At the Law School, Dean Tondra Netherton, Assistant Dean for Students, is available for personal and academic counseling. The career counseling staff at the Career Development Office (CDO) is available for career-related counseling. Further, your faculty adviser or another faculty member, as well as the Vice Dean, can provide advice on course selection, study techniques, etc. For first-year students, your Legal Research and Writing Senior Fellow also may be able to offer advice and assistance with problems. If you feel that you need professional help, the University offers the following free services for Tulane students.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Science & Engineering Lab Complex, (504) 314-2277. Open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. http://tulane.edu/health/counseling-and-psychological-services.cfm. Appointments must be made in person. On staff are psychologists, social workers and professional counselors who offer expertise in many areas, including stress and anxiety management. CAPS provides comprehensive mental health care to the Tulane Community.
Student Resources and Support Services (SRSS), Lavin Bernick Center, Garden Level, suite G02, (504) 314-2160. http://tulane.edu/studentaffairs/support/index.cfm SRRS provides to students who are in need of support a single place to go for assistance. The office offers problem resolution assistance, case management services, victim support services and referral services. Further, the Offices of Student Conduct and Disability Services are part of the SRSS team, as well as SAPHE (the Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline & Education Hotline) at (504) 654-9543.
Information shared in the counseling process, including the fact that a student has sought counseling, is kept confidential.
Students also may seek advice from one of the campus chaplains.
Services for Students with Disabilities
The University welcomes individuals with disabilities, and seeks to support their particular needs and rights and to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to participate in the University community.
Tulane's diverse student population includes well-qualified students with documented disabilities who may require learning, sight, hearing, manual, speech or mobility accommodations to ensure fair access to educational and residential resources. To provide students with disabilities with every opportunity to explore educational opportunities and demonstrate their talents and intellect on a level playing field with their peers without disabilities, the University makes available reasonable accommodations in accordance with Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The University's Goldman Office of Disability Services (ODS) serves as the central campus resource for Tulane students with documented disabilities or with disability concerns. ODS is located in the Science and Engineering Lab Complex (Building 14 on the campus map). ODS can be contacted by telephone 504.862.8433 or in person, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information about ODS is available on the ODS web site. ODS works in partnership with students, faculty, and staff to develop successful strategies for maximizing students' academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities and programs.
The Goldman Office of Disability Services (ODS) is located in the Science and Engineering Lab Complex, (504) 314-2277, http://tulane.edu/studentaffairs/disability/index.cfm Appointments must be made in person. The ODS is committed to providing equal access and a friendly environment for all who study and work at Tulane University. Students and employees with psychological, medical/physical, and learning/developmental disabilities are served. Through a collaborative relationship, modifications to the academic or work environment, accommodations, can be offered. ODS’ mission is to provide services and promote an accessible environment to all members of the Tulane community. Assistant Dean of Students Tondra Netherton is the Law School contact for students with disabilities.
Students with disabilities who believe that they require reasonable course or examination accommodations must register with ODS as soon as possible and follow all ODS procedures for requesting accommodations. Because current clinical documentation is required before ODS can consider any requests for reasonable accommodation, newly matriculating students who have documented disabilities should contact ODS and submit all necessary forms and documentation at least one month before arriving on campus if possible.
Students are responsible for making requests for reasonable accommodations and for submitting all necessary documentation in support of those requests. While ODS helps students articulate their needs, engages with students in an interactive discussion about possible accommodations, and assists students in communicating any approved accommodations to the appropriate administrator at the Law School, students remain ultimately responsible for complying with ODS and University procedures and for ensuring that the University is aware of the need for accommodations in the first place. The accommodation approval process may take several weeks if additional documentation is required by ODS. Accommodations cannot be provided before your documentation has been approved, so students should register with ODS at least one month before accommodations are needed. No forms or letters will be given out by ODS within 14 days of the start of the final exam period. Accommodations do not apply retroactively.
Any student with specific questions about ODS procedures and policies should contact A. Patrick Randolph, Manager of ODS, and refer to the ODS website. In addition, students with questions about services for students with disabilities at the Law School should contact Dean Netherton, Assistant Dean for Students, or Michele Certoma, Program Manager for Academic Affairs. Students are not to discuss the nature of their examination accommodations with their professors.
Tulane law students may attend any Tulane Continuing Legal Education program free of charge (excluding meal functions). This opportunity enables students to be exposed to the practical aspects of an area of law and provides the opportunity for contact with practicing attorneys attending these programs. Students interested in attending a Tulane CLE program are encouraged to talk with a career counselor at the Career Development Office about how to make the most of this opportunity and should contact the Tulane CLE office to reserve a place.