Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Charleston School of Law is currently physically closed. Classes are being taught online through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester and summer classes through May 29, including all of Maymester. No decision has been made regarding whether or not Summer semester classes, which begin Monday, June 1, will be administered online. All offices and departments at the Law School are operating remotely until at least Monday, April 13. 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 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 offices and departments of the School will continue to operate remotely until at least Monday, April 13.
  • All student organization events scheduled for the remainder of the spring semester will be cancelled.
  • Beginning Monday, March 16:
    • All circulation services will be temporarily suspended and the library will be 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, has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.
      • Postponement of the commencement ceremony will have 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.

In the event that you may have visited an area with active reported coronavirus cases or visited an area where you may have been exposed, please let us know so that we can properly accommodate those risks and minimize exposure to other students.  You can find information about locations of concern on the CDC website.  You may email any of the below associate deans with this information.

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.

Who to contact?

While the school operates remotely, please refer to our faculty and staff directory. If you are unsure of who to contact, please reach out to Dean Jacqueline Bell, Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. She can be reached by phone, 843.377.1327, or email, jbell@charlestonlaw.edu.

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