Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Updated on April 3, 2020 at 1:30 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.

Recent news

  • The KU School of Law has adopted a revised grading policy, announced March 30, for the spring 2020 semester. More information about the revised policy is available here.
  • The university's Commencement ceremonies are postponed, with the hope to reschedule events for the late summer or early fall. The law school will host a Hooding Ceremony for the Class of 2020, but it will be postponed. Updates will be shared with the graduating class as they become available.
  • 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 csteadham@ku.edu.
  • All instruction will be online for the rest of the spring semester.
  • 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

See below for communications and information specific to the KU School of Law.

Message from the Dean: Spring 2020 Grade Policy Update - School of Law (3/30/20)

Blog post: Tips for successful remote learning and stress management (3/25/20)

Message for alumni: COVID-19 response at the KU School of Law (3/18/20)

KU Law update: Preparing for online instruction, library and building availability, and other news (3/17/20)

Additional updates concerning KU Law classes and events (3/13/20)

Message from the Dean: KU Law response to COVID-19 (3/12/20)


Resources for students

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 leaht@ku.edu 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.

KU Law Student Emergency Fund Application (PDF)

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

Food and financial issues

Information for international students


Resources for faculty

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.

Blackboard:

You can request additional support by contacting KU IT Educational Technology Support at itedtech@ku.edu or 785-864-2600.


How to reach us

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.

BUILDING AVAILABILITY

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 csteadham@ku.edu, 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.

STUDENT SERVICES

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 leaht@ku.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • Vicki Palmer, registrar, is also available to meet or answer questions remotely. Contact her at vpalmer@ku.edu 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 hspielmaker@ku.edu and staceyblakeman@ku.edu.

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 hspielmaker@ku.edu.

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 lawref@ku.edu 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 lawref@ku.edu or Library Director Chris Steadham at csteadham@ku.edu for additional information on these services.

For additional information, call the library circulation desk at 785-864-3026.

ADMINISTRATION

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

The Office of Admissions is available to speak with you. Email admitlaw@ku.edu to schedule a telephone meeting with Bryanna Hanschu, director of recruiting, or Steven Freedman, assistant dean of admissions. Or, you can call the admissions team directly at 785-864-9210 for Dean Freedman or 785-864-7331 for Bryanna Hanschu.

RESOURCES FOR THE PUBLIC

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Due to the library closure and public health concerns, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is suspended until further notice.


Weekly Updates email

Read the Weekly Updates email for the latest news, announcements and events from the law school.

Weekly Updates - Week of March 30, 2020
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