Law School policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy/childbirth, marital status, genetic information, disability, religion, political affiliation, military status, ethnicity, or national origin. Race discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles. Gender discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or childbirth. This policy extends to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities, including admissions, employment, and financial assistance, as is required by law, including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, the Virginia Human Rights Act, and regulations there under.
As an employer and institution of higher learning, the Appalachian School of Law seeks to discharge its legal responsibilities and serve its diverse and talented community through fair and responsible application of its policies. These policies express institutional values and carry out the mandates of state and federal law.
This institution does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy/childbirth, marital status, genetic information, disability, religion, political affiliation, military status, ethnicity, or national origin. Race discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.
In accordance with the requirement of 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Appalachian School of Law will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. The Appalachian School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Dept. of Education, the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
See the Student Catalog for the Law School’s full policy on Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.
Name: Laura E. Wilson
Title: Chief Academic Officer
Address: 1169 Edgewater Drive, Grundy, VA 24614
Phone: (276) 244-1226
The Appalachian School of Law, upon completion of its program, grants a Juris Doctor degree. As a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, a Juris Doctor from the Appalachian School of Law is sufficient to meet the degree educational requirements for licensure as an attorney at law in all 50 states. Each state, in addition to a bar examination may, however, have additional requirements, educational or otherwise, beyond the Juris Doctor degree to become a licensed attorney. Current and prospective students should research the requirements for licensure as an attorney in each state in which they intend to practice prior to beginning their studies.
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The health, safety, and well-being of all members of the Appalachian School of Law (“School”) community are the School’s primary concerns. In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act/Campus Sexual Violence Act (“Campus SaVE Act”), and other applicable state, federal and local laws, the Law School is committed to maintaining a community free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct. In accordance with Title IX, the School does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Sexual misconduct includes a broad range of behaviors that will not be tolerated in the School’s education programs or activities. The School strictly prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence, including the offenses of sexual assault, sexual coercion, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Sexual misconduct can occur between strangers, acquaintances, or people who know each other well, including those who are involved in an intimate or sexual relationship, and can be committed by anyone regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity. The School does not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct.
Questions regarding Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act may be referred to the School’s Title IX Coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
Address: 1169 Edgewater Drive; Grundy. VA 24614
Phone: (276) 244-1228
The Drug-Free Schools and Community Act (DFSCA) of 1989 (Public Law 101-226, 20 U.S.C. § 1011) requires institutions of higher education receiving Federal funding to certify to the Secretary of Education they have developed and implemented a drug and alcohol abuse education and prevention program (DAAPP) to prevent the unlawful possession, use, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by all employees and students as part of any of its activities or on school properties.
The campus community, including all employees and all students enrolled in any course(s) for which academic credit may be earned, must receive written notification regarding the DAAPP. Information to be shared includes:
As a requirement of the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Regulations [EDGAR Part 86], Appalachian School of Law will disseminate policy/information to all students and employees on a semiannual basis. This process is formally conducted by disseminating an email to the entire campus community after the “add” date for classes each semester.
An additional DFSCA requirement is the completion of a biennial review of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) programs and policies to determine program effectiveness and consistency of policy enforcement and to identify and implement any changes needed to either. Each review covers the previous two academic years.