Academic Handbook

OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
2016 ACADEMIC HANDBOOK

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The individual chapters of our Academic Handbook appear online so that we may update them continuously.  Links to the chapters appear below, plus some important notices.

This PDF gives you all of the chapters as of July 1, 2016 integrated into one continuous text.  Be sure to check the individual chapters on our website for later versions. You’ll know whether a chapter on our website is a later version by the date in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of the chapter.

  1. Requirements for the JD Degree (click on “Requirements for the JD Degree PDF”)
  2. Requirements for the Degree of Master of Laws (LLM) in American Law (click on “Requirements for the LLM Degree PDF”)
  3. Academic Standards and Regulations (click on “Academic Standards and Regulations PDF”)
  4. Certificate Programs (click on “Certificate Programs PDF”)
  5. Guidelines for the Upper-Class Writing Requirement (click on “Guidelines for the Upper-Class Writing Requirement PDF”)
  6. Course Descriptions (click on the “Course Descriptions PDF”)
  7. JD/MBA Joint Degree Program (click on “Joint JD/MBA Program PDF”)
  8. JD/MA Joint Degree Program in Law and Nonprofits (click on “Joint JD/MA Program in Law and Nonprofits PDF”)
  9. School of Law Student Conduct Code

IMPORTANT NOTICES

           Nondiscrimination and Special Accommodations. Oklahoma City University is fully committed to providing its students, faculty, staff, guests, and visitors an environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, retaliation, exploitation, or violence based on sex (gender), race, age, ancestry, color, disability, genetic history, national origin, marital status, medical condition, religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, parenting status, or status as a veteran.  Particularly with regard to sexual misconduct, harassment, and discrimination, the University is committed to compliance with Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972, which protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal finance assistance.

Title IX states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The University has a designated Compliance Coordinator who is responsible for ensuring the University’s compliance with Title IX and addressing complaints under the University’s policy. Ms. Joey Croslin, Chief Human Resources Officer, is the Compliance Coordinator for the University.  If you need more information about the University’s policy or title IX or the process for initiating a complaint, see the University’s Policy Concerning Actions that Constitute Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Violence, and/or Retaliation.

The university’s General Counsel, its Chief Human Resources Officer, and its Vice President for Student Services coordinate the university’s compliance with Titles VI, VII, and IX of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title II of the ADA, and the ADEA.

Oklahoma City University School of Law complies with the nondiscrimination provisions of federal law and the nondiscrimination standards of the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools.  This includes, but is not limited to, nondiscrimination in admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services.

In particular, the School of Law provides its students and graduates with equal opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.  In furtherance of this policy, the School of Law communicates to each employer to whom it furnishes assistance and facilities for interviewing and other placement functions the school’s firm expectation that the employer will observe this principle of equal opportunity.

In the School of Law, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is the liaison for special accommodations.  Requests for special accommodations under the ADA are evaluated in the School of Law by the school’s Special Accommodations Committee.  Law students who believe they need special accommodations should notify the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who can provide further information about procedures for requesting special accommodations.  The student will be required to furnish adequate documentation as specified by the committee.  The deadlines for requests for special accommodations are given in the Student Disability Services Brochure, available on the law school’s website and from the law school’s Registrar’s Office.  Continuing students should be aware that some of the deadlines occur prior to the start of a semester.

Your Rights Under FERPA.  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives you certain rights with respect to your educational records.  Those rights are:  the right to inspect and review your educational records; the right to request the amendment of your educational records to ensure they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of your privacy or other rights; the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in your educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent; the right to file with the US Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by Oklahoma City University to comply with the requirements of FERPA; and the right to obtain a copy of the university’s student records policy.  A copy of the policy may be obtained from the Office of the Provost.

Notice of Changes in Rules and Regulations. From time to time, the university and the law school change their rules, regulations, and procedures.  Those changes apply to you as they are made.  Check your OCU student e-mail account and consult the law school’s and university’s websites frequently to be sure that you are using the current version of rules, regulations, and procedures.  This handbook does not constitute a contract between you and either the university or the law school.

Notice of Non-Reliance on Law School Staff. Although the staff of the School of Law will try to answer your questions, any erroneous information or interpretation give by them will not excuse your obligation to study and comply with the School of Law’s rules and regulations yourself, nor will such erroneous information or interpretation lessen the penalties for a violation.  If you have questions about the interpretation of the School of Law’s rules and regulations after you have studied them, please consult the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Notice of Email as Exclusive Means of Communication.  As required by university policy, all communications from the School of Law to you will be to your OCU student e-mail account only.  You are responsible for checking your OCU student e-mail account and for cleaning out the account regularly so that e-mails are not returned because your account is full.

Media Consent.  Oklahoma City University follows the common practice of using photographs, videotapes, and other media containing the likeness of its students, faculty, and staff for editorial, advertising, and trade purposes in promoting the best interests of the university.  Any student who prefers not to be photographed should so indicate on the release form provided by the School of Law.  It is the student’s responsibility to update the release form if the student’s preference changes.

Archive of Academic Handbooks:

2010 Academic Handbook

2011 Academic Handbook

2012 Academic Handbook

2013 Academic Handbook

2014 Academic Handbook

2015 Academic Handbook

2016 Academic Handbook

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