Law

Student Resources and Information

Effective Saturday, March 14, 2020, the University will suspend face-to-face instruction, lectures, discussion sessions, seminars and other similar classroom settings, and move to remote instruction.  Instruction that involves labs, studios, music lessons, clinical experience, e.g., may meet at the discretion of the dean provided that social distancing (i.e., maintaining six feet between people) is observed and respected.

Thank you for your patience as we determine exactly what this means for College of Law students, faculty and staff.  Situations like this often cause uncertainty.  We have compiled this information to answer many of your questions.  Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to email them to studentaffairs.uclaw@gmail.com.

FAQ

Remote Instruction

Events

Student Support

Health and Wellness

Travel


Remote Instruction

Will the building be open?

The university is transitioning to remote operation. This means the College of Law building will close indefinitely.  Following is our plan for students to retrieve their personal belongings from the law school building:

  • Student swipe access to the law school building will end Friday, March 20, at 5:00 pm. 
  • If you are unable to retrieve your personal belongings before March 20, please contact Dean Rucker to arrange an appointment.      
  • The final day for students to access the law school building is Friday, March 27, at 5:00 pm. 

What if I have questions about WebEx or Kaltura? What resources are available to support me as we transition to remote learning?

The College of Law Library has created this website to support students’ transition to online learning, including information on using WebEx and Kaltura: http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/lawremotelearning.  

The ABA published an article to help students adapt to remote learning and you can access it here:  https://abaforlawstudents.com/2020/03/11/coronavirus-your-law-school-went-online-now-what/.  We contacted the University’s Office of Accessibility Resources for additional guidance to help students adapt to remote learning.  We will share additional resources as they become available. 

What if my computer/laptop doest not meet the requirements for WebEx or other remote learning platforms?

Please contact Assistant Dean Rucker directly for assistance.

How will I know when my classes will meet?

Faculty will teach synchronous classes, holding classes at their normally scheduled times when possible.  When this is not possible, professors will record lectures and post to their online course pages.

Can I still meet face-to-face with faculty?

Faculty will announce their plans for office hours.  Face-to-face meetings with faculty are allowed if social distancing is observed and respected.

What will we do about exams?

We are currently examining our final exam practices should the University’s suspension of face-to-face instruction extend beyond April 13.  We will provide you updated information as it is available.


Events

What about student-organized events such as meetings, banquets, lectures, receptions, or other social activities?

All College of Law events, whether on-campus or off-campus, are postponed or canceled through May 31.  These events include, but are not limited to, the Notary Blitz, the Hooding Auction, the Schott Lecture, Jurist-in-Residence, and the Dean’s Reception.  If your organization decides to move forward with a prohibited event, you will forfeit use of university funding to cover event expenses.

Can we have student organization meetings at the law school?

No.  Students will not have access to the law school after Friday, March 20, at 5:00pm.

Can students use WebEx to schedule meetings?

All UC students can schedule meetings for up to eight people via WebEx.  Instructions on how to do this can be found here: https://kb.uc.edu/kbarticles/webex-landing.aspx

Is Hooding canceled?

The University has not made any decisions related to commencement ceremonies.  We will update you as we have additional information.


Student Services

How can I schedule a meeting with Assistant Dean Rucker?

Assistant Dean Rucker will regularly respond to emails, and you may continue to schedule appointments with her here: https://calendly.com/staci-rucker.  During the University’s suspension of face-to-face instruction, she will meet with students remotely via WebEx or telephone conference.

What if I need a form signed for my Ohio bar application?

The Law School Character Certificates for all 3L students will be mailed by the Registrar’s Office directly to the Ohio Office of Bar Admissions.   As a reminder, the Ohio Supreme Court must receive (not postmarked) your completed “Application to Take the Bar Examination” and fees by Wed., April 1, 5:00 pm, to sit for the July Ohio bar exam. 

What if I need another form signed by the Registrar or the College of Law Dean?

For all registrar requests, please email Chris Lambeth or Tonya Hampton at lawregis@ucmail.uc.edu.  

What about fall registration?

Registration is always conducted online, so not too much will change here.  We will provide registration information as it is available, and we will provide online academic advising options.

What about the Center for Professional Development?

The Center for Professional Development emailed all law students outlining their plans for continued student support during the University’s suspension of face-to-face instruction.  If you have questions, continue to communicate directly with CPD attorneys in their respective areas:


Health and Wellness

Will the Campus Recreation Center be open?

No, the Campus Recreation Center will be closed through April 11.

Can I still access CAPS counseling services? What about "Let's Talk"?

For now, UC Counseling & Psychological Services will remain open and fully accessible to students (513.556.0648 or crisis phone support or to make an appointment).  CAPS will still operate with normal business hours (M-F 8:00am – 5:00pm, 225 Calhoun St., Suite 200, above Target).  Due to the fluid nature of the current situation, CAPS is referring students their website for the most up-to-date information. “Let’s Talk” will no longer be held in UC’s academic buildings, including the College of Law.

How can I get the latest updates regarding UC and the COVID-19 virus

We encourage you to check uc.edu/publichealth for information and travel updates. If you have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 at UC, please email publichealth@uc.edu.


Travel

Should I keep my spring break travel plans?

We strongly urge extreme caution and judgment for your personal domestic travel, with attention to known outbreak areas such as Washington state and New Rochelle, New York.

All personal international travel is strongly discouraged by any UC community member.  All UC employees and students returning from international travel and/or a cruise must register with University Health Services (UHS) via UHSTravel@ucmail.uc.edu, and receive specific guidance from UHS before returning to campus.

Travelers returning from a CDC Level 3 countries (currently China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) are required to observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine and monitoring.  During this period, faculty, staff, and students are not permitted to come to work, attend class or participate in any other campus or community activities.  

What about university-sponsored domestic travel?

University-sponsored domestic travel by any mode of transportation will be prohibited for students.  This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips between now and May 31, 2020.  The University will reevaluate these guidelines and share updates as more information becomes available.  If your organization decides to move forward with a prohibited travel, you will forfeit use of university funding to cover travel expenses.

What about university-related international travel?

All university-related international travel is suspended through May 31, 2020. This applies to all faculty, staff, postdocs, student organizations and students, and includes any travel associated with scholarly activities as a UC employee, including travel funded by a government grant, foundation, company or other university.  If your organization decides to move forward with a prohibited travel, you will forfeit use of university funding to cover travel expenses.


Additional Questions

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to email them to studentaffairs.uclaw@gmail.com.