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College of Law Academic Changes

Changes to the Academic Calendar: 

Loyola College of Law will end on-ground campus instruction and events before Thanksgiving break, which will take place from November 23-27. Classes will resume remotely on November 30 for the remainder of the semester and final exams. For students, that saves many of you the expense of two trips home and it protects our community from the exposures of travel. Please review the revised academic calendar.

Changes to the Learning Environment:

  • All classrooms will be marked with capacity requirements outside the door and furniture will be removed or decommissioned to allow for proper social distancing in the space at all times. 
  • Students may be released from on-ground courses one row at a time to reduce crowding in the doorways and hallways. The schedule will allow more time between courses. 
  • We will outfit many classrooms with technology to stream lectures and classroom activities live online so students can engage in discussions and participate in class from any location. 

Review our requirements for Face Coverings and Social Distancing, which will be enforced in all public spaces including classrooms, hallways, and the library.

Course Delivery: 

Courses will fall under four categories to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements, facilitate a smoother transition in case we need to pivot to fully online, and to allow for higher risk students to comfortably complete courses from off-campus. 

Online (Asynchronous) 

An asynchronous course does not have a set meeting time, but you will engage with your instructor and your peers through discussion boards and other interactive assignments.  

Online (Synchronous)

These courses meet at the originally scheduled time but via Zoom instead of in a classroom.  

HyFlex 

In order to abide by social distancing requirements, students in on-ground courses may need to participate remotely on a rotating basis. For example, for a Tuesday/Thursday course, half of the students would attend in person each session and half would participate online. 

On-Ground Classes 

These courses will meet in spaces large enough to allow for proper social distancing and/or utilize live-streaming technology to allow all students to participate in real time if they can’t attend in-person. If disrupted, courses can move fully online.

You will find details about the delivery format of your course on LORA. LORA is subject to change based on faculty availability and room assignment changes that are required by changing enrollments. If you have questions about your schedule, please contact Associate Dean Mary Algero.

Law Student Support: 

Student support services for Fall 2020 will include the following:

  • The Office of Accessible Education works with students who have health conditions that require official accommodation. Please contact the Office of Accessible Education if you have any concerns about returning to campus for classes. The OAE works with all colleges to provide all-online schedules where they are needed. 
  • Technology is going to be an important part of our fall semester, so it is crucial that you have a computer, a webcam, and internet access. Laptop reimbursement loans are available if you need to purchase a computer and webcam. Please purchase a computer that meets the hardware, software, and internet requirements in the table below. In emergency situations, students should contact the Dean’s office to check out a hotspot or laptop. 

 

Hardware/Software Requirement
Webcam Standard
Microphone Standard
Hard Drive Space 1 GB Free HDD Space
Memory (RAM) 4 GB
CPU Processor 2.0 GHz Intel i3 processor or equivalent
Mac Operating System 10.13, 10.14, or 10.15
Windows OS

10 (Version 1803, 1809, 1903, or 1909)

32- and 64-bit

Internet Speed/Bandwidth Min 2.5 Mbps upload speed

 

  • Students seeking tutoring and learning support may make appointments with the Academic Success professors via YouCanBookMe on the academic success web page. Students may also schedule appointments by contacting Professor Tufts at mdtufts@loyno.edu or 504.861.5689, or contacting Professor Snyder at tdsnyder@loyno.edu or 504.861.5697. Students may request in-person or zoom meetings.