November 14, 2020
Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty:
This morning, one of our students reported a positive test for COVID-19. The student was not on campus this week except for a short time on Monday evening. We have no reason to believe that anyone was exposed to the virus during that time period.
As a community, we have been very fortunate to have avoided spread of the virus. Our success is due largely to the care those of you on campus have taken in following safety protocols: wearing masks, maintaining distance, frequent hand washing, and avoiding large gatherings. I am grateful to you, and proud of our community for making it possible for us to be safely together over the last three months.
With just 7 days of classes before we break for Thanksgiving, and a worrying increase in the number of cases in Albany County, however, we cannot let our guards down. Indeed, our collective attention to safety protocols is especially important as we approach this last full week of classes.
In addition, out of an abundance of caution, the Health and Safety Committee has decided that the last day of in person classes for the semester will be Friday, November 20. Classes on November 23 and 24 will be remote, although the law school buildings and library will remain open.
Let me know if you have questions or concerns.
All my best,
President and Dean