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May 8, 2020 Update From Dean Lowry

Dear Law Students,

Congratulations on finishing your first week of the historic spring 2020 exams! Some $ info and other info for you to consider this weekend:

  • Grant $
    Money remains in the Emergency Grant funds (CARES fund and the AccessLex fund), so please don't hesitate to apply if you've had extra expenses due to Covid-19, such as loss of employment, loss of support, extra expenses for travel, wifi, or equipment, etc. If you have unanticipated financial problems that aren't due to Covid-19, go ahead and apply through the AccessLex application, and the Alumni Association and Foundation will consider your application under a broader "Bods Moving Forward" fund that might be able to provide assistance. I hear many generous-hearted students saying that they aren't going to apply because "someone might need the money more than me." That is a wonderful way to think, but since there is money remaining, please do go ahead and apply and let the awarding committees sort out if someone else needs funds more than you. Also, if you have already been awarded (or denied) from one fund, don’t let that stop you from applying to the other fund. You can find the application forms on our Self-Care and Wellness page.
  • Campus and Community Resources for Financial Need
    The wellness link above gives other resources for students in financial need. Another good resource is the Resource Directory for Jackson, Jefferson & Shawnee Counties (2.9 MB PDF). I recommend you start at page 9's "Problem Solving Index." Doorstep is taking calls for rent and utility assistance: (785) 357-5341. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is opening back up throughout this month: find more information on this and much more at
  • Fall Enrollment Scholarship Drawing
    The university announcement that there will be a drawing for one of five $4500 scholarships for current students who enroll in fall classes by May 29 DOES apply to law students. You will automatically be entered for the drawings if you are enrolled by May 29–there is no need to do anything else. You do not have to have all of your balance paid off, as long as you have enough paid to be allowed to enroll (contact me if you encounter enrollment problems). You do not have to meet with an advisor (that stipulation was meant for undergrads only).
  • Access to the Law Library and Other Areas of Campus This Summer
    You will be receiving information as soon as possible about what summer access is expected to be available, and when.
  • Fall Classes
    We are expecting to do fall classes in-person, but with modifications for safety. More information will be forthcoming.
  • Graduating 3Ls
    • Your access to Student Health Services will end at 4:00 p.m. this Friday, May 15, so be sure to get any services, including prescription refills, completed by then.
    • If you have yearly student health insurance, coverage will end 7/31/20.
    • You will receive information later about summer access to the campus, Student Recreation and Wellness Center, law school and library, as well as any plans the university may have for a late, combined, or virtual commencement.
    • Information will also be sent later about how and when you will receive your diploma and composite class picture.

It's obvious that I don't have answers yet for some of the questions you have, but rest assured that all-student announcements will be sent as soon as different issues are resolved. If you have any problems or questions that the above information doesn't address, please let me know.

Best wishes for a good weekend, and good luck next week!

Dean Lowry