Tulane Law School Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Tulane Law School has moved to online instruction and to have as many faculty and staff that can effectively work from home do so now. Following the university's directive, we have also canceled events of greater than 10 people. Please read below for more information. If you are not a student, faculty or staff member, and are unsure who to call with a concern or question, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tulane Law School will begin online instruction as of March 23. In order to minimize the number of e-mail messages sent to students, we are continually updating this law school-specific document Information and answers to frequently asked questions. Please refer to it frequently.
Move to Online Instruction
All classes are online through the Spring semester. An updated Spring Schedule, including make-up classes is here.
Each of your regularly scheduled classes is expected to take place in a Zoom meeting with a recurring meeting ID and URL. We have compiled a spreadsheet with the recurring meeting IDs currently assigned to your regularly scheduled classes. If there is no meeting ID associated with your course (or an explanation in lieu thereof), please consult the professor or supervisor for the course. The spreadsheet may be found at: https://tulane.box.com/s/tsocauovyh67pfqzhh3ee21i6j7oof7j (SSO login to Box required)
A Zoom training session can be found here.
The Law School’s IT staff is ready to provide assistance to anyone having difficulty accessing or using the technology. Please email email@example.com for assistance.
Students are asked to work/study from home.
On March 20, 2020, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a “Stay at Home” mandate for the City of New Orleans. While faculty and staff are considered “essential” personnel under the Mayor’s order and are permitted to travel to the Law School if (and only if) there is a “critical need” to do so to carry out remote teaching, they should remain in the building no longer than absolutely necessary. Weinmann Hall is locked and accessible only by Splashcard.THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING CANNOT BE OVERSTATED AT THIS TIME.
Like other campus libraries, the Law Library will be will be closed to all but critical staff. These staff will be working to ensure continuity of services online and will only be on site as long as is necessary to do so.
The move to remote working conditions at the Law School will necessarily require new approaches to many important services and operations. But all functions – from career services and CLE to academic services, admissions, and financial administration – will remain in full operation, even if conducted mostly online or through interactions by phone or Zoom.
We will administer exams remotely. We will follow up with more details on plans for that in due course.
Student Activities and Events
In addition to suspending in-person classes, the University has also directed the cancellation or postponement of events with more than 10 persons. This will require the cancellation of endowed lectures, academic conferences, and other larger events scheduled for later this semester. All networking events organized by the Office of Career Development Office are cancelled.
Access to Campus is Restricted
Students are free to leave campus and finish the remainder of the semester from elsewhere, with the exception of clinical, practicum, and lab students with responsibilities to clients, who will be separately advised through clinic directors.
We will be following up on all of these matters as we receive additional information from the university and local leaders. We recognize that this response will cause significant disruption and inconvenience for all members of our community. We will be working tirelessly to minimize any hardships or headaches and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. Our community has weathered other significant storms before and I have no doubt we will all pull together again to navigate this challenge as well!
Tulane University has suspended or postponed all gatherings on campus for the time being which will impact a number of law school conferences, lectures and other events. They include:
These events will be rescheduled to the extent possible in the future.
Given that the impact of the virus remains fluid, we will remain in contact about future events beyond May 1 including the Tulane Law School Alumni Reception at the Louisiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting (Sandestin, Florida, June 9); and the Tulane Law Alumni Swearing-In Ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court (Washington, D.C., June 1).
On March 20, 2020, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a “Stay at Home” mandate for the City of New Orleans. While faculty and staff are considered “essential” personnel under the Mayor’s order and are permitted to travel to the Law School if (and only if) there is a “critical need” to do so to carry out remote teaching, they should remain in the building no longer than absolutely necessary. Weinmann Hall is locked and accessible only by Splashcard.
Staff: It is expected that most staff members at the Law School will be able to work effectively from home. Staff members whose presence on campus is considered “critical” will be contacted by their supervisors; others will be working from home.
Faculty: Information on remote teaching and other faculty-specific updates can be found on this page. Faculty members may exercise their own judgment about whether their presence on campus is critical to their teaching and research. As previously stated, faculty should access the law school and their offices if and only if there is a critical need to do so to carry out remote teaching. They should remain in the building no longer than absolutely necessary and avoid contact with others.
If you must come into the office, please practice social distancing measures and preventative measures throughout the university. We urge you to follow these same recommendations at home.
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