Student Complaint Procedure
A. Reporting a Complaint
Emory Law School wishes to hear any student concerns about significant problems that directly implicate the school’s program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA’s Accreditation Standards. Any student having such a concern should submit it in writing to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.
B. Resolving the Complaint
When a formal written complaint has been made in accordance with section A, the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs shall investigate as soon as possible, but in no event later than 20 business days after the filing of the written complaint with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs shall attempt to resolve the complaint, if possible, within the 20 business day period. If resolution is not possible, the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs may refer the matter to the appropriate administrator, administrative body, or an administrative official designated by the Dean (the “Dean’s designate”). If the complaint is about the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, it should be made directly to the Associate Dean for Student Services.
If referral of the complaint is made as referenced above, the administrator, administrative body or Dean’s designate shall attempt to resolve the complaint as soon as possible, but in no event later than 20 business days after referral by the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
Upon completing the investigation of the complaint, the Law School shall communicate its findings and, if appropriate, its intended actions to the complainant.
C. Appeal Process
If the complainant is dissatisfied with the outcome or resolution, that individual has the right to appeal the decision. The complainant should submit his/her written comments in a timely manner to the Dean of the Law School, but in no case more than two weeks after communication to the complainant of the findings of the investigation. The Dean’s decision shall be communicated to the complainant and the investigator(s) within 20 business days and shall be final.
D. Maintaining a Written Record of the Complaint
The Law School shall maintain a complete written record of each complaint and how it was investigated and resolved. Written records shall be maintained in a confidential manner in the Office of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
E. Protection Against Retaliation
The Law School will not in any way retaliate against an individual who makes a complaint under this section, nor permit any faculty member, administrator, employee or student to do so.
F. Not Exclusive Complaint Policy or Procedure
Please note that Emory University’s policies, which apply to Emory Law, contain separate sections pertaining specifically to harassment complaints. Other student complaints may fall within the parameters of Emory Law’s Professional Conduct Code. Jurisdiction over any student complaint is not exclusive to any single, or combination of, Emory Law or Emory University policies. Any student at Emory Law may consult with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs to determine which process or processes may apply to a given situation.