Dear Students:

We write with an update responding to some student questions we have heard.  We will continue to update you as we learn more.  

Student Lockers
We understand that the campus is open through Sunday evening, March 15.  Some of you may have left personal items in lockers and you should feel free to retrieve them (and remove the lock as you do this).  We recommend you enter the building through Stuart Dining. Note that it closes at 8pm on Sunday night. If you are not able to retrieve personal items from your locker this weekend, we will work with you on a plan.  Please email Academic & Student Services (lawacastu@bc.edu). 

Working with the Law Library
The law library is closed this weekend and will be open on Monday, March 16 from 9-5pm.  Starting on March 17, it will be operating with remote assistance services weekdays during business hours. For accessing materials or other reference questions, please email Reference at law.reference@bc.edu. For technology assistance, please contact ATR at atrinbox@bc.edu. For more information, visit the law library website.

Graduation
The University has not yet made a decision on Commencement as of this time. BC’s covid-19 team is working actively on it and knows how important it is to all of the graduating students and their families. We will let you know when we learn of an update. 

Wellness and Mental Health
This is a very difficult time and our University Counseling Services remains available to you. As students are now off campus, the office provided an update to their services.  Please note that this update also includes resources specific to this crisis. They recommend the following article on strategies and tips for dealing with the coronavirus.

Our Academic & Student Services team is also available to talk with you and is working on wellness programs to deliver virtually. Nina Farber, Director of Academic Success Programs, will be offering a weekday morning meditation and will send you details on how to participate. 

International Programs
The University is suspending all abroad programs and we are in touch with our students in those programs regarding their travel plans.

International Students
From an academic perspective, there is no problem with international students leaving the US to return home and take classes remotely for the remainder of the semester. With respect to visa issues, however, international students should work with the Office of International Students and Scholars directly (for example, to think through whether the return to the US for summer employment would be impacted, etc.). We also caution students that travel restrictions on returning to the US are changing without much notice. 

On-Campus Academic Events
What is meant by this statement is that all BC Law events including student org events are cancelled, postponed or will be held virtually. Event organizers will communicate the changes. 

Academic Calendar
We do not anticipate changes to the spring academic calendar.  As it is when you are on campus, faculty understand that students are not expected to be free outside their designated class-time slots and that any make-up classes will be recorded. We hope this same schedule will ensure time for other virtual programming that, for example, would have happened during common lunch. We expect that final exams will be take-home exams.  You will receive further guidance on that.  

Online Platform Training
Our Ed Tech lead, Kyle Fidalgo, will be creating resources for students on the various platforms and will work with Academic and Students Services to share them. The BC Center for Teaching Excellence also has modules for students online.  

Status of Campus
We seek to be responsible members of the community in helping to manage this health crisis.  While we will not be offering in-person assistance, we expect that our administrative departments will be able to continue to work with you remotely.  We are working through this transition and will be developing more detailed FAQs, but encourage your emails asking for specific assistance. For Admissions, Campus tours are shut down in an effort to keep visitors off campus.  Admissions has reached out to admitted and prospective students about this. We will be offering a virtual Admitted Students Day and other online engagement opportunities to help our prospective and admitted students get to know us better.  We know many of you are involved in this process and we are deeply grateful. 

Please take care of yourself, your fellow community members and loved ones during this time. We are all thinking of you and here for you.

Dean Hayes

Heather Hayes '95 (she/her/hers)
Associate Dean, Strategic and Student Affairs

Boston College Law School
(617) 552-4359 / heather.hayes@bc.edu