Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Updated on July 2, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
Please visit coronavirus.ku.edu for the latest information from the University of Kansas about prevention and response efforts related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This page includes recent news and resources for the KU Law community.
- The university recently announced several changes to the fall schedule. including changes to the academic calendar and course scheduling. The law school is working to finalize its fall academic calendar, and will provide additional details in the coming weeks about class configurations and other outstanding fall planning questions. Here are the most recent updates:
- Classes for upper-level students will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 26, a day earlier than originally scheduled (not on Aug. 24, as the university has announced for the rest of campus).
- Classes for 1Ls will begin on Thursday, Aug. 20 as part of our Entering Student Program.
- Classes will conclude before Thanksgiving, on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
- There will not be a Labor Day holiday or a Fall Break. Law school classes will meet on those days.
- The change in our fall upper-level start date ensures our classes satisfy the American Bar Association accreditation requirements while also following university guidelines.
- We will hold a virtual version of the 2L/3L Orientation before classes start. Upper-level students, we will confirm the event date and share more information soon.
- The Chancellor and Provost have introduced the Protect KU Plan, which outlines safety measures in preparation for reopening campus this fall. It includes a policy requiring face coverings, effective now: Individuals must wear masks (cloth minimum) that fully cover their mouths and noses at all times while on campus and within 6 feet of another individual.
- Green Hall will remain locked for the foreseeable future, following guidance from KU Public Safety. Students who need access to the building may email Chris Steadham, library director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students, your items may remain in Green Hall until you are ready to collect them.
- The law school has returned to standard grading policies for summer classes. Summer courses will be offered in an online format, with both synchronous and asynchronous course options available. The summer schedule and enrollment information are available at law.ku.edu/enrollment.
- Many law school services are operating remotely.
Resources for the KU Law community
Follow the links below to find recent updates and resources in these categories:
- News and announcements from KU Law
- Resources for students
- Resources for faculty
- How to reach us
- Weekly Updates email
See below for communications and information specific to the KU School of Law.
STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND
In an effort to make sure an unforeseen circumstance doesn’t prevent a student from continuing on to graduation, the University of Kansas School of Law has established the Student Emergency Fund. The fund provides one-time grants of up to $500 to students in need of emergency financial assistance. Grants do not need to be repaid. Students can apply for assistance by contacting Leah Terranova at email@example.com or sending her a completed application form. Gift cards to Dillons or other grocery stores are also available for students struggling with food insecurity. Please contact Leah Terranova to obtain a card.
The law school has received $25,000 in student emergency funding from the nonprofit organization AccessLex. Those funds will be distributed through the Student Emergency Fund application process.
Additionally, the University of Kansas will distribute additional relief funds provided by the CARES Act. More information about how those funds will be distributed to students is available on the KU CARES Act webpage.
RESOURCES FOR ONLINE LEARNING
Please review the resources below and make sure you have access to these services:
Additional university resources are available in the “studying” section of remote.ku.edu.
RESOURCES FOR STUDENT SUPPORT
There are several campus and community resources that provide support for wellness, mental health and financial assistance. Find a comprehensive list of campus resources at coronavirus.ku.edu.
Wellness and mental health
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): caps.ku.edu or 785-864-2277. CAPS is offering teletherapy appointments. Updates on services will be posted to the CAPS website.
- Watkins Health Services: studenthealth.ku.edu, 785-864-9500 or studenthealth.ku.edu/coronavirus
- Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center: bertnash.org or 785-843-9192
Food and financial issues
- Just Food: justfoodks.org or 785-856-7030. Just Food is distributing pre-packaged boxes of groceries for pickup. More information is available on the Just Food website.
- Student Money Management Services: money.ku.edu or 785-864-1182. Offering remote services.
Information for international students
- KU Law has been working closely with current and admitted international students to respond to the uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the suspension of routine visa services at all U.S. embassies and consulates since March 20, we have allowed international students admitted to our Two-Year J.D., LL.M. and S.J.D. programs for the fall semester to defer their start dates until Spring 2021. KU's Office of International Affairs continues to assist us in monitoring the situation and advising admitted and prospective international students.
- For further information, contact KU International Affairs: international.ku.edu/coronavirus-updates or 785-864-6161.
RESOURCES FOR ONLINE INSTRUCTION
The University of Kansas provides many resources to assist with moving from in-person to online teaching. Please visit remote.ku.edu for more information.
Additional resources for KU Law faculty are provided below.
- Accessing Blackboard and creating content (PDF)
- Posting to Blackboard (PDF)
- Creating video content (PDF)
You can request additional support by contacting KU IT Educational Technology Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-2600.
In light of the developing situation regarding COVID-19, we wanted to provide additional information about KU School of Law services for the near future.
The law school is open with many services operating remotely. Here’s how you can reach us. This list will be updated regularly.
Following guidance issued by KU Public Safety on March 20, Green Hall will remain locked 24 hours a day for the foreseeable future.
Students who need access to the building to get their books, study materials or other belongings may email Chris Steadham, director of the Wheat Law Library, at email@example.com, to schedule an appointment. Students who need access to a computer or other KU IT equipment in order to complete their coursework should also contact Chris Steadham.
Academic Services and Registrar
KU Law will continue to support students with academic services:
- Leah Terranova, assistant dean for academic and student affairs, is available for remote meetings. Contact Dean Terranova at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
- Vicki Palmer, registrar, is also available to meet or answer questions remotely. Contact her at email@example.com with questions or to schedule an appointment.
Career Services Office
Our CSO team will work with students and employers directly to answer questions about on-campus interviews, summer employment, career counseling, 3L exit interviews and other matters. Dean Heather Spielmaker and Career Services Director Stacey Blakeman are available to meet with students remotely. Students can request an appointment by emailing both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Employers who would like to interview KU Law students or plan other activities with the Career Services Office should email Assistant Dean Heather Spielmaker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEAT LAW LIBRARY
The library will offer services to KU Law students, faculty and staff, as well as the public, remotely. No drop-in hours will be available. Here’s how users can access the library until normal operations resume:
- Ask a law librarian: The Ask a Law Librarian service will continue to operate by email and phone while the facility is closed. Submit a question by emailing email@example.com or calling the circulation desk at 785-864-3026 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Research and study guides: The law library offers a wide range of online research and study guides. Find study guides on the KU Law website here.
Additional service updates KU Law students:
- West Academic Study Aids: The law library continues to provide electronic access to West Academic Study Aids for students. Visit law.ku.edu/legal-databases for access to these study aids and many additional electronic resources.
- Lexis has offered the following services for KU Law students:
- Lexis Summer Access: All law school students have free, unrestricted access to using their Lexis Advance Law School IDs this summer. Students may use their Lexis Advance Law School ID for any purpose this summer. They may use it while working for a firm (whether they are paid or unpaid) and also for externships, internships, clerkships and summer classes.
- Graduating 3Ls: Graduates will receive free access to Lexis for six months after law school graduation (until December 31, 2020). Students do not need to take any further action to do so. Lexis IDs will stay on and will be switched from a law student account to a graduate account. With the exception of Public Records, students will have access to the same Lexis content that they had while in law school.
- Research assistance: Law librarians remain available for virtual assistance with legal research projects. Law librarians can also assist with providing electronic access to many required course texts. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Library Director Chris Steadham at email@example.com for additional information on these services.
For additional information, call the library circulation desk at 785-864-3026.
The law school’s administration remains open and available for remote meetings. Contact the team you need directly through our faculty/staff directory.
PROSPECTIVE STUDENT SERVICES
Office of Admissions
Updates from the Office of Admissions are available on the Admissions FAQ - Latest News page. The page includes answers to frequently asked questions about the applications and admissions process.
The Admissions team is available to meet with prospective students remotely and is happy to answer questions about the admissions process or the KU Law experience. To schedule an appointment, please email Steven Freedman, assistant dean of admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bryanna Hanschu, director of recruiting (email@example.com). To learn more about KU Law, visit the Request Information page.
RESOURCES FOR THE PUBLIC
Advance Care Planning Clinic
The client application for the Advance Care Planning Clinic is now closed. Through the pop-up clinic, volunteers and students with the KU School of Law's Medical-Legal Partnership offered free legal services to essential workers in health care settings. More information is available on the Advance Care Planning Clinic webpage.
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