Fowler Law Returns to Remote Instruction and Support as Orange County Reverts to Purple Tier

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The following message was sent to all law students by Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Nidhi Vogt on Monday, November 16.

Dear Students,

Orange County has returned to the PURPLE tier on the state’s 4-tier county risk level in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. As President Struppa just announced, the campus will revert back to where we were prior to Orange County moving to the RED tier in October. This means that effective tomorrow, Tuesday, November 17, Kennedy Hall will not be open for any in-person instruction or study while the county remains in the Purple tier. The doors will be locked and student key cards will no longer provide access to Kennedy Hall. Campus study areas including Leatherby Libraries will also be closed.

Professors and all student-facing departments remain available remotely to serve our students. As finals approach, I hope you will take advantage of our academic support resources, including your professors, Professor Sadeghi, fellows, and the librarians. In addition, the Career Services Office (“CSO”) and Student Affairs will continue to work with you one-on-one via phone, Zoom or Teams to provide you with personalized support to help you meet your goals.

The spring 2021 semester will begin on Monday, January 11. While we hope to have in-person classes in the spring semester (with a hybrid option for students who cannot, or do not want to, return to campus), we will have to remain flexible and follow the guidelines of the Governor and local health officials. Accordingly, we cannot say for certain at this point what each class’s format/delivery will be with absolute certainty. Therefore, there may be changes to the schedule, class format/delivery, instructors, or other matters, including classes remaining online only. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more about the spring semester.

The health and safety of our campus communities are our top priority, and we will keep you informed as we learn more information. We also ask that you remain diligent in following the CU Safely Back protocols both on and off campus as we all work to limit the spread of COVID-19.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me: nvogt@chapman.edu.