Q: What are the ABA restrictions on distance learning? Have those been waived?
A: UNH Law asked and received a variance from the American Bar Association to provide a hybrid model of online instruction, in light of health and safety concerns. More details about this can be found in the law school’s reopening plan.
Q: Can we get more guidance on how taking remote classes may impact state bar requirements?
A: Bar examination requirements and procedures are evolving in many states. We encourage you to look at the bar examiners websites and trade journals in states where you may plan to sit for the bar.
Q: Does everyone need to wear masks inside the building?
A: Yes. While at work, in class, and in public common areas, community members will wear a cloth face covering or mask to help protect against the spread of the virus. It is clear from the CDC that wearing a face covering is critical to slowing the spread and keeping others healthy.
Q: Face masks are mentioned in many documents, but face shields are not. Are face shields an acceptable alternative to masks?
A: No, they are not. A face mask must be worn when on campus. Students may opt to also wear an additional face shield with their mask.
Q: Will someone at UNH Law have access to a list of people who should not be on campus if they have received a positive COVID test or have been asked to quarantine?
A: The University is currently working on a way to address knowing who cannot be on campus without violating HIPAA privacy requirements.
Q: What are the building and library hours?
A: The library will stay open one hour after the last class. Their regular schedule will be: Monday through Thursday, 8am to 9pm; Friday 8am to 7pm; Saturday & Sunday 1pm to 7pm
Q: How will faculty, staff, students, and visitors enter the building?
A: Everyone will enter through the main entrance at 2 White Street. You can exit the building through any door.
Q: Will we be allowed to take off our masks to eat and drink?
A: Yes. Please maintain social distancing while eating. Picnic tables will also be available in the courtyard.
Q: Will there be masks available on site?
A: Yes, we ask you to bring and use your own face covering. But if you forget yours, or need one, please let the head of security or Assistant Dean for Students know.
Q: I’m currently in Concord and attending classes on campus but I need to leave New Hampshire. What is the process for returning back to campus?
A: We recommend exercising caution and using due diligence should you choose to travel outside of New Hampshire and outside of New England. While we all face the risk of COVID-19 in our daily activities, there is an increased risk presented by traveling and attending gatherings, even small ones with just close family.
We recommend that you review the NH DHHS Travel Guidance for the most up-to-date guidance. As of September 15, there is no quarantine requirement for those traveling within New England (New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island).
If you are traveling outside of New England, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon your return to New Hampshire. It is also acceptable for travelers to New Hampshire to self-quarantine in the state they are visiting prior to returning to NH as long as they do not travel on public transportation. This CDC webpage provides a definition of quarantining and the types of activities allowable while quarantining.
You should plan on participating in the COVID testing protocol the week before your anticipated return to campus. Please contact Lauren Berger (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss submitting your self-swab tests during your quarantine. Students may also get tested elsewhere but any costs incurred will be paid by the student. During this time, you will need to access classes remotely. Please contact your instructors as soon as possible to let them know about the need to transition learning modalities short-term
Q: How will COVID procedures be enforced on-campus and off-campus for students, faculty and staff?
A: There are three parts to this answer.
All members of this community have a shared interest in protecting the safety of one another and the ability of our law school to remain open. An essential value of our law school is professionalism and respect. We anticipate that every member of this community will voluntarily follow the protocols that have been developed and will respond with grace and good cheer when reminded about a lapse by a fellow student, staff or faculty member.
The second part of this answer is that Rule F.3.a of the Student Code prohibits students from creating a substantial physical hazard to persons at UNH Law. In addition, the University as a whole, through the President, has adopted safety rules and an enforcement protocol that may result in a student losing the privilege to participate in face to face instruction and to enter the law school campus.
The third part of the answer is that students, faculty and staff are obligated to follow federal, state and local law. Some communities have adopted safety ordinances. The law school will not enforce those laws off campus but violation of state or federal laws may result in sanction under the Student Code and can have professional consequences.
Q: Will students, faculty and staff complete a daily health attestation prior to coming to campus?
A: No, they will not. We still ask you to self-assess your health every day. If you do not feel well, please stay home and contact a medical professional.
Q: How will faculty, staff, and student travel work?
A: Travel rules are evolving at all levels of government during this pandemic. Currently there are no legal restrictions on out-of-state travel from New Hampshire, but the state requires people who have traveled outside New England to self-quarantine for 14 days when they return.
Business travel for faculty and staff will be limited during the fall. Personal travel is not currently subject to restrictions, but law in this area is evolving and the law school requests that all faculty, staff, and students honor the state required self-quarantine after traveling out-of-state.
Q: What is the COVID testing protocol for returning to campus? What is the COVID testing protocol for the semester after classes start?
A: You must test and have a negative result no sooner than 8 days before start of class. Find a list of testing options here. You will be tested every week until the UNH lab is up and running. Then testing will be self-administered and completed up to twice a week.
Q: What is the policy if you test positive?
A: UNH Health & Wellness staff will notify community members who test positive and direct them to seek medical attention.
Q: What will contact tracing look like?
A: If someone tests positive, they will be contacted and those who had close contact will be notified by the state of NH Department of Health and Human Services. Contact tracing protocols are managed by the Department of Health of Human Services.
Q: What happens if a student or a professor tests positive?
A: Not every positive test or illness of a student or professor will require others to quarantine at home, but we all should expect to receive inquiries about our contacts or notifications that we are being required to self-quarantine.
Faculty and staff are subject to procedures developed by the University and should contact their supervisor or the Human Resources office.
Q: Where can I get tested?
A: Testing will be in our parking lot, or if you’re coming from outside New Hampshire, through Quest for students. Testing details can be found here: https://law.unh.edu/covid19. Testing procedures will be evolving during the fall.
Q: Is testing free?
A: Yes, testing is free for UNH students, faculty, and staff.
Q: Are half-face respirators acceptable? What about masks with a ventilation hole?
A: You must wear a solid face covering, not a mask with ventilation holes.
Q: What are the tracking apps we’re required to install? Do we have to install it on the company-issued devices?
A: There are currently no apps that any UNH student or employee is required to install related to tracking or public health.
Q: What visitors will be allowed on campus at the law school?
A: The law school is not open to visitors, with limited exceptions. Mail will still be delivered, respecting physical distancing protocols. The Admissions Office has developed protocols for campus visits modeled on protocols used at other University admissions offices. Our clinics are finalizing protocols, following the University’s health and safety guidelines, for conducting client intakes and case preparation that protect the safety of our community.
Q: If somebody tests positive for the COVID antibodies, will they still need to be tested regularly on campus?
A: Yes. Additionally, if someone contracts COVID, they will still need to continue being tested.
Q: Can we see a copy of the HIPAA/privacy agreement for the COVID testing provider?
Q: How is the university going to use, store, protect, and dispose of our private medical data and DNA?
A: All private information associated with your test results will be used and stored securely and confidentially by the university. Such test data is managed by UNH Health & Wellness in full compliance with privacy laws, using HIPAA-compliant systems. Information is only disclosed as permitted by law, including required notification to the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Q: If a student opts for remote learning but then decides to study in the library at the law school because they live locally, will they need a COVID test?
A: Yes, they will need to be tested to enter campus.
Q: Who is going to enforce and verify whether a student is wearing a mask or not? Who do we complain to when we see a person not wearing a mask?
A: Any community member should feel welcome to remind another to follow health and safety protocols, including wearing masks appropriately. Students can alert Lauren Berger, Assistant Dean of Students, Dan Cwynar, Hybrid JD Coordinator, or Supervisor John Mac Lennan, Coordinator of Public Safety Security Services.
Q: Are students from outside New England allowed to come to the on-campus testing drive during the quarantine period? Or do we have to wait until the after the 14 days to come get tested?
A: Out-of-state students may use the on-campus testing facility, but should self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
Q: Are law school clinics also being offered remotely?
A: Yes. Professor Wright has been working with the Associate Dean and others to develop hybrid procedures that will allow our clinics to continue serving clients and providing valuable professional experience to our students.
Q: Will students be allowed to sit and eat in the Jury Box?
A: Yes. The Jury Box will offer boxed meals. Signage will tell you where you can safely sit. There will be additional seating in the Atrium. Sanitation systems will be set up around the Jury Box for you to sanitize your table prior to eating. We are working with the Jury Box to establish when they plan to open on campus.
Q: What efforts have been taken to improve the HVAC system?
A: UNH is abiding by the UNH Durham and industry-standard protocols for HVAC systems. Our regular HVAC engineers have been attending and servicing the law school’s mechanical ventilation systems regarding COVID-19 conformity. All filters have been changed, and are maintained on a regular schedule.
Q: Facilities says they will run the HVAC system in occupied mode for one week prior to re-occupying the building, and that HVAC filters will be replaced. What is the status of these operations?
A: The UNH Law units run at full capacity 24/7 no matter how many folks are in the building.
Q: What efforts have been made to install plexiglass and to improve the daily cleaning around the facility?
A: A team from the UNH Durham campus helped determine where plexiglass/sneeze guards should be installed at several locations in the building.
Contractors clean the building nightly. Sanitation systems will be set up throughout the building and users of the building (students, staff, etc.) will be cleaning their areas prior to use.
Q: Will there be external events held on campus?
A: External events cannot be held on campus while the university and law school are in yellow mode. Virtual events will continue to occur.
Q: What are the guidelines for events on campus?
A: Events hosted and attended by the law school community are allowed. Dean Berger can provide more information to your student organization on how to plan and run an event.
Q: Will WiFi still be available in the parking lot?
Q: Will students and professors have to wipe down their workspaces before each class?
A: Yes. Wipes will be available to wipe down workspaces before each class. Students and faculty should do so before each class or on-campus event.
Q: Should we open windows or keep them closed?
A: Please keep the windows closed. In some situations, with permission from Bill Deacon, windows MAY be opened but, because UNH Law has a “positive” air pressure HVAC system, opening the windows will only send air out not bring fresh air in.
Q: What determines whether we’re in “green,” “yellow,” “orange,” or “red” modes of operation?
A: It depends on many factors, including our ability as a community to keep one another safe and healthy. Our law school is coordinating with the University, the University System, and public health official guidance.
Q: Who is advising UNH on the science of COVID-19?
A: The University is monitoring CDC and WHO protocols and abiding by guidelines set forth by the state Department of Health and Human Services. The University has a team, co-chaired by the Senior Vice Provost for Research and the Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Risk Management, that includes the President, Provost and other senior administrators, who meet regularly to review and revise the university guidelines.
Q: If a student participating in the Hybrid Immersion tests positive while on campus, what would happen?
A: UNH Health and Wellness would notify the student and direct them to medical care. Students would have the option of going home, if advisable by medical staff. If not, they can quarantine in Durham in designated student quarantine housing where meals can be delivered. The student can access lessons remotely and recordings can be made available if the student cannot participate live.
Q: How do I travel to the law school while quarantining?
A: Traveling to campus does not negate the required quarantine period mandated by UNH.
Q: How does this quarantine work for hybrid students?
A: Students would quarantine in their own homes for 14 days prior to departure for an immersion period. Guidance on how to quarantine is available from the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
Q: When is the new technology expected to arrive at the school so that we can learn how to teach to people remotely at the same time as we teach to people in the classroom?
A: New technology will be available the week of August 10th for testing and training.
Q: Will the law school support outdoor meetings for courses? Will equipment be available to connect to Zoom so remote students may join?
A: Outdoor equipment for AV presentation or Zoom participation is not available at this time, due to lack of power and data connectivity available and minimal equipment stock available.
We know that students have questions related to the Informed Consent Document. We encourage any questions or concerns about that document be shared with the President's Office at email@example.com.
Q: Do students even need to submit a request for “health and safety reasons” if they sign “No” on the informed consent agreement?
A: No, they do not have to. They will be automatically opted-in to remote instruction.
Q: How will studying or staying in the library look?
A: The furniture will be moved to accommodate social distancing; study rooms will be limited to use by singles or pairs (with social distancing) but there will be study space throughout the library with social distancing.
Q: What will the law library's functions look like?
A: Reference and research help will be offered at a reference desk as staff offices are too small to accommodate physical distancing. Plexiglass barriers have been placed at both the circulation and the reference desks. Circulation of many materials will still happen, but materials will be quarantined for three days prior to recirculating. Still continue to wash your hands. Interlibrary loan will resume.
Q: Will class textbooks still be available to borrow and what measures are taken to sanitize those books between uses?
A: There will be no course reserve. See https://law.unh.libguides.com/blog/No-Course-Reserves-at-UNH-Law-Library-for-Fall-2020
Q: Will the printer continue to be accessible?
Q: Will study spaces still be available and what measures will be taken to sanitize the areas between uses?
A: Yes, there will be the library study tables, study carrels available for students to study. Study rooms will be available for individuals or groups of 2 to study. Facilities will do cleaning twice per day. There will be sanitation stations around the library with wipes and hand sanitizer. Library users will be asked to sanitize their own space with the wipes from the sanitation stations before sitting down.
Q: Will the library provide e-textbooks for students taking online classes who cannot access the textbooks on reserve?
A: The library is unable to provide e-textbooks for students. Please see: https://law.unh.libguides.com/blog/No-Course-Reserves-at-UNH-Law-Library-for-Fall-2020
Q: Will students be able to access the reference stacks (Encyclopedias, Reporters, Codes, etc.) in the library? If so, how?
A: Yes, the stacks will continue to be open. However, most of these big sets (primary and secondary materials) are available electronically on Lexis/Westlaw. Also, check out some of the other subscription databases that the library licenses for your researching needs at the Database A-Z List.
Q: Will students be able to access health and wellness?
A: We are working on determining what services students may have access to through the Durham campus. In the meantime, we encourage students utilize clinics such as ConvenientMD as needed.
Q: Will students who are remote learning be able to use the building (library, study rooms)?
A: Yes, students who participate in remote learning will be able to use the building for other purposes as long as they follow the policy and procedures of UNH Law, including those related to COVID testing.
Q: If a student contracts COVID-19, will they have an opportunity to catch up/complete their classes?
A: If a student contracts any illness (including COVID) that impacts their ability to attend classes and keep up with their coursework long term, we will work with them on an individual basis to come up with a plan to either complete their coursework or to take a leave of absence to focus on their health.
Q: If a professor is teaching remotely, do students have to be in the physical classroom?
A: No, they do not. But classrooms will be reserved for students who wish to participate in courses on campus and for scheduling purposes if a student has a short time between classes. TAs may also be available in the classroom during the designated classroom time.
Q: Will students be able to participate in orientation remotely?
A: Yes, most of orientation will be available remotely, asynchronously (available on demand) or synchronously (live at a certain time). For the limited times we are welcoming a small number of students on campus for orientation, we will provide Zoom access for incoming students who have opted for online instruction.
Q: Can students “pivot” instruction modes mid-way through the semester?
A: Students who initially opt for in-person instruction can pivot to online instruction. Students who opt for remote instruction may be able to pivot to in-person instruction if there is classroom space available. Students should consult with the Assistant Dean for Students.
Q: Will online students be grouped together in the same sections?
A: When possible, yes.
Q: Will Zoom always be available for students if they are sick or unwell or will they need to contact their instructor?
A: Students who cannot participate in class as scheduled (in-person or remote) due to illness, taking care of a family member or friend due to illness, or other pandemic-related circumstance, shall follow absence protocols established by the faculty.
Q: Will lectures be recorded so that students can have access to them after class if they are sick or unable to attend class synchronously (either in-person or online)?
A: There is no guarantee classes will be recorded. Students who cannot participate in class as scheduled (in-person or remote) due to illness, taking care of a family member or friend due to illness, or other pandemic-related circumstance, shall follow absence protocols established by their faculty.
Q: Has the administration developed Zoom requirements for courses to ensure safety and accessibility?
A: Zoom will be requiring PINs on all meetings starting in August. Tips for keeping your meeting secure are available here: https://www.unh.edu/it/news/2020/03/prevent-zoombombing. Recording availability will be the responsibility of the hosting Zoom account, and not all meetings or classes will be recorded.
Q: What is the capacity of the classrooms? How will students know which seats to sit in?
A: Classrooms will run at 50% capacity. Seats will be marked to allow at least a six-foot distance between students. We will ask students to sit in the same seat so the professor can develop a seating chart. If needed, seating charts may be used to assist in contact tracing.
Q: Will big classes be split into sections?
A: Yes, large classes will be split into two sections with a classroom reserved for each section. Each section will rotate through the room with the professor every other week.
Q: For students who choose the online option, are classes going to be synchronous (at a certain time) or asynchronous (available on demand)?
A: All residential courses being taught remotely will be synchronous except for Civil Procedure which will be taught asynchronously. Synchronous courses may have asynchronous components.
Q: Please provide more clarity about how students can access faculty and staff this fall.
A: Faculty and staff can be accessed by appointment. Email or call them to arrange a time. The meeting may be conducted virtually or in person.
Q: Will all final exams be online? If so, will they be synchronous?
A: Our current plan is to administer all final exams online. All final exams will be synchronous except those where the professor gives the student extended time to complete the exam.
Q: Concerning the seating plan, will there be any choice of who we sit near because I would prefer to sit near those I live with to mitigate risk.
A: Roommates are encouraged to arrive in the classroom early to find suitable seating. As professional students we trust you’ll be able to work the seating out among yourselves.
Q: Is there any consideration for changes to grading policies to address disparities between online and in-person instruction?
A: Grading policy is as listed in the Law School Academic Rules.
Q: Are people allowed to travel for Thanksgiving?
A: Yes, students may go home or travel for Thanksgiving. All courses will go remote immediately after Thanksgiving break and all exams will be administered online thereby minimizing the spread of the virus.
Q: Why should I pay full tuition when there’s a risk we will move back to remote instruction?
A: Students receive high quality instruction and student services regardless of their modes of delivery. In addition, students will acquire professional knowledge and skill that will serve them in a variety of settings. The law school has provided several options for students to continue or to pause their education. Please confer with your Dean for Students, the financial aid office or the Admissions Office, as appropriate for additional information as you make your decision.
Q: If I’m in-person this semester, can I participate in some classes remotely?
A: At this time, students are unable to “mix and match” their courses. This creates logistical difficulties for the Registrar, because some classrooms are already at their attendance limit, and it creates difficulties for our ABA variance. If a student would like to transition all of their courses to in-person or all remote for a health or safety reason, they should email Assistant Dean for Students Lauren Berger to discuss this option further.