LMU Loyola Law School Update Regarding Online Instruction


Dear LLS Community,

As we work through issues created by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), our top priority is to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, while ensuring that academic instruction continues to the maximum extent possible. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the virus at the law school or within the larger university community. As has been noted in communications shared last week, preventive tips and other helpful information are already available at LMU’s Coronavirus Website.

Earlier this week, we announced that we would be taking much of our academic instruction online for this week, Wednesday – Friday (3/11-3/13). Watching our entire community – faculty, staff, and students – come together to make this work has been truly remarkable.

Below, I am forwarding an email from President Snyder that outlines the steps the Westchester campus is taking. We have consulted with LMU leaders and considered guidance from federal, state, and local public health experts and agencies. As a result, for courses that were previously announced as going online this Wednesday – Friday, we are now extending online instruction through at least March 31. Courses that had previously been exempted from going online will still be held as previously announced this week. But for these courses and courses that have not yet been taken online because they only meet on Monday or Tuesday, the Dean’s suite will be working with faculty this week to discuss options moving forward. Students should await further instructions for these specific courses.

Our campus is not closed, although students who have only online courses do not need to return to campus at this time. Faculty and staff should continue coming to campus as usual and should consult the HR Guidelines below. And faculty, staff, and students should continue to utilize LLS-specific training as outlined in previous emails.

Like the Westchester campus (detailed below), we are also reviewing campus events, in consultation with their hosts, to determine if they should be canceled, postponed, or modified. We expect to have additional guidance in the coming days.

I appreciate your continued efforts to support one another with genuine concern, patience, and flexibility.



Michael Waterstone

Fritz B. Burns Dean,
LMU Loyola Law School