Dear Students,
 
Thank you for your continued patience during this time of uncertainty. This email is to reassure you that we in Academic & Student Services are committed to make the remainder of this semester proceed as smoothly as possible.
 
In light of the University's decision to shift to an online learning environment for Spring 2020, our office services have also followed suit. Going forward, we will continue to provide services remotely via phone (office main line: 617-552-2527), email (lawacastu@bc.edu), and through various virtual platforms (Google Hangouts, Zoom meetings, etc). Staff members will be available Monday through Friday during the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm (EDT). Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions. Highlighted below are some of the services we provide and information we have that you may find most helpful:
 
Drop-Ins
We know that students are used to stopping by our office with questions. Please continue to direct with questions to us. Email lawacastu@bc.edu with the nature of your question and your contact information, and a staff member will reach out to you as soon as possible. We will be checking this email box regularly during business hours.
 
Registration & Course Scheduling
Registration for Fall 2020 will proceed as scheduled. The Fall 2020 schedule is being created and will be available ahead of registration dates (April 21 & 22). In addition to having meetings with relevant faculty advisors, Academic and Student Services staff can conduct meetings via Zoom (or similar) regarding course selection and degree audits. Please email lawacastu@bc.edu to schedule a time to meet virtually.
 
Class Absences and Extensions
Our office will continue to operate under the relevant guidelines of the Academic Policies and Procedures:

“Excused absences and make-up exams:  Any student unable to take an examination or fulfill any academic assignment, or who will be absent from classes for an extended period of time for good and sufficient reason such as religious beliefs, family emergency, or illness, shall report the matter (to Academic and Student Services at lawacastu@bc.edu) and request to be excused. In case of illness, a doctor’s or health care professional’s note will be required to be submitted via email to support the request. Exceptions when appropriate are granted by Academic and Student Services or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who will notify the professor(s) and such other persons as need to be informed of the fact.”

If you are going to miss a virtual class meeting but it is not an extended absence type situation, please alert your professor via email and copy lawacastu@bc.edu on the email.

Internet Access

If you do not have internet access currently and are looking for more information, our technology department has created a document with discounted home internet service offerings.  

Accommodations
If you need accommodations for classes or exams send an email to lawADAservices@bc.edu with your request and necessary medical documentation.  This email address is monitored during the regular business hours stated above.  If you would like further information, visit our Accessibility page.  
 
Student Organizations Support
Katie Solano (solanok@bc.edu) is available to answer questions for student organizations.  Reach out to her directly with questions that have not yet been addressed by prior University wide emails.  We also ask that you copy lawacastu@bc.edu on the message.  
 
Academic Success & Support
As Program Director Nina Farber communicated in an earlier email, she will continue to meet with students via Zoom. You can book an appointment by using her online calendar. She will be in touch with further resources and programming.
 
Exam Questions
Presently, Law School administration is working to create a plan to go forward with take-home exams for all classes. Logistics and details are being decided and will be communicated to students via email. A similar process has been underway with respect to grading and we expect a notification will be coming out from the Dean shortly.
 
Programming
In addition to maintaining our above services we will be in touch with virtual programming through Zoom (e.g. 1L Hour with Dean Jones and Anu Pal regarding registration on April 1, 2020--1Ls, be sure to save the date). We are also in the process of planning wellness-based programs, particularly during the Law School's upcoming Wellness Week (March 30 to April 3).  Stay tuned for more information on that front coming to you soon.  

 
Again, we realize what a stressful time this is for everyone. It is a situation we have not faced before, so many processes and procedures are being implemented for the first time. As such, we appreciate your patience as we continue to strive to offer the best and most seamless service to you all.  
 
We hope you all take good care and we will be in touch with updates.  
 
All the best, 

Office of Academic & Student Services
Boston College Law School
lawacastu@bc.edu
617-552-2527