Student Handbook

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ACADEMIC POLICIES (pdf)

Table of Contents  

A.     Graduation Requirements and Learning Outcomes – Pg 1

B.     Required Courses – Pg 2

C.     Core Courses – Pg 3              

D.     Elective Courses and the Calculation of Credit Hours – Pg 4

E.     Advanced Writing Requirements and Skills Training – Pg 5

F.     Primary Authority of the Professor – Pg 8

G.     Syllabus – Pg 9             

H.     Student Evaluation of Faculty – Pg 10             

I.      Class Attendance Policy – Pg 11             

J.      Rescheduling of Classes / Make-Up Classes – Pg 12

K.      Auditing a Course – Pg 13

L.      Transient Study, Visiting at Other Law Schools, and Study Abroad – Pg 14

M.     Courses Outside of Law School – Pg 15

N.      Distance Learning Policy – Pg 18

O.      Dropping Sequenced Required Courses – Pg 19

P.      Dropping Non-Sequenced Required Courses, Core Courses, and Electives – Pg 20

Q.      Adding a Course – Pg 21

R.      Changing Course Sections – Pg 22

S.      Withdrawing from Courses – Pg 23

T.      Course Loads – Pg 24

U.      Limit on Non-Classroom Hours – Pg 25

V.      Review of Graded Examinations – Pg 26

W.     Recommended Grade Distribution Policy – Pg 27

X.      Grades – Pg 28

Y.      Grading Policies for Basic Legal Skills I and II – Pg 31

Z.      Anonymous Grading – Pg 32

AA.   Clinics, Field Placements, and Non-Classroom Hours – Pg 33

BB.    Dean’s List – Pg 37

CC.    Honors Designations – Pg 38

DD.    Class Rank – Pg 39

EE.     Required Grades and Re-taking Courses – Pg 40

FF.      Mandatory Minimum Grades in Other Required Courses – Pg 41

GG.     Recording of Grades for Required and Core Courses with Minimum Grade Requirements – Pg 42

HH.    Credit-Hours for Courses in Which a Failing Grade is Earned / Failing a Pass/Fail Course – Pg 43

II.      Re-taking Courses – In General – Pg 44

JJ.      The Open Curriculum – Pg 45

KK.     The Structured Curriculum – Pg 46

LL.      Academic Standing Policies – Pg 47

  • Minimum Grade Point Averages Required for Graduation
  • Academic Warning
  • Dismissal
  • Extraordinary Relief from Dismissal
  • Petition Procedures
  • Hearing
  • Decision
  • Limitation on Procedure and Remedies                

MM.    Joint JD/MBI – Pg 52

NN.     Joint JD/MHI – Pg 56

OO.     Joint JD/MBA – Pg 61

PP.     Course Selection in Law School – Pg 64

QQ.     Course Selection – Pg 69

RR.     Concentrations and Certificate Programs – Pg 82

SS.      Grade Appeal Policy and Procedure – Pg 92

GENERAL PROVISIONS and
ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES (pdf)

Table of Contents

A.  Purpose and Scope of the Student Handbook – Pg 1

B.  General Information – Pg 2

  • Northern Kentucky University Rules and Policies
  • NKU Chase College of Law Computing Resources
  • Security in Nunn Hall and on NKU Campus
  • NKU Chase Law Library Security
  • NKU Severe Weather Policy
  • NKU Emergency Contact System – Norse Alert
  • NKU Student Services

C.  College of Law Communications – Pg 7

  • NKU Chase College of Law E-Mail
  • Confidential and Personal Communication
  • Chase Postings
  • Other Communications
    • Telephone Calls
    • Student Directory Information
    • Chase Calendar                 

D.  Tuition and Fees; Financial Aid; Refunds; Scholarship Policy – Pg 10

  • Refund of Tuition
    • In the Context of Dropping a Course
    • In the Context of Academic Standing Actions
    • In the Context of Withdrawal from the College of Law
  • Course Cancellation For Non-Payment Of Tuition
  • Scholarship Policy
    • Incoming Student Scholarships
    • Summer Sessions
    • Change in Residency Status
    • Division Transfer Requests and Leaves of Absence
    • Increase or Decrease in Credit Hours
    • Full-tuition Awards
    • Early Graduation
    • Classes Taken at another Educational Institution
    • Revocation of Scholarship
    • Academic Standards Required to Maintain Merit Scholarship Award
    • Academic Dismissal
    • Modification of the Scholarship Policy

E.  Employment during Law School - Pg 15              

F.  Character and Fitness to Practice Law; Amending College of Law Application; Qualifications for Admission to the Bar – Pg 16

  • Disclosure of Character and Fitness Matters Required
    • Continuing Obligation to Disclose
  • Petition to Amend Law School Application
  • Character, Fitness, and Other Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

G.  Full-Time and Part-Time Divisions – Pg 19

  • Transferring Between Divisions

H.  Examinations – Pg 20

  • Scheduling of Final Examinations
  • Design of Final Examinations
  • Taking Final Exams on Laptop Computers/Examsoft
  • Midterm Examinations, Tests, Quizzes, and Assignments
  • Make-Up Final Examinations
    • Emergency Situations
    • Conflict Situations

I.  Withdrawal from the College of Law – Pg 24

  • Withdrawal from the College of Law
  • Resuming Law Study after Withdrawal from the College of Law                                                

J.  Student ABA Complaint Process – Pg 25

  • Submitting Complaint
  • Process after Written Complaint Submitted

Honor Code and Plagiarism Policy (pdf)

HONOR CODE

I.     Preamble

II.    Definitions

III.   NKU Chase Student Honor Code:  Academic Integrity

  • Preamble and Honor Code Pledge
  • Academic Dishonesty
  • Research Misconduct
  • Ethical Violations

IV.    Consequences for Academic Dishonesty, Research Misconduct, or Ethical Violations

V.     Procedures for Handling Alleged Violations of the Honor Code

VI.    Formal Proceedings

VII.   Appeals

VIII.  Confidentiality

PLAGIARISM POLICY – Pg 16