All classes at the UConn School of Law will be held online in Fall 2020, Dean Timothy Fisher announced in an email to the law school community.
The overriding factors in the decision, which differs from the University’s plan to reopen the main campus in Storrs, are the limitations of the buildings on the law school’s Hartford campus. The size of classrooms and the nature of ventilation systems pose significant obstacles to in-person instruction with the required public health and safety precautions in place.
“We could only conclude regretfully that as much as we wish to bring our students, faculty and staff back to campus this fall, we must wait longer,” Fisher wrote. The decision was reached by the UConn School of Law COVID-19 Leadership Planning Team, which includes Associate Deans Darcy Kirk, Leslie Levin and Paul Chill; Dean Designate Eboni Nelson; Library Director Jessica de Perio Wittman; Assistant Deans Karen DeMeola and Jennifer Cerny; and Registrar Lisa Rodino
No students will be required to be on campus or in Connecticut in Fall 2020, although some elective clinics may require students to be physically present on occasion. No decision has been made about the Spring 2021 semester.