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 Student Affairs.

The requests and supporting documentation will be considered by a committee. 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: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/law/currentstudents/academicsuccess.html.

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 also 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.

Examples of potentially sexually harassing behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Unwelcome sexual advances, sexual innuendo, or requests for sexual favors in person, by phone, by electronic message or photo, written words or images such as graffiti, and social media postings;
  • Unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature by a faculty member, coach, or other staff member directed towards a student, a colleague, or other community member;
  • A person in a position of authority (such as a faculty member, coach, supervisor) suggesting that an educational or employment benefit will result from submission to some unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature or will be denied for refusal to engage in sexual activity;
  • Repeated sexual remarks, offensive stories, remarks about sexual activity or experiences, sexual innuendoes or other suggestive comments that are unwanted and unwelcome by another; 
  • Displaying or showing pictures, cartoons, or other printed materials of a sexual nature in the workplace or in an educational setting where there is insufficient academic relevance;
  • Exposing the private parts of one's body to another person, or in public forums.

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 and Complaint Procedure can be found at www.hr.villanova.edu.

Informal Procedure for Resolution of Complaints: Except for instances of Sexual Assault, Law School community members may choose to attempt informal resolution of complaints of sexual harassment, but are not required to do so. The Law School and the University have many offices and individuals who may be able to provide counseling, support or advice for a person who believes that he or she is the victim of sexual harassment. The Law School Academic Dean and the Law School Director of Student Affairs are excellent resource people with whom to discuss these matters.

Formal Procedure for Resolution of Complaints: Where a person wishes to make a formal complaint, the following procedure may be invoked for the formal examination of the allegation.

A formal, written complaint, using the University’s standard form, shall be submitted to the University Sexual Harassment Complaint Officer. The purpose of the complaint form is to assist the complainant in formulating a concise statement of his/her concern and to assist the Sexual Harassment Complaint Officer to see the basic facts of the allegation, along with the complainant’s requested action.

The complete Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures can be found on the University website.

In cases involving alleged harassment by a student, the Sexual Harassment Complaint Officer will refer the matter for disposition under the Non-Academic Student Misconduct Hearing Procedure.

Confidentiality: Confidentiality is essential in any effort to investigate and resolve allegations of sexual harassment. The interests of both the complainant and the respondent must be protected as information is gathered and evaluated. Therefore, only persons who have a “need to know” within the investigation and resolution of complaints and appropriate senior administrative officials are entitled to information in the application of this procedure. University employees or students who disclose to persons not in the “need to know” chain of information which is obtained within the informal or formal steps of this procedure may be subject to disciplinary action.

Filing Complaints: Complaints of sexual assault, sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct, as well as inquiries concerning the application of Title IX, may be filed as set forth in the Title IX Notice in the student handbook.

 

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

The Law School 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, the Law School 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 Law School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion or creed, national/ethnic origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender (including identity and expression), or disability in the administration of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other Law School programs, or in its employment policies.

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, Pennsylvania, 19085-1699 (Telephone 610-519-4237), ellen.krutz@villanova.edu.

Title IX Notice

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual assault and other sexual misconduct, is a form of sex discrimination. Under the University Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy, the University prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking and retaliation. Title IX and the University’s Policy also applies to acts of domestic or dating violence, also known as intimate partner violence. As a recipient of federal funds, Villanova University complies with Title IX and has appointed Ms. Ryan Rost as its Title IX Coordinator with overall responsibility for Title IX compliance. Ryan can be reached at 204 Tolentine Hall, (610) 519-8805, ryan.rost@villanova.edu.

Any student, employee or applicant for employment or admission to the University who believes that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of sex, in violation of Title IX, or has been a victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct, may file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator designated below. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator will assist the complainant in identifying the appropriate University policy (with its grievance procedure) to resolve the complaint in a prompt and equitable manner. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator may consult with other Villanova administrators, as needed, to resolve the complaint in the most effective manner.

The Title IX Coordinator is supported by several Deputy Title IX Coordinators, all of whom are knowledgeable and trained in state and federal laws that apply to matters of sexual assault, sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct, as well as University policy and procedure.

 

Ryan Rost│Title IX Coordinator
204 Tolentine Hall│ (610) 519-8805 │ ryan.rost@villanova.edu

Debra Patch│ Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Associate Director, Public Safety
Farrell Hall, Second Floor │ (610) 960-4788 │ debra.patch@villanova.edu

Kathleen Byrnes│Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice President for Student Life and Sexual Harassment Complaint Officer
Room 202 Dougherty Hall │ (610) 519-4550 │ kathleen.byrnes@villanova.edu

Albert Baladez│ Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Director, Employee Relations and Compliance
St. Mary's Room 163K │ (610) 519-4238 │albert.baladez@villanova.edu

Lynn Tighe│Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics
Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration
Field House, Second Floor │ (610) 519-4121│ lynn.tighe@villanova.edu

 

Nature of Complaint Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator, or Law School Official

Sexual Harassment by an Employee
(not sexual assault)

Kathleen Byrnes (Deputy)
Associate Vice President for Student Life and Sexual Harassment Complaint Officer
202 Dougherty Hall
(610) 519-4550, kathleen.byrnes@villanova.edu
Sexual Harassment by a Student
(not sexual assault)

Debra Patch
Associate Director, Public Safety
Farrell Hall, Second Floor
(610) 960-4788, debra.patch@villanova.edu

or

April Barton
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Law School
Dean’s Suite Room 378
(610) 519-7005, barton@law.villanova.edu

Sexual Assault or other
 Sexual Misconduct by a Student

Debra Patch
Associate Director, Public Safety
Farrell Hall, Second Floor
(610) 960-4788, debra.patch@villanova.edu

Sexual Assault or other    Sexual Misconduct by an Employee

Debra Patch
Associate Director, Public Safety
Farrell Hall, Second Floor
(610) 960-4788, debra.patch@villanova.edu

or


Ryan Rost
204 Tolentine Hall
(610) 519-8805, ryan.rost@villanova.edu

Gender Equity in Athletics

 

Lynn Tighe (Deputy)
Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator
Field House, Second Floor
(610) 519-4121, lynn.tighe@villanova.edu

or

Ryan Rost
204 Tolentine Hall
(610) 519-8805, ryan.rost@villanova.edu

Other Forms of Sex Discrimination Against a Student

April Barton
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Law School
Dean’s Suite Room 378
(610) 519-7005, barton@law.villanova.edu

or

Ryan Rost
204 Tolentine Hall
(610) 519-8805, ryan.rost@villanova.edu

Other Forms of Sex Discrimination Against an Employee Ryan Rost
204 Tolentine Hall
(610) 519-8805, ryan.rost@villanova.edu

Non-Harassment Policy

    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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