Dear students:

I would like to take a moment to express my support for the many members of our community who are dealing with tremendous disruptions to their daily lives over the COVID-19 pandemic. We have all had to deal with the transition to distance learning, and many of you are struggling with economic hardships, family illnesses, and additional stress brought on by social isolation. For me, this means adjusting to having three adult sons at home, two of whom are trying to continue their academic semesters online. My eldest son has lost his livelihood as a musician for the foreseeable future. At the same time, my wife is trying to treat pediatric patients via telemedicine, and my 80 year-old mother is attempting to avoid complete isolation by dropping off her signature Louisiana dishes at our door.

I also know our students have many questions, from concerns over the job market and the pass/fail grading decision to questions around COVID-19 cases involving members of the Boston College community.

We do not have all the answers. This situation is still unfolding. But we would like to discuss these and other related concerns with you. Please join me for the first of what I hope will be a number of community conversations. Tomorrow, I will join CSO Assistant Dean Jen Perrigo, and CSO Senior Associate Director of Recruitment & Employer Outreach Doug Saphire for a live Zoom webinar:

Webinar with Dean Rougeau and CSO Team
Wednesday, March 25
12:15 pm

I would like to thank the members of our Law School administration and faculty who have been working tirelessly to support our students and deliver the best possible services under the circumstances. Please know that the faculty and staff are thinking of all of you during this very difficult time, and we are available to help you in any way we can. Please reach out to Academic and Student Services, Career Services, your faculty, or directly to me through this email address, and let us know how we can help.

In times like these, when our community is tested and lives are at risk, we must be able to come together and support one another. Our community is one of our greatest strengths, and we must lean on that strength in order to come out stronger on the other side.

We will get through this together.

Vincent Rougeau