Dean Lawrence Sager of the School of Law has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed changes to the minimum standards in the Law School Catalog, 2010-2012
. The faculty and the dean of the college approved the changes on November 11, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as exclusive interest to one college or school.
The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review approved the proposal at its meeting on January 11, 2010, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the executive vice chancellor of academic affairs.
If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.
To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by January 19, 2010.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council
Distributed through the Faculty Council web site
on January 13, 2010.
NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Indicate pages in the law school catalog where changes will be made.
|| Students who receive a grade of F in a law school course will be placed on scholastic probation.
||Students who receive two grades of F in law school courses in one semester will be dropped from the law school for failure.
|| Students who receive three grades of F in law school courses during their law school career will be dropped from the law school for failure.
GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
Since the grading scale adjustment at the law school in 2003, the ability to officially monitor or otherwise discipline underperforming students at the law school has been drastically reduced. The implementation of the new policy will help the law school achieve two important objectives:
|| The law school, through the proposed scholastic probation, will be able to officially supervise and offer assistance to struggling students.
||Law, as a profession, demands high and exacting standards from its members, and the law school must model these high standards. Students who cannot complete their course of study at the law school under the policy changes indicated above have not demonstrated the ability to perform to such standards and should be dropped from the law school for failure.