Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The University of New Hampshire is a residential university system committed to face-to-face learning, and the law school shares this commitment for both its Residential Programs and the residential portions of the Hybrid Program. As of this writing, all residential classes and Hybrid Immersion sessions will be held in person, and we welcome students, faculty, and staff to our COVID-19-ready Concord campus.

What do I need to know?

Am I required to show proof of vaccination?

The university does not require students or community members to show proof of vaccination. However, we do encourage everyone to be vaccinated, and to upload your vaccination record now. Uploading your vaccination record is the only way to ensure less frequent COVID testingPlease see drop down menus below for specific information regarding COVID testing.

Front lawn in Spring 2021 with welcome banner
Am I required to wear a mask?

Currently, the university requires students, faculty, staff, and guests on all campuses to wear masks in:

  • Classrooms
  • Offices and other indoor spaces where people will be close together for a few minutes
  • Highly congested spaces and events, and
  • Elevators when riding with other people.

In addition, on the Concord campus, masks are strongly encouraged in places like the library and in the Jury Box, except when eating.  

Am I required to take a COVID test to be on campus?

Yes, to keep our community safe upon the start of the new academic year, we will be implementing COVID testing for incoming new students, returning students, faculty, and staff.

UNH COVID-19 Lab Testing Dashboard

AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE A COVID TEST TO BE ON CAMPUS?

Yes, to keep our community safe, we will be implementing COVID testing for all students, faculty, and staff.

How do I test?

  • Pick up your COVID self-swab tests in your mailbox at the main law school building at 2 White Street.
  • To keep our community safe, when entering the building to pick up your tests, please wear a mask.
  • Watch this short video about how you will administer your test and apply your label.
  • The drop box is a gray mailbox located at the front entrance outside the law school.
  • Complete or update your my profile and consent to testing

Students only: sign the Wildcat pledge (recommended but not required for employees)

When do I test?

  • Labels will be put in your student mailbox over the weekend.  8 Test kits will be packaged in a bag in the mailrooms or at reception. Please grab one. 
    • If there are no labels or test kits in your mailbox on Tuesday, please let a student or staff member at reception know so that one can be provided for you.
  • If you have uploaded your COVID vaccination record…
    • And your last name begins with A-K: You will submit one test next week and then begin testing every other week so your testing weeks will be (week of September 6, September 20, October 4, etc.). 
    • And your last name begins with L-Z:  You will submit one test the week of September 13 and then begin testing every other week so your testing weeks will be (week of September 13, September 27, October 11, etc.). 
    • You can submit your test any day Monday-Thursday at noon. Your assigned week and preferred drop-off day are listed in your Wildcat Pass.
    • You will also receive 4 extra labels for the semester in the case that there is a week you want to turn in an additional test, aren’t feeling well, or are identified as a close contact. 
  •  If you have not uploaded your COVID vaccination record:
    • You will continue to test twice a week for the remainder of the semester.
    • You must submit your tests on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Your assigned days are listed in your Wildcat Pass.
    • You will receive additional testing labels in mid-October. 
  • On days that the law school is closed (for example, Monday, September 6), please submit your Monday sample on Tuesday. 
  • We are continuing to experience issues with people not labeling or mis-labeling their sample. Please review the instructions again. Students may be charged with a conduct code violation if they submit unlabeled or mis-labeled samples as they will be out of compliance with testing protocol. 
What are the quarantine and isolation expectations

Additionally, the university has released updated quarantine and isolation expectations.  You can review them here: Policies for Isolation and Quarantine | University of New Hampshire (unh.edu). To summarize:

  • Following a positive COVID-19 test:
    • Everyone (vaccinated or unvaccinated) will be required to isolate for 10 days following a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Following a determination by Health and Wellness of a non-household close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:
    • If you are fully vaccinated: you do not need to quarantine. However, extra testing, indoor masking, and physical distancing are recommended. 
    • If you are NOT fully vaccinated: you DO need to quarantine IF your close contact is a household member. Otherwise, quarantine is recommended, as are extra testing, indoor masking, and physical distancing.
What if I wish to request an ADA accommodation?

For the fall 2021 semester, UNH Franklin Pierce is not providing health and/or safety remote accommodations at this time. If you wish to request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please request disability accommodations here.

Absence and online class policy

UNH is committed to residential learning, and Franklin Pierce School of Law is committed to face-to-face teaching. This means residential students are expected to attend residential classes; hybrid JD students are expected to attend Immersion sessions in person.

students

Should a student be absent from class, the faculty are recommended to adopt the following policy: 

  • Two absences and/or one week of absences: If a student is absent once or twice in a week, the student and faculty member may arrange any appropriate make-up work on a case-by-base basis. Students should reach out to their faculty member to let them know of their absence.
  • More than one week of absences: If the student will miss more than one consecutive week of class for a documented and extenuating circumstance outside of the students' control, the student should reach out to the Assistant Dean for Students, Lauren Berger. The Assistant Dean for Students will let the faculty member know about the student absence and will ask the faculty to work with the student on an arrangement for accessing class materials.

Student Access to Materials 

  • Recordings: Professors may offer students a recording of a classroom for any reason, including make-up materials from a missed class session.  
  • Live Stream: Students may watch a class live, but not participate. We recommend a live stream if a student is ill or has a documented reason that they are unable to be on campus such as for illness, COVID isolation, or quarantine.
  • Simulcast: We use the word “simulcast” to describe a situation where the teacher and students are in a classroom, and additional students appear online to interact with the teacher and local students.  We have a strong preference that “simulcast” not be used in classrooms. This fall, faculty have the discretion to choose to use simulcast and include remote students in their class if the activities and pedagogy permit a successful learning environment. Faculty may choose not to use simulcast in their class and limit the access of remote students to recordings or streaming.  Individual faculty may introduce the option of participating as a remote student via simulcast in individual cases as the professor deems appropriate.  

 

Faculty impacted by covid-19

Should a faculty member need to transition classes remotely in accordance with university policy and/or CDC guidelines, classes will be moved remotely. These sessions will be presumptively synchronous and taught via Zoom, though the faculty member may make appropriate adjustments as fits your class and circumstance.  

Summary
  • If you are going to miss a couple of days of classes, please let your faculty member know.
  • If you are going to miss more than a week of classes, please let Assistant Dean for Students Lauren Berger know so that she can inform your faculty of your absence and work with you to provide other resources and assistance.
  • If you have specific questions about how a faculty member might allow you to access course materials in case of an absence, please reach out to them.
Do I have to be tested upon arrival?

Yes. All Immersion students will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival. Testing kits will be distributed at your first meeting. Tests will be submitted immediately, and the COVID-19 testing lab will provide results by email later that day. 

This short video shows how you will administer your test and apply your label.

If you arrive and test positive, you will be required to isolate for 10 days. UNH will provide free housing where you can isolate and quarantine on the Durham campus. Any person who tests positive use personal transportation to return to their private residence, but may not use public transportation of any form or return to communal living.

Do I have to wear a mask at the Immersion?

At this time, the university requires students on all campuses to wear masks in:

  • Classrooms
  • Offices and other indoor spaces where people will be close together for a few minutes
  • Highly congested spaces and events
  • Elevators when riding with other people.

In addition, on the Concord campus, masks are strongly encouraged in places like the library and in the Jury Box, except when eating.

AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE A COVID TEST TO BE ON CAMPUS?

Yes, to keep our community safe, we will be implementing COVID testing for all students, faculty, and staff.

How do I test?

  • Labels will be put in your mailbox over the weekend.  8 Test kits will be packaged in a bag in the mailrooms or at reception. Please grab one. 
    • If there are no labels or test kits in your mailbox on Tuesday, please let a student or staff member at reception know so that one can be provided for you.
  • To keep our community safe, when entering the building to pick up your tests, please wear a mask.
  • Watch this short video about how you will administer your test and apply your label.
  • The drop box is a gray mailbox located at the front entrance outside the law school.
  • Complete or update your my profile and consent to testing

Students only: sign the Wildcat pledge (recommended but not required for employees)

When do I test?

  • Labels and two test kits will be put in your student mailbox over the weekend before September 6. 
    • Additional test kits will be made available in the student mailroom, faculty/staff mailroom or at reception.
    • If there are no labels or test kits in your mailbox, please let a student or staff member at reception know so that one can be provided for you. 
  • If you have uploaded your COVID vaccination record…
    • And your last name begins with A-K: You will submit one test next week and then begin testing every other week so your testing weeks will be (week of September 6, September 20, October 4, etc.). 
    • And your last name begins with L-Z:  You will submit one test the week of September 13 and then begin testing every other week so your testing weeks will be (week of September 13, September 27, October 11, etc.). 
    • You can submit your test any day Monday-Thursday at noon. Your assigned week and preferred drop-off day are listed in your Wildcat Pass.
    • You will also receive 4 extra labels for the semester in the case that there is a week you want to turn in an additional test, aren’t feeling well, or are identified as a close contact. 
  •  If you have not uploaded your COVID vaccination record:
    • You will continue to test twice a week for the remainder of the semester.
    • You must submit your tests on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Your assigned days are listed in your Wildcat Pass.
    • You will receive additional testing labels in mid-October. 
  • On days that the law school is closed (for example, Monday, September 6), please submit your Monday sample on Tuesday. 
  • We are continuing to experience issues with people not labeling or mis-labeling their sample. Please review the instructions again. Students may be charged with a conduct code violation if they submit unlabeled or mis-labeled samples as they will be out of compliance with testing protocol. 
What are the quarantine and isolation expectations

Additionally, the university has released updated quarantine and isolation expectations.  You can review them here: Policies for Isolation and Quarantine | University of New Hampshire (unh.edu). To summarize:

  • Following a positive COVID-19 test:
    • Everyone (vaccinated or unvaccinated) will be required to isolate for 10 days following a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Following a determination by Health and Wellness of a non-household close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:
    • If you are fully vaccinated: you do not need to quarantine. However, extra testing, indoor masking, and physical distancing are recommended. 
    • If you are NOT fully vaccinated: you DO need to quarantine IF your close contact is a household member. Otherwise, quarantine is recommended, as are extra testing, indoor masking, and physical distancing.

Visitors to UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law must be sponsored by a member of the law school community. 

How do I sponsor a visitor?

To sponsor an on-campus visitor (such as a family member or friend, panelist, vendor, campus interviewer, etc.), please coordinate the visit by emailing Officer John MacLennan with the following information:

  • Date of visit
  • Time of visit
  • Nature of visit

Each visit will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Visitors are expected to wear a mask and adhere to physical distancing measures of six (6) feet. When your visitor arrives on campus, they will be asked about any COVID-related illness or symptoms they have experienced.  

We ask that your visitors do not come to campus if they have any of the following symptoms as listed on the CDC website

This procedure is necessary to maintain visibility concerning who is on campus, and we appreciate your cooperation.

Again, to coordinate a campus visitor, please email Officer John MacLennan here.

  • You can review the UNH Franklin Pierce Calendar and make room requests at https://calendar.law.unh.edu
  • All meetings and events must be posted on the UNH Franklin Pierce Calendar. This includes virtual events so that we can minimize over-programming.
  • All guests must follow UNH Franklin Pierce COVID policies (for example, wearing a mask in classrooms).
  • When you are booking a room, please try to reserve a room that will allow your participants to practice physical distancing. Please observe physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.
  • You must track attendance at the event with participant names and emails. Seating charts are available at Room 218 if physical distancing will not be possible at your event.
  • As a complement to the in-person meeting, consider offering online zoom access to be inclusive for all community members.
  • If food is delivered it must be dropped off with a student org member at the entrance of the law school.
  • When possible, food should be individually boxed/wrapped.
  • When possible, drinks should be individually contained (i.e. soda cans not liter bottles).
  • Hand sanitizer must be available at the event.
  • If you are planning on inviting external people into the law school for an event, please contact Officer John MacLennan in advance of inviting visitors to receive approval.

Should health conditions change, we are prepared to pivot in support of the health and well-being of our community.

For emergencies, dial 911. For health, safety, and other pressing issues, please email Assistant Dean Berger or Officer MacLennan.

COVID Testing

UNH Franklin Pierce is participating in UNH’s self-testing system. Please visit https://www.unh.edu/coronavirus/covid-testing for more information on how to conduct the self-administered testing or to request assistance.