Back to School for Fall 2020

Greetings to the law school community,

Throughout the summer, faculty and staff have been hard at work to plan for a successful fall semester despite the uncertainty that the pandemic brings to our campus.

Two critical components of our success this fall will be (1) the ability to be flexible in the face of uncertainty and ever-evolving information and (2) a shared commitment to the health and safety of everyone in our community.

As you’ve seen in correspondence from Chancellor Steinmentz, the University of Arkansas will implement several important protocols to promote health and safety. They include:

  • Wearing masks while inside campus buildings
  • Physical distancing both in the classroom and while moving through buildings
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols
  • A combination of in-person, online, and hybrid classes
  • Staggered in-person schedules to avoid having too many students in one classroom

Some other precautions we are taking within the law school include:

  • Designated study areas to maintain physical distancing
  • Expanded printing locations for ease of access and distancing
  • Virtual meetings and events, until such time as in-person is deemed safe
  • Seating policies to permit contact tracing

I’m sure you will have questions as we get closer to the first day of classes and move through the semester. I encourage you to visit the University’s COVID-19 page for general questions about the latest safety guidelines and requirements and plans for returning to campus. Please also review the law school’s draft guide for returning to campus and feel free to reach out to any of the people listed in the contacts in that document with questions.

Please also read the Building Use Guidelines and pledge to follow them as we return to campus for Fall 2020.

Dean Margaret Sova McCabe

Building Use Guidelines Pledge

By submitting this form, I certify that I have read and will comply with the law school’s Building Usage Guidelines, below. I also understand that the University’s COVID-19 website is a source of campus-wide guidelines that all students, faculty, and staff are expected to follow.

Building Use Guidelines

  1. Check your health before coming to campus. Do not come to campus if you’re ill.
  2. Wear a face covering at all times, including during class. Two will be provided for each student and employee.
  3. Practice social distancing. Campus signage will remind you of appropriate distances.
  4. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  5. Wipe down your desk space before and after use.
  6. Use only assigned seats in classrooms and adhere to course seating charts.
  7. Classroom and study seating must be reserved up to 24 hours in advance using the link on the library web page.
  8. Do not linger in hallways – move to your destination without congregating.
  9. Do not loiter in or near bathrooms. If a bathroom is full, find another or wait outside following social distancing guidelines. Follow hand sanitizing guidance.
  10. Plan to arrive shortly before class and leave the classroom promptly at the end of class. You may approach the professor only with permission. Wait at the designated social distancing marks on the floor until given that permission to approach.
  11. Do not move classroom or building furniture.