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Charleston School of Law Juris Doctor Program Catalog and Student Handbook 2023-2024

Academic Catalog and Handbook

Student Counseling and Assessment

The School of Law and TimelyCare have formed a partnership to offer student counseling services to School of Law students.  This service is confidential and available to all students enrolled in both full-time and part-time options at the School of Law.

TimelyCare's services to students include but are not limited to the following:  assessment services, therapy, mental health evaluations, and referrals to all School of Law Students.  Services also include consultations, promotional materials and assessment services, up to twelve (12) therapy sessions per academic year following a student assessment, and appropriate referrals for treatment or follow-up.

All appointments are conducted through the TimelyCare App with trained professionals licensed in the state where the student is located. If counseling services are needed, please download the TimelyCare App or contact Dean Sanders at (843) 377.1104.

Mandatory Assessments

Students of concern for at risk behavior may be mandated by the School of Law to be assessed by a mental health counselor.  A student who evidences emotional distress or a health concern should be reported to the Associate Dean of Students and/or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

In cases in which the Associate Dean of Students or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs determines that the student is at risk, the Associate Dean of Students and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may mandate that the student meet with a School of Law counselor for a professional assessment of at risk behavior.  Any student mandated for assessment must meet with the School of Law counselor within one business day of the mandate unless the Associate Dean of Students grants an exception in writing; this can be via email correspondence or formal letter.  Failure to meet with the School of Law counselor within the required time period will constitute noncompliance.

The student must comply with the counselor’s treatment recommendation.  The student will be asked to complete a release of information to disclose to the Associate Dean of Students and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs the student’s attendance at each session and the recommendations of the counselor.

Referrals for mandatory assessment shall NOT constitute disciplinary action.  However, failure of the student to comply with this policy may result in sanctions, including but not limited to temporary or indefinite mandatory medical withdrawal.  Additionally, if the student withdraws from school or otherwise fails to complete the mandated sessions prior to the end of the semester, the student may be required to complete an assessment prior to enrolling in subsequent semesters.

Remedial Action Plan

Upon mandatory assessment, the Associate Dean of Students and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may determine an appropriate remedial plan of action for the student.  In developing and implementing a remedial plan, the Associate Dean of Students and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may consult the Student Support Team and/or other relevant Faculty or staff members.  Members of the Student Support Team consist of administrators and professors selected by, and serving at the discretion of the Dean of the School of Law.  When consulted, team members will review the matter and determine an appropriate course of action for the student which will best benefit the student and the School of Law community by ensuring the student’s ability to meet academic standards and compliance with applicable conduct codes.  In cases in which disability is a concern, the team may make recommendations as to reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals.

Family Notification Policy

The Charleston School of Law respects the privacy rights of its students as defined under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Under extreme circumstances, it may be necessary to contact a student’s parents or other family to provide support and assistance to the student.  Family notification may occur in instances which the student: (1) has engaged in self-inflicted life-threatening behavior; (2) is a danger to themselves or others and is unresponsive to professional medical or mental health advice; or (3) the student has injured themselves and requires medical attention.

Please CLICK HERE for additional information about FERPA.