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COVID-19 FAQs

Fall 2020 Teaching Policy

Classes during the Fall 2020 semester will be exclusively online, with the possible exception of certain experiential courses for which an in-person component may be approved.

In-person meetings with students, even in very small groups, may not be conducted on campus, in accordance with the current guidelines released by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.  Similarly, in-person one-on-one faculty office hours are prohibited.  We will notify faculty if and when these policies change in accordance with any revisions to the LADPH guidelines.

Faculty currently have access to the law school building and are permitted to come to campus to prepare for remote teaching, or to teach from their office or an empty law school classroom.  (Be sure to submit the UCLA Symptom Monitoring Survey, described below, on the days you come to the law school.)  The Audio/Visual department has prepared certain classrooms to support this teaching environment.  Classroom reservations are made by contacting Sean Treacy (Sean@law.ucla.edu).  Faculty who wish to come to campus to prepare for remote teaching, or to teach, must also fill out a form indicating that they plan to do so, so that we can have a complete list of those who may be on campus in case contact tracing is necessary.  Please fill out the form available here.  You do not need to wait for approval after filling out this form.

Building

Is UCLA School of Law open? 

Yes. All UCLA Law offices are functioning, though as many services as possible are being offered remotely. If you have been working remotely, the UCLA Office of the Administrative Vice Chancellor asks that you continue to do so through the end of the fiscal year, Wednesday, June 30, 2021.  This does not apply to personnel who have been working on campus, to those associated with the ramp-up of UCLA research, or to instructors and support staff, if any, who receive approval in the future to conduct their spring semester courses with an on-campus component.

Any law community member who needs to come to campus must complete a symptom monitoring survey each day before you come to campus. To sign up, please go to the UCLA symptom monitoring website and then complete the survey here before each day that you come in. It is essential to complete this before every visit to campus to limit the chance that symptomatic people will enter our building. The symptom monitoring survey is also used for Contact Tracing. It is necessary that the Contact Tracing department has information about who is in the Law building in the unlikely scenario that someone with whom you may have come in contact has subsequently developed symptoms. 

As part of the university's ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and in our community, community members will need to be tested if they are coming to campus weekly. The testing is a new requirement to increase the effectiveness of the University’s Contract Tracing department and to reduce the spread of the virus. Arthur Ashe’s Contact Tracing has partnered with SummerBio, a testing laboratory, to conduct these tests. If you are coming to campus weekly, you should have already received an email from SummerBio encouraging you to schedule your appointment for a test. Alternatively, if you did not get an email from SummerBio and are scheduled to come to campus weekly, please let Ryan Rose know. A list of answers to testing FAQs is available on the Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center website.

The law school building is locked for security purposes. If you need to come to the law school, please remember to bring your N31 key to access the building, a mask to wear around the building and your Bruin ID card. Security officers may ask to see identification. 

COVID-19 Returning to Work on Campus eCourse: around June 23, you should have received an email to complete this eCourse required training from email: C19Support@ehs.ucla.edu. If you did not receive it, please check your spam folder to see if it went there. If you still can’t find it, you can go directly to the Learning Management System (LMS) at: http://lms.ucla.edu. Login in with your UCLA credentials, click Required Trainings and click the Start button to launch the course. The training should take less than 30 minutes to complete. Employees (including faculty) who are already working on campus should have completed the training by July 31. For all other employees, the course must be completed before you return to work on campus or in other UCLA facilities, or by December 31, whichever occurs first.

Is the Law Library open?

The Law Library reopened at 25% capacity on March 8, 2021. The Law Library is also offering remote services to faculty. For more information see: Library Services for Faculty.

UCLA Faculty, Staff, and Student Workers are now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination

UCLA employees, including students employed by the university and those who work in our PreK-12 facilities, are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. To the extent that supplies allow, employees will be invited to schedule vaccination appointments through UCLA Health. Invitations will be sent with priority given to members of our community based on the level of contact they have with on-site individuals, the variety of work locations they visit and where they fall on a social vulnerability index developed by UCLA researchers. Please note that at this time students who are not employed by the university are not eligible for the vaccine in California, but we remain committed to offering these students the vaccine when it becomes available to them.

Employees may also book vaccination appointments via California’s My Turn portal, which allows individuals to schedule appointments at locations throughout the state close to where they live. We encourage everyone in the UCLA community to get the vaccine as early as possible, wherever that may be. For most, it may be faster to schedule an appointment through My Turn since the number of doses UCLA is expected to receive will be far fewer than the number of eligible employees.

If you participate through My Turn you may need to bring documentation (PDF) to your vaccination appointment consisting of a photo ID, proof that you work in the education sector and, if participating in an L.A. County site, proof that you live in L.A. County. If you will be receiving your vaccination at another location, please be sure that you are aware of any employment or residential documentation that may be required at that site. Any student workers who do not have a traditional paystub may obtain a verification letter through their Principal Investigator or other supervisor.

Even after receiving the vaccine, it is important to continue to practice the public health protocols that we have been using over the past year to keep ourselves and others safer. These include maintaining six feet of distance from others; wearing facial coverings over your mouth, nose and chin; avoiding large gatherings and frequently washing your hands. Lastly, University of California policy requires COVID-19 vaccine education training for all faculty and staff. If you have not yet completed your training, you may do so before or after you receive the vaccine.

Library Services for Faculty

Are Library Staff available to assist faculty?

At this time, library staff are available to assist you remotely Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How do I contact a Reference Librarian?

Reference Librarians are available to provide remote assistance to faculty. Please email ref@law.ucla.edu. If you have a time-sensitive request outside of regular hours, please note that in your email.

Are library document delivery services available?

Unfortunately, document delivery service capabilities are severely limited since so many libraries across the country are closed, but we will do our best to obtain any library materials you need. Other UCLA campus libraries have begun offering document delivery services, but we ask that you continue to submit your requests to the Law Library and we will mediate those requests for you.  Email request@law.ucla.edu for assistance.

Can I get a book from the library myself?

If you are on campus and borrow books from the library when staff are not available, please email request@law.ucla.edu with the authors/titles of the books and we will check them out to you.

Wellness & Dependent Care Resources

Wellness Resources during COVID - 19

UCLA's Counseling Center has created a guide of support as we transition to an Online Learning Environment. 

These tips are for faculty, staff, students, and anyone else that is apart of the UCLA campus. 

STAND Together during COVID-19

In partnership with BeyGOOD and the Start Small fund, UCLA is pleased to offer the COVID-19 Care Package that includes resources and tools designed to lift moods and ease anxiety and depression. Visit this page every few weeks as they are continuing to publish new content.

 

Dependent Care Resources

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) has created a page of dependent care resources for the UCLA community. This resource hub includes information on university policy, childcare and education programs, elder care, and other helpful initiatives. 

Dedicated pages were created for faculty, staff, and students.

UCLA continues to look for creative ways to support you with your dependent care needs.

Questions for Departments or Administrators

What if I or my students have questions best directed toward departments or administrators?

Please contact UCLA Law's COVID-19 Task Force at taskforce@law.ucla.edu. We will respond as quickly as possible.

Remote Instruction

Plans for Ramping up Research Activities

IMPORTANT UPDATE EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 7, 2020:  The paragraph following this one discusses the protocol for those seeking to ramp up regular research activity at the law school.  However, as of December 7, 2020, the campus is suspending review of new research ramp-up proposals with limited exceptions. If you wish to use the law school facilities to conduct research/scholarship and have not already submitted and received approval of your research ramp-up plan, there will be a delay in receiving approval. Those whose research ramp-up plans have been approved as of December 7, 2020 will remain able to conduct their research in accordance with their approved plan.  This information will be updated as campus guidance changes.  For more information about research approvals, please email c19@research.ucla.edu.

Per Dean Mnookin’s May 27th email (linked below), before anyone can return to the office for research purposes, you will need to fill out an operational plan (linked below). That plan needs to be approved prior to any research return to campus and it must include a description as to why it is valuable or important for you to be able to return to campus rather than continue to work remotely. Faculty coming to campus to prepare for teaching only need to complete the training course and daily symptom monitoring. See the COVID-19 Returning to Work on Campus eCourse section in the box above.