With the COVID-19 pandemic expected to endure, the University announced March 17 that classes will be held online through the end of the semester and the graduation ceremony will not take place as regularly scheduled May 17. The University has also strongly encouraged students to remain at home or go home. Employees are conducting work from home except for some essential functions that must be conducted on site, and the Law School building is locked except for card swipe access. Please consult the University coronavirus website for the latest guidance and updates.
We realize these are extraordinary measures, but the Law School and the University are acting to protect the health, safety and welfare of all the members of our community. Thank you for your assistance, understanding and patience as we work together to continue the important work of the Law School.
How to Contact the Law School
The best way to contact the Law School during this time is via email. The directory has email addresses for Law School departments and staff, including faculty. If you are unsure whom to contact, please email our Communications Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Precautions and Social Distancing
It is imperative that we continue to follow the health precautions and social distancing recommended by the CDC and other authorities. If you are sick, please see a doctor, follow the advice you are given, and stay home. If you are unsure what to do, please see the FAQs about seeking medical attention.
Events at the Law School
All on-site events, workshops and gatherings at the Law School have been canceled through the end of the semester. All domestic and international travel by students or employees of the Law School using Law School resources or as part of Law School programs has also been canceled, and no new event or travel arrangements should be made. If a student organization, faculty member or staff member/administrator has incurred expenses related to a budgeted/approved activity, then reimbursement will be made as usual, even if the activity has been canceled. Please consult Student Affairs, the Business Office or other administrative offices, as appropriate, for reimbursement or advice about financial commitments. Contact information for all offices is available in the Law School directory.
The Law School’s exterior doors are now locked around the clock, and a card swipe system can be used to access the building in case of need. The Law Library will no longer be physically accessible to students, faculty or others, with the exception of essential library employees. If you have a need for library support, please email email@example.com, and the library staff will provide remote assistance. Housekeeping maintains a heightened cleaning regimen throughout the building. Dining Services has closed the Sidley Austin Cafe and the Stone Dining Room, and the Courts & Commerce bookstore is also closed.
The Law School’s graduation ceremony will not take place as currently planned on May 17. The University is exploring a range of options, including the option of holding Final Exercises on another date. We know this is very disappointing news to our 3Ls, LL.M.s, and graduating S.J.D. students. Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Sarah Davies will follow up with more details and to solicit student input.
Like graduation, Law Alumni Weekend has also been canceled. The Law School Foundation will host a “grand reunion” combining the 2020 reunion classes with the 2021 reunion classes May 14-16, 2021. Guests who already registered for the 2020 reunion will be refunded the registration fees. If you have questions or concerns, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. More
As of now, we have no information about changes to the exam period. We will send out new information to the Law School community as soon as we receive it.
Staffing, Essential Functions and Remote Work
Faculty and staff/administrators should conduct as much work as possible from home. However, there remain some essential functions that must be conducted on site in order for the Law School to continue its operations, so some employees will continue to come into the building to conduct that work, often on a rotation basis.
Meetings, Counseling Sessions and Office Hours
Meetings, counseling sessions or office hours with students should be conducted entirely using email, Zoom, online chat, phone or other electronic options. On-site meetings among essential employees should be conducted using electronic options whenever possible.