Updates as of September 2, ,2021

Although the University’s coronavirus website will continue to be the primary source of information about the institution’s continued preparedness and response to the coronavirus, the following pages and resources are provided to give additional context for members of the Columbus School of Law community. These resources will be updated as new information becomes available. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions at the Law School. If you have a question that is not covered in this section or the University’s page, please submit it to Assistant Dean Crowley at crowleykm@law.edu.

  • Academic Affairs

    1. Will I be able to study remotely in the fall?

      The Law School is happy to have students on campus for our fully in person fall semester. Students and faculty have previously been informed of the expectation to return to the fully in person teaching modality consistent with accreditation and University policies.

      The Law School will consider extraordinary petitions for remote study for the Fall 2021 semester in cases where a student has an underlying medical condition for which COVID vaccination is not recommended or in which vaccination does not adequately protect against the disease. Medical documentation supporting the petition must be on file with the University. Students should not send medical documentation with their initial petition.

      Additionally, continuing international students who are in their home country and cannot return due to travel and/or visa restrictions due to the pandemic may submit a petition for remote study for the Fall 2021 semester. Supporting documentation should be included within your petition.

      Students requesting to be permitted to study remotely for the reasons outlined above should send a petition via email to the Law School Dean of Students at crowleykm@law.edu. Petitions will be reviewed by a committee and the Dean of Students will provide additional instructions on submitting supporting documentation if necessary.

      Students are advised it may not be possible to remotely attend all courses in which a student is currently enrolled. Therefore, students who are approved for remote study will need to work with the Office of Academic Affairs to review their course schedule and adjust it as necessary. Adjustments may significantly affect the student’s course of study.
  • Health & Safety

    1. What is required of students with regard to the COVID-19 vaccination?
      All students are required to submit a COVID-19 Vaccination Status form via the CUA Student Health Portal. Submission of this form is required by July 31, 2021 for students enrolled for the fall semester. Students who provided proof of the vaccination to a University office in the Spring semester should still complete the status form and upload a copy of their vaccination record. If a student’s vaccination status changes during the semester, please update your records in the health portal.

    2. How has the University determined its vaccination policy?
      “Our goal has always been to be fully open as quickly as is safely possible, and this fall we plan to resume normal, in-person instruction. But that can’t happen unless a large majority of our community is vaccinated…To ensure that our vaccination rate is where we want it, we will begin this summer to collect information about the vaccination status from all members of the community. Any information shared about one’s vaccination status will be treated as confidential information.”President Garvey

      The University continues to monitor local and national trends and data on the transmission and spread of COVID-19. The University will be guided by recommendations from the CDC and D.C. Department of Health. All members of the Catholic University community (students, faculty, and staff) are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Doing so is the safest path toward a return to normal campus operations and in-person learning.

    3. Will students be required to wear face coverings in the Fall?
      The District of Columbia announced a return to mandatory mask wearing indoors regardless of vaccination status. The Catholic University of America will implement this mandate on campus. All faculty, staff, and students will need to wear a mask whenever they are indoors. Students will be permitted to remove a face covering while actively eating or drinking indoors. Law students will not be permitted to eat or drink in classrooms during classes or in the Law Library.

    4. What do I do if I am exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19?
      A student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and get tested. In terms of accessing course materials, the policies are similar to those prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and students should consult their course syllabus or contact his or her professor(s) to determine how that professor will provide access to the class material. Professors will determine for each individual class the pedagogically appropriate way for a student to access material within the technological limitations of the assigned classroom. This can include audio recordings or obtaining notes from a classmate. Students are advised they should not expect remote (e.g. Zoom) access to class.

    5. What do I do if I am a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19?
      A student who is a close contact (per CDC guidelines, within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period) of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, needs to get tested 3-5 days after exposure. Students may contact Student Health Services to schedule an on-campus test.

      Vaccinated students are not required to quarantine while awaiting test results after being in close contact with someone who has tested positive. See here for more details.

    6. What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
      Please contact Dean Crowley if you test positive so that we may provide you support and perform contact outreach within the University Community.

      See here for details on isolating on or off campus.

    7. If I test positive for COVID-19, will someone from the Law School contact me to conduct contact tracing?
      Yes. Once the Law School is made aware that you have tested positive, you will receive a Google form asking you information about your recent close contacts (individuals who have been within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes during a 24 hour period) with others at Catholic University. Law School staff will contact you via phone with any follow up questions regarding your responses. Additionally, since your positive result is also communicated to your local Dept. of Health, you should expect to receive more detailed communication from a health department contact tracer too.

    8. What are the current D.C. travel restrictions?
      Current D.C. travel guidance can be found here. According to this guidance, unvaccinated residents who return to D.C. from any location other than D.C., Maryland or Virginia should be tested for COVID-19 both before and after travel and quarantine for 7 full days upon returning home (if they test negative upon return otherwise they are required to quarantine for 10 days.) Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to engage in testing or quarantine for domestic travel, but should get a COVID-19 test following international travel. Fully vaccinated individuals should be tested if they develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 following travel.

      Unvaccinated students who currently reside in Maryland or Virginia who will be attending classes in D.C. will need to follow the testing and quarantine restrictions outlined above.

      Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 recently (tested positive no more than 90 days ago) are also waived out of testing and quarantine requirements as long as they do NOT develop ANY symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

      ● If a student is unvaccinated and traveling outside the DMV, they must follow the guidelines above, including completion of the necessary quarantine period to attend in-person classes throughout the semester.