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Review of Course/Seminar Requirements and/or Grades

Student Options

A student aggrieved by a requirement for a course or seminar in which the student is enrolled or by an evaluation of the student’s performance may consult the Law School’s ombudsman, the Dean, the Dean of Students, or the University’s ombudsman.

Application for Faculty Review

An application for Faculty review of a requirement for a course or seminar in which a student is enrolled, or an evaluation of a student’s performance, should be addressed to the Law School Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility through the office of the Dean. In the event that two or more members of that committee cannot serve, the Dean should appoint an ad hoc Committee.

Basis for Review

The basis for review is to determine whether a course or seminar instructor, in setting or implementing a requirement or in making an evaluation, exceeded the permissible limits of an instructor’s discretion.


In each case, the Committee shall determine the procedures by which it shall inform itself regarding the facts of the matter before it. This shall include an opportunity for the student and Faculty member to communicate to the Committee orally or in writing as the Committee determines.

If the Committee determines that no substantial basis exists for a conclusion that an instructor exceeded permissible limits of discretion, the Committee’s determination is not subject to further review. If the Committee determines that substantial basis exists, the Committee shall make any further inquiries it deems necessary and report its determination to the Faculty together with a recommended disposition. The student and the Faculty member shall have the right to communicate their respective positions to the Faculty in writing.

Application of Policy

This policy applies to all credit-bearing work at the Law School. (Faculty Meeting, February 22, 1993)