Dear members of the BC Law community:

This week we are providing you with an update on the Law Library’s plans for reopening. The Library will be open when upper-level classes start on August 24. While the hours are not yet finalized, the tentative plan is to be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm, on Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, on Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sunday from 12 noon until 9:00 pm.

In order to allow for appropriate social distancing, the Law Library will be operating at about 30% of its seating capacity. That capacity will allow for approximately 220 law students or other Law School community members to be in the Library at any time. Signs on tables will remind users to sit six feet apart and establish the maximum allowable number of users in various library spaces. All students and community members will be expected to adhere to these guidelines and maintain appropriate social distancing and masking. 

Access to Library study space will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We strongly encourage students to limit their time to less than three hours in order to ensure there is enough space for others to make use of the Library resources and facilities. To achieve this, students should plan to study at home as much as possible, and to only use the Library study space if they are already on campus and waiting for a class to begin, or if they lack adequate study space in their living space. Studying at home as much as possible helps to maintain the health and safety of our entire community and we appreciate everyone doing their part in this important effort.

Individual students who need a space to attend an online class while on campus may reserve a study room using the Library’s online reservation system. These study rooms will only be available for single users who need a space to participate in a virtual class while on campus. The study rooms will not be available for group study. Due to anticipated demand, individual students will not be able to create advance reservations for an individual study room for the duration of the entire semester. The Law School is looking at other spaces on campus for this situation, and we will update you when we have a process for reserving them. Lastly, the doors to the study rooms must be kept open to improve ventilation.

For more detailed FAQs about the Law Library reopening plans and the Law School reopening FAQs, please see our online FAQ document. I ask that students please continue to email Academic & Student Services at lawacastu@bc.edu with questions and for assistance. The Office is prioritizing those students who have made requests to study remotely, but those students who have all online courses and would like to see what in-person courses may be available should also reach out to schedule an appointment.

Finally, for those who have not yet seen it, Massachusetts has issued a new travel order. Effective August 1, those entering the State from anywhere other than certain low risk states (currently New England, NY, NJ and Hawaii), must fill out the MA Travel Form, and either produce a negative Covid test that has been taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival or quarantine for 14 days. Failure to comply may result in fines of up to $500. The Law School will expect all students returning to campus to follow the State’s order.

For the latest updates from the University, please visit BC’s Reopening Boston College website.

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