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Changes to College of Law Operations

November 20, 2020 | College

From the desk of Dean Lincoln L. Davies on Thursday, November 19:

Dear fellow Moritzers,

As you have seen, the state’s public health advisory system today designated Franklin County “purple,” indicating “severe” coronavirus transmission in our midst. Likewise, President Johnson this evening has indicated prompt changes to university operations, to protect the health and safety of our community. Please read President Johnson’s message carefully.

I write this evening with dual purposes—to urge you to redouble our vigilance in following health and safety protocols, and to announce several changes to law school operations, effective immediately, in light of the increasing danger from the COVID-19 pandemic:

1.    Classes on Friday, November 20: I am encouraging all College of Law faculty teaching this Friday to move their courses online. Students should look for communication from their instructors about this; students of course have the option to attend any law school class remotely for COVID-related reasons, as previously announced. Faculty members should watch for an email from Dean Ralph with brief reminders about online platforms. N.B. Faculty members are receiving this encouragement from me at the same time students are seeing it; I am confident we will all extend grace to each other, as I have been so impressed we have done throughout this unprecedented semester.

2.    Classes during the week of Monday, November 23: Consistent with President Johnson’s message, all College of Law classes next week will be conducted online. Again, students should watch for communication from their instructors if they have courses that presently are in-person. As a reminder, College of Law classes are not being held on Wednesday, November 25.

3.    Access to Drinko Hall: Effective Saturday, November 21, access to Drinko Hall will be limited to members of the law school community with valid BuckID cards. Building access will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. seven days per week, extending through the exam period. College of Law community members are encouraged to use the building only as necessary. Anyone using the building must follow all safety protocols, including physical distancing, use of face coverings, and washing hands.

4.    College of Law employees: Beginning Monday, November 23, all College of Law faculty and staff are encouraged to work from home. Law school employees who prefer to work from Drinko Hall should coordinate with their supervisors. Otherwise, only a few staff members will continue to run basic operations within the building; we collectively thank them in advance for their dedication and service.

5.    Available services: After Friday, November 20, the College of Law Library will close to student, faculty, and public access. For information about accessing books or materials from the Law Library, please visit the library’s COVID-19 Library Updates guide and email questions to Student printing will be available in the library (one door to the library will be unlocked) until the printers are moved to the Public Service Law Center, which is located on the first floor of Drinko Hall and accessible via BuckID. All other College of Law services will remain available but delivered remotely.

6.    Mental health resources: We also remind you of available mental health resources. These include access to our embedded counselor, Dr. Urbanczyk, as well as urgent care and triage counseling, provided from the university. Both the Wexner Medical Center and the Ohio State Chief Wellness Officer have made available helpful mental health online resources specific to the coronavirus pandemic.

Throughout this year, I have been so deeply impressed by the strength of our law school community. This is another sharp turn in the road, but we are prepared, and we know how to face it—together.

Time and again, we have showed resilience, adaptability, and collective concern for each other as a law school community. This is the definition of being Buckeye, but it is even more than that. It is what makes us great.

Please take care—of yourselves, of your families, and of each other.

Be well,

Lincoln L. Davies
Dean & Frank R. Strong Chair in Law
Michael E. Moritz College of Law