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.

2013-2014 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 it 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.

    Student requesting reasonable accommodations must make their requests online or by filling out the Request for Reasonable Accommodations Form. Completed forms may be submitted to Nancy Whalen via email or delivered to her office in the Student Services Suite.

    Students requesting exam accommodations should submit the form to Ms. Whalen by September 15th for accommodations for the fall semester exam period and March 12th for the spring term. First year students should apply for accommodations at least two weeks before the Legal Research exam in October.

    Accommodations for second and third year students who have previously received accommodations do not require new supporting documentation. However, all students must complete the request form each semester for both exam and other accommodations.

    Third year students should note that receiving accommodations in law school is not a guarantee that they will receive accommodations on a state bar examination. They should check with the state(s) in which they intend to take a bar examination to determine whether accommodations are made for their disability. Students may refer to Pennsylvania Board of Examiners website for guidance on accommodations for Pennsylvania's bar exam.

    Students should refer to the Student Handbook for details on the Accommodations Policy. As noted in the policy and on the form, requests will not be considered unless students submit the required supporting documentation from the treating professional, including diagnosis, recommendations and supporting measurements. For guidance on the specific documentation required for learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, please refer to the documentation guidelines. If you have questions or need more information, contact Nancy Whalen at whalen@law.villanova.edu.

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.

    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

    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,

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