Briefing Room
Drinko Hall


Closure of Drinko Hall

March 19, 2020 | College

From the desk of Dean Lincoln Davies
on Wednesday, March 18 :

As you saw, President Drake has directed that all University employees who can do so work from home, and that only “critical” services be maintained on campus. Although the University remains open for business and class instruction will resume online on Monday, the working definition of “critical” in this context is narrow.

Accordingly, and to protect the health of everyone in our community, we are closing Drinko Hall, effective immediately.

If there are things in the building that you need in order to continue your work or studies (such as books, notes, medicine, or computers), and you are not ill, you may use your key or keycard to enter Drinko Hall tomorrow (March 19) between noon and 6 p.m. to obtain them. You should exit the building immediately after doing so.

We ask that you remain in the building only for so long as necessary. Please also continue to follow proper hygiene protocol: wash or sanitize your hands when you arrive and leave, maintain appropriate social distancing (at least six feet), and avoid congregating anywhere inside or outside the building.

It is possible that events may overtake us, based on further direction from University or governmental authorities, but we currently plan to offer an additional window of entry next week if possible for anyone who is not presently in Columbus.

We are also aware that some students are in the process of preparing bar application materials. As always, both Professor Kelly and Dean Nealy stand ready to assist and to answer questions you may have.

If closure of the building presents a problem or you have questions, please contact one of the following people:

We will respond as quickly as possible and appreciate your patience while we endeavor to do so. We will have further updates on the Moritz response to the COVID-19 outbreak soon, so please watch for that.

In the meantime, I will want to underscore how incredibly impressive it is to see our community coming together to do our best and lift each other up in these unprecedented times.

Very best,

Lincoln L. Davies
Dean & Frank R. Strong Chair in Law
Moritz College of Law
Drinko Hall | 55 W. 12th Avenue | Columbus, Ohio 43210
Tel: 614.292.0574 |