Return to Campus Plan
Over the past several months, Albany Law School has been working to prepare for the fall semester. Our goal is to bring our community back to campus safely, providing as many of the in-person learning, social, and professional development opportunities that define the Albany Law experience, while abiding by safe practices and government guidelines. At the same time, we are committed to providing equally rich opportunities for the members of our community who for health or other reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic are unable to attend in-person activities.
Toward these ends, a task force comprising 30 members of the faculty, administration, and staff, together with input from a student advisory board,
have developed a detailed, phased plan that will gradually and cautiously allow Albany Law to welcome those students and faculty ready to return to in-person classes the opportunity to do so, as scheduled, on August 24, 2020.
This plan is a living document. As we have seen, circumstances are evolving rapidly. The plan is subject to change in response to New York State guidance revisions, technological or pedagogical considerations, or a shift in the public health situation facing our state or region. Any changes will be communicated to our community quickly.
- A phased reopening of the law school campus and gradual return to extracurricular activities and events.
- Fully remote options for students and faculty who, for reasons related to COVID-19, elect to participate remotely.
- An August 24, 2020 start for fall on-campus classes, with all classes not previously approved as distance education courses to be taught synchronously, using technology to allow attendance by both in-person and remote students and faculty.
- A return to fully remote classes for the week following Thanksgiving, November 30 through December 4.
- Strict safety protocols, including physical distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene, and cleaning procedures.
- Widespread testing and contact tracing.
- Remote work plans for staff members where possible without compromising excellence in student services or operations.
- Strict limitations on visitors to campus and official travel.
- Contingency plans for decreasing, even shutting down, on-campus operations, and the flexibility to move to remote teaching, as necessary, to protect the health and safety of our community.
- A commitment by all students, faculty, and staff physically present on campus to share responsibility for protecting each other's health and safety.
Return to Campus Plan: Full Document
Return to Campus Plan: Anticipated Timeline
Return to Campus Plan: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Return to Campus Plan: Everyday Checklist
Submit a Question:
Do you have a question about Albany Law School's Return to Campus Plan?
Submit it here. We will consider all questions as we send additional communications about the fall 2020 semester.
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.
For the latest information on "how to protect yourself" and "what to do if you are sick,"
visit the CDC's website.
For frequently asked questions regarding fall 2020,
visit our Return to Campus Plan FAQ website.
For additional information and frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19,
visit the CDC’s website.
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