Weekly Newsletters

01/11/21

Dear Students,

I hope you all had some chance at rest and respite over the break.  Winter Recess is always an important time to recharge, even more so after the challenges of 2020. 

In its early weeks, however, 2021 has posed additional challenges.  Last week brought an appalling assault on our democratic processes that has left us all feeling deeply unsettled.  In many ways, these events reaffirm the importance of the work we do here and the need to recommit to the rule of law, to equality and  equity.  You are the next generation of lawyers, who will join the mission to uphold our democratic principles, to pursue justice, and to support civil discourse. 

As we individually and collectively process our emotions surrounding these events, I hope and expect that our community will dialogue respectfully and work to support one another.

Welcome New Students and Visiting Faculty

I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new students in the LLM and MSL-Online programs, as well as a few international exchange students.  In total, we have 100 new international students joining us from 22 countries. We are also welcoming 27 students pursuing their MSL degrees online. 

We are also joined by an exceptional group of visiting faculty:

We look forward to engaging with our newest community members, and I know you will all join me in welcoming them to the Law School. 

Congratulations, Professor Redish!

I am pleased to share some extraordinarily good news.  Last week, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) awarded our own Professor Redish the prestigious 2021 Daniel J. Meltzer Award. 

This award recognizes a scholar who has exemplified over the course of their career excellence in teaching, groundbreaking scholarship, engagement in issues of public importance, and overall contribution to the field of Federal Courts.  Since joining the Law School faculty almost five decades ago (48 years, to be exact!), Professor Redish has made a significant impact on the legal academy and countless students.  This is a much-deserved honor, and I hope you will join me in congratulating Professor Redish. 

Wildcat Wellness and Testing Protocols

As communicated before Winter Break, we will again observe a two-week Wildcat Wellness period to promote the health of our community.  Beginning today, January 11th, and continuing through January 24th, all classes will be held remotely and students will not be allowed on campus. 

Additionally, all students are required to have a negative COVID-19 test before attending classes or other activities on campus.  Please schedule your test now to ensure a result is available before in-person classes begin.

  • Create a profile with the University’s new testing partner, Color. You must create your account before arriving for your first appointment.
  • Book your initial testing appointment using the “Evanston/Chicago Graduate” slots.  Chicago campus testing will take place at 345 E. Superior St.

Most students will be required to test either weekly or every other week, depending on the amount of time they are expecting to spend on campus.  Full details on the new testing protocol can be reviewed here. 

Hybrid Classes, Remote-only Participation, and Course Shopping

We continue our commitment that all classes, even those tagged as “hybrid” or having an on-campus component, will be fully accessible to remote-only participation.  A student’s grade will not be negatively impacted by the choice to attend a hybrid class or a class with an on-campus component remotely. 

Given our reduced classroom and building capacities due to social distancing, students will not be able to physically drop in on in-person classes during the open enrollment period.  Students may only attend the classroom meeting for an in-person class if they are registered in that class (being waitlisted does not count as registered).  However, to support course shopping during add/drop, students may ask faculty to share the Zoom link so they may attend the remote meeting for a class and decide if they would like to enroll into an open slot.

If you are interested in shopping a class you may join a Zoom link, but you should not request to be added to the Canvas shell.  Canvas is an amazing tool for managing and delivering course content, but it’s not the University’s official system of record.  If you are added to Canvas without an official enrollment in CAESAR, you will not receive credit for the course, and may experience other consequences.

Climate Survey

This winter, the Law School will administer a comprehensive campus climate assessment survey to all students, faculty, staff, and our most recent alumni. The climate assessment provides an opportunity for us to better understand how members of our community perceive and experience our community, which will in turn help the Law School make positive and lasting changes and create a more inclusive campus. 

Additional information about the climate assessment, including the process and ultimately the results, can be found here.  The survey will open on January 26th. At that time, we will share the URL to access the survey.  I encourage all community members to support this important work and complete the survey. 

I wish you all a healthy and productive semester.  I remain optimistic that there are better times ahead, and I look forward to sharing those with all of you in the near future. 

Best, 

Jim Speta


11/25/20

Important Information on Fall Quarter Grades

Dear Students,

I am writing in response to the grading proposal recently submitted by the SBA and to the many requests we have received from students generally over the past few days.  I have been extraordinarily grateful for the continuing engagement and communication.  After much consideration, we have decided to enable students to presumptively withdraw from one course this semester, to add modest administrative time to all exams to address possible technology problems and other potential distractions, and to continue to administer the additional relief available under our processes generously.  Please continue through this email for further explanation of our decision-making and details on these options. 

As you know, before both the summer and the fall terms started, we announced a return to letter grading.  We did so after consulting with many stakeholders and as part of the decision to adopt mandatory credit/no-credit grading in the Spring 2020 term, when we were abruptly forced to change instruction in response to the pandemic.  At that time, we heard from many students and others that a return to grading would be very important.  Throughout the summer and into the fall, we continued to discuss what our responses might be to different eventualities, including whether we might again change the grading system. 

Of course, the pandemic is ongoing and current conditions are especially challenging.  There is no doubt that this has been a terribly difficult semester – the most difficult I can remember.  Students are struggling in many ways, as are faculty and staff, and no small few have experienced personal or family tragedy.  And so, when we received the SBA’s proposal following the latest student town hall, we undertook to consider the matter again.  I referred the SBA’s proposal to the faculty curriculum committee, which consulted with student representatives, with administration, and with colleagues.  I and other members of the leadership team have received many scores of individual student emails.  I have written back, I believe, to each.  We have now also received and reviewed the survey conducted by the SBA. 

We have decided not to recommend the adoption of either mandatory credit/no-credit or optional credit/no-credit.  We are making some additional changes (more on these below), and we will continue to address the needs of students through the granting of accommodations and modifications, as we have throughout the semester, with sensitivity to the pandemic and other current challenges.  We do not see the current situation as “normal,” nor do we think any of us has become “used to it.”  But we do believe that a substantial change, this late in the semester, runs the risk of unintended consequences and inequitable results, particularly given our having set a policy before the term began. 

First, we did not recommend a mandatory credit/no-credit scheme because we thought the circumstances different from the Spring, when abrupt changes were made on an emergency basis without any advance notice.  Additionally, part of our rationale in adopting mandatory credit/no-credit in the Spring was that students would have the opportunity to earn grades when formal assessment returned in the Fall.  That same consideration was reflected in much of the feedback we received.  Student feedback overall, I think it fair to say, reflected a wide variety of views both on this proposal and on many other matters.  

Second, we did not recommend an optional credit/no-credit scheme in part because of the equity concerns that it would create, particularly this late in the term, when students have already completed much of the classwork.  We also heard extensive feedback from employers that “credit” grades would be evaluated differently this term from the way they were evaluated in the Spring.  We know, of course, that some peer schools have optional pass/fail as part of their usual grading scheme, and that a few have further expanded it.  In those select cases, we believe “credit” grades are viewed differently, both by their internal communities and external audiences. As always, we want to ensure our students are well-positioned in the job market, and we do not believe optional credit/no-credit would support this objective. 

We are making two changes that we believe will provide some additional flexibility: 

  • First, JD and LLM students will be presumptively entitled to withdraw from one class of their choosing, up to the end of the reading period (Friday, December 4th).  Because of their different calendar, MSL students have an earlier deadline and should follow the withdrawal process that applies to them. 
    • A student withdrawing from a class will receive a “W” grade, which has no effect on GPA, but the student also does not receive credit for the course. 
    • 1L JD students may withdraw from any class except for Communications and Legal Reasoning (for which the work for the semester has been completed). 1Ls who opt to withdraw from a course will have to make up that class for credit. 
    • Students should contact the head of their program to discuss any consequences for academic progress, to make sure there are no adverse effects to a planned graduation (for example). 
    • JD and LLM students must submit a request for such withdrawal via this form no later than noon, on Friday, December 4th.
  • Second, fifteen (15) minutes of administrative time will be added to each timed exam’s length, to account for any minor technical difficulties or interruptions during an exam.  Exam submission within this administrative time will not create a time violation. 

In addition to these new measures, students may receive additional relief through our existing rules and processes.  Our student services and inclusion and engagement teams have done extraordinary work to grant modifications and otherwise to support students, and I know that our faculty has also worked to support students as best as they can in these times. 

To be specific, students may receive additional relief in the following ways – and of course you can also reach out to Dean of Students Susie Spies Roth to discuss your personal circumstances: 

  • Students may receive accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, through the ANU process.  Of course, that process is tied to the ADA and therefore has a specifically defined ambit.
  • Students may also receive other modification from the Dean of Students.  For example, the Dean of Students may modify exam schedules and other deadlines for medical, familial, and personal circumstances.  These modifications do not include extra time on individual exams but rather change the deadlines/dates for the exams/assignments themselves.  Students should reach out to the Dean of Students to discuss these options.
  • Students may withdraw from more than one course with express permission from the Dean of Students and with further documentation of their circumstances, with a W, up to the end of the reading period (Friday, December 4th). 
  • Students who encounter significant technical or other difficulties during the taking of any exam which may result in disruption going beyond the 15 minutes of administrative time should immediately contact the Registrar (law-registrar@law.northwestern.edu; https://northwestern.zoom.us/s/97562311720; or 312.626.6799) or the Dean of Students to discuss their circumstances and receive appropriate modifications, based on the circumstances.  

Please know that we have heard our students and we do understand the challenging circumstances surrounding the pandemic. Though we have not adopted all of the proposed relief measures, we will continue, as we have throughout the term, to support our students and respond with sensitivity by granting these forms of relief as generously as possible. 

I thank you again for your partnership, your hard work, and your understanding.

Jim Speta


10/29/20

Dear Students,

We hope this message finds you healthy and well. 

Since the start of the semester, we have made a concerted effort to provide timely and relevant communication. We will continue to do so as we head into exams and the Spring Semester. However, now that we are settled into our new routine with well-established safety protocols and processes, the Northwestern Law Return to Campus Newsletter will be sent on an as-needed basis rather than the regular Wednesday cadence.

Today’s newsletter covers a number of important topics, including information about the upcoming election, exams, and the Spring Semester, so please read it in its entirety. 

Spring Semester Modality

We all eagerly await the time when we can safely resume full in-person classes and activities. However, as we are faced with increasing cases across the country and in the Chicagoland area, coupled with unanswered questions about the impact of cold weather and flu season on the virus’s transmission, we must remain vigilant about protecting the health and safety of our community and complying with University and government policies.

With this in mind, the Law School plans to maintain its hybrid model of remote and in-person learning during the Spring Semester. Regarding 1L required courses, we are working through options for in-person engagement. In order to accommodate those faculty members unable to teach in person, we cannot offer in-person opportunities in the required second semester doctrinal courses via the small-group model or otherwise. We do plan to offer some in-person opportunities in the 1L electives and continue to brainstorm other avenues for in-person engagement.

As with the Fall, we will continue to provide enriching, rigorous academic experiences. While we would certainly all prefer to be in-person, we have been incredibly pleased with how our entire community has adapted to this hybrid model — faculty members have adjusted their teaching methods to continue to provide a world-class education, and students have remained as engaged as ever in both the classroom setting and in other Law School activities. We remain committed to resuming full in-person instruction and regular campus life when it is safe and feasible to do so.

To promote the health of our community after Winter Break, we will again observe a two-week Wildcat Wellness period, from January 11 to January 24. During that period, all classes will be held remotely. We expect there to be testing similar to the Fall Semester for those students who plan to come to campus during the Spring Semester. We will follow up with details on that as specifics become available.

Upcoming Student Townhall with Interim Dean Speta

Interim Dean Speta will be hosting a townhall for all students on Tuesday, November 10 at 7pm. Please save the date and stay tuned for additional details.

Building Access Reminders

  • Students are required to wear face coverings when inside the building in public and shared spaces, including library study rooms, as well as observe social distancing obligations. If students do not follow these public health requirements access to the building will be rescinded.
  • Students enrolled in classes with on-campus, in-person sessions will have their Wildcards programmed for access to the building for each day the class is in session. Students must complete the symptom monitoring form or app no more than two hours prior to arrival on campus each day you plan to be on campus. Students will access the building only via the 375 East Chicago Ave. door (Rubloff) and will display the approved (green) status to the security officer on duty to enter the building.
  • Remote students and students who would like access to the Law School Campus on days that they are not scheduled for in-person classes may do so by filling out the access request form. Access must be requested at least three business days in advance. Please only select the days that you plan to actually be in the building, as access to the Law School is limited due to the City’s building capacity limitations.  

As you are likely aware, we are seeing a concerning increase in COVID-19 cases in the Chicagoland area. On Tuesday, Governor Pritzker announced additional restrictions that go into effect Friday morning, Oct. 30. These include prohibiting indoor drinking and dining, imposing an 11 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants, and further limiting group gatherings. While these restrictions do not directly impact Law School operations, we want to again remind you to be vigilant about complying with COVID-19 health and safety precautions on-campus and off. These include respecting social distancing guidelines as well as wearing face coverings in all public and shared environments on campus as well as when social distancing is not feasible. We are relying on you to adhere to these requirements as part of our shared obligation to keep our community safe. As a reminder, ongoing access to the building for classes and other purposes depends on everyone’s adherence to these important public health requirements.

Election Week

Events

The Law School is hosting a number of events to foster community and promote conversation around the election. This includes several opportunities to participate in circles hosted by Professors Lynn Cohn and Annie Buth from the Center on Negotiation and Mediation, beginning this Friday, October 30. Full details can be found on the Law School’s election site.

Please save the date for an exciting post-election event featuring two leading election law scholars, including our own Professor Michael Kang.

2020 Election Redux: A Conversation featuring Professor Michael Kang and Professor Joshua Sellers

Professor Kang, William G. and Virginia K. Karnes Research Professor of Law, and Professor Sellers of Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, will come together the day after the election for an informal conversation on the aftermath of this historic election cycle.   

  • Wednesday, November 4, 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Location: Zoom

Classes and Building Access

As originally planned, we will observe a Day of Civic Service on Election Day (Nov. 3). Classes will not be held, and students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to volunteer and engage with the democratic process. Complete this brief survey to be informed of opportunities to get involved!

Classes will be remote for the remainder of the week – November 4th – 6th. Additionally, the Law School buildings will be closed beginning Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. and will reopen Saturday 8 a.m.

We made these decisions after consulting with the University and other Chicago-based schools out of an abundance of caution, to protect our students, faculty and staff in the event of disruptions downtown. We will continue to monitor plans and decisions by the City of Chicago in the lead-up to the election.

Resources

We know this is both an exciting and stressful time, and regardless of the election outcome, some members of our community will be disappointed. Please utilize the following resources should you feel elevated levels of stress or anxiety:

  • Northwestern’s Counseling and Psychological Services(CAPS) team is available for tele-health appointments.
  • Dean of Students Susie Spies Roth and Associate Dean of Inclusion & Engagement Shannon Bartlett will be hosting extra office hours:
    • Wednesday, November 4 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, November 5 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
    • Friday, November 6 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    • LocationZoom

Over the last nine months, our community has done a remarkable job in managing the challenges that COVID-19 has thrown at us. We have witnessed admirable perseverance, flexibility, and creativity, and there is no doubt we will demonstrate the same resilience as we head into the second half of the academic year.

Best,

Jim Speta

Susie Spies Roth 


10/07/20

Hi Students,

We only have a few reminders this week. Please read carefully and thank you for your vigilance in keeping our community safe!

  1. THE PRIVILEGE OF CAMPUS ACCESS:  We want to again remind you of the critical importance of following University, state, and local policies regarding COVID-19 health and safety precautions. These include respecting social distancing guidelines as well as wearing face coverings in all public and shared environments on campus as well as when social distancing is not feasible. We are relying on you to adhere to these requirements as part of our shared obligation to keep our community safe. Ongoing access to the building for classes and other purposes depends on everyone’s adherence to these important public health requirements. Continued failure to adhere to these requirements will result in some or all of you losing access to the building for at least the rest of the semester.
  2. COVID TESTING THIS WEEK! Our partners in University Health Services have made a number of tests available for our students this week. If you are interested in a free COVID-19 test, please book your appointment.
  3. REPORTING CONCERNING BEHAVIOR: If you see behavior that does not comport with the expectations set forth above, you should file a Community Concerns Report. These reports get routed to Dean Susie Spies Roth who will follow up, including conducting disciplinary investigations and issuing sanctions as appropriate.
  4. POSITIVE DIAGNOSES: The University requires self-reporting of positive cases of COVID-19. Please visit the University's COVID-19 website for instructions, guidance, and further information.
  5. FOOD ON CAMPUS: Remember, Harry’s Café is open Monday – Thursday 9am- 4pm and Friday- 9am- 2pm.

Past newsletters as well as other helpful information can be found on the Law School’s updated COVID-19 webpages.

We hope you are all hanging in there. As always, never hesitate to reach out is you have any questions or concerns.

All the best,

Jim Speta

Susie Spies Roth


9/23/20

Hi Students,

We cannot believe it is already the FIFTH week of classes! We hope you are doing okay and enjoying the start of fall (yes…winter is coming…). We have a number of important updates and announcements for you this week – please read carefully.

  1. THE PRIVILEGE OF CAMPUS ACCESS: We have heard reports of students gathering in study rooms and other campus spaces without proper face coverings and without respecting social distancing guidelines. If these issues become widespread, we will have to restrict access to campus entirely. We do not want to get to that point! Please respect the requirements the University has set forth regarding campus access:
    1. Wear masks inside University buildings. 
    2. Observe six-foot physical distancing when entering, occupying and exiting campus spaces, including classrooms. 
    3. Maintain responsible personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. The University will provide sanitizing stations in high-traffic areas in campus buildings.
  2. IMPORTANT GUIDELINES FOR THOSE COMING TO CAMPUS: NEED TO UPDATE THIS BASED ON WHAT RITA AND GEORGE REPORT!!! The symptom monitoring webapp is now available to streamline access to campus. Please use this link each day to access the webapp and obtain a green virtual badge before entering the Law School. More information, including instructions for installing the webapp on your phone’s home page are here
  3. REPORTING CONCERNING BEHAVIOR: If you see behavior that does not comport with the expectations set forth above, you should file a Community Concerns Report. These reports get routed to Dean Susie Spies Roth who will follow up, including conducting disciplinary investigations and issuing sanctions as appropriate.
  4. POSITIVE DIAGNOSES: The University requires self-reporting of positive cases of COVID-19. Please visit this site for instructions, guidance, and further information.
  5. FOOD ON CAMPUS: Harry’s Café is Open! 
    • Stop in and say hi to the Harry’s team! Grab a cup of Metropolis coffee or a slice of quiche from Justice of the Pie.  Fall is here, so try our savory house made soups or prepacked sandwiches and salad. We’re here to serve you, Monday – Thursday 9am- 4pm and Friday- 9am- 2pm.
    • Short on time? BOOST mobile ordering is now available. Place your order, pay and pick up.
    • Having a socially distant meeting? We have you covered with a Joe to Go, enough coffee for up to 10 guests delivered to anywhere within the Pritzker school of law building for $18.00. Or place your Joe to Go order via BOOST mobile ordering.
  6. PRIVATE STUDY ROOM ACCESS: Students wishing to reserve a private study room while on campus may do so here. Please note that you must first have permission to come to campus via our Building Access Policy (below) or because you have an in-person class on that day before you may access a reserved study space.
    • Study rooms have been updated to reflect social distancing capacity, and in most cases can accommodate two students. Smaller classrooms that are not in use have also been added to the list of study rooms, with a capacity range from 4- 10.
    • Rooms may be reserved no more than 3 days in advance, for no more than 3 hours at a time. Students may reserve study rooms on short notice (less than 24 hours in advance). Patrons forfeit rooms if not present within 15 minutes of the reserved time.
    • If students encounter any difficulties with creating room reservations, they should email Administrative Services for assistance.
  7. BUILDING ACCESS POLICY:
    • Students enrolled in classes with on-campus, in-person sessions, will have their Wildcards programmed for access to the building for each day the class is in session. Students must complete the symptom monitoring form or app no more than two hours prior to arrival on campus each day you plan to be on campus. Students will access the building only via the 375 East Chicago Ave. door (Rubloff), and will display the approved (green) status to the security officer on duty to enter the building.
    • Remote students and students who would like access to the Law School Campus on days that they are not scheduled for in-person classes may do so by filling out the access request form here. Access must be requested at least 3 business days in advance.
    • The city of Chicago has implemented strict building density requirements. Overall capacity of Law School buildings has been limited to 25%.  Requests will be processed as they are received. Access will be granted as long as we have available capacity under the city guidelines.
    • Please only select the days that you plan to actually be in the building, as access to the Law School is limited due to the City’s building capacity limitations.  What this means in practice is that when you request access for certain days, we assume you will be in the building and may deny the requests of others who wish to be in the building on the same day.  Please alert Facilities as soon as possible if your approved building access needs change.
    • Law School hours of operation for fall term will be Monday - Friday 7am-10pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm. The buildings will be cleared at the end of business hours to allow the custodial team to clean.
    • In the event that a student is having difficulty with a Wildcard, please contact Law School Facilities at (312) 503-5753 during normal business hours M-F 8:30-5:30.
  8. ADDITIONAL REMINDERS:
    1. ADA ACCOMMODATIONS: If you merit academic accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you should make sure to apply for these accommodations through AccessibleNU.
    2. ATTENDANCE AND RECORDING POLICIES: Our typical policies remain in place regarding absences. If you are going to be absent for one class, you should feel free to follow up with your professor directly. If you anticipate multiple absences, please follow up with Dean Spies Roth directly.
      • Please see our class recording and video policy here.  This policy ensures students have access to classes they may not be able to attend (in-person or remote) for any number of reasons, and establishes expectations for the use of the video function. The availability of recordings does not obviate students’ obligation to regularly attend class. 

Past newsletters as well as other helpful information can be found on the Law School’s updated COVID-19 webpages.

We hope you are all hanging in there. As always, never hesitate to reach out is you have any questions or concerns.

All the best,

Jim Speta

Susie Spies Roth


9/10/20

Hi Students,

It has been wonderful seeing some of you on campus this week! We are grateful to our entire community for prioritizing health and safety, allowing us to open our doors for instruction.

Please read this newsletter carefully for important updates and reminders. Going forward we will be sending our newsletter every other week (rather than every week), and we will update you if important information pops up in the interim. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.

POSITIVE DIAGNOSES

The University requires self-reporting of positive cases of COVID-19. Please visit the University COVID-19 website for instructions, guidance, and further information.

WILDCARDS AND VENTRA CARDS

If you were unable to pick up your Wildcard and/or Ventra Card this week on campus, please fill out this form by Monday, September 14 at noon so that we may mail them to you.

PRIVATE STUDY ROOM ACCESS

Students wishing to reserve a private study room while on campus may do so by filling out the study room request form. Please note that you must first have permission to come to campus via our Building Access Policy (below) or because you have an in-person class on that day before you may access a reserved study space.

IMPORTANT GUIDELINES FOR THOSE COMING TO CAMPUS

For those of you coming to campus, our Law IT team has developed a version of the online form that is easier to complete and provides an immediate response about whether you are allowed to access the building. Find the Daily Health Check form here. (Note: Starting January 4, 2021, please begin using the new Symptom Tracker.) When you enter the building, please be prepared to show the green check indicating satisfactory completion of the form.

BUILDING ACCESS POLICY 

Students enrolled in classes with on-campus, in-person sessions, will have their Wildcards programmed for access to the building for each day the class is in session. Students must complete the symptom monitoring form on the web or in the app (coming soon) no more than two hours prior to arrival on campus each day you plan to be on campus. Students will access the building only via the 375 East Chicago Ave. door (Rubloff), and will display the approved (green) status to the security officer on duty to enter the building.

Remote students and students who would like access to the Law School campus on days that they are not scheduled for in-person classes may do so by filling out the access request form. Access must be requested at least 3 business days in advance.

Please keep in mind that the City of Chicago has implemented strict building density requirements. Overall capacity of Law School buildings has been limited to 25%. Requests will be processed as they are received. While we will make every effort to accommodate student requests to access the building for purposes unrelated to class attendance, access only will be granted provided that we have available capacity under the city guidelines.

Please only select the days that you plan to actually be in the building, as access to the Law School is limited due to the City’s building capacity limitations. What this means in practice is that when you request access for certain days, we assume you will be in the building and may deny the requests of others who wish to be in the building on the same day. Please alert Facilities as soon as possible if your approved building access needs change.

Law School hours of operation for fall term will be Monday - Friday 7am-10pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm. The buildings will be cleared at the end of business hours to allow for the custodial team to clean.

In the event that a student is having difficulty with a Wildcard, please contact Law School Facilities at (312) 503-5753 during normal business hours M-F 8:30-5:30.


TESTING

Students planning to come to campus for any reason must have a negative COVID test at Northwestern Medicine at 345 E. Superior St. Book your testing appointment.

Appointment availability is regularly updated by University Health Services.

Only asymptomatic individuals will be tested at 345 E. Superior St. All students demonstrating any symptoms of illness, including symptoms not related to COVID-19, should schedule an appointment at our symptomatic testing facilities. Symptomatic testing will take place at a Northwestern Medicine location in Chicago. These appointments need to be scheduled through the Health Service.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION TOWN HALL

Deans Speta and Bartlett will be hosting a town hall meeting to discuss diversity and inclusion at the Law School. The town hall will be held at noon on Wednesday, September 23rd. More details will be forthcoming soon!

ADDITIONAL REMINDERS

ADA ACCOMMODATIONS

If you merit academic accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you should make sure to apply for these accommodations through AccessibleNU.

RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS

To request accommodations for observance of religious holidays that occur in the Fall 2020 semester, please submit a request by Friday, September 11th. Deans Bartlett and Spies Roth will follow up on those requests.

ATTENDANCE AND RECORDING POLICIES

Our typical policies remain in place regarding absences. If you are going to be absent for one class, you should feel free to follow up with your professor directly. If you anticipate multiple absences, please follow up with Dean Spies Roth directly.

Please see our class recording and video policy. This policy ensures students have access to classes they may not be able to attend (in-person or remote) for any number of reasons, and establishes expectations for the use of the video function. The availability of recordings does not obviate students’ obligation to regularly attend class.

Past newsletters as well as other helpful information can be found on the Law School’s updated COVID-19 webpages.

Stay safe, be well, and learn lots.

All the best,

Jim Speta

Susie Spies Roth


9/2/20

Hi Students,

We hope you are enjoying classes as we near the end of our Wildcat Wellness period. Please read this newsletter carefully as we have a number of important announcements to share. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns!

  1. TESTING: University COVID testing is ongoing through September 5th in the lobby of 345 E. Superior St. Please remember that you will not be able to access campus until you have a negative COVID test through the University testing protocol. A COVID test is required even if you have been on campus over the summer. Book your testing appointment. Only asymptomatic individuals will be tested at 345 E. Superior St. All students demonstrating any symptoms of illness, including symptoms not related to COVID-19, should schedule an appointment at our symptomatic testing facilities. Symptomatic testing will take place at a Northwestern Medicine location in Chicago. These appointments need to be scheduled through the Health Service.
  2. POSITIVE DIAGNOSES: The University requires self-reporting of positive cases of COVID-19. Please visit the University COVID-19 website for instructions, guidance, and further information.
  3. BUILDING ACCESS POLICY:

    Students enrolled in classes with on-campus, in-person sessions, will have their Wildcards programmed for access to the building for each day the class is in session. Students must complete the symptom monitoring form on the web or in the app (coming soon) no more than two hours prior to arrival on campus each day you plan to be on campus. Students will access the building only via the 375 East Chicago Ave. door (Rubloff), and will display the approved (green) status to the security officer on duty to enter the building.

    Remote students and students who would like access to the Law School campus on days that they are not scheduled for in-person classes may do so by filling out the access request form. Access must be requested at least 3 business days in advance.

    Please keep in mind that the City of Chicago has implemented strict building density requirements. Overall capacity of Law School buildings has been limited to 25%. Requests will be processed as they are received. While we will make every effort to accommodate student requests to access the building for purposes unrelated to class attendance, access only will be granted provided that we have available capacity under the city guidelines.

    Please only select the days that you plan to utilize, as access is limited due to reduced allowable density in the buildings.

    Law School hours of operation for fall term will be Monday - Friday 7am-10pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm. The buildings will be cleared at the end of business hours to allow for the custodial team to clean.

    In the event that a student is having difficulty with a Wildcard, please contact Law School Facilities at (312) 503-5753 during normal business hours M-F 8:30-5:30.

  4. IMPORTANT GUIDELINES FOR THOSE COMING TO CAMPUS:
    • Return to Campus Training: Before returning to campus all students are required to complete the COVID-19 Return To Campus Student Guidelines and Expectations Training.
    • In addition to the required training, the University has outlined the following MANDATORY protocols:
      1. Complete a brief symptom monitoring form each day before arriving on campus. On the form, please select ‘School of Law’ from the Department drop down menu on the left. We understand that progress is being made on an app for this purpose.
      2. Wear masks inside University buildings.
      3. Observe six-foot physical distancing when entering, occupying and exiting campus spaces, including classrooms.
      4. Maintain responsible personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. The University will provide sanitizing stations in high-traffic areas in campus buildings.
  5. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION TOWN HALL: Deans Speta and Bartlett will be hosting a town hall meeting to discuss diversity and inclusion at the Law School. The town hall will be held at noon on Wednesday, September 23rd. More details will be forthcoming soon!

ADDITIONAL REMINDERS:

  1. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY UPDATES:
    • All Law Students now have access to Microsoft Teams: Northwestern's enterprise platform, Microsoft Teams, enables groups of people to come together for work, projects, committees, or common interests. It creates a unified communication and collaboration platform for chats, video or audio meetings, file storage, and application integration. Student organizations should consider creating Teams sites for their communication as an alternative/addition to ListServs. You can find more information and create a Teams Site. If you have questions about using Microsoft Teams or other Microsoft Office 365 tools, please contact Law IT at lit@law.northwestern.edu.
    • Instructions for updating student org listServs: All ListServ owners are now able to change over their member addresses to the new @law.northwestern.edu accounts. The Northwestern online knowledgebase has Instructions on how to complete this process. If you have any questions about how to update your Student listserv please contact Law IT at lit@law.northwestern.edu.
  2. ADA ACCOMMODATIONS: If you merit academic accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you should make sure to apply for these accommodations through AccessibleNU.
  3. RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS: To request accommodations for observance of religious holidays that occur in the Fall 2020 semester, please submit a request by Friday, September 11th. Deans Bartlett and Spies Roth will follow up on those requests.
  4. ATTENDANCE AND RECORDING POLICIES: Our typical policies remain in place regarding absences. If you are going to be absent for one class, you should feel free to follow up with your professor directly. If you anticipate multiple absences, please follow up with Dean Spies Roth directly.


    Please see our class recording and video policy. This policy ensures students have access to classes they may not be able to attend (in-person or remote) for any number of reasons, and establishes expectations for the use of the video function. The availability of recordings does not obviate students’ obligation to regularly attend class.

Past newsletters as well as other helpful information can be found on the Law School’s updated COVID-19 webpages.

Stay safe and be well. We look forward to “seeing” you soon, whether in-person or remotely.

All the best,

Jim Speta

Susie Spies Roth


8/26/20

Hi Students,

We hope you are enjoying the first week of classes. We are so thrilled you’re back! We have a few reminders for you this week and, as always, remain available to answer any questions you may have.

  1. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION TOWN HALL: Deans Speta and Bartlett will be hosting a town hall meeting to discuss diversity and inclusion at the Law School. The town hall will be held at noon on September 22nd. More details will be forthcoming soon!
  2. WILDCAT WELLNESS: As you know, we are currently in our “Wildcat Wellness” period. As we’ve mentioned, this period is similar to the previously issued Illinois “stay at home” order. This means that students should be going out only for essentials (groceries, etc.) and should otherwise be self-isolating. All classes will be held remotely for the first two weeks. Classes and activities with an in-person component may begin meeting on campus September 8th.
  3. BUILDING ACCESS: Our facilities team is hard at work on a building access plan to ensure we comply with state and local guidance regarding occupancy limits. Please stay tuned for additional information!
  4. ATTENDANCE AND RECORDING POLICIES: Our typical policies remain in place regarding absences. If you are going to be absent for one class, you should feel free to follow up with your professor directly. If you anticipate multiple absences, please follow up with Dean Spies Roth directly.

    Please see our class recording and video policy. This policy ensures students have access to classes they may not be able to attend (in-person or remote) for any number of reasons, and establishes expectations for the use of the video function. The availability of recordings does not obviate students’ obligation to regularly attend class.

  5. RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS: To request accommodations for observance of religious holidays that occur in the Fall 2020 semester, please submit a request by Friday, September 11th. Deans Bartlett and Spies Roth will follow up on those requests.
  6. TESTING: University COVID testing begins TOMORROW and will continue through September 5th in the lobby of 345 E. Superior St. You will not be able to access campus until you have a negative COVID test through the University testing protocol even if you have been on campus over the summer. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, with a fixed number of appointment windows each day. You do not need your Wildcard to receive a test. It is sufficient to show this email as proof of your status as a Northwestern student. Book your testing appointment. Only asymptomatic individuals will be tested at 345 E. Superior St. All students demonstrating any symptoms of illness, including symptoms not related to COVID-19, should schedule an appointment at our symptomatic testing facilities. Symptomatic testing will take place at a Northwestern Medicine location in Chicago. These appointments need to be scheduled through the Health Service.


    Students who wish to get their asymptomatic testing at the Evanston facility may absolutely do so!

Additional Reminders

  1. ADA ACCOMMODATIONS: If you merit academic accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you should make sure to apply for these accommodations through AccessibleNU.
  2. POSITIVE DIAGNOSES: The University requires self-reporting of positive cases of COVID-19. Please visit the University COVID-19 website for instructions, guidance, and further information.

Past newsletters as well as other helpful information can be found on the Law School’s updated COVID-19 webpages.

We look forward to an enriching, albeit different, semester, and are grateful for our wonderful NLaw community.

All the best,

Jim Speta

Susie Spies Roth


8/19/20

Dear Students,

Orientation is well underway, and in just a few days the academic year will officially begin! After months of preparation, we are ready for the start of classes and we are so excited to welcome you all back to NLaw.

This week’s newsletter contains a number of important updates, including information on scheduling your required COVID-19 test. As always, do not hesitate to follow up with questions or concerns.

Testing Information

The University testing guidance requires all students expecting to take in-person or hybrid courses, or who plan to be physically on campus for other reasons (using the library, attending office hours, etc.), to be tested prior to the start of in-person classes on September 8th. This testing will take place August 27th to September 5th in the lobby of 345 E. Superior St.

Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, with a fixed number of appointment windows each day. Students must show their Wildcard and know their NetID to complete on-site registration and proceed through the testing process. You can book your testing appointment here.

Only asymptomatic individuals will be tested at 345 E. Superior St. All students demonstrating any symptoms of illness, including symptoms not related to COVID-19, should schedule an appointment at our symptomatic testing facilities. Symptomatic testing will take place at a Northwestern Medicine location in Chicago. These appointments need to be scheduled through the Health Service.

Department Schedules

All student-facing departments will have regular office hours during which they will be available for virtual meetings and consultations. Please refer to the Fall Department Operations Guide for specific details on how to contact departments, schedule appointments, etc. Once the semester begins, we will assess how these plans are working and modify if necessary.

Class Recording and Video Policy

The Law School’s Recording and Video Policy is now posted for all faculty and students to reference. These policies ensure students have access to classes they may not be able to attend (in-person or remote) for any number of reasons, and establish expectations for the use of the video function. Here are a few key points, though we encourage you to read the policy in its entirety:

  • All classes (both live and remote) should be recorded. Faculty must request an exception to this from the Associate Dean for Curriculum and the Dean of Students at the outset of the semester.
  • Recordings that include student participation may not be shared outside of the course in which they were recorded.
  • Faculty members may determine, at their discretion, whether to require that students turn video functions on during class time. These elections should be clearly outlined in class syllabi. Regardless of a particular faculty member’s election, all students should be permitted brief periods of time in which they may “mute” their cameras to attend to issues in their environment. These brief periods should also not exceed 20% of the class time in any class session. In addition, students are encouraged to upload a recent photo to their Zoom profile for use when the camera function is off.

Financial Aid Office Availability

The Office of Financial Aid is working to schedule office hours for student questions. Until students may access Abbott Hall, you may visit their website to schedule an appointment (phone or Zoom).

Building Access

Please stay tuned for additional details on how to access the building for classes, studying, office hours, and other reasons. This process will be communicated before live classes and events commence on September 8th (after the conclusion of the Wildcat Wellness period).

Reminders

  • Return to Campus Training: Please make sure to complete the Return to Campus training, which is required for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Wildcat Wellness: The Law School is requiring all students living in the Chicago area (including Evanston) to participate in a modified quarantine “Wildcat Wellness” period that is similar to the previously issued Illinois “stay at home” order. All Orientation programming and activities will be held remotely, as will classes during the first two weeks. Classes and activities with an in-person component may begin meeting on campus September 8th.
  • Technology Fund: The Law School’s Technology Fund is available to all students (demonstration of need is not necessary) to support the additional technology costs related to remote learning. This fund will provide a grant (not a loan) of up to $300 to defray technology-related expenses. Students may apply to the Technology Fund here.
  • STAR Fund: The Student Assistance and Relief (STAR) Fund is designed to support students in emergent financial need. The STAR Fund provides small emergency grants that bridge the gap for students without a personal financial safety net. Students may apply to the STAR Fund here; students must have demonstrated financial need in order to be grant-eligible.

Past newsletters as well as other helpful information can be found on the Law School’s updated COVID-19 webpages.

Thank you again for your patience as we developed detailed plans and protocols to keep our community both healthy and engaged. Though we will certainly face challenges as we continue to adapt to changing circumstances, we are confident that we are embarking on another successful year. “See” you in just a few days!

All the best,

Jim Speta and Susie Spies Roth


8/12/20

Dear Students,

We hope you are staying safe and well. Classes begin a week from Monday, and we are so excited to welcome you all back to NLaw! Though the start to this semester will certainly look different from any of our previous “first days of school,” we are more grateful than ever for the strength of our community. This week’s newsletter contains a number of important updates as we approach the start of the term. As always, do not hesitate to follow up with any questions or concerns!

Department Schedules

All of our student-facing departments will have regular office hours during which they will be available for virtual meetings and consultations. As Dean Speta mentioned during our Town Halls last week, we will circulate the contact information and hours for all Law School departments by the end of this week. It will also be posted on the Law School’s updated COVID-19 webpages. Our Student Services, Inclusion and Engagement, Registrar, Career Strategy, Public Interest, Administrative Services, APEx, ACE, International Programs, IT, Library, and Faculty Assistant teams are ready and eager to continue supporting our students.

Building Access

We are developing a process to allow enrolled students with need to schedule access to the building after the Wildcat Wellness period (Sept. 8th; see more below). This process must ensure we comply with capacity limits that are determined by city and state guidelines. Please stay tuned for additional details.

Financial Support

We recognize that the COVID-19 crisis has created a set of financial challenges unlike those our students have previously encountered. As a result, we have expanded our options for financial support.

First, we created a Technology Fund to support the additional costs our students will incur related to remote learning. This fund will provide a grant (not a loan) to students to defray technology-related expenses. The maximum grant per student is $300. In addition, students will have the option within the application to ask our Office of Financial Aid to increase a student’s cost of attendance in order to cover the delta between the grant and the full cost of technology supplies. Students may apply to the Technology Fund here; no demonstration of need is necessary in order to be eligible for this funding.

Second, the Student Assistance and Relief (STAR) Fund was established two years ago through generous alumni donations in order to support students in emergent financial need. The STAR Fund provides small emergency grants that bridge the gap for students without a personal financial safety net. The COVID-19 crisis has caused students to endure financial hardships that cannot be covered through an increase to cost of attendance or other more typical means. The STAR Fund ensures that all Northwestern Law students may fully engage with the academic experience unencumbered by financial struggles. Students may apply to the STAR Fund here; students must have demonstrated financial need in order to be grant-eligible.

Testing Guidance

The University issued its initial testing guidance this week. All students expecting to take in-person or hybrid courses are required to be tested prior to the start of in-person classes (September 8th for the Law School). This testing is expected to begin August 27 for the Chicago campus. Specific information about how to schedule your test will be shared soon. For faculty and staff regularly working on-campus, there will be a recurring random sampling process. The University will cover the costs of all required testing on campus.

  • Asymptomatic Testing on the Chicago Campus will occur at 345 Superior Street
  • Symptomatic Testing on the Chicago Campus will occur at either the Northwestern Medicine drive-through tent at the Lavin Pavilion, or the Streeterville Immediate Care Center (635 N. Dearborn Street)

Find more information on testing protocols.

Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall Meeting

Dean Speta and Associate Dean of Inclusion and Engagement Shannon Bartlett will be hosting a Town Hall meeting to focus on issues of diversity and inclusion at the Law School after classes have begun (date TBD). The Law School remains committed to advancing the important values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and recognizes we have work to do. But we have been taking important and substantial steps and Deans Speta and Bartlett look forward to sharing these developments soon.

Wildcat Wellness and Transportation

Many of our students will be traveling from other states in order to join us in Chicago. As we communicated in our last message, the Law School is requiring all students living in the Chicago area (including Evanston) to participate in a modified quarantine “Wildcat Wellness” period that is similar to the previously issued Illinois “stay at home” order. All Orientation programming and activities will be held remotely, as will classes during the first two weeks. Classes and activities with an in-person component may begin meeting on campus September 8th.

For students who are flying into Chicago, the University is recommending that you take advantage of rideshare services when possible to travel from the airport to your place of residence. Of course, students should be sure to wear a face covering and exercise good hygiene. If students are unable to use a rideshare service for transit purposes then, again, students should wear face coverings and exercise good hygiene and social distancing on public transportation.

Reminders

It is critical that we each take responsibility for maintaining the health of our community. As a condition of returning to campus, students, faculty and staff are required to follow policies, protocols and guidance designed to protect everyone’s health. All students must:

  • Complete Return to Campus training, which also is required for faculty and staff.
  • Review and agree to a revised set of community expectations in CAESAR in order to register for Fall classes.

Community members who violate these expectations may face disciplinary actions. For students, this could mean a range of responses from a reminder in cases of inadvertent failure to follow guidance to separation from the University in severe cases of repeat offenses of intentionally disregarding community guidelines and expectations.

Past newsletters as well as other helpful information can be found on the Law School’s updated COVID-19 webpages.

Again, we truly cannot wait to welcome you back. We remain #NLawProud of our resilient community and look forward to an academically rigorous and rewarding fall semester.

All the best,

Jim Speta and Susie Spies Roth


8/5/20

Dear Northwestern Law students,

We hope this message finds you healthy and well. It is hard to believe that our classes start in a few short weeks!

As we head into the new academic year, we want to increase our communications about what you can expect. With this in mind, for at least the next several weeks, the Northwestern Law Return to Campus Newsletter will be sent every Wednesday covering relevant topics and offering valuable resources.
Today’s newsletter covers a number of important topics, so please read it in its entirety. Of course, this note does not cover all of the questions or concerns you might have and we look forward to discussing the below topics and others at Interim Dean Speta’s Town Hall meetings this week. Additionally, as noted below, the University and the Law School have developed and updated robust online resources.

Northwestern has long been an institution focused on balancing a robust academic education with a vibrant and engaging student experience. This remains true, even during the global pandemic. All students will be full members of the Northwestern Law community, whether you study remotely or on campus, for what undeniably will be a fall different from any other in Law School history.

  • For students who choose to attend remotely, we expect:
  • Almost all classes will be remote, and all hybrid classes will offer a fully remote option.
  • AccessibleNU, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Office of Equity, Financial Aid, and other student services also will be available remotely.
  • Academic support services via APEX will be available remotely.
  • Faculty office hours and teaching assistant (TA) office hours will be available remotely.
  • Student organizations will offer remote programming.
  • Orientation programs and events will take place remotely.

For students who choose to come to campus for classes, we currently expect the following:

  • You will begin the academic year with a two-week period when the Law School will follow a modified quarantine similar to the Illinois “stay-at-home” order.
  • Almost all classes will be remote. Some classes will meet in-person in a hybrid format where students may choose to participate remotely instead of in the classroom.
  • The majority of academic support, student services, student organizations and major on-campus events will be the same for remote and in-person students, with some limited face-to-face additions.
  • Orientation programs and events will take place remotely.
  • Throughout campus, we will observe health and safety guidelines, including masks and six-foot physical distancing in classrooms, study areas, and other common spaces.
  • Students are expected to follow all University health and safety protocols, which includes testing and daily symptom monitoring.
  • These plans could change as the pandemic evolves, as we adhere to state and local regulations and public health advice.

Guidelines surrounding the pandemic shift daily. We continue to closely monitor evolving conditions and so that we may best address issues important to you. Below, please find additional information on each of these topics and even more information at the new COVID-19 Student page.

Modified Quarantine

In line with the University’s Wildcat Wellness period and the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order, the Law School is requiring all students living in the Chicago area (including Evanston) to participate in a modified quarantine similar to the previously issued Illinois “stay at home” order. All Orientation programming and activities will be held remotely, as will classes during the first two weeks. Classes and activities with an in-person component may begin meeting on campus September 8th.

If you arrive in Chicago after August 24th, your two-week Wildcat Wellness will begin upon arrival and will extend beyond the in-person component of classes beginning on September 8th. A period of coordinated testing will occur following students’ return to campus. Northwestern continues to refine the testing protocols, and testing-specific communications will follow as the details are finalized.

Community Expectations

We all must take responsibility for maintaining the health of our community. As a condition of returning to campus, students, faculty and staff are required to follow policies, protocols and guidance designed to protect everyone’s health. All students must:

  • Complete Return to Campus training, which also is required for faculty and staff
  • Review and agree to a revised set of community expectations in CAESAR in order to register for Fall classes

Community members who violate these expectations may face disciplinary actions. For students, this could mean a range of responses from a reminder in cases of inadvertent failure to follow guidance to separation from the University in severe cases of repeat offenses of intentional disregarding of community guidelines and expectations.
Specific information about training and community expectations will be emailed to you beginning next week.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 at any time, or who are identified through contact tracing, will be required to quarantine or self-isolate in their off-campus housing or another location. The University will provide health monitoring to off-campus students in quarantine or isolation but will not provide housing or dining for those purposes. For those who live in Chicago, students are expected to adhere to the city’s guidelines.

Student Support Services

Despite the physical distance created by the pandemic, Northwestern Law continues to be committed to fully supporting students and helping students thrive. As noted above, most student support services will be remote with limited face-to-face opportunities.

  • The Student Services team will be offering a Virtual Waiting Room as well as individual appointments to ensure all students receive the support they need.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) continues to be available for students and is offering comprehensive tele-mental health services, including 24/7 access to crisis support, initial consultations, virtual gatherings and individual counseling. CAPS will offer very limited in-office appointments for specific critical needs. CAPS also provides access to Welltrack, an online mental health platform accessible to all students to use at any time, and a robust referral network of providers in the community.
  • University Health Services, in Evanston and Chicago, will continue to be fully operational with both in-person and telehealth services.
  • Please check the COVID-19 Student webpage for more information about how other services will be delivered.

Student Organizations, Events, and Activities

The Student Services and Office of Inclusion & Engagement teams are actively preparing for the academic year by providing student organizations with guidelines for meetings and programs to ensure Northwestern Law’s robust student-directed programming continues. Following are some examples of how we are working to keep all students connected to organizations and activities:

  • Northwestern Law’s Student Bar Association (in partnership with our Student Services and Inclusion and Engagement teams) will provide information regarding our vibrant Student Group Organizations, including highlighting these organizations during orientation and beyond.
  • We anticipate that student organizations primarily will hold virtual events designed to build community and provide an opportunity for intellectual and social engagement outside of our classrooms.
  • The Inclusion and Engagement team will continue to support students with remote programming, resource support and educational training and workshops.

Recreation and Competitive Sports

The Department of Recreation and Fitness has developed plans to provide in-person experiences for our students once the Wildcat Wellness period has passed. Starting August 3 and through the Wildcat Wellness period, Recreation and Fitness will offer online live fitness classes students can do from their home environments. Access the schedule.

Our Plans Could Change

The core tenet of Northwestern Law’s return-to-campus planning is our focus on the health of our community. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we will continue to follow state and local regulations and the advice of our experts in medicine and public health, which means our plans may change. We commit to communicating any and all changes to you in a timely manner.

The University’s Return to Campus Discussion Series is another valuable resource to learn about key topics, including important health and safety policies, academics, facility changes, testing and contact tracing. These online discussions are hosted weekly, and prior sessions can be viewed online. The Return to Campus team is also available to answer questions. They can be reached via email or phone at (847) 467-4111.

Again, we are excited to welcome our community home to Northwestern this Fall. We can’t wait to connect with you again, whether in-person, virtually or a mix of the two.