The Nashville School of Law respects the principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Tennessee Disability Act. Even though the school does not offer a comprehensive program oriented wholly toward educating students with disabilities it recognizes and respects the academic, personal, and work-related needs of each person and is committed to assisting students with disabilities to become full participants in the activities of the school. Thus, the school recognizes the possible need of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and will provide these accommodations in accordance with this policy.

  1. Types of accommodations that will be provided:
    1. Classroom Accommodations
      1. Classes may be audio taped.
      2. Preferential seating may be provided.
      3. Access to an electrical outlet will be provided for the use of a Laptop computer.
      4. Such other accommodations as determined reasonable and appropriate to the circumstances, unless such accommodation fundamentally alters the program or would result in an undue burden.
    2. Examinations Accommodations
      1. Preferential seating may be provided.
      2. Access to an electrical outlet will be provided for the use of a Laptop computer to take the test on.
      3. Extended time for taking the test.
      4. Private space for taking the test may be provided.
      5. Such other accommodations as determined reasonable and appropriate to the circumstances, unless such accommodation would fundamentally alter the measurement of the skills or knowledge the examination is intended to test or would result in an undue burden.
  2. It is incumbent upon students to request and show the need for a reasonable accommodation. Astudent seeking such an accommodation must file a request for accommodations 30 days before the beginning of each academic year and must schedule an appointment with the school’s Director of Academic Affairs.
  3. The student’s request should include:
    1. An evaluation from a licensed physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other similarly qualified professional that supports the student’s need for the accommodation. The evaluation should be recent and should explain, in detail, the need for the specific requested accommodation.
    2. A listing of any accommodations offered the student by other institutions, such as schools and undergraduate colleges. Such previous accommodations should be described and documented.
  4. The Director of Academic Affairs will review the student’s request for a reasonable accommodation and inform the student of the decision whether to grant or deny the request. NSL reserves the right to have the student evaluated by a trained professional at the school’s expense. If the request is granted, faculty members will be informed that the student has a testing accommodation. NSL staff will handle the testing accommodations.
  5. A student who receives testing accommodations must renew his or her request for accommodation before the beginning of each school year.
  6. In the event of an adverse decision, the student will have the right to petition the Dean for a review of the decision.
  7. All requests for accommodation and related information will be confidential, except to the extent necessary to evaluate the student’s condition, and determine whether to grant an accommodation.