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1045 W. Maple St.
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
Waterman Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 575-5601

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Note: Reports or complaints under the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Policies may be submitted to Associate Dean Jim Miller (jkmiller@uark.edu) or Senior Associate Dean Carl Circo (ccirco@uark.edu); they may also be made to the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator at (479) 575-4019 (for student/faculty/staff complaints against faculty and staff) or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator at (479) 575-5229 (for student complaints against students).

Student Complaint Policy

§ 8-801. Purpose.

The purpose of this policy is to provide a procedure to allow any student in the School of Law to bring a complaint of any nature to the attention of the School of Law.

The complaint may involve, but is not limited to, the following:

  • (a) any significant problem that directly implicates the school’s program of legal education and its compliance with the American Bar Association’s Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools (the “Accreditation Standards”);
  • (b) adverse information proposed to be placed in a student’s permanent file that may be submitted to potential employers or to the character and fitness committee of any jurisdiction’s bar; or,
  • (c) any action that adversely affects the good standing or graduation of the student.

This procedure supplements, but does not supplant, all other procedures established by the School of Law for responding to student complaints and concerns. This policy does not create a right to challenge a grade in a specific course.

November 11, 2011

Amended November 10, 2014

§ 8-802. Submitting a Complaint.

Any complaint under this policy must: (1) be in writing; (2) describe the incident, concern, or other matter in sufficient detail to disclose the pertinent facts and circumstances; (3) if applicable, identify the provision or provisions of the ABA Standards or of any established School of Law practices or policies involved and include a brief explanation of how the matter implicates the school’s program of legal education, its compliance with the ABA Standards, or any established practices or procedures; (4) give the student’s name and be signed by the student (manually or electronically); (5) be submitted in a timely fashion; and (6) be submitted to the Dean. Any faculty member, administrator, or staff member of the School of Law (other than the Dean) who receives a complaint from a student that he or she concludes should be handled under this policy may forward the complaint to the Dean.

November 11, 2011

Amended November 10, 2014

§ 8-803. Procedure to Resolve Complaints.

Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, the Dean may resolve the matter, refer the matter to a member of the School of Law administration, refer the matter to a law school committee, or create an ad hoc Committee.

The Dean (or the person or committee to which it is referred) shall: (1) investigate the matter as soon as reasonably practical, but in no event later than 20 business days after the date it was received; and (2) attempt to resolve the matter promptly; and (3) not later than 20 business days after the date the complaint was received, advise the complaining student in writing of the status of the investigation, including any disposition, proposed resolution, or other action taken or to be taken in response to the complaint. The School of Law shall maintain a written record of the complaint and the action taken in response. However, the written records shall be kept separate from the student’s permanent file. Upon completion of the investigation, the School of Law shall advise the student in writing of any findings, decisions, responses, and actions relating to the matter. Any complaint involving a matter that is subject to any procedures or policies other than this policy may be referred as appropriate to be addressed under those other procedures or policies.

November 11, 2011

Amended November 10, 2014

§ 8-804. Appeal Process.

After the matter is resolved, if the complaining student is dissatisfied with the outcome, he or she may appeal in writing to the Dean, who shall respond to the student not later than 20 business days after the written appeal was submitted. The Dean’s decision shall be final.

November 11, 2011

Amended November 10, 2014

§ 8-805. Student Permanent File.

Before any adverse information is placed in the permanent file of a student, the registrar shall notify the student and provide him or her with a copy of the adverse information. The student may file a complaint pursuant to this policy objecting that the information should not be placed in his or her permanent file because it does not raise significant questions about the student’s character and fitness to practice law. However the following items shall be placed in the file without notice to the student: academic probation, suspension, or dismissal by the law school; adverse findings of the Petitions Committee; adverse findings of the Honor Council; adverse findings of the Student Conduct Council or the University of Arkansas Disciplinary committee; criminal convictions (felony or misdemeanor); a finding of liability for fraud in a civil proceeding. Upon written request, a student may see any information contained in the permanent file, except for information as to which the student has waived the right.

November 10, 2014

School of Law

1045 W. Maple St.
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
Waterman Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 575-5601

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