COVID-19 RESPONSE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH S.J. QUINNEY COLLEGE OF LAW

Read the latest information on campus changes due to COVID-19 on the University of Utah’s central information portal.

The University of Utah is now in the orange phase, using operational guidelines developed by the Project Orange campus-wide working group. Please note that in the orange phase most work will continue to occur away from campus, with limited exceptions. For those who will be able to return to campus in the orange phase, this process will be gradual and begin primarily with research activities. In the orange phase, telecommuting should continue for most of our employees. In this phase, accommodations should be made for high-risk individuals. Our students will not be on campus.

The University of Utah will provide masks to all students, staff and faculty upon returning to campus this fall. Read more here.

Plans are underway to welcome students back to campus this fall. Read more here.

The College of Law is cancelling, postponing and adjusting several events as a result of the evolving nature of COVID-19.  Here’s a round-up of the latest changes.  Check back at a later date to find out more about when events will be rescheduled.

  • All legal sites connected to the College of Law’s Pro Bono Initiative will be closed in June.  This includes:  CLC-Ogden, Rainbow Law, Veterans Law, Street Law, Debtor’s Law & Family Law.
  • A reminder that the College of Law offers CLE credit through our video archive on the S.J. Quinney College of Law YouTube channel » This may be a helpful resource in the wake of the cancellation of the Utah State Bar convention.

Got a question related to the College of Law’s COVID-19 response? We will try to find an answer, if we can. The nature of this pandemic is moving quickly and we are adjusting information and responses accordingly. Email: communications@law.utah.edu.

Here are some useful campus resources for students, faculty and staff.

See the return to campus website for the most current information: https://returntocampus.utah.edu/

Schedule
A hybrid Fall 2020 Semester, with in-person classroom instruction beginning August 24 and finishing by Thanksgiving, November 26. The fall break (October 4-11) will be canceled and courses will be conducted either online or in-person. Following Thanksgiving, instruction will shift online from November 30 to December 3, with final exams held online December 7-11.  This shift to all-online instruction and exams after Thanksgiving is based on the strong advice of U of U Health epidemiologists and mirrors the approach of many of our national peers.

Academic Calendar
The University mandates that instructors hold classes during Fall Break, and that all courses must have remote instruction after Thanksgiving. The College of Law has decided to move its last day of classes to November 24 and adjusted the academic as follows:

Classes begin Monday, August 24
Last day to add, drop, Monday, August 31
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audit, or wait list
Tuition payment due Friday, September 4
Last day to withdraw Friday, October 23
Last day of classes Tuesday, November 24
Last day to elect CR/NC Tuesday, November 24
Thanksgiving Break Wednesday, November 25 to Friday, November 27
Reading period Saturday, November 28 to Tuesday, December 1
Examination period Wednesday, December 2 to December 11
Grades posted Monday, January 4

All midterm and final examinations will be held online using procedures announced to

Instructional Guidance

  • Whether a class is held in-person, online, or in hybrid mode, standard office hours must be held,

and if held in person, should be in an area that supports physical distancing. Online options are preferred.

  • Canvas must be used by ALL instructors for syllabi and class communications.
  • Faculty are encouraged to require students to sit in assigned seats to facilitate contact tracing, should it be needed.
  • All course syllabi should include the campus policy on the wearing of face coverings and physical distancing. These should include a pointer to the Student Affairs.

-Instructors who include any in-person elements in their course have a plan in place in the event the university needs to adjust back to an “Orange” or “Red” level at some point during the semester; communicate the plan to students so that they can prepare as well.

ON-CAMPUS OFFICE WORK IS ALLOWED, BUT SHOULD BE MINIMIZED

Remote work should continue to be encouraged.

Students who feel that they cannot physically return to campus:

  1. because of ADA accommodations, should proceed with the below ADA Accommodations process, as soon as possible.
  2. because they are high risk, or because of any other personal reasons, should set an appointment with Dean Marshall, as soon as possible.
  • ADA Accommodations

The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to Dean Marshall, and the Center for Disability & Access (CDA). CDA offers the capability to complete new student intake forms and update existing files online using the CDA Client Portal. If you have questions relating to accommodations, you can contact CDA directly at (801) 581-5020 or you can use this online form. Dean Marshall will assist you with any ADA arrangements for CoL classes, or exams throughout the semester. Each semester you will fill out an ADA Exam Reschedule Petition once you have been made aware of your final exams schedule.

Only Come to Campus if You Are Healthy

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers), AND
  • You do not have any other flu-like symptoms (for example, cough or shortness of breath), AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared, AND
  • You have not had contact with anyone who is COVID positive (including the 5 days before they were positive) for 14 days.

Physical Distancing (6 ft) Must Be Maintained

  • Maintain at least 6 ft of separation as often as possible. If this is not possible, face coverings must be worn.
  • Minimize face-to-face contacts and avoid large gatherings.

Use of Face Coverings on Campus Is Expected – Faculty and Staff safety training

  • Enhanced return-to-work protocols will be in place for all faculty, staff, and students. All personnel should complete the training course on returning to campus safely training course. Failure to complete this training may forfeit one’s ability to return to campus:https://returntocampus.utah.edu/#required-trainings

University Leadership is working with university medical researchers and providers to determine what form of testing protocol may be helpful as we return to campus.

These plans are based on the best current guidance from our colleagues at University of Utah Health and state and county health officials. Because the circumstances during this pandemic are dynamic and may change over the summer, we will continue to communicate any changes immediately and broadly. In the unfortunate event that we experience a COVID-19 outbreak during the fall semester, and a return to orange or red status as determined by the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, and Salt Lake City, once again classes will shift to an all-online format and access to campus spaces will be restricted.

Return to Campus: returntocampus.utah.edu. Please check this website throughout the summer for updates and other useful information.

With the above information in mind, please review the staff and guidelines outlined by the University https://returntocampus.utah.edu/faculty-staff-information.

Building Access/Mail

  • If you have an immediate or essential need to access the building, you should make an appointment. Requests should go to helpme@law.utah.edu.Curbside delivery has been implemented to bring you the items you may need.
  • To ensure the health and safety of the few individuals working on-site, faculty and staff should not “walk-in” to the building without an appointment.
  • If you have an appointment to enter the building you must wear PPE (Mask and gloves), make your visit temporary, limit your travel within the building and stay out of areas where operational staff are working (the mailroom/ loading dock area).
  • Mail – Individuals concerned about mail being delivered to the building can submit inquiries at helpme@law.utah.edu. Maggi Spight and Dan Burn have been heroically alternating days, sifting through mail as it comes in these past weeks. If you would like to collect a package, or an important item mailed to the College please make an appointment with helpme@law.utah.edu for you via curbside pickup.

 

Please also review our FAQs below.

  • Will the College of Law building remain open during the pandemic?
    • The College of Law building is closed. If law students have no other option but to come to the law school to study and/or participate in online classes, they may do so as long as they practice responsible social distancing, hand-washing and hygiene practices. In all instances, if students feel even a little unwell, please stay home and avoid the building. Students will be limited to a small section of the building.

  • What are the hours of the Faust Law Library in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak?
    • The Law Library is closed. We encourage you to submit any reference questions via email to reference@law.utah.edu or use the Library ‘chat’ feature on the Library website during business hours. No reference phone calls will be answered at this time.

 

  • How do I access databases off campus? (For current law students and faculty)

    • To access databases from off-campus, go to the Law Library webpage at http://law.utah.edu/library/ and use either the Database Quick Links menu, or go to the A-Z database list. Clicking on Heinonline, Nexis Uni, or any of the databases in the A-Z list with a “U” next to it will take you to your campus login page. Once you’re logged in, you should be able to access the database.Continue to use your own individual logins for Bloomberg Law, Westlaw, and Lexis  for access to those databases when you’re off-campus.
    • If you need assistance with your database accounts, contact Suzanne Darais.
      For login technical support, contact Valeri Craigle.

 

  • Can I access textbooks on course reserve?
    • There will be no physical course reserves for the fall semester.

 

  • I have a spring event booked at the College of Law. What do I do?

 

  • Can I get a refund back on any event deposits if it was canceled because of COVID-19-related issues?
    • Yes.

 

  • I’m a law student and don’t know how the campus changes affect extra-curricular activities related to externships, CDO activities, student organizations and other law school happenings. Who can I talk to if I’m a student and I don’t know whether I should attend something or not because of COVID-19?
    • The situation is changing regularly.  You will likely hear from advisors and faculty with more information. Contact Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Leilani Marshall directly with additional questions and concerns (leilani.marshall@law.utah.edu).