We are excited for a fall return to the in-person campus life that is a hallmark of our tightly knit Albany Law community. Here is what you need to know now so that you plan and prepare for the coming months.
J.D. students will be expected to attend classes in person.
J.D. students will be expected to attend classes in person in the fall in almost all cases. Students may, of course, remotely attend classes that were designed as online classes, including semester in practice. In addition, students with documented disabilities and those experiencing COVID-related hardships may request accommodations, including the ability to attend classes remotely.
All decisions regarding accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis and are based on the individual student's documented disability or emergency situation. It is the policy of Albany Law School to preserve, to the extent possible, the privacy of all persons seeking or receiving an accommodation or adjustment because of a disability or COVID-related hardship.
Students seeking disability-based accommodations should complete the Accommodations Request Form on the law school portal and submit it to Katie Palmieri in the Office of Academic Affairs (email@example.com).
Students seeking accommodations for COVID-related hardships should send requests for accommodations to Katie Palmieri in the Office of Academic Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org). The request should detail the nature and duration of the hardship necessitating the accommodation, as well as the specific accommodation requested.
Required Vaccinations and Health Protocols
To help ensure the health and safety of all our community members as we bring hundreds of people together in our two law school buildings, all faculty, staff, and students, except those eligible for religious or medical exceptions, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before returning to campus in August. For this reason, we will be adding COVID-19 to the list of already required immunizations that includes Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. All students will have to present proof of vaccination before returning to campus.
Based on conditions as of today, when you return to campus this fall, you should expect continued masking and adherence to other safety policies, at least initially. Protocols may change as the pandemic abates and government guidance for vaccinated individuals changes.
Medical and Religious Exemptions
Students seeking medical exemptions from vaccination requirements will need to submit the following documentation:
- Proof of a medical condition that is a contraindication to the vaccination.
- Date qualifying medical condition exemption ends.
- Signature of a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant attesting to the condition and its contraindication to the vaccine.
To request a religious exemption, students should submit a statement affirming a sincerely held religious belief that precludes getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The statement should briefly explain the religious principles that guide the objection to immunization.
All requests for exemption should be submitted to Katie Palmieri in the Office of Academic Affairs (email@example.com).
Albany Law School will provide reasonable accommodations to students with approved medical or religious exemptions provided they do not create an undue hardship for the School and do not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others on campus. Students with approved medical or religious exemptions to immunization requirements may be required to submit weekly negative COVID tests and to wear masks at all times on campus.
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.
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