Move to Online Instruction
As you know, the Law School had already been making contingency plans for this possibility. As directed by the University, there will be no class meetings next week (March 16-20), and we will use that week to complete preparation to move all classes online beginning Monday, March 23. Separate training sessions for moving class instruction to zoom were held earlier today for students, staff, and faculty. Additional training sessions for students will be offered tomorrow (Thursday, March 12) from 11:30-12:30 in Room 110 and from 4:00-4:30 in Room 157. In light of the University’s directive, the training session previously announced for Monday, March 16, is cancelled. The Law School’s IT staff is ready to provide assistance to anyone having difficulty accessing or using the technology, which most of you know is quite intuitive and effective.
Classes This Week Continue as Scheduled
Classes will be held in the classroom as normally scheduled tomorrow and Friday. This Friday will be the last day of in-person instruction for the semester.
We anticipate that final exams may need to be administered remotely. We will follow up with more details on plans for that in due course.
Student Activities and Events
In addition to suspending in-person classes, the University has also directed the cancellation or postponement of events with more than 50 persons. This does not apply to the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, which is already in progress, but will require the cancellation of endowed lectures, academic conferences, and other larger events scheduled for later this semester.
Campus Remains Open
Students are free to leave campus and finish the remainder of the semester from elsewhere. For students who elect to remain in town, the campus and the Law School will remain open. Students may continue to access the Law Library and student organization offices, though we should all be mindful to practice social distancing and follow other recommendations of health experts.
We will be following up with more detailed information on all of these matters in the days ahead. I recognize that this response will cause significant disruption and inconvenience for all members of our community. We will be working tirelessly to minimize any hardships or headaches and I thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. Our community has weathered other significant storms before and I have no doubt we will all pull together again to navigate this challenge as well!