At a Glance
- Buildings to close Sunday, March 22, at 8 p.m.
- Library to close Saturday, March 21, at 5 p.m.
- No handshaking
- Wash or sanitize hands upon entry to Albany Law School
- Meetings should be held via videoconferencing
- Spread out within rooms
- Law school–related travel by faculty and staff is strongly discouraged
- All spring semester, in-person law school events are postponed or to be held remotely
Report potential exposure to COVID-19 and travel to areas with outbreaks
The law school has enacted several preventative measures and policies to ensure the health of its community, to slow down the potential spread of COVID-19, and to respond to the needs of students:
- Students will be awarded a grade of pass or "no credit," but will be given the chance to publish their earned letter grade on their transcript on a course-by-course basis, after seeing their unpublished but calculated grades. More information on changes to the grading policy for Spring 2020.
- The drop deadline has been extended through the end of the semester.
- Any student who wants to talk about a leave of absence should contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Connie Mayer.
Illness, Attendance, and Accommodations
- Community members who are exhibiting fever, cough, or shortness of breath are instructed to stay at home, and should consult a health care provider.
- Community members who have been exposed to a person with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 should notify local health authorities and Albany Law School right away.
- To maintain continuity of essential business services, at this time a very limited number of staff will need to be on site. All decisions should be made with input from your supervisor and Director of Human Resources Sherri Donnelly.
- Your supervisors will be working with you to ensure that operations within your departments are continued remotely. For more information, see
Albany Law School's policy on telecommuting. This includes both exempt and non-exempt employees until further notice.
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions go into effect April 1, 2020. Click
here for more information. If you have questions, contact Sherri Donnelly, Director of Human Resources.
- All community members should update their current contact information with Albany Law School.
- Students, faculty, and staff have received an email with instructions to confirm and update information in the Send Word Now notification system.
- Faculty, staff, and student employees should also update their contact information in Paycor. Updates can be made under Employee->Contact Information. Be sure to click on the blue "Save" button to finalize changes.
- Business travel is prohibited to all CDC-designated Level 2 and 3 countries.
- All law school–related travel is suspended until further notice.
Events and Social Distancing
- All in-person events and activities, regardless of size, are postponed for the remainder of the semester. If a meeting, gathering, or event can be held virtually, that will be permitted and encouraged.
- Registered attendees for all postponed or canceled events will be notified by the event organizers or the Office of Alumni Affairs and Institutional Events.
- Albany Law School is instituting a no-handshake policy.
Alternative greetings such as the “elbow bump,” the “hand-over-heart,” or a simple wave and hello are encouraged.
- Meetings should be held remotely using videoconferencing technology. Albany Law School’s Information Technology Services (ITS) Office has issued Zoom access codes.
Hand and Surface Hygiene
- All are asked to sanitize or wash their hands every time they enter Albany Law School’s buildings.
- Hands-free sanitizing stations are located at all entrances.
- Albany Law School has also ordered regular disinfection of all door handles and other commonly touched surfaces.
All policies are subject to change as the situation develops, and will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
We are here for each other. Albany Law School encourages students who are experiencing heightened anxiety or worry about COVID-19
to schedule an appointment with wellness counselor Dr. Peter Cornish.
More resources are available at
Albany Law School's Wellness Blog.
According to the CDC, the novel coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. COVID-19 is believed to spread mainly from close person-to-person contact, as well as from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.
Symptoms of COVID-19 illness appear within two to 14 days.
- Shortness of breath
For prevention, the CDC recommends that individuals take the following everyday steps:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
If you have the coronavirus, have come in contact with someone who does, or suspect you are infected:
- Contact and stay in regular communication with your health care provider. Call ahead before visiting your doctor to help limit the spread of COVID-19. And seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening.
- Ask your health care provider to call the local or state health department.
- Stay home except to get medical care. Avoid public areas, and avoid public transportation.
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean your hands often, and clean and disinfect all “high-touch” surfaces daily.
- Avoid sharing personal household items.
- Stay at home until instructed to leave.
For additional information and frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19,
visit the CDC’s website.