Dear members of the BC Law community:

This week we received the capacity information for our classrooms from University Space Planning. For upper-level students who have already enrolled, the revised Fall 2020 Course Schedule now reflects the classes that will be held in person and those that will be conducted remotely. Remote classes are designated as room “unassigned” and tagged “online” in the attached schedule. Please note that these designations and classroom and schedule changes are not yet reflected in our UIS registration system. Additional changes may occur before classes begin.

We understand that students have health, safety, financial and other concerns that impact their ability to return to campus. Students can request to attend all of their fall classes remotely by completing the Fall 2020 Intent to Study Remotely form. We will work with these students to enroll them in only remote courses, to the extent possible. Remote learners can also enroll in in-person courses, but they should be aware that in most cases their instruction will be asynchronous (recorded classes, plus written assignments or discussions, quizzes and remote sessions with instructor or other students). 

This fall we all have to recognize that our access to campus will be limited given our need to follow State and University guidelines and de-densify. Priority access to space on campus will be for classes and similar academic purposes. We expect students to participate in their remote/online classes from home. That said, we understand there will be some circumstances in which a student will not have enough time after finishing their in-person course on campus to commute home in time for their remote course. We are working to make some quiet spaces available for these students to attend their remote courses on campus, and will communicate a plan and process next month. We expect those students opting for remote only learning will not be accessing campus generally this fall (our calculations about density will rely on this).

We also received some excellent news from the University this week. Our petition to hire a Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs during the hiring freeze was approved. In this primarily student-facing role, the Director will lead the collaborative effort of the Law School community to provide a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment committed to the success of all of our students and a shared sense of belonging. We encourage you to view the job posting and share with qualified applicants. 

Lastly, we appreciate the collective advocacy and legal work by many in our community and across higher education, which helped influence the Trump administration’s decision to abandon its misguided proposed directive to prevent international students in the US from taking all of their coursework online. It is heartening to see the positive impact of our many voices in correcting what would have been a grave injustice.

For the latest updates from the University, please visit BC’s Reopening Boston College website. For updated FAQs related to the Law School, please see our online FAQ document.

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Vincent Rougeau
Dean, Boston College Law School
bclawdean@bc.edu | he/him/his