Requirements & Policies

Requirements & Policies

Admission Standards & Policies

The institution's policy with respect to admission is as follows:

  • The Admission Committee (officers of the corporation and the Dean of the Raymond C. Dabney University), considers evidence of intellectual ability, motivation, and character for all applicants without regard to sex, race, color, age, or ethnic origin.
  • Documentation under consideration includes undergraduate transcripts, faculty appraisals, the applicant's personal statement and personal references.
  • The Committee also considers diversity in such other areas as work experience, present career, age experience, minority status, community service and other special circumstances brought to the attention of the Admissions Committee.
  • The affordability of our law study opens the education gate of opportunity to all qualifying applicants, including but not limited to single working parents, mid-career adults, military personnel, as well as traditional attendance students who are motivated and self-disciplined.

The Admissions Committee is looking for students from all walks of life to enter the Raymond C. Dabney University degree and diploma programs.

Directory Information

Public Law 93-380 establishes what student information may be divulged to potential or actual employers, governmental agencies, or other educational institutions that request information. The student may request in writing that all or part of the following information should not be released for any reason.

  1. Name of student
  2. Birthplace and birthday of student (for positive identification).
  3. Student's address and telephone number.
  4. Dates of student attendance at the Academy.
  5. Degrees or other awards received by the student.
  6. Major fields of study.
  7. Most recent previous education agency/institution attended by student.

The law further provides that certain information may be released without the student's consent in the following cases:

  1. To authorize officials of the United States Department of Education or to State educational authorities.
  2. To organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions for the purpose of developing, validating, or administering predictive tests and improving instruction.
  3. To accrediting agencies in order to carry out their function.
  4. In compliance with a judicial order, or pursuant to any lawfully issued subpoenas in advance of compliance therewith by the university.
  5. To other school officials, including instructors, within the university organization who have been determined by the university to have a legitimate educational interest.
  6. To appropriate persons in connection with an emergency, if knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons.

A record will be made in each student file when such an instance occurs. 

Concurrent Enrollment

Entrollment at R.C.D.U. encourages enrollment at A.H.U.-s.D.L. as well.

Admission Requirements

R.C.D.U. through A.H.U.S.C. sets its requirements for admission within the regulations of the California Education Code and the regulations of the B.P.P.E. in terms of granting a Juris Doctor degree to successful graduates. However, as a law school dedicated to providing a legal education preparing qualified students to sit for the California Bar Examination, requirements set by the State Bar of California through the Committee of Bar Examiners are of paramount importance to any applicant seeking acceptance to the university’s program. Therefore, requirements set by the Committee are equally applicable to acceptance by the university of an application to enter as a law student. A summary of the important qualifications to sit for the California State Bar Examination are set forth below: 


State Bar Requirements

All students planning to apply for admission to the California State Bar must meet specific requirements set by the Committee of Bar Examiners [A more complete description is contained in the Enrollment Agreement; complete text of pertinent rules is available either from the State Bar or University Administrative Office]. American Heritage University of Southern California is a California State Bar registered law school. Additionally, A.H.U.S.C. has received institutional approval to enroll law students by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (B.P.P.E.). AHU is authorized to enroll law students..

All Students Planning to sit for the California Bar Examination must:

  1. Submit proof of completion of sixty (60) college units or the equivalent as determined by the Committee;
  2. Successfully enroll in the university;
  3. Register with the California Bar Committee within ninety (90) days of enrollment;
  4. Attend a minimum of two hundred seventy (270) hours of classroom instruction in law each year for four (4) years with proof of same;
  5. Successfully pass all law school examinations;
  6. Maintain both Academic and Administrative Good Standing;
  7. Sit for the “First-Year Law Student’s Examination” (FYSLX) at the end of the first year of law study at the university;
  8. Pass such Examination prior to receiving State Bar credit beyond the first year of study and to become eligible to sit for the “General Bar Examination” (GBX);
  9. Continue to meet attendance and performance requirements set by the Committee and adopted as a minimum standard by the university. Performance requirements include continuous evaluation of classroom participation; and skill in advocacy; midterm and final examinations; and other related needs of the course.

Graduation Requirements

The university requires students to have no less than ninety-six (96) semester units to be awarded a Juris Doctor degree. Grades must be “C” or better overall, and must be “C” or better in each individual course mandated by the Committee of Bar Examiners for examination of applicants for membership in the State Bar of California.

The required California State Bar subjects are:

1st Year: Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts and either Tribal Law Elective Course, or Introduction to Law and Legal Writing.

2nd Year: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Real Property.

3rd Year: Community Property (Family Law), Corporations, Equitable Remedies, Evidence, Professional Responsibility.

4th Year: Successions & Wills, Trusts and two Tribal Law or general elective courses.


Alumni Association and Student Services

The university will maintain an active alumni association. Upon graduation from the university, each student will automatically become a member. The Association is dedicated to assisting student in the pursuit of lifelong learning. The university’s Student Services Office arranges tutorial assistance, learning resources, academic counseling, career planning, textbook purchases, and supervised casework.

Each faculty member and administrator is a part of the advisement and counseling staff, thereby providing optimal participation by trained professionals. The university does not provide student housing.


Policy on Academic Freedom

Academic freedom and the study of law are two pillars upholding the structure of our society. The university believes that the long tradition of academic freedom in America is the foundation of any institution of higher learning and specifically of this university. Thoughtful and responsible individuals have the right—even the duty—to disagree, to advocate unpopular ideas without fear of reprisal; learning how to disagree and to advocate unpopular ideas in a democratic society is one of the most important benefits of a legal education.

Individual faculty members are responsible for the content of their class and enjoy academic freedom in their comments and presentation. Students also enjoy the right of free expression, subject to the requirements of the course as to time, relevance, and appropriateness to the subject being taught. Any dispute over course content, faculty freedom, or student participation is to be brought to the President who will attempt to resolve any dispute.

Should any party not agree to a proposed resolution of a dispute, or reject an offer of mediation, guidelines of the American Association of University Professors will apply with regard to what areas of expression are covered by Academic Freedom and what areas or subjects are properly delineated by the President on behalf of the university. Should none of the alternatives above prove successful, the President has the right to seek counsel and advice from the responsible officials of the Bureau.  


Policy on Academic Conduct

 Students enrolling in the university assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the institution’s and the tribal culture’s function as an educational institution and suitable to a member of an academic community. Therefore, the university expects its students to conduct themselves as responsible citizens, considerate and respectful of the rights of others.

The university reserves the right to exclude at any time any student whose conduct is deemed disruptive to other students, faculty, or staff. “Disruptive conduct” is established by the criteria employed by the pertinent sections of the California Education Code and the law of the particular tribe. Any student charged with such conduct is entitle to adequate “notice of charges” and a full opportunity “to be heard” in defence against such charges.

If—after “notice” to the student and an “opportunity to be heard”—it is the finding of the President that a student’s conduct does not conform to the standards of the California Education Code as set forth in Title 2, Division 4, Chapter, Sections 48900 et seq., and elsewhere in that code, the university may impose such penalties as the President may determine justified. [It is understood, of course, that every student is entitled to legal representation at his/her own expense, and has recourse to the Courts as that student may elect]. Penalties can include suspension or disciplinary probation, dismissal from a course, dismissal from the university.


Student Right to Know

In response to Title II of Public Law 101-542, The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act, the university makes the following information available to its community: 

  1. Any emergency or report of criminal activity will be reported immediately to an administrator of faculty member of the University.
  2. Information regarding campus security will be made available to the university community through formal notifications. The university encourages all members of the community to develop security awareness, to take action responsible for their own security, and to take responsibility for the security of others.

Student Grievances

Every student has the right to appeal disciplinary or academic disqualification. In the matter of disciplinary disqualification, such an appeal shall be made directly to the President, who may act alone in the matter, or appoint a separate panel for review. In the matter of academic disqualification, such an appeal will first be heard by the faculty committee, which may act alone, or appoint a separate tribal law panel for review. Final appeals are directed to the President.


Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty

There are three areas that are concerned with the integrity of the educational program at the university: [a] cheating, the act of attempting to gain credit for work by use of dishonest, deceptive or fraudulent means; [b] plagiarism, the act of taking ideas, words, or the specific product of another and offering that product as one’s own; [c] falsifying records, a deliberate attempt to submit records that are erroneous or not correct. Students accused of cheating or plagiarism are entitled to petition the President for review by an appropriate forum. Discovery of an attempt to falsify records is grounds for immediate dismissal and forfeiture of all financial payments and academic credits.


Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco

The university strongly supports the goal of a drug-free society. University policies concerning the manufacture, distribution, possession or use of controlled substances does not contravene Federal, State, or Municipal law. It is the policy of the university that no person shall manufacture, distribute possess or use illegal drugs on its premises or while attending any of its activities. Members of the university community should understand that the institution would impose sanctions for violations of this standard of conduct. University policies concerning the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages do not contravene Tribal, Federal, State, or Municipal law. No alcoholic beverages may be brought on to the premises of the institution or be served at its activities without prior permission. The university will impose sanctions for violations of this standard of conduct. It is the university’s policy that smoking is prohibited on the premises of the campus or buildings utilized for instruction, except in those areas outside that may be designated for smoking. Campus buildings and all class and study rooms, library and service areas are to remain smoke free. The university will impose sanctions for violations of the university’s “no smoking” policy.


Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) was established by the Legislature of the State of California to protect any California resident who attends a private post secondary institution from losing any money if the student has pre-paid tuition and suffers a financial loss as a result of the institution closing, failing to fulfil its enrollment agreement, or refusing to pay a court judgement. To be eligible, a student must be a “California Resident” and reside in the state at the time the enrolment was signed. Students who are temporarily residing in California for the sole purpose pursuing an education, specifically those who hold student visas, are not considered a California resident.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, a student must file an application within one year of receiving notice from the Council for Private Postsecondary Education that the university has been closed. If a student does not receive notice from the Council, the student has four years from the date of closure to file for STRF funds. If a judgment is obtained, the student must file a STRF application within two years of the final judgment. Students are encouraged to make and keep copies of all important documents that apply to their university program, both academic and financial.  

Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education
California State Department of Consumer Affairs
1625 North Market Boulevard
Sacramento, California 95834-1924 / Tel: 1-916-574-7720  


Treatment of Students, Staff and Faculty for Sexual Misconduct

The university is committed to creating and maintaining an academic environment dedicated to learning in which individuals are free of sexual harassment from colleagues, faculty, staff or other students. The university condemns any conduct under the definition of sexual harassment or sexual assault and is prepared to respond immediately to any violation by taking action to prevent, correct, or to punish any improper behavior.

Sexual harassment can vary with particular circumstances. Sexual harassment can be described as unwelcome or offensive sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, unwanted or uninvited verbal suggestions or comments of a sexual nature, or objectionable physical contact carried out in the workplace or in the educational environment. Such behavior may offend the recipient, cause discomfort and humiliation, or interfere with work or learning. Coercive behavior, including suggestions that academic or employment rewards or reprisals will follow the granting or refusal of sexual favors, constitutes intolerable conduct. A single incident of this kind is sufficient ground for investigation and may result in discipline and/or expulsion. Sexual assault has been defined to include rape, and other forms of forcible and non-forcible sex offenses. All such kinds of assault are absolutely intolerable. An allegation of such action is sufficient ground for an investigation and may result in discipline and/or expulsion. Al persons subjected to offensive sexual behavior have available the established grievance procedure or can report such concerns directly to the President.

Retention of Records

The university retains all student records for a period of five (5) years. A copy of the transcript is maintained for fifty (50) years. A student or graduate can request information by contacting the university at its offices.

California Committee of Bar Examiners Disclosure

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education [BPPE] approval of this RCDU academic program represents that it meets the requirements of the State Bar of California. The State Bar is a licensing entity separate and distinct from the B.P.P.E.

Institutional Approval Notice

R.C.D.U. has received Institutional Approval to operate from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (“Bureau”). The Bureau determined the institution’s operational plan satisfies the minimum issues in Education Code 94210(a) or 94311(a).

Business and Professions Code §6061
The Committee of Bar Examiners requires that every student receive the following
Disclosure Statement: The university is not accredited. A statement of institution’s assets and liabilities is available upon request. The current active faculty and University President are members of the California State Bar.



Designation of Faculty Responsibilities. The members of the faculty have the following job assignments:

  • Grade practice examinations, mid-term examinations, return them to the student along with grading comments and the model answers within 10 days of receipt.
  • Counsel and assist students in any research or lesson project, and return them to the students with comments and suggestions within 10 days of receipt.
  • Counsel students on any subject in which they may need assistance. Answer telephone, e-mail and written questions of law students.
  • Provide live lectures on alternate weekends.

Participate as a member of the Evaluation Faculty Committee with the Dean of Faculty in conducting research, development of curricula, academic standards and establishing criteria for the institution/

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