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COVID-19: Information for the UC Davis Law Community

 

In addition to updates provided by the Law School leadership and departments, UC Davis Campus also provides information and updates to the community through the following links: Campus Information | Campus Updates


King Hall COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Welcome back to King Hall! We are excited to see you. For your safety, and for the safety of our community, please observe the following guidelines. UC Davis School of Law staff have collaborated with central campus and Yolo County officials to develop them. Please remember that we are all responsible for caring for each other. We have also created a video to walk you through the building guidelines.

Before you arrive at King Hall, please candidly assess how you are feeling. DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL. Err on the side of caution. Your professors and organization leaders will not penalize you for staying home.

While on campus, we expect you to follow these guidelines:

  • Wear a face covering at all times.
  • Maintain social distancing of six feet from other individuals.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use sanitizer. The School of Law is providing free sanitizer.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

As community members enter King Hall, you will be “screened” by School of Law staff. Please allow plenty of time, as we expect lines. The screening will include:

  • A temperature check. Those with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed into the facility.
  • A health survey, which you will complete via a smart phone app.
  • A “screened” sticker for you to wear while in King Hall.

Building hours for non-faculty/staff:
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed Weekends

As of July 31, 2020, law school classes are being delivered remotely. In order to prioritize student study spaces for our cleaning and disinfecting efforts, at this time, classrooms are closed and unavailable for use.

King Hall restrooms are limited to one person per restroom, regardless of the restroom’s size. Please be considerate. Wash your hands thoroughly. Try to avoid using handles in the restroom spaces. The restrooms will be disinfected and cleaned frequently.

Please do not congregate in the interior corridors. You will see that casual seating throughout the building has been taped off. All of these barriers are there to keep our community safe and healthy. Please do not ignore or tamper with them.

We encourage you to take conversations outside the building. Fresh air and additional space for social distancing create a safer environment for discussion. At King Hall, we are fortunate to have our courtyard, the North Plaza, and UC Davis’s award-winning Arboretum just outside our doors.

The student spaces in our basement were designed to foster collegial congregation. We all look forward to using them that way again. In the meantime, please observe all signs and barriers.

You may prepare food in the kitchen, but please do not eat inside the building. You must wear a face covering inside the building at all times. Our custodial staff will be cleaning the kitchen regularly, and the refrigerators and microwaves will be available for limited use. Please go outside to eat.

Lockers will be available, but please remember to practice social distancing. The computer lab and printers will be open for limited use.

Student office spaces will be available, but they will be single occupancy. Please follow your organization’s guidelines for using its office.

Like the rest of King Hall, Mabie Law Library is closed to the public. Rooms in the library and elsewhere in King Hall can be reserved for studying or taking remote classes. Please observe all signs and barriers.

Carrels and seats in the Main Reading Room can be reserved at the following link https://law-ucdavis.libcal.com/spaces?lid=10772. Custodial staff clean carrels every night. Please wipe down your carrel before and after each use. The reading room will be disinfected regularly, but please wipe down your space before and after you sit there. Disinfecting wipes and disposable masks are available in the library lobby. You must wear a face covering when sitting at your carrel or in the study area.

Please read the signs providing specific instructions for the elevators and stairs. Only one person may ride the elevator at a time. Each stairwell has its own instructions to permit appropriate social distancing.

Keeping our community safe and healthy will require patience, consideration and empathy. And sometimes we will all need a sense of humor. We know King Hall is up to the challenge. Welcome back to campus for a year none of us will ever forget.

July 31, 2020 - Fall 2020 Instruction

King Hall Community

After much discussion with campus leadership, the School of Law was informed today that, consistent with protecting the health and safety of our community during the global pandemic, law classes will begin the Fall 2020 semester in a completely (100%) remote format.

We all had hoped for some in-person instruction this fall. Our incoming J.D. and LL.M. students, as well as our returning students, no doubt looked forward to meeting new classmates and seeing old friends. Over the last few months, the faculty and administration formulated a plan of hybrid instruction, with both remote and in-person options. Although we must begin instruction completely remote, our hope is that circumstances allow for changes later in the semester or year.

The good news is that, over the summer, the faculty have been honing their remote teaching techniques through weekly training sessions. In addition, the Law Students Association and COVID-19 Student Advisory Committee have spent the summer planning for student life in the virtual world. That hard work will ensure that our student organizations will continue to offer innovative and engaging programming.

We are especially mindful of the needs of our LL.M. students, many of whom have come to King Hall from around the world. Associate Dean for International Programs Beth Greenwood will follow up with more information for our international students.

Although School of Law classes will be offered remotely this fall, expect King Hall to exude its usual dynamism, with virtual events, workshops, presentations, and student organization gatherings. Our Racial Justice Speaker Series will start in just a few weeks. We should all look forward to the return of the wonderful King Hall spirit to the building.

The School of Law is currently finalizing a plan that will allow for limited access to the building for studying and use of selected facilities, such as the computer lab and printers. The Mabie Law Library will be open for limited hours and provide in-person support at the reference desk. Next week, we will provide information about how to utilize and access King Hall. If you come to the building, expect to see a limited number of staff in King Hall, including from Information Technology, faculty support, facility operations, and custodial services.

Thanks for your patience and consideration. None of this has been easy for our students, staff, and faculty. I have no doubt that our strong community will help us navigate these challenging times.

Kevin R. Johnson
Dean
UC Davis School of Law

 


Student Resources

Students in need of assistance during this time can contact Sr. Assistant Dean Emily Scivoletto at escivoletto@ucdavis.edu who can direct students to appropriate resources.  In addition, the following resource list has been provided by the law school, the UC Davis campus, and contributing student colleagues.

Student suggested resources:

Support for Impacted Communities

Have a resource to suggest? Email Dean Scivoletto at escivoletto@ucdavis.edu.

IT Operating Status

Following guidance from the campus regarding COVID-19 response:

  • We are open and available to assist you during our normal business hours, Monday - Friday from 8:30AM - 5:00PM. Call 530-752-6678 or email lawithelp@law.ucdavis
  • Most King Hall IT staff will be working remotely and focusing on providing teaching resources and remote support.
  • Our desktop support locations will not be staffed.
  • Our main service desk location in 400 Mrak Hall Drive, 1270 King Hall will not be staffed.
  • The fastest way to get immediate support is to email lawithelp@law.ucdavis or call us at 530-752-6678.
  • As needed, we will schedule appointments for remote desktop support. 
  • We will provide remote support for personally owned computers in support of enabling remote work (for student workers), such as assisting with VPN client installation, remote access to work resources, installing software (that we are allowed to install under our licensing agreements), etc.
  • While we can provide limited consulting support for home network troubleshooting, we encourage you to contact your ISP for these kinds of issues

Resources for Remote Classes

Fall 2020 Semester

For Student Workers at the Law School

If you need the FULL version of Microsoft Office on a personally owned computer, all UC Davis faculty, staff, and students are eligible to download and install it from:

https://officedownload.ucdavis.edu/

  • On that page, click the Install Office button in the upper right corner, then click Office 365 apps. This will initiate a download of the Office installer that you can then run to install Office on your personally owned computer.

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