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Information for Students

The School of Law has worked diligently to provide a safe learning environment for all students this fall. Here are some of the important changes you will see. We will update this page as changes occur.

Academic Information

Please review the building hours  that have been established for the fall semester for students and visitors. 

As per university rules, students are required to wear face coverings at all times while inside the School of Law, with the following exceptions:

  • When eating or drinking
  • Studying or working alone in a study room or student organization workroom.

All students are expected to follow the university's  COVID-19 requirements.  Students entering the law school who have not folowed these requirements are in violation of the Honor Code policy (section 2.1)  and may be disciplined accordingly.  

You will have access to printers and copiers.

Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the building, and custodians will be cleaning surfaces in pubic areas frequently throughout the day.

In our only four-year old building, ventilation refreshes the air several times per day and meets all CDC and DHEC air quality guidelines.

Classes will meet in-person.  Students should use the disinfectant spray provided to clean their workspace before and after class.

We will require that all students comply with the attendance policy.

You should not attend class or return to the law school building if you believe that you may have symptoms of COVID or have been exposed as a close contact to a person infected with COVID. Nor should you attend class or return to the law school building if you have any potentially infectious ailment. 

Although a student who does not attend class in person must be counted as absent, Dean Kuo will grant attendance waivers for all health-related absences. Health-related absences include those that occur because a student suspects that they have symptoms of COVID, because the student is in quarantine or isolation, because the student has been diagnosed with COVID, and because the student does not feel physically well enough to attend class. Students caring for individuals diagnosed with COVID will also be considered absent for health-related reasons. If health-related absences occur for more than three consecutive class sessions, a student must provide medical documentation of their condition in their petition for waiver of the attendance requirement. 

If health-related absences exceed 30% of the classes in a course (the maximum amount for which Dean Kuo is authorized to issue an attendance waiver), the student may petition the Academic Responsibility Committee for waiver of the attendance requirement in the course. We have no reason to doubt that the Academic Responsibility Committee will approve those cases where the health-related absences stem from a COVID-related reason. If health-related absences occur for more than three consecutive class sessions, a student must provide medical documentation of their condition in their petition for waiver of the attendance requirement. 

While some empty classrooms may be used during the day, all classrooms will be locked and inaccessible following the last class each day. This will allow for thorough cleaning at night in preparation for the next day. 

Group study rooms are available and may be reserved here: libcal.law.sc.edu

NOTE: Face coverings are required in group study rooms with two or more occupants. Face coverings are encouraged in study rooms with only one occupant.

All students have an assigned locker. Please note that the lockers are in close proximity to one another, so please extend courtesy to others and maintain physical distancing while in the locker area. 

Students should visit the University of South Carolina Official Bookstore to obtain their books.

Students may also check out study guides from the law library.

Our Academic Technology department can assist with your technology-related issues. 

Below are links to course technology resources used by the School of Law:

Note: Please use Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox when connecting with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Do not use Microsoft Edge.

Please reach out to faculty members directly for information on the time and format in which their office hours will be held.

Alex Ruskell will continue offering academic assistance through in-person workshops, in-person office hours, email, and telephone. Tutors will hold weekly in-person tutoring sessions

There will also be weekly bar prep workshops for 3Ls in the spring.

Please email Alex directly with any questions regarding academic assistance and bar prep.

Exams will be administered in December per the exam schedule. Further details regarding exams to come as we move through the fall semester. 

All courses other than those that always are pass/fail, will have letter grades and will be graded on a normal scale.

Tuition for the 2021-2022 school year are not likely to change. The exception to that may be a refund of any unused parking fee, should the university close mid-semester.  Tuition is a university decision and not in the control of the School of Law. 

Who to Contact

Technology: Our Academic Technology department can assist with your technology-related issues. 

Academic issues or registration: Please reach out to Associate Dean Susan Kuo with academic or registration issues.

All other questions should be directed to Student Affairs who will help guide the student to the proper resource.

 

Health Protocols

Students must get tested before returning to campus this fall, as well as at other times during the semester.

Students will receive a notification email the week that they are scheduled for mandatory COVID-19 testing, and they will have seven days to participate in on-campus testing or to submit documentation of outside testing to be compliant. Nasal tests, saliva tests and antigen/rapid tests are all acceptable forms of testing. Learn more about COVID testing requirements and exemptions.

Register here for university-provided on-campus testing

The university has also provided resources for off-campus testing that may be available near you.

If you test on campus your results will be automatically uploaded into MyHealthSpace. If you test off-campus you will be responsible for uploading your test results to sc.edu/MyHealthSpace.

If at any time during the semester you test positive for COVID-19, you should call the Coronavirus Phone Bank at  (803) 576-8511. Please also contact Student Affairs at (803) 777-2430 or stuaff@law.sc.edu for assistance and support.

Student Health Services has developed contact tracing protocols, quarantine and isolation protocols, and mental health resources.

If you have been around someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, review Student Health Services' recommendations for what you should do in a variety of scenarios.

The university strongly encourages you to get vaccinated to protect both yourself and others from COVID.

University Health Services (UHS) offers free walk-in vaccine clinics at the Center for Health and Well-Being from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. UHS offers the Moderna (2 dose) and the Johnson & Johnson (1 dose) vaccines. Students who are interested can make appointments online though MyHealthSpace or by calling 803-544-7468. Additionally, they can access the vaccine through any community vaccination site by visiting the DHEC COVID vaccine website and making an appointment at locations across the state.

As per university rules, students are required to wear face coverings at all times while inside the School of Law, with the following exceptions:

  • When eating or drinking
  • Studying or working alone in a study room or student organization workroom.

If you are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms, like fever, cough or shortness of breath, go to MyHealthSpace and make a telemedicine appointment to be evaluated. The university has a plan in place to care for students who test positive for COVID-19 and for students who have been exposed.

If you have a COVID-19 or vaccine question, please call the Coronavirus Phone Bank at 803-576-8511, Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Feeling overwhelmed?  Please reach out to the following resources:

 

Student Affairs

The Office of Career & Professional Development remains committed to helping students and graduates navigate the next steps in their job search and career development process.

Advisors are available for in-person and virtual appointments during normal business hours. Please log-in to Symplicity to schedule an appointment. 

On-Campus Interviews and Job Postings

We welcome the opportunity to work with employers to coordinate in-person or virtual on-campus interviews or post available positions to Symplicity.

Employers who wish to visit campus must agree to comply with the university's face covering policy.

To register for an on-campus interview or post a position, please complete this form.

If you have any other questions, please contact Career & Professional Development.

Events

Visit our Event Policy page to learn more about how to hold your event safely and in compliance with university protocols.

Meetings

To schedule a student organization meeting, please coordinate with Student Affairs and review the Event Policy.  If you are going to have food in meetings, please contact Student Affairs to make arrangements.

Guest Speakers

We encourage student organizations to have guest speakers, but please inform Student Affairs of any guests.  Guests must adhere to the face covering policy.

Off-campus Events

Visit our Event Policy page to learn more about how to hold your event safely and in compliance with university protocols.

You are still able to eat in the cafe, and seating has been arranged to accommodate physical distancing standards.

You may also eat in the courtyard.

While beverages will be allowed in classrooms, food will NOT be permitted in these areas or other spaces in the law school.

If you are going to have food in meetings, please contact Student Affairs to make arrangements.


  Last updated August 26, 2021.


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