Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) News

Support Our Students

COVID-19 and social distancing initiatives being undertaken across the country have significantly impacted our students’ ability to secure summer work experience or have caused their summer work plans to be disrupted. The loss of these summer opportunities not only threaten our students’ ability to gain valuable legal experience but also the ability to earn money for self-support in these trying times. We are identifying innovative solutions that will benefit our students and the communities we serve.

To support our students as they seek work opportunities and avenues of self-support this upcoming summer and beyond, we’ve created the OCU Law Works Network. The OCU Law Works Network program will allow employers to offer and post opportunities through our online job board that can be done remotely and are intended to be performed on an “as needed” basis. If you are interested in being a part of our OCU Law Works Network of employers and have remote, project-based work that you can offer, please complete this form. Be sure to indicate you’d like to become part of the OCU Law Works Network!

In addition to the OCU Law Works Network, we are also working to expand the financial support available for students who complete pro bono work this summer. The Summer Work Stipend serves to encourage our students to provide the pro bono work that is needed during this time while also affording students legal experience and financial support. To donate to this effort, please click here.

Please consider donating to support the pro bono work of our students or consider offering our students the ability to earn money by completing any remote project-based work. With your generosity, OCU Law students will still receive experiential learning opportunities this summer to become leading lawyers of tomorrow.

Student Updates

The Law School administration, working in close partnership with the University, is closely monitoring the unfolding situation relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus). As you know, the situation is rapidly developing so it is critical that you regularly check back to this page and the Oklahoma City University COVID-19 website for further updates. Due to the heavy volume of questions, we are asking that questions regarding our plans during the period be submitted to lawservices@okcu.edu. Course-specific questions should still be directed to your faculty member.

Courses

All courses have now been converted to online delivery.  Law Technology Services is continuing to field requests for help from students and faculty: LTS@okcu.edu.  Student Services, Career Services, Academic Services, and Academic Achievement are all still available as usual.  Please contact them by email or phone.

All courses this semester will be graded on a Credit/No-Credit basis.  Class ranks and GPAs will carry forward from the end of the Fall 2019 semester.  Exams will be taken online through the usual ExamSoft software.  Students who have not used ExamSoft in the past should check with Law Technology Services as soon as possible to see if their equipment meets the requirements of the software.

More information about grading, exams, and other matters will be forthcoming.

Building and Campus Access

This closure allows for a period of social distance, which will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Until further notice, Visitors and outside guests are prohibited. This includes family members, guest speakers, friends, etc. Student fobs will be disabled.

Faculty and staff, please let the Dean’s Office know in advance if you have any students visiting during this time. Call 405-208-5440.

  • March 21 – July 1 – Students will not have access to the building.

 

D2L Discussion Board

Going forward, we will continue to send emails, but we will also post updates in the Law Registrar D2L page. We have also set up a discussion forum in detail – COVID-19, with topics for you to post your questions and share resources. Click here for Selfcare tips for students.

Zoom FAQ

  1. Poor Internet Access:  Every Zoom meeting invitation includes dial-in instructions (for a phone).  If you dial in, you can hear but not see.  We are asking faculty to be conscious of that, and also to send slides or other visual aids by email in advance if possible.
  2. Login issues:  If you get an SSO error, you will have to “clear your cache” and log back in. You may also try using a different browser, e.g. Firefox.
  3. Attendance:  Zoom automatically records attendance if you are on the line.
  4. Turn your mic off when you aren’t talking, and consider using headphones to listen more easily.
  5. If you have technical problems, contact Law Tech Services (LTS@okcu.edu).  They are more likely to know the answer than your professor.

Zoom and Video Conference Etiquette

Please remember that when you are using these tools that others can often see or hear you in the background. Please mute your device if you are not speaking. When you are participating online, please do not carry your phone or camera around as you do other things, particularly things that you would not do while physically present in a classroom.

Events

  • All events scheduled between March 15 – July 1 have either been postponed or canceled.
  • Furthermore, no additional internal or external events will be added to the calendar without prior approval of Dean Roth for the remainder of the semester. This applies to student group events.

Graduation

At this time, we anticipate graduation will be postponed until fall 2020.

Student Organization Events

All events, meetings, and activities being sponsored or hosted by OCU Law Student Organizations or students, or otherwise supported by Student Bar Association funds, are not permitted during the University mandated social distancing period. This restriction applies whether or not the event is happening at the law school. All student meetings that were scheduled during this period, both on and off-campus, should be canceled or postponed immediately by the respective student organization or student(s).

Student Support Services

Beginning March 22 through July 1, students will not have access to the building. If there is a faculty or staff member that you need to connect with, please contact that person or department directly and they will work with you to offer a flexible option to connect with you e.g. Zoom conference, phone conference, e-mail, etc.

OCU Law Food Pantry

If you need access to the food pantry or items in the food pantry during this time, please contact Law Student Services at lawstudentservices@okcu.edu.

Library Services

Many library services will continue to be available online. Please click here for more guidance about using library services remotely and available resources to assist you with your classes.

Staff and Services

During this time of working remotely, staff continue to maintain normal business hours and are available as usual. In particular, Student Services, Technology Services, Academic Achievement, and Academic Services are ready to assist you. The only difference is communication with staff members must be conducted by phone, email, or other telecommunication services.