[teknoids] 2 questions

Patty Furukawa pfurukawa at law.uci.edu
Thu Jul 13 17:58:58 EDT 2017


I am also no expert but here’s my pass at the answers to your questions:

In the 2015-2016 ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools (sorry I don’t have the 16/17 one on hand), in the keyword index “accommodations” is mentioned in Standard 207 and 702(b).

Standard 207 discusses “reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities”.
Standard 702(b) discusses facilities that “shall provide reasonable access and accommodations to persons with disabilities, consistent with applicable law.”

As far as ABA standards and rules, I don’t see anything to answer your first question. However, having worked with the disability service center on our campus, I believe the rules and guidelines regarding anonymity of an individual with a disability is guided by that unit. So, I would check with them for your campus.

Regarding your second question, I quickly went through the ABA standards and rules and didn’t see anything specific about “anonymous grading” but as Doug said, it is the norm since much of the grading is subjective and faculty want to avoid any signs of favoritism.

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From: Teknoids [mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net] On Behalf Of Edmunds, Doug
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2017 1:09 PM
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Subject: Re: [teknoids] 2 questions

I’m no expert, but I don’t think either point is *required* by any existing ABA rule. They are, rather, common practice among law schools to help protect the integrity of grading in general. Almost every law school academic policy I reviewed before replying states that anonymous grading is the norm (except in experiential and seminar classes, in which it is almost impossible), but no ABA rule or guideline is referenced in any of these policies. It’s fair to say the same is true in the case of accommodations, but I cannot swear to it.

I bet Ken Hirsch would know! He’s way smarter than I am. ;-)

Doug Edmunds
Assistant Dean for IT & Adjunct Instructor
UNC School of Law

From: Teknoids <teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net<mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net>> on behalf of "Baia, Patricia" <pbaia at albanylaw.edu<mailto:pbaia at albanylaw.edu>>
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Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 3:43 PM
To: Teknoids <teknoids at lists.teknoids.net<mailto:teknoids at lists.teknoids.net>>
Subject: [teknoids] 2 questions

Good Afternoon all ☺

Can someone please explain to me the following:

1.       Are ABA credited law schools required to withhold the names of students from faculty of those who have been granted student accommodations?  Can faculty know their name[s] and what the accommodation is? And what regulation, ABA rule, etc. dictates this process?

2.       Are ABA credited law schools required to use anonymous numbers/grading?  If so, what regulation, ABA rule, etc. dictates this process?

Anyone know the origin/background of these? -Patty

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