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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 Prof. Ann Killenbeck (akillen@uark.edu), the Faculty Liaison under those Policies, or to Associate Dean Jim Miller (jkmiller@uark.edu) or Senior Associate Dean Carl Circo (ccirco@uark.edu); they may also be made to Shannon C. Haupt, University of Arkansas Compliance Officer, Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance (haupt@uark.edu).

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, including 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”). The Accreditation Standards may be found at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/standards.html. 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 appeal a grade in a specific course.

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§ 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); and (5) be submitted to the Assistant to the Dean. Any faculty member, administrator, or staff member of the School of Law other than the Assistant to the Dean who receives a complaint that he or she concludes should be handled under this policy may forward the complaint to the Assistant to the Dean.

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§ 8-803. Procedure to Resolve Complaints.

Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, the Assistant to the Dean, with the advice of the Dean or any Associate Dean, shall refer the matter to a member of the School of Law administration, who 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. 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.

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§ 8-804. Appeal Process.

If the matter was initially referred to the Dean, the Dean’s decision shall be final. If the matter was initially referred to another member of the administration and 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.

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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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