Fowler School of Law Protocols for October 5th Return

This post was updated on

The following communication was sent from Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Nidhi Vogt to law students on September 23, 2020.

Dear Students,

We anticipate the gradual reopening of Kennedy Hall on October 5th for the limited purpose of holding hybrid and in-person classes. If you choose to return to campus, you should follow the University’s return-to-campus process for Orange Campus and only access Kennedy Hall for the purpose of attending hybrid or in-person classes during the class times/days designated by your faculty member.

There are several new safety measures and protocols in place at Kennedy Hall, including new physical barriers, physical distancing markers to ensure 6-foot physical distance requirements, signage, hand sanitizing stations and disinfecting wipes, health awareness messaging, and much more. Face coverings that cover your mouth and nose are required at all times in Kennedy Hall. Face coverings should have multiple layers of fabric, fit snugly to the sides of the face, and avoid leakage (thus, masks with valves/vents or bandanas, for example, are not appropriate).

Please read this email in its entirety, taking careful note of the following:


Entrance – Key Card Access Only

Kennedy Hall will be restricted to Fowler School of Law students, faculty, and staff. Guests or family members are not permitted in Kennedy Hall. The only entrance to Kennedy Hall will be located on the back patio in front of the Bhathal Student Center, where you will be required to swipe your Chapman identification card to open the automatic (no touch) sliding glass doors. Please remember to always carry your Chapman identification card with you. All building exits are available, though we ask that you avoid exiting through the back patio doors to avoid congestion

Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library

During this phase of our return to campus, the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, including student study rooms, will remain closed, while our librarians continue to serve students remotely.  

Access to Facilities within Kennedy Hall

Per state guidelines and industrial health experts’ recommendations, many common areas will be closed until further notice, including the student lounge, game room, student kitchen, lockers (on the first and second floor), computer and printing lab, the meditation room, the courtrooms (unless pre-approved for a class or through Professor Schultz’s program), student organization offices, and the third floor mediation rooms. The lactation room will be available by reservation only. During this phase, there will be no on-site printing or copying available.

Access to Services

Student services such as Academic Achievement, the Career Services Office, Student Affairs, the Law Registrar’s Office, and librarians from the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law will remain available virtually. Faculty will meet with students virtually for office hours and to answer questions. Questions, concerns, or other matters should still be addressed by email or virtual meetings.

A Law School administrator will be available in Kennedy Hall from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday and while classes are in session on Friday for emergencies only. Students may visit the Dean’s Suite or the Center for Student Engagement in the case of an emergency. If after hours, please work with your faculty member or Public Safety (714-997-6763) to resolve any emergencies. In the case of a fire alarm or other emergency, please leave the building and proceed to the Student Health Center parking lot. We do not run drills, so please take the sounding of the alarm seriously and evacuate immediately.

Food and Drink 

Because masks must be worn at all times, food cannot be consumed inside Kennedy Hall. We understand that you may occasionally need to take a quick sip of a drink, but otherwise masks need to be worn the entire time you are in Kennedy Hall. Any meals will need to be eaten outside or at home.


To comply with state guidelines, furniture has been moved and markings are installed to show where students may sit to ensure 6-foot physical distance requirements. Please use all furniture where it is currently placed (do not move furniture). For more information on which days you may attend hybrid classes in person and when you will view/participate remotely, please look out for updates directly from you professor.

If You Must Stay in Kennedy Hall for an Online Class

While we anticipate that the majority of students will participate in online classes from their homes, in the event you have an online only class scheduled close to a hybrid class (that won’t allow you to return home in time), classrooms 237 A and B, 233, and 236 will be available for students who need to participate in an online class while on campus. These classrooms are not meant to be quiet study space, though students will need to use headphones in these rooms and continue to wear their face coverings. Kennedy Hall will generally not be open for students to study at this time. The University will have some study spaces in tented areas around campus, but we ask that you leave Kennedy Hall unless you have a class.

Getting to Class

  • Please keep to the right and walk close to the wall in hallways and stairwells, to provide adequate distance between yourself and others.
  • To avoid congestion as classes let out, please do not arrive at classrooms earlier than 10 minutes before class is scheduled to begin.
  • It is advised that students exit Kennedy Hall after class, unless they are waiting for another class to begin.
  • Exit the building using the exit doors closest to your classroom, to avoid congestion in hallways.
  • Elevators will be limited to two people. Additional stairwells that were previously unused or locked are now open to our community.

We understand this will look and feel very different from what you are used to, but we remain committed to your success and health. It will be important for us all to work together to stay healthy and slow the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to provide updates as we learn more, and you may also visit CU Safely Back website. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. We are all here to support you and want to make sure we have a safe and productive return to campus.