact Human Resources. Visitors to Suffolk’s campus seeking further information regarding Service Animals should contact the coordinator of the program or event that they will be attending. Suffolk University reserves the right to amend this policy as circumstances require.
A "Service Animal" is a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. In some cases, a miniature horse may be permitted as a Service Animal. Other animals, whether wild or domestic, do not qualify as Service Animals.
Examples of such work or tasks include, but are not limited to guiding a person with impaired vision, alerting a person with a hearing impairment, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, and/or performing other duties. Service Animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a Service Animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as Service Animals.
A “pet” is an animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. A pet is not considered a Service Animal and is not covered by this policy. Individuals are not permitted to keep or bring pets on University property or in University housing.
The “Owner” is the individual who works with the Service Animal.
Identification, License, and Tags:
The Service Animal should wear a harness, identification tag or other gear that identifies its working status. If there is not a visible tag, University officials may ask the handler if the Service Animal is a working animal. All Service Animals must have an Owner identification tag. If the Service Animal is a dog, it must be licensed from an approved training program or have current license tags from local authorities.
Service Animals must be individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability.
If appropriate, the Service Animal must be on a leash, unless the leash would inhibit the Service Animal's ability to be of service. Otherwise the Service Animal must be under voice control.
The Service Animal must be in good health. Service Animals living in University housing must have an annual clean bill of health from a licensed veterinarian.
In accordance with local ordinances and regulations, the Service Animal must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal. Dogs must have current vaccination against rabies and wear a rabies vaccination tag. Local licensing requirements must be followed.
The Office of Disability Services, the Law School Dean of Students, Residence Life & Housing or Human Resources may place other reasonable conditions or restrictions on the Service Animal depending on the nature and characteristics of the Service Animal.
Guidelines for Maintaining a Service Animal
The following guidelines apply to all Service Animals and their Owners unless the nature of the documented disability of the Owner precludes adherence to these guidelines, and permission for a variance from the guidelines has been granted by the Office of Disability Services, Law School Dean of Students Office or Human Resources Office.
Care and Supervision
Care and supervision of a Service Animal are the responsibility of the Owner. The Owner is required to maintain control of the Service Animal at all times.
The Owner is responsible for ensuring the cleanup of the Service Animal's waste. Indoor animal waste must be placed in a sturdy plastic bag before being disposed.
Removal of Approved Animals
Suffolk University may exclude/remove a Service Animal when (i) the Service Animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others; (ii) the Service Animal’s presence results in a fundamental alteration of the University's program; or (iii) the Owner does not comply with Owner’s responsibilities in University housing, in University facilities and/or at University events.
The Owner of a Service Animal that is unruly or disruptive may be asked to remove the Service Animal from University facilities. If the improper behavior happens repeatedly, the Owner may be required to take significant steps to mitigate the behavior before bringing the Service Animal into any University facility. Mitigation may include, but is not limited to, muzzling a barking animal, obtaining refresher training for both the Service Animal and the Owner, and other appropriate measures.
Owners of Service Animals are solely responsible for any damage to persons or University property caused by their Service Animals.
The University may prohibit the use of Service Animals in certain locations because of health and safety restrictions. Restricted areas may include, but are not limited to: custodial closets, boiler rooms, facility equipment rooms, research laboratories, classrooms with research/demonstration animals, areas where protective clothing is necessary, wood and metal shops, motor pools, rooms with heavy machinery, and areas outlined in state law as being inaccessible to Service Animals.
Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis. To request an exception, the Owner must contact the Office of Disability Services or, in the case of law students, the Law School Dean of Students Office, or in the case of employees, Human Resources or the appropriate department representative.
Members of the University community are required to abide by the following practices
Any questions regarding Service Animals or their Owners should be directed to the Office of Disability Services or, in the case of law students, the Law School Dean of Students Office, or in the case of employees, Human Resources.
Service Animals in the Residence Halls
Students who reside on-campus and have a Service Animal that needs to reside with them on-campus do not need to register with the Office of Disability Services nor do they need to request housing accommodations. In advance of bringing a Service Animal to live on-campus, however, the Owner must register the Service Animal with the Department of Residence Life & Housing.
Owner’s Responsibilities for Service Animals in Residence Halls
The Owner is responsible for assuring that the Service Animal does not unduly interfere with the routine activities of the residence hall or cause difficulties for students who reside there.
The Owner is financially responsible for the actions of the Service Animal including bodily injury or property damage. The Owner’s responsibility covers but is not limited to replacement of furniture, carpet, window, wall covering, and the like. The Owner is expected to cover these costs at the time of repair and/or move-out.
The Owner is responsible for any expenses incurred for cleaning above and beyond a standard cleaning or for repairs to University premises that are assessed after the student and Service Animal vacate the residence. The University shall have the right to bill the student account of the Owner for unmet obligations.
The Owner's residence may be inspected for pests once a semester or as needed. The Department of Residence Life & Housing will schedule the inspection. If pests are detected through inspection, the residence will be treated using approved fumigation methods by a University-approved pest control service. The Owner will be billed for the expense of any pest treatment above and beyond standard pest management in the residence halls.
Service Animals may not be left overnight in University housing to be cared for by another student.
Service Animals must be taken with the student if they leave campus for a prolonged period.
The Department of Residence Life & Housing may relocate the Owner and Service Animal as necessary according to the license agreement.
The Owner agrees to continue to abide by all other residential policies. Reasonable accommodation which may constitute an exception to a policy that otherwise would prohibit having a Service Animal does not constitute an exception to any other policy.
Any violation of the above rules may result in immediate removal of the Service Animal from the University and may be reviewed through the Student Conduct System and the Owner will be afforded all the rights and procedures provided by that process.
The Owner undertakes to comply with animal health and well-being requirements described in this policy.
The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that tobacco smoking is the nation’s leading preventable cause of premature death and disability. Tobacco smoke is hazardous to the health of smokers and non-smokers alike. To promote a safe and healthful campus environment, and in accordance with the Workplace Smoking Restrictions Regulation issued by the City of Boston Public Health Commission, Suffolk University has adopted this policy to encourage smokers to reduce or eliminate their consumption of tobacco, and to protect non-smokers from exposure to tobacco smoke.
Smoking is prohibited in Suffolk University academic and administrative facilities and the residence halls. Smoking is permitted in outdoor areas provided the smoke does not migrate back in to an enclosed University building. For example, students may smoke outside University buildings but, if the smoking takes place under a window or surrounding a building entrance, and the smoke migrates back in to the building, it is a violation this policy. Smoking is also prohibited in outdoor areas where no smoking signs are posted.
Smoking is not permitted near the entrance way of Sargent Hall and is prohibited in other outdoor areas where no smoking signs are posted.
Such policies not only serve to protect the health of the community but, in the case of buildings and residences, can lower maintenance costs such as painting or replacing burned carpeting, as well as reduce the risk of fire.
Suffolk University acknowledges that the successful implementation of this policy requires cooperation and mutual respect, and sensitivity on the part of both smokers and non-smokers. Suffolk University acknowledges that the successful implementation of this policy requires cooperation and mutual respect, and sensitivity on the part of both smokers and non-smokers.
Contact Counseling, Health and Wellness for information about how to stop smoking.
In a professional school setting, it is rarely appropriate for school administrators and members of the faculty to communicate with an adult student’s relatives, friends or other third-parties about matters pertaining to that student. Thus, the following policy applies to such communications:
Except in the particular circumstances described below, administrators and members of the faculty of the law school will not communicate or meet with relatives or friends of a law student, or other third-parties regarding matters relating to the student’s enrollment in the law school including, but not limited to, performance in class, grades, academic standing, registration, disability accommodations (or requests for accommodations), financial aid, disciplinary matters, attendance and use of student services.
Exceptions to the above policy include:
1) Communications or advocacy by third-parties specified by other law school policies or procedures (for example, when a student is using an advisor in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Procedure). In such cases, the third-party communications will be limited to what is specifically permitted under the other policy or procedure.
2) Third-party communications regarding financial information, provided that the student submits an Authorization to Release Financial Aid Information form to the Financial Aid Office.
3) Situations where a student is unable, due to significant illness or injury, to timely communicate important information such as the ability to sit for an exam as scheduled. In such cases, the appropriate law school administrator will accept information from the third-party, but will not share information with the third-party (unless the communication is permissible under applicable privacy laws). Also, in such cases, the student will be expected to resume direct communications with the law school as soon as he/she is able to reasonably do so.
4) Extraordinary situations as determined at the discretion of the Dean, the dean’s designee, and/or the Dean of Students. In any such situation, the student must adequately waive any privacy rights under applicable laws or the communication must be permitted without waiver under applicable privacy laws.
5) Situations where communication with a third-party is deemed appropriate by University Legal Counsel.
Exclusions to the above policy:
This policy does not apply to situations in which
1) a student requests, in writing, that the Law School provide information related to potential employers, bar authorities, scholarship providers, other schools (for the purpose of transfer) or professional organizations;
2) a student requests, in writing, a letter of good standing, recommendation, enrollment confirmation, student practice confirmation or transcript be sent to a third party;
3) communications occur between and among law school and university personnel with legitimate educational interests; and/or
4) the information requested is included in the University’s Directory Information.
Nothing in this policy prohibits a law school administrator or member of the faculty from accepting information from a third-party or providing a third-party with generally available information on law school policies and procedures.
This policy sets forth restrictions on sales, solicitation and marketing activities (“Solicitation Activities”) on the Suffolk University Law School premises. These restrictions shall be strictly applied to all outside vendors, including but not limited to bar review companies, instructional service providers, publishers and any other persons or entities seeking to sell or market goods or services to members of the law school community (hereinafter referred to as “Vendors”).
Unless expressly invited by the Law Library, Office of Career and Professional Development, the Dean’s Office, or a Student Organization with prior approval of the Dean of Students Office, Suffolk University Law School prohibits Vendors or Vendor representatives who are not enrolled students from entering the Law School.
Unless expressly authorized by the Law Library, Office of Career and Professional Development, the Dean’s Office, or a Student Organization with prior approval of the Dean of Students Office, all Vendors and Vendor representatives are prohibited from engaging in any Solicitation Activities on the Law School premises.
Vendors properly invited to the Law School must comply with the terms of their invitation as well as the following specific restrictions. Vendor representatives who are enrolled students must also comply with the following specific restrictions.
Vendor representatives who are enrolled at Suffolk University are not permitted to make classroom announcements regarding Vendor products, services or programs. Additionally, they may not host tables in common areas or use classroom space for solicitation activities.
The sending of or forwarding of unsolicited e-mails to Law School students, Campus Cruiser communities or list-serves regarding Vendor products, services, or programs is strictly prohibited.
No flyers, posters or other marketing materials may be posted or placed within Sargent Hall. Vendors may not leave sales materials in classrooms, common areas or on the racks located outside of the elevators or stairs, which are reserved exclusively for Law School publications.
Vendors may not use Sargent Hall space to store their materials. Suffolk University is not responsible for Vendor property, including but not limited to samples, course materials, posters, easels, laptops, or valuables.
No Vendor may enter into a written agreement with a student organization without the involvement and advance approval of the Dean of Students Office. No student has the authority to contractually bind a student organization or Suffolk University.
Vendor-related meetings may not be held in any spaces within Sargent Hall, including but not limited to the cafeteria and other common area spaces.
Vendors wishing to advertise to the students of Suffolk University Law School are advised to contact the Suffolk University Law School student newspaper; see the newspaper’s website for contact information www.suffolk.edu/law/student-life/29154.php
Law students serving as Vendor representatives may be subject to discipline for violating these rules.
The Law School reserves the right to change this policy at any time, with or without advance notice to Vendors.
Except as provided below, Suffolk University Law School will not accept credits for study at another law school. Students who wish to request a leave of absence to pursue temporary study at another school or participate in a study abroad program should consult with the Dean of Students Office. No credits will be accepted by Suffolk University Law School as a result of study at another law school during such a leave of absence.
The following outlines the instances where credits from another law school may be accepted:
1. Suffolk Semester Exchange Program study. Suffolk University Law School may approve a limited number of students per academic year to attend Suffolk University Law School international exchange programs (the number of students, length of exchange and other details are set by the exchange agreements.) Participants will be charged “Semester Exchange Tuition” by Suffolk University. Click here to learn further information on exchange studies. Students interested in pursuing exchange study should consult with the Administrative Director of Graduate and International Programs about the specific opportunities.
2. Semester/Academic year visits to ABA-approved law schools for hardship circumstances. Semester or Academic Year visits will be approved in extraordinary circumstances in which a visit to another law school alleviates a significant hardship (examples of such situations include a student’s spouse being indefinitely transferred to another state, or a student needing medical treatment away from Boston). Students will be required to document the extraordinary circumstances on which the request to visit out is based.
Visits for reasons of career exploration or personal convenience cannot be approved. If a leave of absence can address the situation, then the student will be placed on a leave of absence.
Students interested in pursuing permission for a hardship visit or a leave of absence should consult with the Dean of Students Office.
3. Summer/Winter session study at non-Suffolk, ABA-approved program. Up to four credits may be accepted for participation in a non-Suffolk, ABA- approved summer or winter session program. Day students transferring credits from a non-Suffolk, ABA-approved summer or winter session program will not be permitted to take less than 10 credits in any future semester at Suffolk University Law School as a result of transferring in these credits. Evening students transferring credits from a non-Suffolk, ABA-approved summer or winter session program will not be permitted to take less than 7 credits in any future semester at Suffolk University Law School as a result of transferring in these credits. Students must be in good standing, and remain in good standing for the duration of the summer/winter session, and receive pre-approval for such study from the Dean of Students Office. If the program is held outside the United States, students must also register with Suffolk University’s international emergency assistance plan, regardless of whether such a plan is compulsory at the school or program the student is visiting.
4. Electives not Offered at Suffolk or at Another Law School with a Reciprocity Agreement. In a situation where an upper-class student wishes to take an individual elective course not offered by Suffolk (or a school with which Suffolk has a reciprocity agreement), the student may be approved to take the elective at another local ABA-approved law school. Day students will not be permitted to take less than 10 credits at Suffolk University Law School in the semester during which they enroll in the non-Suffolk elective, nor take less than 10 credits in any future semester at Suffolk University Law School as a result of transferring in these credits. Evening students will not be permitted to take less than 7 credits at Suffolk University Law School in the semester during which they enroll in the non-Suffolk elective, nor take less than 7 credits in any future semester at Suffolk University Law School as a result of transferring in these credits. No more than one non-Suffolk course will be approved for a student. Students must be in good standing and receive pre-approval for such study from the Dean of Students Office.
In order to transfer credits to Suffolk University Law School in accordance with one of the above exceptions, students must be in good standing and remain in good standing for the duration of the visit. Please note that, due to the timing of grade releases, students who were initially in good standing at the time the visit was approved may fail to remain in good standing while already participating in a visiting session. Students who are no longer in good standing are not eligible to transfer credits into Suffolk Law School from the visiting program.
If a student is given permission to transfer credits to Suffolk University Law School in accordance with one of the above exceptions, credits will transfer only for pre-approved courses in which the student receives a grade of 2.00 or better on a 4.00 scale (or its equivalent). In addition, no grades received at another school will appear on the student’s Suffolk transcript and the grades received at the other school will be recorded as “T” (transfer) and will not be calculated into the student’s Suffolk grade point average. However, the names of the courses for which credit transferred, the corresponding credit amounts, and name of the school the student visited will appear on the student’s Suffolk transcript.
Transcripts must be submitted by the visiting school in which the student is enrolled for each semester to the Assistant Dean for Academic Services. Transcripts must be submitted no later than January 15 for the fall semester and no later than the Friday prior to Commencement for students graduating in May, without prior approval from the Assistant Dean for Academic Services. Transcripts not received on time for graduating students without prior approval will postpone the student’s graduation to the next regularly scheduled graduation date. Students are encouraged to report this information to the visiting school upon acceptance as a visiting student.
Approved students must meet all other requirements and deadlines set at the time of their approval to study at another law school.
International students may be subject to limits on visiting-out due to student visa issues. Accordingly, any international student wishing to visit-out under this policy should first consult International Students Services.
Students given permission to transfer credits to Suffolk University Law School are solely responsible for determining and meeting the admission, tuition and other requirements of the school they visit.
This policy does not apply to participation in any Suffolk sponsored international program or in the Law School's International Internship Program.
To request permission to attend a non-SULS summer or semester program, please click here.
Suffolk University prohibits the possession or use of any items that may be used or are used to harm, or threaten to harm, another individual, on property owned by or under the control of Suffolk University. Suffolk University prohibits the possession of explosives and firearms (loaded or unloaded) on property owned by or under the control of Suffolk University. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, self-defense sprays (with the exceptions below), knives, switchblades, martial arts weapons, clothing and other items with metallic spokes or studs, ammunition, darts, BB guns, paintball guns, and any other item that may be used to injure or harm another individual. Suffolk University also prohibits the improper use of laser beam instruments. Suffolk University prohibits the storing of any prohibited items in any campus building or on campus grounds. This list of prohibited items is not exhaustive and is provided by way of example only. Therefore, anyone with questions regarding whether an item is prohibited should consult with the Chief of the Suffolk University Police & Security Department.
Prohibited items will be confiscated and violators may be subject to criminal prosecution and/or referral for disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from Suffolk University.
Temporary exemptions to this policy may be granted only by the Chief of the Suffolk University Police & Security Department or his/her designee.
Faculty, staff and students eighteen (18) years of age or older, or
students under the age of eighteen (18) who possess a valid Firearms
Identification (FID) card, may carry self-defense spray (mace, OC or pepper
spray) in any Suffolk University campus buildings EXCEPT Suffolk University
residence halls. Any student or staff
member who wishes to carry self-defense spray in a Suffolk University residence
hall must first register with the Suffolk University Police & Security Department
and may be required to complete a Self Defense Spray Familiarization course. Anyone who is required to possess a Firearms
Identification card must make the FID card available to the Suffolk University
police upon request.
Revised – August 26,