Below is an update sent from Dean Goplerud to all students, faculty and staff on June 5, 2020.
I want to bring you up to date on Florida Coastal’s plans for the Fall 2020 semester. We will be holding classes and other law school activities on campus this fall. We will be adhering to the CDC guidelines for colleges and universities where relevant. We have also been consulting experts from the area’s largest healthcare provider.
At this time, it seems clear that everyone will be required to wear a mask on campus. (We will be providing every student two cloth masks with the Coastal Law logo.) The classrooms, library and all common areas will be arranged in a manner that ensures appropriate distancing. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the building and there will be extensive signage to direct traffic in the building so that no area is congested or contrary to social distance requirements.
We are developing a process for any student who does not feel comfortable coming back to campus, because of COVID-19 concerns and personal health reasons, to take their full course load remotely. The American Bar Association has told law schools that the limits contained in the Accreditation Standards on distance education credits are being waived for the Spring 2020 term and will be waived if a school so requests for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms.
We will be announcing specific policies and protocols in the coming weeks.