Cardozo School of Law is interested in hearing about any student concerns. Students are always welcome to approach any member of the Law School community directly for assistance. 

If unsure where to go, students can speak with a member of the Office of Student Services and Advising (by stopping by Rm 1043, emailing, or calling 212.790.0429) for further direction.

In instances where a student has a concern about a significant problem that directly implicates the school’s program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA’s Accreditation Standards, see, that student should file a written complaint with the Vice Dean or the Dean of Students. The written complaint must identify the problem in sufficient detail, including the specific Accreditation Standard(s) at issue, to permit the investigation of the matter, and must be signed and dated by the student. The signed written statement must also include the student’s contact information: name, official law school email address, phone number and mailing address. The signed, dated statement may be delivered as a hard copy, or may be scanned and delivered via email.

Once a written complaint is submitted, the Law School will respond to the student as soon as possible, but no later than twenty (20) business days after the signed, written statement is received by the Vice Dean or the Dean of Students. The student will be advised, either orally or in writing, of any course of action that it is being taken by the Law School in response to the complaint, or, in the alternative, the reason that the Law School has concluded that the concern is already adequately addressed. 

Within twenty (20) business days of issuance of the Law School’s response to the student, the student may appeal that decision to the Dean of the Law School. The decision of the Dean shall be final.

The Law School will maintain a written record of the complaint and how it was addressed in the Office of the Dean until the subsequent re-accreditation review by the ABA. Such reviews occur every seven years.

The Law School will 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.

This policy does not exclude jurisdiction under other Law School policies. Where other relevant rules, including but not limited to those pertaining to incidents of sexual harassment, violations of technology regulations, and complaints under the Disciplinary Code apply, such rules will continue to apply.