Student Complaint Implicating Compliance with the ABA Standards
If a student has concerns regarding the Law School's program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA standards, the student may file a complaint pursuant to ABA Standard 510. A "complaint" is a written communication that "seeks to bring to the attention of the law school a significant problem that directly implicates the school's program of legal education and its compliance with the standards."
Procedure for Making a Formal Complaint Pursuant to ABA Standard 510
Submit the complaint in writing via email to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, with a copy to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.
The writing should describe in detail the behavior, incident, program or process that is the basis of the complaint and explain how it implicates Fordham Law School’s compliance with a particular Standard. The number of the Standard at issue should be specific.
The writing must include the student’s name, mailing address, phone number, and official university email address.
Procedure for Addressing a Formal Complaint Pursuant to ABA Standard 510
The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs shall acknowledge the complaint within ten business days of receipt of the written complaint or as soon as is reasonably possible under the circumstances. Acknowledgement will be via email to the student’s office Fordham University email addresses.
Within thirty (30) business days of acknowledgment of the complaint, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or a designee shall either meet with the complaining student or respond to the substance of the complaint via email. The student will receive:
- Notification of the resolution of the complaint; or
- Notification that no corrective action is planned, with the reason why; or
- Information about what steps are being taken to investigate the complaint.
Once the student has been notified regarding the disposition of the complaint, the matter is closed.
If the student is provided information about what steps are being taken to investigate the complaint, then the student will be notified of the resolution of the complaint once the matter is resolved. This will close the matter.
A copy of the complaint and a writing showing the resolution of the complaint shall be kept in the Dean’s Office for a period of eight years.