Policies and Handbooks

Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the information contained in the Student Handbook and in the policies posted on the website, including, but not limited to those listed here. In addition, students are required to check their email and the announcements on the Current Students page several times each day and are responsible for all relevant information posted there.  Finally, students are responsible for the university policies listed and linked below.

Student Handbook

Contains important policies and procedures that apply to all Villanova Law Students

Policy on Student Complaints

Villanova Law School's official policy on handling student complaints

Academic Accommodations

 The Law School works diligently at meeting the needs of students with disabilities, and grants reasonable accommodations provided that the requested accommodations do not fundamentally alter the nature of the academic program or compromise an essential aspect of the academic program.

Students seeking academic accommodations must submit current documentation, including supporting reports of tests and other measurements and assessments provided by a qualified treating professional, and transmitted directly from that professional with an original cover letter signed by the treating professional, to the Director of Academic Success and Bar Support Programs.

The requests and supporting documentation will be considered by a committee which includes the Director of Academic Success and Bar Support Programs, the Registrar, and the University’s Learning Support Services, as necessary. The Committee may request additional information if necessary, as the process contemplates collaboration among the treating professionals, those educational institutions that have granted accommodations in the past, the Law School and the student. The student may be asked to sign a release to allow the free exchange of information among all those involved with meeting his or her needs. The Committee will also consult with the Office of Learning Support Services to assess the requests and documentation and to identify the most effective accommodations. The Committee will make a determination of what accommodations will be offered. If a student is dissatisfied with the academic accommodation recommended by the Committee, concerns may be addressed to the Dean and the Office of Academic Affairs. The process contemplates an ongoing assessment of needs and the reasonable means of meeting those needs. The current policy and forms are accessible on the Academic Success Programs website.

The granting of academic accommodations is strictly confidential; faculty members are not notified unless the particular accommodation requires cooperation of the faculty member, and then disclosure is limited to only what is necessary. A new request for accommodations must be filed for each semester the student seeks accommodations. Students with physical disabilities that require accommodations unrelated to the academic program are coordinated through the Director of Student Affairs. All requests for exam accommodations must be submitted no later than one month prior to the last day of classes for the semester.

Sexual Harassment Policy

It is the policy of Villanova University, and the Law School as a part of that University, to maintain an employment and educational atmosphere free of any pressures on employees and students relating to sexual harassment. Consistent with applicable federal and state laws, the University endorses the objective that employees and students be free of situations where sexual considerations form the basis for business or educational decisions.

Sexual harassment may be described as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical, visual, or verbal behavior of a sexual nature where:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education;
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting the individual; or,
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning employment or educational environment.

A single isolated incident of sexual harassment may create a hostile environment if the incident is sufficiently severe. The more severe the conduct, the less need to show a repetitive series of incidents to provide a hostile environment, particularly if the harassment is physical.

    Sexual harassment will not be tolerated at the Law School, and employees or students who engage in such conduct are subject to the full range of the disciplinary policies.  Retaliation against someone for bringing a concern forward, or for cooperating in the investigation of a complaint, is a violation of the Policy.  The full Policy can be found at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/hr.html.

Disability Policy

    The Law School works diligently at meeting the needs of students with disabilities, and grants reasonable accommodations provided that the requested accommodations do not fundamentally alter the nature of the academic program or compromise an essential aspect of the academic program.

    Students seeking academic accommodations must submit written documentation, including supporting reports of tests and other measurements and assessments provided by a qualified treating professional, and transmitted directly from that professional with an original cover letter, to the Assistant Dean of Academic Success Services. More information can be found under the Accommodations section of this website.

    Students with physical disabilities that require accommodations unrelated to the academic program should contact Nancy A. Whalen, Director of Student Affairs, at whalen@law.villanova.edu or (610) 519-5228.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Villanova School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion or creed, national/ethnic origin, or non-disqualifying handicap.

    The School of Law is committed to the belief that "with respect to the fundamental rights of the person, every type of discrimination, whether social or cultural, whether based on sex, race, color, social condition, language, or religion, is to be overcome and eradicated as contrary to God's intent" (Vatican Council II, Gaudium et Spes No. 29). Therefore, Villanova University School of Law admits students of any race, color, age, sex, religion or creed, or national/ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available at the School of Law. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion or creed, national/ethnic origin, or non-disqualifying handicap in the administration of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other School of Law programs, or in its employment policies. As a Roman Catholic and Augustinian institution, the School of Law strongly affirms the teaching of the Church on the rights and dignity of all persons, and hence condemns discrimination on the basis of a person's sexual orientation. This position is consistent with the Church's teaching on human sexuality, which does not endorse homosexual conduct. The School of Law accordingly reaffirms its commitment to providing an inclusive and supportive community for all, regardless of sexual orientation.

    Inquiries concerning equal opportunity policies may be referred to:

Ellen Krutz, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
and Affirmative Action Officer,
Office of Human Resources,
St. Mary's Hall, Villanova University,
Villanova, PA, 19085-1699
610-519-4237
ellen.krutz@villanova.edu

    It is the University's policy that all employees and students should be able to enjoy and work in an educational environment free from harassment of any nature.  harassment based on personal characteristics such as race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability violates this policy.  "Harassment" is defined as verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual, and that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment; or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's employment or academic performance.

    Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to:

Ms. Ellen Krutz,
Affirmative Action Officer
and Associate Vice President for Human Resources,
St. Mary's Hall Suite 163,
610-519-4237
ellen.krutz@villanova.edu

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