As an ABA-accredited law school, North Carolina Central University School of Law is subject to the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools. Those standards may be found at www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/standards.html.
Any student of the law school who wishes to bring a formal complaint to the administration of the law school of a significant problem that directly implicates the school’s program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA Standards should follow the process below:
- Submit the complaint in writing either directly to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs or through the law school’s website at http://law.nccu.edu/students/affairs/student-concerns/.
- The complaint must detail the behavior, program, process, or other matter and explain how it implicates the law school’s program of legal education and its compliance with a specific, identified ABA Standard(s).
- The complaint must include the name, official law school e-mail address, telephone number and mailing address of the complaining student, for communication regarding the complaint.
- The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs will acknowledge the complaint within five business days of receipt of the written complaint. Acknowledgment will be made in writing to the mailing address furnished by the student.
- Within 30 business days, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Associate Dean for Student Services shall either meet with the complaining student or respond to the substance of the complaint in writing. The student shall either receive a substantive response to the complaint or receive information about what steps are being taken by the Law School to address the complaint or further investigate the complaint.
- Appeals: A student may appeal a decision on a complaint to the Dean of the Law School. The student must hand deliver the appeal to the Office of the Dean in writing within seven business days of receipt of the resolution. The appeal must describe the grounds for appeal. The appeal may not include complaints not covered in the original complaint. The Dean shall respond to the appeal within 30 business days from the date the appeal was submitted. The Dean’s decision is final.
- Maintenance of Records of Student Complaints: The Law School shall maintain a written record of all student complaints, resolutions and appeals for a period of eight years from the final resolution of the complaint.