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College of Law Dates to Remember


Fall Term 2009

August 14-22 New student orientation
August 24 Classes begin
August 28 Add deadline
October 17 Withdraw deadline
October 30 Last day to apply for graduation
December 4 Last day of classes
December 9-22 Final Exams


Spring Term 2010

January 7 New students arrive
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Withdraw deadline
April 26 Last day of classes
April 29-May 12 Final Exams

Student Life at Loyola is based on the philosophy that education occurs in the context of total human development. Development of the whole person involves not only the intellectual development of the student but also the moral, social, cultural, and physical development of the individual. Programs and services exist which provide opportunities for this total educational experience.

Career Services Program

The mission of the Office of Career Services at the College of Law is to equip law students and alumni with the ability to define and achieve their career aspirations, and assess their interests and values. The office is staffed with licensed attorneys and legal recruitment professionals who have both law school and law firm experience.

Located in LS 402, the Career Services staff offers one-on-one counseling to assist students and alumni with local and out-of-state job searches.  Professional development programming, internships, recruitment programs, job fairs, networking events, mentoring programs, and other services are offered to educate law students and alumni regarding the methods of achieving career ambitions and employment options for those in possession of a Juris Doctor degree. By cultivating relationships with legal employers (e.g., the judiciary, private law firms, government agencies, legal services), alumni, local and national associations, and other members of the legal community, the Office of Career Services develops employment opportunities for law students and alumni.

Career Services maintains an interactive website at http://www.law.loyno.edu/career to inform students and alumni of current events, useful links, and job listings. 

Academic Counseling

For those students who need advice and counseling about their law program, the members of the faculty are available on a designated basis. The dean and associate deans will assist the student with scheduling courses and are available to discuss other problems that may arise in the academic year.

 

Academic Success Program

The College of Law Academic Success Program complements the law school curriculum to assist students in attaining academic success and is an integral part of Loyola Law School’s commitment to the academic achievement of all students. The Academic Success Program recognizes that students have diverse learning methods and backgrounds that affect their performance in law school. The program provides presentations, workshops, skills seminars and study groups on such topics as brief writing, test taking, issue spotting, essay writing, and time and stress management. The program also provides professional academic guidance and one-on-one tutorials to enhance studying, analysis, comprehension and writing. Individual meetings allow students to focus on their specific academic strengths and weaknesses to assess the best approach for achieving academic success. The Program is open to all students. Information about specific times and locations for activities and office hours will be posted on the web page and bulletin boards. The Academic Success Program office is located in Room 420.

Marie D. Tufts Director, Academic Success Program,Telephone (504) 861-5689 Room: 420, Email: mdtufts@loyno.edu.

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center (UCC), located on the main campus on the second floor of the Danna Student Center (room 208) provides personal counseling, psychiatric services and psychological assessments to all registered students. The UCC exists to assist students with meeting the varied challenges of community life at Loyola. Concerns for which students have sought services include adjustment issues, grief and loss, eating disorders, sexual violence, anxiety and depression. These services are offered free of charge and on a confidential basis in which the UCC records are maintained independently of all other university records. The UCC staff includes mental health professionals and a consulting psychiatrist who have been professionally trained in their areas of expertise. For more information about the University Counseling Center or to schedule an appointment, please call (504) 865-3835.

Student Housing

Cabra Hall, located on the Broadway campus adjacent to the College of Law, is a residence hall primarily housing undergraduate upperclass men and women. Law students may apply for housing in Cabra Hall, and every effort will be made to house law students in a suite with other law students. There are some spaces available for law students. There are no accommodations for married students on campus. The Office of Co-curricular Activities operates an active computerized apartment listing service for students seeking off-campus accommodations.

Requests for further information should be forwarded directly to the Office of Residential Life, following notification of acceptance to the College of Law.

Cabra Hall is a five-story residence with a capacity of housing 213 students. Each suite houses eight students in double occupancy rooms with a shared bath, living room, multi-purpose room, and an individual heating and air-conditioning control. Each room is furnished with two closets, two single beds, two chests of drawers, two desks, bulletin boards, computer network connection, basic cable service, and local telephone service with voice mail. Mail boxes, laundry facilities, study lounges, a computer room, television lounge, a community kitchen, and a sundeck are located within the residence hall. A limited food service facility is located immediately adjacent to Cabra Hall in the Broadway Activities Center. The main campus provides a full-service board program. A free shuttle service connects the Broadway and main campuses during posted hours.

Requests for further information and/or accommodations should be forwarded directly to the Office of Residential Life, following notification of acceptance to the College of Law. Reservations are confirmed only after receipt of a signed contract and a $100 application fee, of which $50 is refundable if the Office of Residential Life is notified of the cancellation in writing by July 1. The total application fee is credited as partial payment for the first semester room fee.
Housing contracts are for a full academic year (fall and spring semesters). A significant financial penalty is assessed for breaking the contract. Students residing in university housing are required to have adequate sickness and accident insurance coverage. Students without their own personal insurance coverage will be required to enroll in the university-sponsored insurance plan.

Campus Parking

Students may park on campus by purchasing a parking permit from the Loyola Express Card office located on the first floor of Biever Hall. Visitors may park in the Freret Street Parking Garage by paying an hourly rate or at a paid parking meter. Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours every day, weekends and holidays included. Please refer to the Loyola University parking and traffic regulations brochure, available at the Loyola Express Card office or Loyola University Police Headquarters, for a complete listing of parking regulations.For further information about on-campus parking, please contact the Loyola Express Card office at (504) 865-3000.

Commuter Services

The Office of Co-Curricular Activities serves the needs of Loyola University’s commuter students, which represent over 75 percent of the student population. The university recognizes its responsibility for responding to their unique needs.

Resources for commuter students including brochures, apartment listings, car pooling information, bus schedules, and programs are available in the Office of Co-Curricular Activities located in the Danna Student Center.

Student Health Services

Loyola’s Student Health Services is located on the main campus on the lower level of the Danna Student Center and hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:45pm.  Medical professionals administer a program of primary healthcare, medical assistance for illness/injury, and referral for emergency and/or specialty medical care to all registered students.  The primary goal for Student Health Services is to promote personal healthcare and healthy lifestyles.  Services provided include immunizations, allergy injections, intimate healthcare treatment, anonymous HIV testing, and a licensed in-house laboratory for various testing.  Treatment by medical professionals is provided at no charge to students and on a confidential basis as dictated by the medical code of ethics. Prescribed medicines, referrals to off-campus medical specialists, laboratory tests, and hospitalization are at the student’s expense.  For emergency medical assistance after-hours, residence hall students can utilize the Physician On-Call service at (504) 889-3352.  This service is available Monday-Friday, 5:00pm-8:00am and on weekends (excluding summer).  For more information about Student Health Services please call (504) 865-3326.

 

Immunization Policy

Loyola University New Orleans and Louisiana law requires all incoming students and students residing on campus to submit vaccination documentation.  This requirement includes proof of immunization for tetanus/diphtheria (within the past 10 years), meningococcal disease, and for students born after 1956, measles, mumps, and rubella (two doses). 

Registration for any course will be “temporary” until the completed proof of immunization compliance form has been submitted to Student Health Services by the student and reviewed by Student Health Services staff.  Failure to submit the completed form will result in a cancellation of classes.  This requirement can be met by providing evidence of prior vaccinations or being vaccinated at Student Health Services.  All vaccination forms can be found on the Student Health Services website.

Health Insurance

Loyola University cannot assume responsibility for health care costs incurred by students at other medical facilities and through off-campus physicians.  It is imperative that all students have adequate health insurance.  The Student Health Insurance Plan is available to all students at Loyola University and provides coverage to a student for 12 months at a cost of the yearly premium.  Residence hall students must furnish proof of comparable coverage with their housing contract or must purchase this insurance.  Housing space will not be assigned without insurance coverage.  All international students who are in non-immigrant status must purchase this insurance or show proof of comparable coverage for approval by the Director of the Center for International Education.

Information and premium rates for the Student Health Insurance Plan are sent to all students each summer by the insurance company. Pamphlets, enrollment applications and claim forms are available at Student Health Services.  For more information visit Student Health Services located on the main campus on the lower level of the Danna Student Center or call (504) 865-3326.

Identification Cards

Picture identification cards, known as Loyola Express Cards, are provided free to new students during the registration period. After class starts, all cards cost $15. Only one I.D. card is allowed per student. The cards are used for admittance to the Recreational Sports Complex, the residence halls, the parking garage, as well as serving as the card for students on a board plan and/or students who deposit funds for future food or bookstore purchases, vending purchases or laundry, campus events, and for other activities. They are required for use of campus library facilities.

Students must obtain their Loyola identification cards from the Loyola Express Card Office in the Danna Student Center., lower level. Students must have the cards on their persons at all times to present to university officials on demand. Loan of the card to anyone is prohibited. Use of another’s card subjects the user and the lender to a fine and/or disciplinary action. Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately to the Express Card office. There is a $15 charge for replacement cards. The cards are used for the full term of enrollment at Loyola. Law students’ cards must be validated at the beginning of each semester at either the Office of Student Records at the College of Law or the Express Card office on the main campus at (504) 865-3000. Cards must be validated at the beginning of each semester at Loyola's Parking/ID office located in university police headquarters in Biever Hall.

Student Organizations

Membership in student organizations provides opportunities for law students to achieve educational and professional relevance in non-class time activities. Through participation in law student organizations, students have the opportunity to integrate the experiences of the classroom with the concerns and issues of the legal profession. Of the more than 120 student organizations chartered by the university, approximately 25 are affiliated directly with the College of Law under the umbrella of the Student Bar Association. Please contact the Student Bar Association at (504) 861-5541.

Law students are also eligible for membership in non-law student organizations based upon personal interest and the membership criteria of the student organization.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association consists of elected members representing the four colleges and the College of Law. The SGA acts as the voice of the student body to the university. Through this body, students participate as members on most of the university committees in an effort to insure input in areas of student concern. The SGA sponsors programs and services as well as funding student organizations of the university. Meetings of the SGA are held once a week and are open to all students and members of the university community.

 

Center for International Education

WEBSITE: www.loyno.edu/cie/

The Center for International Education (CIE) at Loyola University New Orleans promotes the internationalization of the university by initiating, developing and supporting a wide range of international and intercultural educational opportunities for members of the Loyola community.CIE sponsors numerous cultural programs including International Education Week, the Country Fair, the Education Abroad Fair, and many others. Through these opportunities, CIE encourages students to develop an appreciation of other cultures and of their own, and to maximize their intercultural experience whether here at Loyola or on an education abroad program.

International Students

CIE provides innovative programs and services to the more than 200 international students currently enrolled at Loyola. International students include students with F-1 student, J-1 exchange visitor, or other nonimmigrant visas; students who are not citizens of the United States; students whose first language is not English; and students who do not reside within the continental United States. CIE helps these students adjust to life at Loyola and ensures that they are well integrated into the Loyola community. For non-immigrant F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors, CIE provides assistance for all immigration issues, particularly those related to SEVIS, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.

All non-immigrant F-1 students and J-1exchange visitors are required to have health insurance which includes medical evacuation, repatriation, and other requirements listed on the CIE website. Non-immigrant students will be billed for and enrolled in an international student health insurance plan, administered by The Lewer Agency, unless their insurance company completes an insurance waiver available at www.loyno.edu/cie/internationalstudents/prospectivestudents/ by the deadlines listed on the website.

Education Abroad

For students wanting an education abroad experience, the Center for International Education is the first stop with advising and information on both Loyola and non-Loyola programs, financial aid, and scholarships. A study abroad advisor along with experienced study abroad peer advisers works with students to help them find the right program that will meet their academic and personal goals, financial situation, and interests. Students must also meet with their academic adviser, the associate dean in their college, and the study abroad advisor in the CIE prior to applying to a non-Loyola study abroad program.

Numerous programs are available for Loyola students. There are semester and year-long programs, community service and immersion programs, components to academic courses, and summer study abroad. While the majority of students study abroad for short summer programs, a growing number of students are selecting semester or year-long programs. Students can attend both Loyola and non-Loyola programs, but Loyola financial aid can usually only be applied to Loyola programs. The university has a number of affiliations with study abroad programs that provide limited scholarships or discounts for Loyola students. All the information that a student needs can be found at studyabroad.loyno.edu/

Broadway Activities Center (BAC)

The Broadway Activities Center, located opposite the College of Law, is a small facility which houses the Broadway Campus mail room, University Ministry office, one law classroom, the SBA office, one office for law journals and one office for student organizations, as well as, Dunbar's, a full-service cafe, offering three meals a day, Monday through Friday, on a cash/Loyola Express Card, á la carte basis. Individual storage lockers are available for rental for a nominal fee. The Broadway Activities Center is under the supervision of the director of the Joseph A. Danna Student Center and student activities. For more information, please call (504) 865-3622 or the Associate Dean of Students at (504) 861-5761.

The Joseph A. Danna Student Center

The Joseph A. Danna Student Center located on the main campus is the university center for the campus community. This center houses the full-service dining facilities of the university, located in five different locations in the building. The center mall contains a credit union, a hairstylist shop, a convenience store, food service outlet, and three automatic teller machines (ATMs) of local banks. Located outside the mall is a university-operated branch of the U.S. Post Office. The Danna Student Center. also contains lounges, meeting rooms, the Danna Student Center. Art Gallery, student organization offices, and some student affairs administrative offices.

The Danna Student Center., through the University Programming Board, offers a full range of social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities for the entire university community. Contact number: (504) 865-3622.

The Bookstore

The Loyola Bookstore located on the main floor of the Danna Student Center. provides required and recommended textbooks, computer hardware and software, leisure and literary reading material, school supplies, gift items, class rings, clothing, and Loyola memorabilia. It serves as a central unit for the university’s business supplies. Hours of operation are posted. To contact the bookstore, call (504) 865-3262.

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Wellness

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Wellness provides opportunities for Loyola students, employees, and alumni to participate in competitive and noncompetitive, organized and informal sports and fitness activities. It is the express purpose of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Wellness to meet the diverse needs of the university community with a broad-based, comprehensive program including intramural sports, extramural sports, club sports, noncredit instructional programs, open recreation, and special interest programs. Students participating in all sports are responsible for ensuring that they are medically able to withstand the rigors of the physical activity in which they plan to engage. Likewise, all students should have sufficient personal injury insurance in the event of an accident.

The University Sports Complex is a multipurpose sports facility which includes: courts for basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton, , and floor hockey; racquetball courts; an Olympic-style natatorium for swimming and diving; a whirlpool; a suspended jogging track; a weight-lifting/conditioning area; and the Loyola Athletic Hall of Fame. It also has locker rooms, each with a sauna and steam room. Students are admitted free with their university ID card and may purchase memberships for immediate family members.

The Loyola Wolfpack competes in the N.A.I.A. (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), Division I, as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Loyola currently fields varsity teams in the following sports: men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, cross-country, men’s baseball, and women’s volleyball. By a student referendum conducted in 1991, the program is financially supported by a student fee dedicated to the intercollegiate athletic program. Loyola offers athletic scholarships in men’s and women’s basketball.

 

Law Walk Program

In the 2003-2004 academic year, the College of Law instituted the Law Walk Program to make evening students feel more comfortable when they leave the campus at night after their classes are dismissed. Two law walkers are available to watch students get to their cars from Monday through Thursday evenings during fall and spring semesters.

Loyola University Police Department

Loyola University complies with Louisiana R.S. 17-3351(c) and the Federal Campus Security Act of 1990 by annually publishing crime statistics and other required information. Following is a synopsis of some of the information required under these acts. To contact the university police, call (504) 865-3434.

The Reporting of Criminal Actions
The Loyola University Police Department (LUPD) is a fully-authorized police department open seven days a week, 24 hours a day throughout the year and can be reached at (504) 865-3434. LUPD responds to any and all criminal activity brought to the attention of the department. Such activity is handled in accordance with the guidelines and laws set forth by local, state, and federal criminal justice systems. Crimes or suspicious activity may be reported in person at the department’s headquarters located in Biever Hall on the main campus. LUPD can also be reached through any campus telephone by dialing extension 3434. Emergencies should be reported by dialing 911 from any campus telephone, or from the emergency telephones located on the campus grounds and all floors of the parking garages.

The Loyola University Police Department (LUPD) routinely issues warnings to the campus community of potentially dangerous campus and/or neighborhood situations. In addition, a monthly campus crime statistical report is distributed, and the university annually publishes its campus crime statistics. Copies of the pamphlet outlining the university’s Security Policies and Crime Statistics may be obtained from the Office of Admissions or the Loyola University Police Department headquarters. This information is also published each semester in the course schedule, which can be obtained from the Office of Student Records.

Campus Law Enforcement
All uniformed officers at Loyola University are P.O.S.T. certified and commissioned by the State of Louisiana as university police officers. Under the authority of Louisiana Revised Statute R.S. 17:1805, officers are empowered to enforce all local and state laws and have the power of arrest while executing their duties in connection with campus crime. They are also authorized to obtain and execute search warrants and arrest warrants, both on and off campus, for all crimes committed on campus. All commissioned officers are authorized to carry firearms and must meet the minimum qualifications for firearms training set forth by the Louisiana P.O.S.T. Council.
LUPD has cultivated and benefits from a positive and open working relationship with local and state police agencies, a relationship in which all agencies work very closely together to control campus crime and address specific problem areas, as needed.

The administrative office responsible for university police service is the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

University Police Personnel

FULL-TIME
1 director 3 corporals
1 investigator captain 16 officers
1 crime prevention lieutenant 3 dispatchers
1 administrative assistant 3 shuttle drivers
3 shift sergeants

PART-TIME
6 student marshals—patrol, clerical, and parking enforcement

Access to Campus Facilities
Students, faculty, and employees at Loyola have access to academic, recreational, and administrative facilities on campus. Access to the residence halls is limited to resident students and their guests and is a controlled access system. Access to residence halls by university employees is on an “as needed” basis, and incorporates strict key and/or card control procedures. The general public may attend cultural and recreational events on campus; however, their access is limited to parking lots and the facilities in which these events are held. LUPD officers patrol these areas on a 24-hour basis, as well as other areas of the campus community.

Firearms
The possession of firearms, chemicals, fireworks, explosives, knives, weapon replicas of any type, or other instruments used as weapons except as explicitly authorized by the university is prohibited upon the land owned by the university. Violation of this regulation is cause for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the university. In addition, criminal prosecution and penalties may be applicable under federal, state, and/or city law.

Monitoring Criminal Activities of Off-Campus Student Organizations
The Loyola University Police Department has an excellent working relationship with the Second District of the New Orleans Police Department, and the neighboring Tulane University Police Department. This positive relationship and communications link permits us to keep track of criminal activity off-campus, in areas where some of our students may live or frequent.
Loyola University Police requests annual crime statistics from New Orleans Police regarding off-campus property owned or controlled by student organizations recognized by Loyola. In addition, the chosen officers of these organizations are required to report specific crimes, as mandated by federal law, to the Loyola University Police within 48 hours of occurrence.

Alcohol and Drugs
The possession, consumption, and sale of alcoholic beverages on the Loyola University campus is permitted within the limits prescribed by state and federal laws and in accordance with the specific regulations that have been established by the university. The law of the State of Louisiana prohibits any person younger than 21 years of age to purchase or publicly consume or possess any alcoholic beverage. The law does provide for the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages by those 18 years of age or older in private residences. Loyola University has declared residence halls as private residences. Members of the university community or visitors to the campus may not carry open containers of alcohol on the university grounds or in campus buildings except in those places so designated for the consumption of alcohol, (e.g., The Underground, the Pine Street Café, an approved event, and the Residential Quad area providing a recreational sports activity or contest is not taking place in that area).
It is contrary to the law of the State of Louisiana and the university for any person under the age of 21 to present or offer to any person having a license or permit to sell alcoholic beverages any written or printed or photostatic evidence of age and identity which is false, fraudulent, or not actually his or her own for the purpose of obtaining or purchasing alcoholic beverages. Persons found in violation on campus or at university events off-campus may be subject to university disciplinary action up to and including a fine of $200, compensatory service hours in the community, and/or prosecution under state law.

There are additional policies regarding the use of alcohol in the residence halls and for university events and student organizational activities, which can be found in the current Student Handbook.

The misuse of marijuana and other drugs (drugs in this context include barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine, tranquilizers, LSD compounds, and any and all substances so defined by state criminal law) is a violation of federal, state, and municipal laws. Loyola University cannot and will not protect students, faculty, and staff members from prosecution under federal, state, and municipal laws. Because of the close proximity of Loyola and The Most Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School, the distribution (sale or giving) of illicit drugs on the Loyola campus can be prosecuted as a federal crime under federal law, U.S. Code, Title 21, Section 845 A1. Loyola cannot condone the possession, consumption, distribution, or sale of marijuana and other drugs. In order to encourage a drug-free living environment, the university will periodically conduct unannounced canine drug searches in the residence halls to identify the presence of illicit drugs.

The enforcement of these rules and the applicable sanctions can be found in the current Student Handbook, and the Loyola Staff Policies, Procedures, and Benefits Manual, as well as the Loyola publication that is in compliance with the Drug Free Schools Communities Act Amendments of 1989.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education Programs
The Loyola University Alcohol and Drug Education Program offers education, information, and assistance for individuals and groups concerned about substance abuse issues. Counseling, assessment, and referral services are available for individuals. An education group is available for students who have been referred to the program because of disciplinary incidents involving alcohol and drugs. A resource library has been created for students, faculty, and staff which contains books, pamphlets, and videotapes addressing a variety of substance abuse issues. This program is available through the Counseling & Career Services Center, which is located in the Danna Student Center., Room 208. For more information about the program, call (504) 865-3835.
Crime Prevention

The Loyola University Police Department has an ongoing Crime Prevention Program designed to inform all students, faculty, and staff members of services and protection offered. These programs include lectures during orientations, residence hall meetings, and special events (spring break, Christmas, Mardi Gras, etc.). There is an ongoing dedication to educating the campus community on personal safety, not only while on campus, but also while living and traveling in the local community. For more information, contact University Police at (504) 865-3434.

Security Lighting and Maintenance
Loyola University maintains a high level of dedication for a safe environment by ensuring proper lighting of the campus at nighttime, along with the trimming of trees and bushes to enhance a safe community. Also, various security measures are evaluated for implementation to reduce risks and add to this safe environment during the construction and maintenance of new or existing buildings.

Other Specialized Services
As support to help provide the Loyola community with a safe and secure campus, Loyola’s University Police Department offers specialized services. These services include 24-hour safety escorts, shuttle runs between the two campuses, security alarm and parking garages closed circuit television (CCTV) monitoring, first aid and CPR, self-defense training for women, free fingerprinting, motorist assistance, lost and found, free bicycle registration, use of property ID engravers, and parking and traffic enforcement.