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Denial of Credit

Under certain circumstances, a student may be denied credit for a course or for courses in which he or she has been enrolled.

Lack of Bona Fide Effort

A student who fails to complete or who, in the written opinion of the instructor, evidences the lack of bona fide effort to complete the requirements of a course in which he or she is enrolled shall receive a grade of “Fail (No Credit)” in such course and shall not receive credit for the completion of such course toward the requirements for graduation.

Prolonged and Pervasive Absence

When it appears from prolonged and pervasive absence from classes that a student is not in substantial compliance with the requirements of full-time attendance at the Law School, the Dean of Students may, on notice to such student, charge him or her with failure to meet that requirement. The charge shall be heard by the Committee on Academic Standing, which shall determine whether, by reason of unjustifiable prolonged and pervasive absence, the student has failed to maintain full-time attendance at the Law School. If the Committee upholds the charge, the student shall not receive credit for the semester or semesters involved.

Conditions of Attendance

If a student registered in any course appears not to be in regular attendance, the faculty member involved may, by notice to the student, establish specific future conditions of attendance. The student may seek review of the reasonableness of the future conditions by the Committee on Academic Standing. If the student thereafter unreasonably fails to meet these conditions, the faculty member may deny the student credit for the course and award the grade of "Fail (No Credit)" or require the student to drop the course. This decision may be postponed until after the student's examination is anonymously graded, but if it is so postponed the faculty member shall take the grade into account in deciding whether credit should be denied and the reasonableness of a decision to deny credit shall be reviewable by the Committee on Academic Standing on appeal by the student.

Violation of Announced Specific Requirements

Any faculty member may establish an attendance requirement in a second or third year elective. Written notice of this requirement shall be given no later than the first meeting of the class. The most practical places for announcing such a requirement are on the course portal and in the course registration materials. If a student's attendance fails to satisfy this requirement, the faculty member shall, prior to initiating any proceeding under this section, attempt to adjust the problem through informal discussion with the student. Should such attempts be unsuccessful, the faculty member may seek to deny the student credit for the course and award the grade of "Fail (No Credit)" or require the student to drop the course. The student in question may, by appealing to the Committee on Academic Standing, seek review of the accuracy of the faculty member's belief that he or she has failed to comply with the requirements in question, and of the reasonableness of the attendance requirement and of the student's actions, but review shall not extend to the appropriateness of the sanction. The decision of the faculty member may be postponed until after the student's examination is anonymously graded, but if it is so postponed the faculty member shall take the grade into account in deciding whether credit should be denied and the reasonableness of a decision to deny credit shall be reviewable by the Committee on Academic Standing on appeal by the student.

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