Since March of 2020, Birmingham School of Law – like everyone else – has faced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past four academic terms, we have successfully navigated the pandemic by holding classes virtually via Zoom. While I am acutely aware of the current spike in COVID cases due to the Delta variant, we will return to in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 term. In preparation for our return, we have spaced the desks in all classrooms, placed hand sanitizer in the lobby and all classrooms and bathrooms, and established a contact tracing system in the building (more on that in a separate email coming soon). We will continue to do all we can to keep you safe in the Judge Hugh Locke building.

I strongly encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not done so.

Please carefully review the attached letter regarding BSL’s COVID policies for Fall 2021. You may expect regular updates to these policies, so please check your email regularly. To be clear, though, here are the high points:

  1. Students must wear ID badges to enter the building.
  2. Masks are to be worn at all times while in the building (professors do not have to wear a mask while conducting class).
  3. All students are strongly encouraged to wash and/or sanitize their hands frequently. Sanitizer is readily available throughout the building.
  4. Eating during class is forbidden.
  5. Students are to actively social distance as much as possible. Loitering in the lobby and hallways will be discouraged.
  6. All students present for class must complete and submit the Google form associated with their seat number in the classroom (again, more on this in a separate email coming soon).

Thank you in advance for abiding by these policies, and I look forward to seeing you all next week!