» Complaints About Compliance with ABA Standards

As an ABA-accredited law school, Chapman University Fowler School of Law is subject to the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools.  The Standards may be found at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/standards.html.

Filing a Complaint

Any student at the law school who wishes to bring a formal complaint to the Administration of the law school of a significant problem that directly implicates the school’s program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA Standards should take the following steps:

  1. Submit a complaint in writing to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Administration. 
  2. The writing should describe in detail the behavior, program, process, or other matter that is the subject of the complaint, and demonstrate how it implicates the law school’s program of legal education and its compliance with a specific, identified ABA Standard.
  3. The writing must provide the name of the student submitting the complaint, the student’s official Chapman e-mail address, and the student’s street address for further communication about the complaint.

Procedure for Addressing Complaints

  1. The Associate Dean to whom the complaint is submitted will acknowledge the complaint within three business days of receipt of the written complaint.  Acknowledgment may be made by e-mail, U.S. mail, or by personal delivery
  2. Within three weeks of acknowledgment of the complaint, the Associate Dean, or his/her designee, shall either meet with the complaining student, or respond to the substance of the complaint in writing.  In this meeting or in this writing, the student should either receive a substantive response to the complaint, or information about what steps are being taken by the law school to address the complaint or further investigate the complaint.  If further investigation is needed, when the investigation is completed the student shall be provided either a substantive response to the complaint or information about what steps are being taken by the law school to address the complaint within two weeks after completion of the investigation.

Appeal Process

  1. Appeals may be taken to the Dean of the law school.  The appeal must be submitted in writing to the Dean within two weeks after communication by the Associate Dean to the student of the substantive response to the student.
  2. The Dean shall respond to the appeal within 30 days of the Dean’s receipt of the written appeal.
  3. Any decision made on appeal by the Dean shall be final.

Maintaining a Written Record of the Complaint

A copy of the complaint and a summary of the process and resolution of the complaint shall be kept in the office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration from the date of the final resolution of the complaint through the date of the law school’s subsequent accreditation period.

Protection Against Retaliation

The law school shall 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.