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Academic Year Information for Faculty

Face Coverings

Effective November 5, persons who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear masks in most University settings.  Masks will be required of all persons in specified spaces such as clinical-care settings and Crimson Ride buses.  Persons who are not fully vaccinated are required to continue to wear masks indoors, as under current policy.

The following guidelines apply specifically to the Law School:

  • Anyone in the Law School is welcome to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
  • In meetings with members of the faculty or staff – either in their office or in a discrete meeting space – students may be required to wear a mask at the election of the faculty or staff member.
  • Although professors cannot requirethat students be masked in the classroom, professors are permitted to encourage students to wear masks in their classroom.
  • Neither faculty nor administrators of the School of Law may grant students permission to attend class remotely.  General permission to attend remotely is obtainable only through an application for accommodation filed through the Office of Disability Services (ODS).  Students who are subject to an order from UA to quarantine or isolate are expected to work with me to coordinate a temporary plan for remote attendance (as per our current policy).
  • The Provost has instructed that potential violations of the requirement that non-vaccinated students continue to wear masks indoors should be reported to the University’s Office of Student Conduct.

Policies & Procedures

  1. Except as provided in Item 7, students must attend classes in person, unless remote attendance is prescribed by a specific ODS accommodation.
  2. You are not required to record your classes, unless as a part of a specific ODS accommodation. You may record your classes if you choose. The easiest way to do this would be to arrange automatic Panopto recording by contacting our IT department. Due to privacy concerns, any recordings that are made should be shared only with students enrolled in the class. We understand that students have valued the opportunity to view class recordings as a study aid, or as an opportunity to benefit from classes that they could not attend. Except as provided in Item 7, watching a recording of a class will not count as attending the class under Law School attendance policies.
  3. Faculty who contract mild or asymptomatic COVID but are well enough to continue teaching via Zoom, or faculty who must quarantine must notify Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee of their need to teach a course remotely. Except as provided here, upon approval of the dean and provost, or as provided in Item 8 below, the teaching of individual class sessions as well as the course as a whole must be conducted in the delivery mode specified during enrollment. Faculty who are unable to teach class sessions due to COVID or quarantine must also notify Associate Dean Lee.
  4. You may, if you choose, use Zoom technology as a supplement to, but not as a substitute for, in-person interactions with students. You may, for example, use Zoom for an optional review session prior to an exam or for office hours in addition to those held in person.
  5. Mask policies will be set by UA.
  6. As was the case last year, changes to federal, state, local, or UA health and safety policies may require corresponding changes to the policies announced here.
  7. Students who have been directed to isolate or quarantine, by UA or a healthcare provider, may attend class sessions remotely until the directive is lifted. In this context, remote attendance by Zoom, or by viewing or listening to a recording of the class, may be counted as “attending” the class. The choice of means is within your discretion. Any students in this situation must make arrangements in advance through Dean Lee, and Dean Lee will discuss with you the best method of remote attendance for your class.
  8. If a class session would otherwise be cancelled and rescheduled due your absence (because, for example, you are required to isolate or quarantine or are attending a professional conference), the class session may be taught remotely at the scheduled time with the prior written approval of Dean Lee. Such absences should be rare, and only occur when strictly necessary.