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Academic Year Information for Faculty

Face Coverings

Until further notice, and with the exceptions noted below, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear an appropriate face covering at all times while in the Law School building.

Faculty are not required to mask when alone in offices or private workspaces. When teaching, faculty must maintain an appropriate distance from students. However, faculty, while teaching, may use face shields instead of face masks, or they may dispense with both if they are teaching behind plexiglass. The moveable plexiglass barriers should still be available in all classrooms.

Food and drink may be consumed in designated “dining venues” including the café and specific rooms for approved meetings of student organizations or other law-school-sponsored activities. Outside of these authorized “dining venues,” individuals should remove their mask only as long as needed to take one sip or one bite before replacing their mask.  

How to Respond to a Non-Compliant Individual 

  1. Remind the individual of the mask requirement in a non-confrontational way.
  2. Tell them where they can obtain a mask. At the Law School, masks are available in the Bounds Law Library, the Records Office and the Admissions Office.
  3. Ask them to leave the room until they comply.
  4. You may choose to suspend or delay class, and/or refer the noncompliant student to The Office of Student Conduct. Please notify Grace Lee, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, when making a report.
  5. If you’re unable to defuse and resolve the situation on your own, or if anyone feels their safety is threatened, contact UAPD or another appropriate official.
  6. Campus visitors not wearing masks should be reported directly to UAPD or another appropriate official; it isn’t necessary to confront the visitor directly. 

Policies & Procedures

  1. Except as provided in Item 7, below, 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, below, 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 to 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 should  occur only when strictly necessary.