5. General Regulations



Each person whose registration has been completed will be considered a student of the University during the term for which he or she is registered unless the connection with the University is officially severed by withdrawal or otherwise. No student registered in any school or college of the University shall at the same time be registered in any other school or college either of Columbia University or of any other institution without the specific authorization of the Dean of the school or college of the University in which he or she is first registered.

The privileges of the University are not available to any student until registration has been completed. Since, under the University statutes, payment of fees is part of registration, no student’s registration is complete until fees have been paid. No student is permitted to attend any University course for which he or she is not officially registered unless auditing privileges have been granted. No student may register after the stated period without the written consent of the Dean of Registration Services.

The continuance of each student upon the rolls of the University, the receipt of academic credits, graduation, and the conferring of any degree or the granting of any certificate are strictly subject to the disciplinary powers of the University.

5.3.1 Regular attendance is expected of every student, whether he or she is a degree candidate or a special student, at all meetings of the courses in which he or she is registered. A student may be excluded from the examination in any course by the instructor in charge if he or she has not registered for and regularly attended the course.

5.3.2 Adequate preparation of assignments, and informed participation in class discussion, are expected of every student. In the absence of prior communication of a valid excuse to the instructor, a student may be excluded by the instructor from the class for which he or she is unprepared, and if he or she is unprepared on more than one occasion, he or she may be excluded from the examination in the course. The quality of a student’s preparation, and of the participation in class discussion, may be considered by the instructor, without special notice, in determining the student’s grade in the course.

5.3.3 Pursuant to Standard 310 of the American Bar Association’s Standards for Approval of Law Schools, students should typically expect to conduct at least 120 minutes of out-of-class work per week for every hour of class time unless otherwise guided by the instructor.

5.3.4 Video or audio recordings are not permitted to be made during classroom lectures except with the approval of the instructor.

Behavior in every academic exercise is expected to be consistent with general attentiveness. Suitable attire is expected; casual clothing is appropriate for most occasions. In classrooms, eating, drinking, and smoking are prohibited.

Any student who has completed one term of residence in the Law School and who is in good academic standing may apply in writing to the Dean of Students for a leave of absence. In the case of a serious medical issue, students can apply for a leave of absence prior to completing one term of residence. The student should state the reasons for the leave of absence and the date of expected return to the Law School. Such applications will normally be granted for a period not to exceed two years. In the case of a student under disciplinary sanction or charged with a breach of discipline in a pending proceeding, the Dean shall attach such conditions to the leave of absence as may be appropriate to ensure that the student may not avoid such sanction or submission to such proceeding. Unless otherwise specified, a student who is granted a leave of absence may return to the Law School at or before the end of such leave without making formal application for readmission.

Any student may request permission to withdraw from the Law School by applying to the Dean of Students in writing. Upon approval by the Dean, the student must notify the Registrar of his or her withdrawal in writing. Any student who withdraws or fails to register without being granted a leave of absence may return to the Law School only upon a formal application for readmission.

Failure to attend classes or unofficial notification of instructors does not constitute formal withdrawal and will result in Failing grades in all courses.

Blanks for the registration of student organizations, other than those for which the responsibility is assumed by a faculty or department of instruction, may be obtained at the room assignment desk in the Office of the University Registrar.

Such student organizations come under the jurisdiction of the Student Affairs Committee of the University Senate. They may be granted the privilege of the use of names in which the name of the University is embodied or suggested and the use of University rooms or grounds for meetings and bulletin boards for announcements, only if they have filed the registration blank. On this form, the organization must furnish the committee with lists of officers and other executive members, statement of purposes, copies of constitution and by-laws, and information concerning the nature of any affiliation or connection with non-university organizations.