The College of Law is committed to preserving the high-quality educational experience that our students expect, even as we also work to ensure campus safety in the interest of protecting both the campus and the larger communities of which we are all a part.
Information regarding the July bar exam will be posted as it becomes available.
Safety proceudres remain in effect in McCollum Hall. Traffic flow and distancing guidelines remain unchanged and can be referenced using the signage throughout the building. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building, including stanitizing stations in each of the classrooms.
Entry and Exit
Upon entering the building, students and guests will be required to provide verification of a negative COVID-19 test to the designated wellness attendant.
Furniture in the student lounge has been reconfigured to comply with recommended social distancing practices. Furniture is not to be moved. Individuals using the student lounge space are expected to maintain a social distance of at least six feet. The student lounge kitchen area is available for limited use. Microwaves have been removed, but refrigerators and vending machines remain available. These areas will receive cleaning services several times a day. Please maintain social distancing while waiting to use the refrigerator or the vending machines and do not congregate in the kitchen area in close groups.
Take time before the semester begins to check all of your contact information and ensure it is accurate. Emails from Chancellor Green, other university officials and the MyRed system go to your @huskers.unl.edu email. You should be checking this email regularly for any and all official University communications.
Make sure your contact information in the College of Law directory is current (available on Canvas). This is the email address Vicki Lill will use to distribute information about course registration and exams. If your information is not correct in the directory, send the correct information to Vicki.
Be sure to log into Canvas (canvas.unl.edu) and check for information about your courses. Canvas is the primary means of course delivery in all of the first year and for most of our courses beyond that.
Join the Dean's Office Announcements group on Storyvita for announcements and events.
The College of Law and Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) are available to support students and families and will make every effort to mitigate financial burdens created by this extraordinary situation. If you have incurred—or will incur—additional expenses or severe financial hardship, please contact Dean Pearce and Darice Cecil. They can work with you to try to increase your access to student loans. The College of Law's emergency fund is also still accessible to help with COVID-19 related emergency expenses.
AccessLex Institute is offering free webinars on managing your money during the COVID-19 pandemic. The description is below. For a full schedule of available money-management webinars, visit: https://www.accesslex.org/onlineevents.
Health and Safety
If you have been exposed to the novel coronavirus Call 402-441-8006 or visit the Health Department website. If you feel sick contact your health provider, the University Health Center or the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Coronavirus Hotline: 402-441-8006.
Effective June 17, 2020 the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has adopted a facial covering policy. The policy requires facial coverings be worn indoors on campus and outdoors if safe social distancing and gathering practices are not possible. The policy encompasses all faculty, staff, students and visitors, including contractors, service providers and others. To encourage adherence to the policy, the university will supply two reusable cloth masks to every student, faculty and staff member.
There are no universal design standards for facial coverings. However, coverings must extend from the bridge of the nose to below the chin.
- Reusable cloth facial coverings are acceptable, as are disposable paper masks.
- Face shields are not acceptable alternatives to cloth face coverings, per CDC guidance.
- Regardless of the type used, masks should not be designed with exhalation valves.
Following the recommendation of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health department, testing will be required for our community. All students, faculty and staff who will be on campus in Spring Semester are required to be tested via convenient saliva-based testing. More information about testing protocols is available here.
Mental Health Resources
University Counseling & Psychological Services is now taking remote/distance appointments: https://caps.unl.edu/. If you would like a remote appointment or if you are in crisis, please call CAPS at (402) 472-7450 between 8am-5pm for assistance. If you need to speak with our counselor after business hours for your urgent needs or you are in crisis, please call (402) 472-7450 and Press 4. If you are in imminent danger to yourself or others, please call 911.
During the fall semester, CAPS will be hosting weekly group sessions for law students. These sessions occur on Tuesdays from 12-1 via Zoom. For more information call CAPS at (402) 472-7450, or contact Dean Pearce.
Campus Health and Safety
For information about the campus’ personal hygiene, prevention and well-being measures, including testing and contract tracing procedures, visit https://covid19.unl.edu/health-safety.
Students who choose to participate in in-person activities, including internships and other experiential learning opportunities, are aware of the potential risks that exposure to the novel virus poses to their health and safety, that the University of Nebraska is unable to mitigate those risks, and that participation in those in-person activities does not create any liability on behalf of the University of Nebraska. The University encourages students to work directly with any non-University organizations through which the student will be completing in-person experiential learning activities to explore methods of completing those activities through remote or other non in-person means. The University encourages all students to know, understand, and follow the guidance from local governments and local health departments in the area where students may be participating in in-person activities, particularly since that guidance can change rapidly.
Your primary support contact for Canvas, Zoom, UNL account or email issues, installing Office programs, etc. is the Huskertech Help Center. The Law IT Office will be closed to walk-in support. You may request IT services from the College of Law IT staff by completing the Law IT Help Request Form. In an emergency you can reach the IT staff by calling (402) 472-3206.
The Schmid Law Library is currently open to College of Law faculty, students and staff. Non-law faculty and students, and members of the general public, including alumni and local attorneys, who wish to use the library for research, must contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-472-3547 to make an appointment to use the law library. Virtual reference assistance is currently available at email@example.com Monday-Friday from 9am-12pm/1pm-4pm.
Additional information and services available to students can be found at covid19.unl.edu/students.