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.
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 is closed to visitors at this time, as is required by current DPH guidelines. The Law Library is, however, offering remote services to faculty. For more information see: Remote 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com for assistance.
Can I get a book from the library myself?
If you are on campus during the closure and borrow books from the library, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the authors/titles of the books and we will check them out to you.
On July 31st, President Napolitano issued an Executive Order that requires all students, faculty and staff who live, work, or learn on campus must receive the 2020/2021 flu vaccination by October 31st or have an approved medical exemption or accommodation. A medical exemption request form is included with the linked Executive Order above on page 6. Beginning November 1st, staff cannot be on site unless they have certified that they’ve received the vaccination or have an approved exemption. Certification will be made through the daily UCLA Symptom Monitoring Survey unless we are notified otherwise. We have highlighted and included a list of Frequently Asked Questions for your review.
How will faculty and staff provide proof that they have received their flu shot?
All locations will be asked to adjust their symptom screening apps on or before November 1 to ask employees to certify they have received the 2020-2021 flu vaccine.
Is there a penalty or consequence for faculty and staff if they do not get a flu shot?
Individuals who do not certify that they have received the 2020-2021 flu vaccine or have an approved exemption or accommodation will not have access to university facilities. If the inability to access university facilities affects an employee’s ability to perform job functions, supervisors will work with employees to find alternatives so they can continue to work, but there may be consequences as determined by the employee’s supervisor.
Will faculty or staff working remotely this fall need to document immunization by November 1?
If faculty or staff working remotely need to access a UC facility at any time, they must certify by November 1 that they have received the 2020-2021 flu vaccine or have an approved exemption or accommodation.
Will you be setting up flu vaccine clinics for faculty/staff?
No. Due to public health requirements currently in place, this may not be possible at all locations. Faculty and staff at any location can obtain the vaccine from a local pharmacy or physician’s office.
Will hourly workers be granted time off to obtain the vaccine?
Policy covered hourly employees may take up to two hours of paid time. Employees must provide advance notice to their supervisor.
On a related note, UC has learned that an outside market research firm, Consumer Evaluation & Insights, sent a survey about UC’s flu vaccination policy to a number of UC faculty and staff with the subject line: “Share your opinion on the UC Flu Vaccine requirement.” If you received this survey, please be aware that this survey was not authorized or commissioned by UC, and employees are under no obligation to complete it. Because the data from the survey is being collected by an external organization, UC cannot make any assurances regarding the use, privacy, or security of the information gathered.
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.
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.
UCLA continues to look for creative ways to support you with your dependent care needs.
What if I or my students have questions best directed toward departments or administrators?
Please contact UCLA Law's COVID-19 Task Force at email@example.com. We will respond as quickly as possible.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.