Message from the Dean: COVID-19 Law Center Update (March 11)
Dear Members of the Georgetown Law Community:
Like all of you, I have been closely following reports of COVID-19. My concern, at this difficult time, is working to protect the health and safety of members of this community.
As you may have seen, President DeGioia has announced all classes will move to virtual learning until further notice. Unless you hear otherwise, Law Center classes will meet virtually online at their normally scheduled day and time.
Outlined below are updates on a few key areas including Instructional Continuity, campus operations, and campus events. All of this information will be available on the Law Center’s dedicated COVID-19 page. Also, as a reminder, as the situation evolves, please also follow information posted on the University’s central information page.
Please know that we do not take any of these developments or decisions lightly. A team has been working around the clock to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19. I also understand that we are expecting many of you to go above and beyond in your efforts to support our important mission of teaching and scholarship. We are all in this together during these challenging times, and I appreciate everyone working to keep our community safe during this global health event.
William M. Treanor
Dean and Executive Vice President
Paul Regis Dean Leadership Chair
VIRTUAL LEARNING: ALL CLASSES MOVING ONLINE
We expect that most classes will meet online at their regularly scheduled day and time using the Zoom platform. How professors translate their classes to an online setting, however, is their choice, and we expect that we will end up with many different approaches.
Our commitment to students is this: any student who completes the work their professors assign will complete all of their classes and earn all of their credits.
Some class activities will be very difficult to move online. We have already started to focus on externships, simulations, practica, and clinics, and will provide specific guidance on those types of classes soon.
More details on how we are moving classes online will follow in separate emails to faculty and students.
As of now, the Law Center’s campus buildings will remain open, including the Gewirz Student Center, Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center, and the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library. Campus services including copy/mail and campus food services are available, but will be limited. Operations will be evaluated and adjusted on an ongoing basis, as needed.
We are encouraging teleworking for employees where possible given our current operating status. Employees should consult with your unit or department head regarding COVID-19 telework practices for your unit or department.
At this time, for the protection of our Georgetown Law community and consistent with University policy, in-person events, both on and off-campus, will not be held from this date through May 15, 2020. We will continue to evaluate this practice, and will provide updates on an ongoing basis, as needed.
If you would like to proceed with your event virtually, we recommend that you consider using Zoom as an option. IST will be sending out instructions on using Zoom. Please know, however, that IST and AV will not be able to provide tech support for individual events, as they will be prioritizing support for online classes to ensure instructional continuity.
If, for some reason, you feel that there is a compelling reason that your scheduled event should still take place in person, you may submit a request for a waiver to Dean William Treanor via this form.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of this information, please submit them via this form.