The Law School endeavors to provide the highest quality instruction for its students and is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions is prohibited. Further, the Law School aims to enhance the degree to which individuals experience the Law School as inclusive, and endeavors to ensure that we are providing equal opportunities for success, with a particular focus on the educational environment. This learning environment must be challenging yet welcoming.
If a student wishes to share information relating to the quality of classroom instruction or wishes to report an incident of discrimination in the classroom, the student should contact the Office of Student Life.
Confidentiality. If confidentiality is a concern, the Office of Student Life will provide information on how best to preserve it. One option, for example, is to submit an anonymous comment to the Law School's Educational Environment Committee. In some instances, however, keeping confidentiality may limit what steps the Office of Student Life can take. Even in those instances, though, there are many reasons to report: a record of even anonymous complaints can prompt some action. Further, you may find it useful to talk through possible approaches if similar events arise in the future.
What Happens Next? Possible responses to complaints or concerns relating to classroom instruction and the inclusiveness of the classroom environment vary depending on the particular circumstances and the seriousness of the alleged incident or problem. In many cases, the first step will be a conversation between the associate dean for academic programming and the faculty member, or between the assistant dean for student life and the faculty member. Depending on the circumstances, other options may include connecting a faculty member with additional inclusive teaching resources and strategies. Whether any further action is appropriate will be heavily context-dependent.
Status Updates. The Office of Student Life will remain in ongoing contact with the individual student or students, apprising them of developments, if appropriate.
Matters potentially implicating the University's sexual misconduct policy may demand different procedures and steps. For more information—including a list of confidential campus resources—please review the dedicated webpage.
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