Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 12, 2020  – The Charleston School of Law is currently physically closed. All summer 2020 classes will be taught online via Zoom. All offices and departments at the Law School are operating remotely until further notice. The senior administration continues to meet regularly to monitor the situation closely and will alert the campus community to any decisions as soon as they are made. The School plans to be open and offer in-person classes in the fall; however, contingency plans are being made.

The School encourages faculty, staff, and students to take precautions and to exercise good health practices.  As a reminder, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or have concerns about your health, the Medical University of South Carolina Health recommends that you speak to an online virtual care provider, which is free.  Follow this link for additional information.

  • The operational offices of the School will continue to operate remotely until further notice.
  • All on-campus student organization events have been cancelled.
  • All circulation services are temporarily suspended and the library is closed.
  • If you have extenuating circumstances such as unstable internet service or access, that necessitate your presence in the library, please contact Dean Katie Brown.
  • The May 2020 Commencement ceremony scheduled for Sunday, May 10, was postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.
      • virtual ceremony was held Sunday, May 10.
      • Postponement of the commencement ceremony has NO IMPACT on the class of May 2020 graduation date, eligibility to sit for the Bar exam, or the issuance of degrees, final transcripts, and diplomas.

We will continue to monitor guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) about when to activate our plans for ongoing response to the spread of the virus.  The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has created a webpage with additional information about COVID-19 and its effects in South Carolina.

You may email any of the below associate deans with questions.

Good Health Practices:

We continue to encourage our community to take precautions and exercise good health practices.  Given that the coronavirus has not been spreading widely in the United States, the CDC has issued no additional precautions for the general public.  Steps you can take to prevent spread of the flu and common cold will also help prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – be sure to wash the backs of your hands and under fingernails.
  2. If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer – additional hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout campus so please utilize them.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  4. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  5. Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  6. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

If you are concerned about coronavirus [COVD-19] or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including respiratory or flu-like symptoms such as fever and/or cough, the Medical University of South Carolina Health recommends that you speak to an online virtual care provider.  These screenings are free.  Follow this link for additional information.

If you have not yet gotten the flu shot, we highly encourage you to do so.  Most health insurance policies cover the cost of a flu shot and if you do not have insurance, you may obtain a free flu shot at the MUSC Peninsula Primary Care clinic located at 30 Bee Street.

Additionally, during the spring break, campus staff will thoroughly sanitize classrooms and offices.  The staff has also implemented cleaning procedures to sanitize high traffic areas multiple times throughout the day.

We will continue to keep the School of Law community updated.

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