Academic Accommodations Policy
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.