CODE OF STUDENT PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND UNIVERSITY POLICY STATEMENTS
- Principles of Civility
- Code of Student Professional Responsibility
- Disposition of Student Complaints [PS-48LC]
- Law Center Computer Usage Policy
- Usage of the Electronic Classroom during Final Examinations
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) [PS-30LC]
- Persons With Disabilities
- Law Center Policy on Smoking
- Immunization Policy [PS-72]
- Policy on Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment
- The Illegal or Abusive Use of Drugs
LSU PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER PRINCIPLES OF CIVILITY
A hallmark of an enlightened and effective system of justice is adherence to standards of professional responsibility and civility. Integrity and courtesy are indispensable to the practice of law. A central mission of LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center is to develop and maintain a challenging yet supportive academic and professional environment. While the study of law may engage language or subject matter that some consider impolite or even offensive, the Law Center is governed by the core values of professionalism, integrity, trust, civility, courtesy, mutual respect, cordiality, humility, and accountability.
Concerns about civility are at the forefront of contemporary discussions of professionalism not just in law schools, but in the legal profession at large. Civility is the recognition of a shared investment in and commitment to a mode of self-expression and human interaction. Civility is expressed by polite, courteous, and considerate speech or behavior appropriate to civil interactions. The presence of civility does not mean the absence of vigorous or impassioned disagreement. Civility does not seek to limit or chill the expression of dissent, strongly held convictions, or contrary positions. It is concerned with the character of speech and expression as opposed to its specific content. It does not strive for a culture of token respectability that requires policing or diminishing constitutional protections. A commitment to civility represents an appreciation of the ways in which the presentation of ideas can have an impact on how they are ultimately received, regardless of their merits. Civility is therefore indispensable for effective advocacy.
Members of the Law Center community conduct themselves in a manner that preserves not only their personal dignity and honor, but also that of the Law Center and the legal profession. Student members of the Law Center community should aspire to:
- Speak and write in a civil, professional, courteous, and respectful manner in communications.
- Treat all members of the Law Center community in a civil, professional, courteous, and respectful manner.
- Respect diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Refrain from conduct that diminishes the dignity or decorum of the Law Center’s communal spaces and overall environment.
- Strive to resolve disputes in a civil manner.
It is the sense of the faculty that it is unprofessional for a law student, either on the Law Center or University campus or at a Law Center of University event, in addressing or describing a person or persons, to use epithets that demean on the basis or based upon race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or age and that the forgoing statement shall be published in the Law Center Catalog as a policy statement, in close proximity to the Code of Student Professional Responsibility.
Law school is the first step toward becoming a member of the legal profession. Members of the legal profession are subject to the highest standards of professional conduct. The Law Center, therefore, expects its students to adhere to high standards of conduct during their legal education and to avoid even the appearance of impropriety during that process. Just as lawyer behavior reflects on the bar and courts even when they are not in Court, student behavior can reflect on the Law Center away from the physical facility. When students represent the Law Center, or when their behavior might closely affect the Law Center or its relationships with other institutions in Louisiana or abroad, students are expected to abide by the professional obligations of the Code of Student Professional Responsibility.
It is the obligation of every student to report to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or to a member of the Ethics Committee of the Student Bar Association any violation of this Code of Student Professional Responsibility. Students are expected to live up to the standards set forth in this Code and to assist in its enforcement.
Lying, cheating, plagiarism, theft, and other forms of student misconduct are prohibited.
1. Lying includes, but is not limited to, the following:
a. Knowingly furnishing false or misleading information to the administrators, faculty, or other personnel of the Law Center.
b. Forging, altering, or misusing Law Center documents, records, or identification cards.
c. Knowingly furnishing false information in any proceedings undertaken pursuant to this Code.
d. Failing to acknowledge one’s presence in class when present and requested by the instructor to recite materials or otherwise participate in class discussion.
e. Falsifying information on a class roll sheet in any manner, such as by signing or initialing for another student who is not present, by procuring another student to sign or initial for a student not present, or by signing or initialing a roll sheet indicating that the student was present when the student was not actually present in the classroom or was so late that this student missed a substantial portion of the class.
2. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following:
a. Copying from or looking upon another student’s examination paper during an examination with intent to give or obtain information relevant to the examination.
b. Using material during an examination not authorized by the person administering the examination.
c. Collaborating during an examination with any other person by giving or receiving information without authority.
d. Stealing, buying, otherwise obtaining, selling, giving away, or bribing another person to obtain all or part of an unadministered examination or information about an unadministered examination.
e. Substituting for another student, or permitting any other person to substitute for oneself, to take an examination.
f. Submitting as one’s own, in fulfillment of academic requirements, a report, term paper, memorandum, brief, or any other written work prepared totally or in part by another person.
g. Taking time beyond that allowed other students for the completion of an examination, without the expressed permission of the person administering the examination.
h. Selling, giving, or otherwise supplying to another student for submission in fulfilling academic requirements any report, term paper, memorandum, brief, or any other written work.
i. Consulting any attorney regarding the specifics of any written or oral presentation, unless authorized by the instructor.
3. Plagiarism is the unacknowledged incorporation of another person’s work in one’s own work submitted for credit or publication (such material need not be copyrighted).
4. Theft includes, but is not limited to, the following:
a. The taking or unauthorized use of Law Center property, including any materials from the Law Library.
b. The taking or unauthorized use of the funds of the Law Center or any student organization.
c. The taking or unauthorized use of the property of other students while on campus, or of material related to the Law Center while off campus.
5. Student misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:
a. Attempting to commit, or being an accessory to the commission of any of the foregoing offenses.
b. Committing any misdemeanor on the premises of the Law Center, or on the premises of a Law Center partner institution, on the premises of student residences associated with the Law Center or its programs, or at an official Law Center function, or committing any felony.
c. Knowingly interfering with any proceedings undertaken pursuant to this Code, including threats directed to students, faculty, or other persons initiating or participating in such proceedings.
d. Repeatedly attending class without adequately preparing the material assigned by the instructor, unless special arrangements are made with the instructor prior to class.
e. Refusing to participate in class discussion when requested to do so by the instructor.
f. Using any other person’s work or assistance in the preparation of work to be submitted for credit, unless authorized by the instructor.
g. Committing any act of vandalism or destruction with respect to Law Center property, the property of a Law Center partner institution, the property of student residences associated with the Law Center or its programs, or the property where a Law Center function is being held.
h. Intentionally disrupting a class.
i. Violating any rules established to govern student use of or conduct in the Law Library.
j. Talking with another student during an examination with intent to give or obtain information relevant to the examination.
k. Utilizing materials submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of a course to fulfill the requirements of another course or courses without first obtaining consent of all faculty members affected.
l. Knowingly to communicate directly to one or more specifically identifiable person(s) an epithet i) that a reasonable person would regard as demeaning to the recipient student or students and ii) that has a direct tendency to cause acts of violence by the person or persons to whom the communication is addressed. Such epithets shall include, but shall not be limited to, epithets that demean on the basis of race, gender, gender identity/expression, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or age.
Rules of Procedure for Disposition of Complaints
1. General. The ultimate goal of the disposition of complaints is to determine whether a student violated the Fundamental Standard of the Code of Student Responsibility and to impose an appropriate sanction, if necessary. Given the serious nature of these proceedings, the hearing committees shall endeavor to hold the hearings as soon as possible after notification of an incident. The hearings are inquisitorial in nature and do not follow formal rules of evidence. However, it is important that both the student and the hearing committees have the opportunity to present and/or obtain all relevant evidence and testimony. The Preliminary and Disciplinary Hearings are not formal courts of law, and the Chairs of said hearings may suspend hearings and reconvene them later on if necessary or in the interests of fairness and justice. A student may be investigated only one time for a particular alleged violation of the Code of Student Responsibility.
2. Reporting. Any person having first-hand knowledge of a violation of this Code shall report the incident to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Law Center designated by the Law Dean to receive such reports, or to a member of the Ethics Committee of the Student Bar Association. No anonymous reporting is permitted. If a report is made to a member of the Ethics Committee, that member shall promptly report the matter to the designated Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
3. Preliminary Hearing.
a. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will notify the Chair of the Student Ethics Committee of the complaint and instruct the Committee to conduct a Preliminary Hearing.
b. The Chair of the Student Ethics Committee will appoint three (3) Committee members to serve on the Preliminary Hearing. He or she will appoint one of the three members to serve as Chair of the Preliminary Hearing.
c. The Chair of the Preliminary Hearing will then notify the accused student in writing that they have been instructed to investigate an alleged violation of the Code and he/she will schedule the Preliminary Hearing at the earliest possible date. The student will receive a copy of the violation report and any evidence in support of the report.
d. The Preliminary Hearing Committee shall conduct a hearing to determine whether probable cause exists to warrant a Disciplinary Hearing.
e. The Chair of the Preliminary Hearing will read the complaint to the accused student. The Chair will then present any evidence and/or witnesses in support of the complaint. The accused student may then question the witnesses.
f. The accused student has the right to testify and to present any evidence and/or witnesses in his/her defense. The Preliminary Hearing Committee may question any witnesses and examine all evidence presented.
g. If the Preliminary Hearing Committee determines that no probable cause exists, the charges will be dismissed. If probable cause exists, the Preliminary Hearing Committee will recommend to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs that a formal disciplinary hearing be conducted.
h. The findings of the Preliminary Hearing shall be compiled into a report briefly explaining the Preliminary Hearing Committee’s reasoning.
i. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs shall then direct the Chair of the Student Ethics Committee to appoint a committee to conduct a Disciplinary Hearing to determine the merits of the complaint. No Committee member who served on the Preliminary Hearing may serve on the Disciplinary Hearing Committee.
j. If the Preliminary Hearing Committee does not recommend a Disciplinary Hearing, the student may not have to report the incident to the state Bar Examiners. The student should consult the applicable state’s Bar application website for more information.
4. Disciplinary Hearing.
a. Preliminary Matters.
i. The Chairman of the Student Ethics Committee and the President of the Student Bar Association shall appoint the Disciplinary Hearing Committee consisting of five (5) members: three (3) law student members and two (2) faculty members. One member will be appointed to serve as Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing.
ii. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs shall set forth in writing the grounds of the complaint against the student and shall furnish a copy of the written complaint to the Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing.
iii. The Chairman of the Disciplinary Hearing shall designate the time and place for a hearing. The hearing shall be conducted de novo and the findings of the Preliminary Hearing Committee should not be considered binding on the Disciplinary Hearing Committee’s findings and recommendations.
iv. The Chairman of the Disciplinary Hearing shall provide the student with a copy of the written complaint. The Chairman of the Disciplinary Hearing shall prepare a notice containing the following information: (a) the time and place of the hearing; and (b) the date for furnishing the information described in paragraph 4.a.v. The notice shall be furnished to the student and to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
v. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the student shall furnish to each other and to the Chairman of the Disciplinary Hearing (a) a list of the names and addresses of witnesses whose testimony should be heard by the Disciplinary Hearing Committee; (b) a brief statement describing the substance of the testimony of each witness; (c) any documentary evidence which should be considered at the hearing; and (d) the name of any person designated to assist him or her during the hearing.
vi. The following may be present at the hearing: members of the Disciplinary Hearing Committee, the student, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, persons designated to assist during the hearing, the witness under examination, and any person authorized by the Disciplinary Hearing Committee to record the proceedings. At the request of the student, the Disciplinary Hearing Committee may permit such other persons as it deems appropriate to be present during the hearing.
b. Opening Procedures.
i. A statement of the charges shall be read to the student and he/she will be asked if he/she understands said charges.
ii. The Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing shall determine whether there are any facts which may be agreed upon and the order in which the witnesses shall be heard. If both the Disciplinary Hearing Committee and student concur, the findings of the Preliminary Hearing may be used as stipulated facts.
c. Examination of Witnesses.
i. All witnesses whose names have been submitted and who are available will be asked to testify unless the Disciplinary Hearing Committee determines that their testimony would not assist in finding relevant facts or in making a recommendation as to the proper disposition of the case. The Committee may also ask witnesses to testify whose names have not been submitted by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the student. When practicable, notice of such witnesses shall be given to the student. The Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing shall notify all witnesses of the time and place of the hearing.
ii. The Disciplinary Hearing Committee may receive affidavits based upon personal knowledge addressing relevant facts upon a finding that the witness cannot conveniently attend the hearing. If the Committee feels that hearing the witness’s testimony is necessary to achieve a fair result and disposition, the Committee may ask the witness to appear to testify or, if the witness is unavailable, take whatever alternative steps it deems appropriate.
iii. Prior to hearing the testimony of a witness, the Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing shall ask the witness whether he or she will truthfully respond to all questions.
iv. The Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing will first examine the witness. The members of the Disciplinary Hearing Committee will next examine the witness. The Chairman may then permit the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (or the person designated to assist him) and the student (or the person designated to assist the student) to examine the witness. The order of examination may be varied by the Chairman in order to effectively present the testimony of the witness.
d. Examination of Evidence.
i. The Disciplinary Hearing Committee may receive any documentary evidence it deems helpful in fairly performing its duty.
ii. The Disciplinary Hearing Committee may consider any reliable evidence which it deems helpful in fairly performing its duty. The Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing shall decide whether particular evidence should be heard and considered. His or her decision may be overruled upon motion of a Committee member and by a majority of the Committee. A second to the motion to overrule is not required.
iii. If the Disciplinary Hearing Committee determines that additional evidence and/or testimony is required before a verdict can be reached, the Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing will inform the student and the Associate Dean that a continuance is needed. The Chair will then coordinate with the Associate Dean to obtain the evidence and/or testimony and notify the student when the hearing will resume.
e. Closing Procedures.
i. At the close of the hearing, the Disciplinary Hearing Committee shall allow the student (or person designated to assist him or her) and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (or person designated to assist him) the opportunity to make a closing statement.
ii. The student or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may request that the Disciplinary Hearing Committee vary its procedures or grant a continuance and, upon a showing of good cause for such, the committee shall, by majority vote, grant the request.
iii. At the close of the hearing, the Disciplinary Hearing Committee shall deliberate privately. The Committee will, by majority vote, make and deliver to the Law Dean (a) written findings of fact and conclusions concerning the complaint; and (b) written recommendations concerning the proper disposition of the case. Any concurring or dissenting views of a Committee member, including the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee, shall be included in the report.
f. Sanctions. If the Disciplinary Hearing Committee finds that by clear and convincing evidence the student committed a violation included in the complaint, the Committee may recommend any appropriate sanction or combination of sanctions. Sanctions include, but are not limited to recommending that the student be:
i. expelled from the Law Center indefinitely;
ii. expelled from the Law Center with a right to apply for readmission no sooner than a fixed date;
iii. suspended from the Law Center for a fixed period;
iv. publicly reprimanded by the Law Dean, with a copy of the public reprimand sent to the Louisiana State Bar Association;
v. denied course credit or assigned a grade of 1.3 in a course if the violation involved the student’s conduct in a course.
5. Actions by the Law Dean.
a. The Law Dean shall advise the student of the recommendations of the Disciplinary Hearing Committee and allow him/her a reasonable opportunity to respond in writing before imposing a sanction.
b. Determination of the sanction shall be at the discretion of the Law Dean. In arriving at the sanction, the Law Dean shall consult with the Disciplinary Hearing Committee. Modification of a sanction shall be done only after consultation with the Committee.
c. Upon the imposition of a sanction by the Law Dean, an announcement shall be placed on the bulletin boards of the Law Center to the effect that: “A student has been found guilty of a violation of the Code of Student Professional Responsibility in that he or she committed (name the offense). The student has been (name the sanction).” The student’s name shall be withheld unless the Law Dean determines that a public sanction is in order.
d. The Law Dean, with or without a recommendation of the Disciplinary Hearing Committee, may communicate the results of the proceedings to witnesses, faculty or other interested parties if he determines it is in the best interests of the Law Center or the legal profession.
The Law Center recognizes two forms of student complaints: formal and informal. The Law Center recognizes two categories of student complaints: those regarding academic matters and those regarding non-academic matters. Further, the Law Center recognizes that some complaints are governed by other policies and procedures promulgated by LSU A&M or by the Dean of the Law Center. For example, routine complaints concerning grades are governed by the policy on grade grievances set forth in the current LSU Law Catalog. Complaints regarding matters falling within the scope of those policies must be handled in accordance with the procedures outlined in those policies. Complaints regarding matters not within the scope of those policies must be handled in accordance with the following procedures.
I. Formal and Informal Student Complaints
An informal complaint is a complaint, whether anonymous or not, made orally or in some written format other than the written format prescribed in this memorandum. Such complaints may be considered by the appropriate member of the Law Center administration. However, no formal response to the complaining student will be forthcoming nor will any record of the complaint be maintained unless the Dean directs otherwise.
A formal complaint is a complaint submitted in written form which conforms to and complies with the written form adopted in this policy. The written complaint shall contain a clear and concise statement of the essential facts establishing the complaint. The complaint shall be signed by the student making the complaint and shall identify the student and provide information enabling the Law Registrar to contact the student. The written complaint shall be submitted to the Law Registrar, who shall promptly provide a copy of the complaint to the Dean. The Dean shall review all formal complaints and may take such action to investigate and dispose of the complaint as the Dean deems appropriate, including, without limitation, referring the complaint for investigation and/or recommended disposition to the appropriate committee or personnel responsible for supervision of the aspect of the Law Center program, policy, or personnel about which the complaint is filed. Following disposition, the Dean shall notify the Law Registrar of the disposition and the Law Registrar shall notify the student filing the formal complaint of the disposition.
A log reflecting the filing, referral, and disposition of all formal complaints shall be maintained by the Law Registrar.
II.. Procedures for Determination of Facts and Disposition of Formal Complaints
In addition to the factual statement submitted by the student making the complaint, the Dean and any Law Center personnel or committee charged with investigating and/or recommending disposition of the complaint shall consider any additional documentary material such as written statements, affidavits, or other documentary evidence submitted by the student or by the Law Center personnel responding to the allegations of the complaint. If necessary to achieve a fair disposition of the matter at issue, the Dean and/or any committee or personnel charged with investigating and/or recommending disposition of the complaint may hear oral statements of witnesses who are either identified by the student or the responding Law Center personnel or who are determined by the Dean or the investigating committee or personnel to have information bearing on the merits of the complaint.
III. Review of Disposition
The student who files a formal complaint may petition the Dean for review of any factual findings and recommended disposition of the student’s complaint if a committee or Law Center personnel are charged by the Dean with investigating and/or recommending disposition of the complaint. The petition to the Dean for review shall be filed within 10 days of the student’s receipt of notice of the recommended disposition of the complaint.
The petition for review shall set forth the factual basis for the complaint; any objection to any factual findings regarding the complaint and the factual basis for the objection; and the reason why the recommended disposition of the student’s complaint would be arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, or disproportionate.
The Dean may consider the merits of the petition for review if submitted in a timely fashion and may make such disposition of the petition for review as the Dean deems appropriate. If a petition for review is not submitted in a timely fashion, the Dean may decline to consider the petition or to grant any relief based on the petition.
If an LSU A&M policy or another LSU Law Center policy governs the review or disposition of the complaint, the Dean shall proceed in accordance with that policy.
An individual who uses the computing resources provided by Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University (“LSU”) should be aware of the following:
- LSU computing resources are defined as all LSU-supplied computers, and all publicly available networks, processors, peripherals and supplies under the administration of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, or LSU A & M’s Office of Computer Services, academic departments or colleges.
- Use of LSU computing resources is a privilege and not a right. As with all privileges, abuses will not be tolerated.
- An individual member of the LSU community, faculty, staff or student may be given access to one or more LSU computing resources, with or without the issuance of a logonid. If a logonid is issued, it will remain valid so long as the individual is associated with LSU.The proper use of a logonid is ultimately the responsibility of the individual under whose name it has been assigned.Therefore, guard your passwords and do not share your logonid.
- The use of another individual’s logonid without his/her express consent will be viewed as the stealing of LSU resources and as computer fraud.
- Inappropriate use of LSU computing resources or of the Internet or other networks to which LSU is directly or indirectly connected will be deemed abuse of computer privileges. Examples of inappropriate use include the installation of software in violation of copyright laws, participation in network activities that place a strain on limited computer resources including any type of network games, the sending or displaying of obscene or pornographic material, the sending of harassing messages to other individuals through a network, and the unauthorized access or attempted access of another network computer system from LSU computing resources. LSU may take the following action against an individual who abuses computer privileges or has gained unauthorized access to LSU computing resources:
- Access to LSU computing resources may be terminated.
- The logonid may be inactivated.
- The appropriate authorities (LSU, LSU A & M, state or federal) may be informed.
- Actions taken will depend on the severity of the computer abuse and may include disciplinary action against an employee or student. Privacy of Student Records (FERPA)
Law students intending to take their final examinations using the Exam4 software are expected to provide their own laptop computer. The Law Center does not have a sufficient number of lab computers openly available for usage during final examinations.
If a law student is prepared to take a final examination on his/her own computer but experiences a computer/software failure too close to the administration of the final examination to fix the problem or replace the laptop, as determined by the Law Center’s Information Technology (“IT”) Department, the student may use one of the 15 lab computers in the Law Library, Room L111.
To use a lab computer for a final examination, the student must first verify the computer or software failure with the IT department in Room 317 and also notify the Registrar’s Office so it is aware of the change. These computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis and availability is not guaranteed. Please make every effort to ensure your computer is in good working order well before the start of final examinations.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to the education records:
1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or other appropriate Law Center official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect.The official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the Law Center to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading.They should write the Law Center official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
If the Law Center decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the Law Center will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent the FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate education interests.All student’s educational records are open to the Dean and the Associate Deans. In addition, the following individuals are also Louisiana State University officials:
a. A person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position, including health and medical staff, teaching assistants, and student assistants.
b. A person appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
c. A person employed by or under contract to the University to perform a special task, such as a University attorney.
d. A person employed by the LSU Police Department. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official acts in the following capacities: performance of a task that is specified in his or her position description or contract agreement, related to a student’s education or to the discipline of a student; provision of a service or benefit relating to the student or the student’s family; or maintenance of the safety and security of the campus.
Upon request, the Law Center discloses educational records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll and agencies and offices administering financial aid.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures of Louisiana State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW,Washington, DC 20202-4605.
Copies of the University’s Policy Statement 30 concerning FERPA may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Student Records.
Directory information is defined as the student’s name, telephone listings, home, local, and email addresses, photograph; date and place of birth, major field of study and classification; activities and sports, weight and height (members of athletic teams); dates of attendance, degrees, awards and honors received; and the most recent educational institution attended by the student.
LSU maintains two directories that are available via the Web.The PAWS Directory is available to only LSU students, former students, faculty and staff (i.e., persons with a relationship with the University). Students’ address information is displayed on the PAWS Directory. Students have the option of suppressing some or all of their address information via their PAWS desk tops.
The Public Directory is available to the general public via the LSU home page. No student address information is presented on the Public Directory, unless students choose to have the information displayed. Students may opt to show information on the directory via PAWS.
The Law Center is committed to providing equal opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to disability in the recruitment of, students, and in the admission to, participation in, and employment in all its programs and activities pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and other related federal and state law.A copy of the Law Center’s Policy for Persons with Disabilities can be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Student Records.
The Law Center does not discriminate on the basis of disability in any academic program or activity and strives to integrate students with disabilities into the Law Center community to the fullest extent possible. Qualified applicants with disabilities will not be denied admission or subjected to discrimination in admission to or promotion in the Law Center on the basis of their disability.
The Law Center works with the LSU Office of Disability Services to provide services for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations and services should contact the LSU Office of Disability Services, 112 Johnston Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803; or call 578-5919. Specialized support services are based on the individual student’s disability-based need. Students must provide current documentation of their disabilities at the time services are requested. All requests and documentation are treated as confidential. Efforts will be made to develop and implement an appropriate reasonable accommodation plan that meets the student’s needs without imposing undue burden on the Law Center or altering its academic standards.
Students who need special accommodations on examinations must make those needs known to the LSU Office of Disability Services in writing each semester at least one month prior to the beginning of examinations.Although the foregoing is the deadline, students are encouraged to initiate the process early in a semester. It is possible that additional documentation, consultation, etc., may be necessary to substantiate the need for accommodation or to determine the appropriate accommodation. Such additional steps will require time, and students applying late in the semester are at risk of not having adequate time to complete those steps. The LSU Office of Disability Services will then contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and make a recommendation. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will make the final decision regarding accommodation and communicate that decision in writing to the students. In order to preserve the anonymity of the process, the student should not inform his or her professors about the request.
Students who have requested accommodations and who believe that such accommodations have been impermissibly denied, or who believe that they have been discriminated against on the basis of their disability, should report the matter to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs if the request was made of a faculty or staff member, and to the Dean if the request was made of the Associate Dean. The student may also request that, before deciding on the matter, the Dean refer the matter to a Faculty Committee which shall recommend to the Dean appropriate solution.
The Law Center shall not discriminate against any individual for filing a charge of discrimination, opposing any practice or act made unlawful by the ADA, or for participating in any proceeding under the ADA. In addition, the Law Center shall not coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any person in the exercise or enjoyment of his or her rights under the Act or because he or she aided or encouraged any other person in the exercise or enjoyment of rights under the ADA.
The Director of Student Affairs and Registrar (578-8646) is the ADA coordinator for all nonacademic affairs. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is the ADA coordinator for all academic affairs.
Smoking is not permitted in either of the Law Center buildings.
Note: The policies reproduced in the remaining pages of this catalog are the policies of Louisiana State University and A&M. They also apply to the Baton Rouge Campus of LSU A&M. They also apply to the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, except to the extent that they are incompatible with the autonomous status of the Law Center. See Policy Statements at website: http://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/policiesprocedures/policies-and-procedures/
Effective for the Fall semester 2005 and thereafter, no student shall enroll for the first time without documentation of adequate immunization for or immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria, and tuberculin skin testing (see below*). Undergraduate students returning to LSU after an absence of a semester or more shall be considered to be enrolling for the first time for purposes of this policy. Graduate students returning to LSU after an absence of three semesters or more shall be considered to be enrolling for the first time for purposes of this policy. This policy excludes students matriculating only in off-campus or continuing education/extension courses and degree only candidates. Exemptions from immunization requirements are permitted for medical, religious, or other personal reasons.
*Tuberculin skin testing is required for all students belonging to groups at high risk for TB infection or disease. Categories of high risk students rare listed on the LSU immunization form and include students who have lived in a county other than a list which includes the United States, students taking immunosuppressive medications such as prednisone, and those who have resided, worked or volunteered in a prison, homeless shelter, hospital, nursing home, or other long-term treatment facility. Students born before January 1, 1957 are exempt from the requirement for proof of immunization for or immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. All students to whom this law applies are required to submit proof of immunizations, immunity or exemption to the Student Health Center after being admitted to the University. Failure to comply with Louisiana Law
R.S. 17:170; Schools of Higher Learning will cause a student to be ineligible to pay university fees and attend classes until the student complies. Classes may be purged if a student is not in compliance by established deadlines as promulgated by the Office of Admissions and Student Records. Requests for exemption because of medial reasons must be signed by a physician or other health care provider. Requests for waivers for exemption because of religions or other personal reasons may be signed by the student (or by a parent or legal guardian if the student is not yet 18 years of age).
Students who elect exemption from the immunization requirements for medical, religious, or other personal reasons and students who have not provided proof of adequate immunization or immunity for any other reason may, at the discretion of the Dean, be required to leave the campus in the event of an outbreak of measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, or tuberculosis on the campus and may be required to remain away from the campus has expired. An outbreak is defined as one case of measles and numbers of cases of mumps, rubella, and diphtheria as defined by the Louisiana State Health Officer. Students not immunized may avoid exclusion from the campus by obtaining immunization and furnishing proof thereof.
Please visit the Student Health Center, corner of West Chimes and Infirmary Road, the website at http://www.shc.lsu.edu/, or call 225/578-6271, if additional information is needed
The Paul M. Hebert Law Center reaffirms and emphasizes its commitment to provide an academic and work environment free from sexual and other unlawful harassment. The intent of this policy is to express the Law Center’s commitment to protect its employees and students from such harassment and from retaliation for participating in harassment complaints. It is not intended to infringe upon constitutionally guaranteed rights nor upon academic freedom. In considering allegations of harassment, the Law Center must be concerned with the rights of both the complainant and the accused.
The Law Center will take appropriate disciplinary or other corrective action in all substantiated cases of harassment. Under appropriate circumstances, the Law Center will also take reasonable steps to protect its employees and students from harassment by individuals who are not employees or students of the Law Center.
Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful sexual discrimination. It is defined as speech or conduct of a sexually discriminatory nature, which was neither welcomed nor encouraged, that would be so offensive to a reasonable person so as to create an abusive working or learning environment or impair his/her performance on the job or in the classroom.
Sexual harassment may involve unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or gender based nature when:
1.Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic progress or status;
2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions;
3. Such advances, requests or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating a hostile or offensive work or academic environment.
Other harassment is defined by analogy to sexual harassment, and means speech or conduct of an unlawfully discriminatory nature, which was neither welcomed nor encouraged, that would be so offensive to a reasonable person so as to create an abusive working or learning environment or impair his/her performance on the job or in the classroom.
Any member of the Law Center community who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual or other unlawful harassment should report the conduct so that the Law Center may address the matter. Reports may be addressed to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, to the Registrar, or to the Director of Human Resources. No student or employee is required to report or make a complaint of harassment to the person who is engaging in the conduct that is the subject of the complaint.
The Law Center will address all complaints. If informal means of resolving the complaint seem appropriate, and the person making the complaint agrees, informal means will be tried first.
However, if informal procedures are insufficient to resolve the complaint, the Law Center will proceed to an investigation of the complaint in accordance with the procedures provided in the Law Center’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.
Every effort will be made to keep all complaints confidential. Only those with a need to know will be informed about the complaint. If an investigation is conducted, the complainant and the subject of the complaint will be notified of the final decision.
No employee or student will be subjected to discrimination or retaliation for making a complaint or otherwise requesting relief under this policy, or for participating in the investigation of any such complaint or request for relief.
For current information, please check the LSU website.