Photograph: Students in a classroom.

August 31, 2020 Update From Dean Mastrosimone

Dear Students,

I hope that the start of the second week of classes finds you in both good health and good spirits. Let me say that I have been impressed by the collective action that you have taken to ensure that we can continue to provide in-person classes this semester. Of course, our current situation requires constant vigilance. So, please continue to follow safe practices both in the building and, just as important to the success of this semester, away from the building.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to remind students that allowing remote instruction this semester comes with the expectation that law students will act professionally and be engaged in the class sessions for each of their courses. The easiest way to show that engagement is for remotely participating students to have their video cameras on during class. However, faculty members are free to implement their own measures to ensure engagement of all members of a class. That might include requiring that students keep their video cameras on while participating in class remotely.

Any student who is required to use a camera while participating remotely but is unable to do so because of religious, medical, or other reasons is welcome to seek an accommodation from me in my capacity as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. If the accommodation for no-camera remote-participation is approved, the fact that a "camera accommodation" has been approved will be communicated to the relevant faculty members, but the reason for the accommodation will be kept confidential.

As always, if you have questions, please let me know.

Dean Mastro