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4.4 Reinstatement (By Petition)

Students who are disqualified may petition the Academic Appeals Committee of the Faculty for reinstatement, which may be granted pursuant to the following criteria and conditions, unless the inability to do satisfactory work is sufficiently manifest that reinstatement would inculcate false hopes, constitute economic exploitation or deleteriously affect the education of other students.

  1. Criteria
    1. Within Two Years of Disqualification

      Petitions for reinstatement in the two years following disqualification will be granted only if in the judgment of the Academic Appeals Committee of the Faculty the student makes an affirmative showing that the student possesses the requisite ability and capacity to complete his or her studies at this school, and that exceptional circumstances prevented the student from demonstrating such ability and capacity. Factors such as an over-commitment to extracurricular activities will not be considered "exceptional circumstances."

    2. Two Years or More After Disqualification

      Petitions for reinstatement two or more years after disqualification may be granted in the discretion of the Academic Appeals Committee of the Faculty if, in its judgment, the nature of the student's work, activities or studies during the interim indicate a substantially stronger potential for law study and success in completion of his or her studies at this school. Petitions must include a detailed description of the student's work, activities, and studies since disqualification.

    3. Subsequent Disqualification

      No petition for reinstatement will be considered if a student is academically disqualified for a second time at any time after initial reinstatement, except that students disqualified at the end of their sixth or final semester may petition the Academic Appeals Committee of the Faculty for permission to return for one or more additional semesters of study to complete requirements for graduation.

  2. Conditions of Reinstatement by Petition

    If the Academic Appeals Committee of the Faculty grants a petition for reinstatement, it may in its discretion impose any conditions reasonably related to the student's academic performance. Petitions will rarely be granted without imposition of conditions. Conditions that may be imposed include the following:

    1. Repetition of any or all courses in which the student received a grade of C- or below, or a grade of Unsatisfactory.
    2. Repetition of the entire first-year curriculum. This condition is mandatory if a student is disqualified at the end of the second semester.
    3. Any other conditions reasonably relevant to the perceived situation that produced the disqualification or to rectification of the student's academic position.
  3. Petitions

    Petitions for reinstatement after disqualification in the spring semester must be filed in the dean's office no later than 20 days after the date of written notification of disqualification. Petitions for reinstatement after disqualification in the fall semester shall be filed within 10 days of the date of written notification of disqualification. Petitions should include a statement of facts demonstrating that the student meets the criteria set forth in 4.4A, and a statement of any conditions the student believes should be imposed under 4.4B, particularly as to any courses the student wishes to repeat.

  4. Hearings
    1. Reinstatement petitions will be heard by the Academic Appeals Committee of the Faculty. The committee will schedule a hearing on a petition as soon as is practicable after receipt of the petition. Students are entitled to appear before the committee and may be accompanied by a representative. Determinations of the committee are by majority vote. The dean who is the committee chair, shall not have a vote. Decisions of the committee are not appealable.
    2. Students may ask to remove up to two members of the committee without stating a reason.