Health Alert: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Heart of Light

As we help each other navigate this challenging time, consider helping one of our law students in need. Some are worried they won't be able to make ends meet. They may have lost a part-time job or family support. Consider donating to a new fund we've set up to directly help our law students by visting the Giving Opportunities page and selecting "Student Emergency Financial Assistance."

If you are a student in need of assistance, please reach out to Dan Cwyner at 

Help a UNH Franklin Pierce Student

Your safety and well-being continue to be our first priority. This is a stressful situation for everyone, and we thank you for your patience and resiliency as we navigate this quickly changing situation. We are trying to balance advice and guidance from state leaders, federal agencies and health officials with the desire to fulfill our educational mission.

In our commitment to remain fluid and constantly reassess the situation, all face-to-face academic programs are transitioned to 100% online or other alternative (non-face-to-face) course delivery online instruction and remote operations for the rest of the semester.


The building, including the physical space of the law library will be closed to students until further notice.  The development of the hybrid program has enabled our library team the ability to quickly offer parity of services online, and they are doing an excellent job; we anticipate no interruption of library services to students.  Electronic resources will be available to students and law library staff will be working remotely.  

If you have concerns about lack of internet access, please contact Dan Cwynar (, Interim Assistant Dean for Students, who will be working with Paul LaClair in IT (  If it is helpful, Comcast has opened up all of their Xfinity hot spots to the public and waived all data caps for the next 60 days.  In addition, we are currently working with Durham to set up “drive-in” parking lot internet service for students; more on this soon! 

Student Workers

Currently until April 3, federally funded students (work study students) are being paid.  This procedure will be up for review starting April 3.  Work study students should work with supervisors to arrange for remote work. 

  • All classes will be 100% online or via other alternative (non-face-to-face) delivery for the remainder of the Spring semester.
  • All student meetings and events are cancelled or can be conducted via online technology.

We will continue to closely monitor and evaluate information and guidance provided by state and federal authorities in order to inform future decisions. Check the coronavirus page regularly for updates and please monitor your UNH Law email regularly as changes are happening rapidly.

Admissions FAQ Regarding COVID-19

In coordination with University officials (including medical officials and emergency management) and in conjunction with state and federal authorities, we are continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation, which is fluid and can change rapidly.  Below are some important updates and tips. 

1.  Keep calm and stay abreast of the news.  Check the UNH webpage on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for ongoing news and policy updates. Be sure to sign up for UNH Alerts at for closures or other important messages from the law school administration.

2.  Wash your hands.  Faculty, staff, and students should be vigilant in preventing the spread of illness. Because COVID-19, and all respiratory illnesses, are most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, take the following precautions:

  • Stay home and avoid public places when sick (i.e. social distancing)
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid being within 6 feet (close contact) of a person who is sick
  • Avoid sharing drinks or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva
  • Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces with household cleaning sprays and wipes

3.  Facilities is implementing additional cleaning measures.  FYI, facilities is doing a great job – they are wiping down door handles and railings with antibacterial solution multiple times a day, and the bathrooms are getting cleaned with antibacterial solutions twice per day.

4.  Do not come to the law school when you are sick.  Please do not come to the law school if you are unwell.  

5.  Check ahead before traveling.  For all travel we recommend reviewing information from the State Department and the CDCAlso, consult UNH’s protocols about travel during this time. 

6.  If you have questions or concerns, reach out.  We are all here to help.  If you’re a student, please reach out to (1) Assistant Dean for Students, Lauren Berger, and (2) Dan Cwynar, who will be the Interim Dean for Students when Lauren goes on maternity leave, with any questions or concerns.  Please include them both on your email so that they can assist you most quickly and everyone can be on the same page.  If you are a staff or faculty member, please reach out to your supervisor.

Faculty and staff looking to hold meetings/classes online or record them should use this guide for step by step instructions on using available technology.