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Student Handbook: General Information S

Seating Charts

Many classes require seating charts with pictures. Students must sign the seating chart in the classroom as instructed by the faculty member.

Security

For regular business involving the Public Safety Department, you may contact an officer 24 hours a day at 610-519-6979. Office personnel may also be reached at this number from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For emergency calls requiring a campus security officer, telephone 610-519-4444 (dial 94444 if using a campus phone) any time day or night. An escort service is available for students leaving the building late. Call Public Safety at 610-519-6979.

Showers

Shower facilities are located in the ground floor restrooms, near the Blank Rome LLP Dining Room.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited both inside and within 75 feet of all University buildings, including the Law School.

Snow and Emergency Conditions

The Law School rarely closes because of weather or other conditions. However, should circumstances make it necessary to close the School or delay the opening of School, a message will be broadcast using the NOVA Alert system. Please note that students must register for the NOVA Alert System on NOVASIS. If possible the message will also be posted on the Law School homepage under News and Events. In addition, the Law School has an Emergency Cancellation Line: 610-519-7744. This is a listen-only number and will carry details regarding closing, late opening, and early closing. Please do not call the main number to obtain the closing information available on the Emergency Cancellation Line.

Solicitation

Non-Solicitation Policy

To avoid disruption of business operations or disturbance of faculty, staff, visitors, and students, the University has implemented this Non-solicitation Policy (the “Non-solicitation policy”). For purposes of the Non-solicitation Policy, “Solicitation” (or “Soliciting”) shall include, canvassing, soliciting or seeking to obtain membership in or support for any organization, requesting contributions, and posting or distributing handbills, pamphlets, petitions, and the like of any kind (“Materials”) on University property or using University resources (including without limitation bulletin boards, computers, mail, e-mail and telecommunication systems, photocopiers and telephone lists and databases). “Commercial Solicitation” means peddling or otherwise selling, purchasing, or offering goods and services for sale or purchase, distributing advertising materials, circulars, or product samples, or engaging in any other conduct relating to any outside business interests or for profit or personal economic benefit on University property or using University resources. Solicitation and Commercial Solicitation performed through verbal, written, or electronic means are covered by the Non-solicitation Policy. Items to be distributed or offered for sale, which contain University trademarks, names (including building names) or design elements (T-shirts, posters, etc.), must be approved by the Office of University Communication.

I. Students

  1. Any Solicitation or Commercial Solicitation undertaken by a student, registered student club, or student organization must be approved by the Law School Office of Student Affairs, conducted in compliance with the Student Handbook and procedures established by the Law School Office of Student Affairs, and comply with all applicable laws and University policies.
  2. Any Solicitation or Commercial Solicitation undertaken by a student or student organization at a University athletic event or facility must be approved by the Athletic Department, and must be conducted in compliance with the Solicitation at Athletic Events policy established by that department.
  3. Solicitation or Commercial Solicitation by Law School students and organizations must be approved by the Law School Office of Student Affairs, and must be conducted in compliance with procedures established by that office.
  4. Student violators of the Non-solicitation Policy and/or procedures are subject to disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct (or Student Handbook for Law students, as applicable).
  5. Inquiries regarding the Non-solicitation Policy should be directed to the Office of Student Development (or Law School Office of Student Affairs as applicable).

IV. Non-Profit Organizations

The University recognizes the value of charitable organizations and encourages employees and students to be active participants in organizations that support or contribute to the mission of the University. With the exception of University authorized charitable giving campaigns such as the United Way, any charitable organization that wishes to solicit funds for a charitable donation must be sponsored by a recognized student organization, faculty member or employee and obtain the approval of the Office of Auxiliary Services, which will coordinate with the appropriate University department. The organization will be provided with a stamp or certification of approval. Sales will normally be conducted from assigned tables in the Connelly Center. Arrangements should be made through, and inquiries regarding the Non-solicitation Policy should be directed to, the Office of Auxiliary Services. In addition, any Solicitation or Commercial Solicitation by a charitable organization at a University athletic event or facility requires the prior approval of the Athletic Department, and must be conducted in compliance with the Solicitation at Athletic Events policy established by that department.

V. Non-Villanova Individuals or Organizations

  1. Non-employees or non-students may not engage in Solicitation or Commercial Solicitation (including distributing any kind of written or printed Materials) on University property at any time. Exceptions to the Non-solicitation Policy must be approved by the Office of Auxiliary Services.
  2. The Office of Auxiliary Services will not approve Commercial Solicitations by vendors that relate to the promotion or consumption of alcoholic beverages or tobacco, or products or services that are contrary to the policies or mission of the University.
  3. Door-to-door Solicitation or Commercial Solicitation is not authorized.
  4. The Non-solicitation Policy does not prohibit normal business contacts by authorized vendor representatives engaging in business with the University in compliance with other University policies, provided such contacts are made with the consent of University officials.
  5. Vendors approved for vending privileges to the University community may, in the discretion of the Office of Auxiliary Services, be permitted to sell their products at restricted locations on campus for a limited number of days per year, provided that they register with the Office of Auxiliary Services and pay the assigned fee.
  6. The provisions of this Section V shall apply to the Law School buildings except that with respect to solicitation in or around those buildings, the Dean of the Law School shall replace the Office of Auxiliary Services.
  7. Non-employees or non-students who have not been authorized to enter University property shall be considered trespassers. Trespassers violating this policy who have no affiliation with Villanova University will be removed from University property, given trespass warnings not to return, and may be subject to arrest and prosecution.
  8. Inquiries regarding this Section V of the Non-solicitation Policy should be directed to the Office of Auxiliary Services.

Student Organization Recognition Policy

All student organizations must be approved by the Law School Administration and the Student Bar Association. A list of recognized SBA-funded student organizations is available with the SBA and the Director of Student Affairs. All SBA student organizations must file a Student Organization Recognition Form (SORF) by the September deadline to be on active status for the academic year. Only recognized student organizations may sponsor events, reserve rooms, table in the Law School building, and publish notices in the official weekly announcements email. Each organization is assigned a storage space in the Student Organization Room and an e-mail account. Membership must be open to all in the Villanova Law community. Recognition will be denied to any organization that selects its membership on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion or creed, national/ethnic origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender (including identity and expression), or disability. Groups must comply with SBA budget guidelines and Law School and University policies and regulations.

Student Records

Villanova University, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, has adopted this Student Records Policy to address the following issues with respect to education records: (1) disclosure of directory information; (2) confidentiality of personally identifiable information; and (3) student rights to inspect, review and seek amendment of their records. In general, education records are defined as records maintained in any form by the University that are directly related to a student. Click to access the full policy.

Study Rooms

Study rooms are for the use of Villanova Law Students only. They are for groups of 2 or more and may be reserved for 2 hours per day per group. Reservations for the seven Library Study Rooms may be made online using the link on the Law Library webpage or this direct link. Reservations for the classroom wing Study Rooms (301D, 301E, and 301F) are made using the same system.