Policies & Resources

Please see the sections below for updates as they become available. Note that this information is subject to change pending the current health situation and University policy. 

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  • Fall 2021 Semester Updates

    Calendar 

    The Law School will hold full in-person instruction with the semester beginning as scheduled on August 23 and ending December 17, including the traditional fall and Thanksgiving breaks as well as a one-week pre-exam study period. See the academic calendar here.   

    Vaccine Requirement and Required Reporting of Vaccine Status 

    1. To promote the health of our community, the University will require that all students, faculty, and staff receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This requirement will go into effect as soon as one of the vaccines receives full approval by the FDA (see exemptions below) – but we encourage all members of the community to receive the vaccine prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Once the requirement is in effect, you may choose any vaccine that is either fully approved by the FDA or subject to an FDA Emergency Use Authorization. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson currently have Emergency Authorization, while Pfizer and Moderna have already applied for full status. International students may meet the university’s vaccination requirement by receiving any vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization
    2. As is our current practice for other required vaccines, students, faculty, and staff may seek a medical or religious exemption from the vaccine requirement. You may also seek an exemption from the requirement to have a COVID-19 vaccine based on strong personal convictions. Information on how to seek an exemption will be provided in the near future. People who are not fully vaccinated will continue to be subject to arrival and prevalence testing and the University’s mask policy
    3. All students are required to report vaccine status to the University through the Student Health Center portal by June 30, 2021, and to update their status within five days of any change in status. 

    Academics 

    Starting in the fall semester, the University will not be offering remote study. Our classrooms will be restored to traditional physical arrangements. We also will not be offering “blended” learning where faculty teach students in-person and online simultaneously. Although this form of instruction was necessary last year, our strength is dynamic instruction in small classes organized around robust discussion. We look forward to doing just that this fall. 

    We will maintain the Physical Distancing Framework for the fall semester and will update it as appropriate. We are currently in the Lime Stage of the Framework. We do not yet know what stage we will be in at the start of the fall semester, but it is our hope that with high rates of vaccination among students, faculty, and staff and lower cases in the community, we will be able to open in either the Lime or, even better, the Green Stage. 

    You can find more details on these updates on the University’s Fall 2021 page.
  • Summer 2021 Health, Safety, & Testing
    • People who are not yet fully vaccinated are required to continue to wear a mask in indoor settings and in outdoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. For those who are not fully vaccinated, wearing a mask and maintaining physical distancing remain the best ways to protect members of our campus community from transmission of the COVID-19 virus. You will be considered “fully vaccinated” and exempt from the mask requirement if it has been at least two weeks since you received your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. More information on the University’s modified policy on masks can be found here.
    • Prevalence testing will not take place over the summer.
    • As the University prepares for the fall semester, it is important to know how many students, faculty, and staff are fully vaccinated. The University has asked all students to report vaccination status via the Student Health Portal. Learn more here.
  • Facilities & Building Access

    The Law School building will be locked at all times May 10-August 1. The building is accessible to students and 2021 graduates from 6 a.m.-12 a.m. via ID card swipe. The building is closed to visitors.

    Please note that students who were classified as remote-only for Spring 2021 are now allowed to come to campus and use the facility in the same manner as all other students and 2021 graduates. However, the no guests policy inside of the building remains.

  • Library

    The law library is open to students and Class of 2021 graduates. The summer hours are as follows.

    • May 10-15: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, closed
    • May 16-July 25: Monday-Thursay, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-7 p.m.
    • July 26-August 15: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed