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Institutional Policies and Procedures

Consortium for Innovative Legal Education (CILE) Sponsored Programs & Visit-Out Policies

Opting Out of Student Directory Information

Policy of Nondiscrimination

Policy Regarding Academically Dismissed Students Enrolled In Summer Study

Regular and Punctual Class Attendance

Reservation of the Right to Modify

Student Identification Numbers

Student Mailings – U.S. Mail and E-mail

Consortium for Innovative Legal Education (CILE) Sponsored Programs Policy

New England Law students taking CILE (Consortium for Innovative Legal Education) sponsored summer programs in: Prague, Edinburgh/ London, Galway, Malta, and Santiago, or semester-long programs in the Netherlands and Denmark should be aware that for all ABA-accredited, CILE-sponsored programs, letter grades (if given by the program) and credits for courses taken will be transferred to the student’s New England Law transcript. In addition, the grades will be counted towards the student’s cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA), provided the program gives letter grades.

Consortium for Innovative Legal Education (CILE) Visit-Out Policy

A New England Law | Boston student may be a visiting student for a semester or a year at one of the other law schools in the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education, Inc. (which includes New England Law | Boston, California Western School of Law, South Texas College of Law/ Houston and Mitchell | Hamline School of Law), provided that the visit has been approved by the Director of Student Services and that the student meets all other requirements for visiting.  Limits on courses that may be taken and on the number of credits that will be transferred are determined by the Director of Student Services.  Complete details are available from the Office of the Dean.  Aside from this program, New England Law permits only six credits for courses taken at other law schools. [Back to top.]

“Opting Out” of Student Directory Information

There are occasions when New England Law | Boston releases student directory information to outside organizations.  The organizations are education, government, legal, or law school related entities.  In addition, student directory information can be made available internally to other students via the “Student Webmail” e-mail system, and other avenues.  Student directory information consists of name, address, e-mail, phone number, date and place of birth, field of study, enrollment status (full-time, part-time, graduate), degree and awards received and dates of attendance.  Once each year, New England Law | Boston offers students the opportunity to “opt out” of being listed in the school directory.  All New England Law students are sent a mailing early in the school year which allows them to request that the Law School not list their name and e-mail address in the “Student Webmail” address book, nor make any student directory information available unless required by law.  [Back to top.]

Policy of Nondiscrimination  

It is the policy of New England Law | Boston to provide equality of opportunity in legal education for all persons, including faculty, other employees, applicants for admission, enrolled students, and graduates, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender (including identity and expression), age, handicap or disability, or sexual orientation. The law school complies with all applicable federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws, including Title IX. Please contact the Director of Student Services at 154 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116 (617-422-7401), with any inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy.  [Back to top.]

Policy Regarding Academically Dismissed Students Enrolled In Summer Study

No credit will be awarded and no grades will be recorded on a transcript for summer school study for a student who has been academically dismissed. If academically dismissed, students are no longer eligible for Federal loan funds.  Any Federal loan funds that have been disbursed for summer study will need to be returned to the Department of Education in full.  It is possible that the return of summer funding will result in a balance owed to New England Law | Boston due to any excess funds issued to students in the form of a refund check.  Students who are academically dismissed for grades earned in a prior semester will be responsible for all Federal loans borrowed and charges incurred including full tuition and fees.  [Back to top.]

New England Law | Boston Summer School

A dismissed student will be immediately removed from any summer class in which he or she is enrolled.  He or she will receive a refund on tuition paid for New England Law summer school study only.  Any summer tuition payments already made will be returned, subject to any obligation to repay a lending institution.   It is possible that a student may owe the school some money after such a tuition refund due to the fact that the school is obligated to return Federal funds that may have been issued to the student for living expenses.  [Back to top.]

CILE Summer Study Abroad Programs

Any student who is enrolled in a CILE Summer Study Abroad program and is academically dismissed must immediately withdraw from the program.  Each CILE program will be notified of a student’s dismissal, if that student is enrolled in its program.  Students who are enrolled in CILE summer programs should contact the school responsible for the program to inquire about receiving a tuition refund.  Any summer program loan awards that have been disbursed will be returned in full to the lending institution.  It is possible that a student may owe the school some money due to the fact that the school is obligated to return Federal funds issued to the student for living expenses and/or tuition.  [Back to top.]

Other ABA Accredited Law Schools

If a dismissed student is attending a summer study program sponsored by any other ABA accredited law school, he or she should immediately withdraw from the program in which he or she is enrolled.  Students enrolled in summer study programs sponsored by other schools should contact the sponsoring institution(s) to inquire about receiving a tuition refund.  Any summer program loan awards that have been disbursed will be returned in full to the lending institution.  It is possible that a student may owe the school some money due to the fact that the school is obligated to return Federal funds issued to the student for living expenses and/or tuition.  [Back to top.]

Regular and Punctual Class Attendance

ABA Standard 304 requires regular and punctual class attendance. In order to comply with this standard, the law school requires that no student shall be absent from more than twenty (20) percent of regularly scheduled hours for any semester in any course, seminar or clinic. If the faculty member determines, after consultation with the student, that the student has failed to meet this standard, the faculty member shall provide written notice to the Dean's office or its designee, who shall instruct the Registrar to give the student in a required course the grade of "F" or, in any other course, the grade of "W". Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent a faculty member from applying a more stringent attendance policy if the faculty member has provided the class written notice of such policy before the end of the drop-add period.  [Back to top.]

Reservation of the Right to Modify

The information contained in New England Law | Boston print and online materials is descriptive in nature.  It does not constitute a contract between an applicant and/or a registrant and New England Law | Boston.  New England Law reserves the right to make any changes in the contents of these materials; the rules, regulations, and policies of New England Law; and/or the described course of study that it deems necessary or desirable.  Upon acceptance and registration, it is the responsibility of the student to familiarize himself or herself thoroughly with all the rules, regulations, and policies of New England Law.  [Back to top.]

Student Identification Numbers

New England Law students use a unique, random, database-created student ID number on all exams and quizzes, registration and add-drop forms, student request forms, etc.  Social Security Numbers are never used.  Student ID numbers are printed on the front of students’ permanent ID cards.  We strongly suggest that students commit this ID number to memory and also carry the ID card with them at all times.  Above all, do not share your ID number with anyone.  [Back to top.]

Student Mailings – U.S. Mail and E-mail

Every student is responsible for ensuring that the Office of the Registrar has a correct, current mailing address.  In addition, the administrative offices and the faculty will ONLY use New England Law | Boston student webmail addresses to communicate essential information to students. Students needing assistance setting up their e-mail accounts may contact the Help Desk at: (617) 422-7404 or (617) 947-7598.  The school acts on the assumption that students are receiving and aware of any information sent by student webmail.

It is a student’s responsibility to check New England Law | Boston webmail with sufficient regularity to be aware of any deadlines, time-sensitive or other significant information that may be sent.  New England Law does not forward messages from student webmail to other email accounts nor does it have the software to provide a rule to send messages to other accounts.  [Back to top.]