Law School COVID-19 FAQ - Capital University Law School

Law School COVID-19 FAQ

  • For the most current information about COVID-19 and University/Law School functions, visit http://www.capital.edu/coronavirus.

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    COURSE & CLASS MEETINGS

    TECHNOLOGY NEEDS & IT HELPDESK

    REGISTRATION
     
    COMMENCEMENT

    LIBRARY SERVICES

    BOOKSTORE SERVICES

    CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    HEALTH & WELLNESS

    OHIO JULY 2020 BAR APPLICATION AND FORMS

    FINANCIAL AID



     
    BUILDING
    If I need to come to the Law School, can I enter?
    As of 6 PM on Monday, March 23, students will not have access to the law school building until further notice. Faculty and staff will continue to have access using their law school ID from 8:30 AM until 9:30 PM to access materials or to conduct remote learning, teaching, or advising. Time spent in buildings should be limited and individuals should ensure that they practice social distancing from others when they are on campus. Public Safety requests that you not prop doors open after gaining access to a building. Contact Public Safety (614-236-6666) if your card access is not working. BACK TO TOP

    What are the hours of building access?
    The law school building will be open to faculty and staff only from 8:30 AM until 9:30 PM, seven days per week. BACK TO TOP

    Should I do anything or take any precautions before coming to the Law School?
    Per state recommendations, all faculty and staff coming to campus are asked to take an active temperature reading and should not come to campus if they have a fever or are exhibiting any other symptoms of COVID-19. BACK TO TOP

    Where should I park while at the Law School?
    Faculty and staff coming to the law school building can park in lots 1 & 2. The buddy spaces in Lot 2 closest to the annex building should not be used until further notice. BACK TO TOP

    When will the new parking plan go into effect?
    New parking measures will be implemented on April 6th. You can view a map at CapLaw Parking Map

    Is the People’s Court Café open?
    The People’s Court Café will remain closed until further notice. The Café will not be serving during normal hours, nor will it be preparing online orders for after-hours pick-up. The Huntington Student Commons will remain open for use, but all users are encouraged to observe social distancing throughout the room. BACK TO TOP


    COURSE & CLASS MEETINGS
    Where will I find information regarding changes to my courses?
    Please be sure to check your Capital email and TWEN frequently. Faculty and staff will be communicating with you regularly, and we want to make sure you don’t miss anything. Additionally, official announcements from the University will be sent to your Capital email. BACK TO TOP

    Your individual faculty members will provide instructions for your class, so please be aware of assignments and schedules for your class. If you have questions or need clarification about the class or class expectations, please reach out to your faculty member. They want to provide as much feedback as you need to continue to be successful. BACK TO TOP

    Do we need to keep the same commitment to class prep? Will faculty really expect we are well-prepared for online classes?
    As we shift from in-person classroom learning to distance education incorporating technology, the work expectation and time commitment remains the same. For instance, you should plan to spend at least 2 hours per week per course credit hour doing work outside of instruction. BACK TO TOP


    TECHNOLOGY NEEDS & IT HELPDESK
    Will the Law School IT Helpdesk be available to assist me with IT issues?
    The IT Helpdesk (Main Campus and Law School) will be going to a remote process, where users can call the helpdesk and will be forwarded to a helpdesk worker for assistance and/or to place a IT service ticket. Faculty or staff requiring on-site assistance with Echo360 recordings or hosting Zoom meetings in a classroom or office will need to set up an appointment in advance. BACK TO TOP

    I don’t have access to necessary technology to attend classes remotely. What should I do?
    If you do not have access to technology to complete classes online, please reach out to Assistant Dean Braxton (mbraxton4@law.capital.edu). BACK TO TOP 

    I can’t afford WiFi at home and I have limited data on my cell phone. Are there any available options?
    Many companies are offering some version of free Wi-Fi and unlimited data during this time period. That includes Comcast, AT&T, and Spectrum. T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Comcast are all lifting their unlimited data caps for cell phone subscribers for at least 60 days. BACK TO TOP

    “These are the internet providers offering free WiFi during coronavirus”: https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-internet-providers-free-wifi-20200315-6k7pzukriffdfcic5odfizmnri-story.html

    What is Zoom?
    Many courses (and other university offices) will use Zoom as a means of communication. If you are not familiar with Zoom, it is a video and audio-conferencing tool. You will find some Zoom Video Tutorials here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials and here: https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/13/how-to-use-zoom-for-online-learning/

    You do not need to have a zoom account. You can access or join any Zoom meeting links that your professor(s) will post via TWEN or email. You can simply click on the zoom meeting link and you will automatically be directed to the Zoom website, which will either automatically download the Zoom plug-in client or prompt you to install the client on your laptop or desktop computer (Windows or Mac). From there, you will be able to join and access posted zoom recordings and/or live classes.

    Both of the above-mentioned platforms are also available as Mobile Apps for free in the App Store of the following device platforms:


    ** Please Note: IT does not provide mobile app support/troubleshooting for these platforms.

    If you have questions about Zoom, please contact one of the following individuals:


    What is Echo 360?
    Many of your faculty members will be using Echo360 and may have used it in the past. In order to confirm classroom attendance and participation, it is important that you individually log in to make sure that faculty can confirm both. BACK TO TOP

    Are there any other technology resources that could help me?
    Many companies are offering their products for free. Here is a pretty comprehensive list of them: http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/. There are many resources for those of you who have loved ones who are in grades K-12. Additionally, there is access to things like “Adobe Connect”, “AdmitHub,” “Loom,” and other tools that are helpful for higher education. BACK TO TOP


    REGISTRATION
    When will the summer and fall schedules be released?

    The summer and fall schedules will be released on or before Monday, March 30. BACK TO TOP

    Will Assistant Dean Braxton be available for academic advising?
    Yes. 1-on-1 academic advising times with Dean Braxton will still be occurring. They will occur from March 30th through April 7th. You will have the opportunity to conduct your meeting via Zoom, phone call, or email. You can schedule an appointment here: https://calendly.com/mbraxton4BACK TO TOP

    When will registration for summer and fall semesters take place?
    The new class registration dates will be April 6th through April 10th. The Office of Records and Registration will send out an email with registration priority to students on April 3rd. BACK TO TOP

    COMMENCEMENT
    Will the Law School host the May 2020 Commencement Ceremony?
    Due to the current public health emergency, the Law School has made the difficult decision to postpone the May 2020 Commencement ceremony. This will allow the Law School to respond appropriately to protect the health and well-being of the Law School community while also ensuring that graduates and families have adequate time to plan.

    The faculty and staff recognize the importance of commencement to the entire community, and particularly to graduates and their families. The Law School is committed to recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of its graduates in a manner that befits the significance of their achievements. In consultation with the University and state and local officials, the Law School will continue to gather information and develop plans to re-schedule commencement or proceed with alternative ways to honor graduates.

    Please note that upon completion of credits, students will earn their degrees, and the Law School will be able to complete and submit your Final Law School Certificate to the Ohio Supreme Court in a timely manner. You do not have to participate in Commencement to be a graduate of the law school or have your Final Law School Certificate processed. BACK TO TOP

    LIBRARY SERVICES
    Is the Law Library open for use?

    No, the Law Library is closed. Please email reference@law.capital.edu for assistance. BACK TO TOP

    How can I access online copies of study aids?
    Download the Guide at Library Services & Remote Access GuideBACK TO TOP


    BOOKSTORE SERVICES
    How do I return my rented textbooks?

    A free UPS return label will be available to any student who rented books from Capital University Bookstore to cover the cost of sending them back. Students will receive an automated email from Barnes & Noble with a link to this label two weeks before the term ends. BACK TO TOP

    How will I sell back any books I purchased for the semester?
    Students interested in selling their books back can communicate with the bookstore at sm713@bncollege.com to find out how much the books are worth for buyback. Once a value has been established, they can mail the books to the store and the bookstore home office will mail them a check in exchange. The processing time is usually around four weeks. BACK TO TOP


    CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    Is Assistant Dean Beem available for questions and assistance?

    Yes. You can schedule appointments with Dean Beem using https://calendly.com/deanbeem. Meetings will be conducted via Zoom. You can also email Dean Beem questions or resumes/cover letters for review (sbeem@law.capital.edu). BACK TO TOP

    Are jobs still being posted?
    Yes. Visit https://law-capital-csm.symplicity.com/students. You will log in with your Capital email and associated password. BACK TO TOP

    I’m a first-year student and I need to complete my ICC professional development hours. Are options available?
    Yes. Visit the following link for a PDF of options: SP20 ICC PD Hours Options. Contact Assistant Dean Beem with questions and concerns (sbeem@law.capital.edu). BACK TO TOP


    HEALTH & WELLNESS
    Is the Center for Health and Wellness open?

    The Center is still operating through telehealth and limited in-person visits for both physical and mental health services. Appointments can be made by calling the Center between 8:30 AM and 5 PM. Please call the center first for an initial phone triage before coming into the office. (614-236-6114 or chw@capital.edu). BACK TO TOP

    I’m concerned about food. Is the Cap Cupboard still open?
    Cap Cupboard is moving to an appointment-based model. Students can contact SCE staff at capcupboard@capital.edu or by DM-ing CapitalSCE on Instagram to set up a time to come in and grab a bag or pick up food in the Cap Cupboard in the Student Union. BACK TO TOP

    What other resources are available for my mental health during these trying times?
    Jasmine Marks, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion, has created a “Community COVID-19 Guide” (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uWW9TIJc_ui2ZdStdGw9Qw6Md1rbFycS-JPfKZVSCPQ/edit?usp=sharing) that includes community information related to mental health/well-being, service to others, arts & entertainment, food banks and pantries, and much more. To view it, you must use your Capital log-in information. We, at Capital Law School, are a community, so if you have anything you wish to add, please contact Jasmine (jmarks20@law.capital.edu). BACK TO TOP


    OHIO JULY 2020 BAR APPLICATION AND FORMS
    I need my Dean’s Form signed. Will the Office of Records & Registration be open?

    Any student who needs a bar form signed for the bar exam should email the Office of Records and Registration at registrarlaw@law.capital.edu. Once the form is signed, the Office of Records and Registration will mail the form to the Supreme Court Bar Admission on your behalf. You will receive an email from Records and Registration when the form has been mailed. BACK TO TOP

    My application needs notarized. Will the Office of Professional Development be open?
    On Monday, March 23, 2020, the Office of Bar Admission of the Supreme Court of Ohio extended the deadline for submission of bar applications for the July Bar Exam, as contained in Gov.Bar R. I, Section 3(A), from April 1, 2020 to April 15, 2020. At this time, given the new deadline and the fact that the Law School building is closed to students, the Office of Professional Development staff will not be available to notarize applications. As the new deadline approaches, a plan to assist applicants with their applications will be released. BACK TO TOP

    Has the Law School received any updates regarding the application for the July 2020 Ohio Bar Examination?
    Yes. The following is from the Bar Admission Office:
     

    The Supreme Court of Ohio has made some preliminary changes related to applications to sit for the July Bar Examination, which are due April 1st, in light of the Coronavirus. The following has been decided:

    • The deadline for submission of bar applications for the July Bar Exam, as contained in Gov.Bar R. I, Section 3(A), is extended from April 1, 2020 to April 15, 2020. We will assess the situation again when the new deadline approaches and I may be asking the Chief Justice to approve another extension to May 1st;
    • Currently, application fees are payable by money order or cashier’s check, and we will now also accept payment by personal check. This can be done on-line from almost all checking accounts. I realize that checks ordered online payable to the Supreme Court of Ohio will be mailed separately and directly from the bank to us. If an applicant is paying by this method, they need to make a note on their application to let us know so that we do not send back their application for lack of payment and to enable us to keep track of it. They also need to make notations with their application so that we can match the check to the applicant when we receive it (or some banks let them put information in when ordering the check that are included with the check). If they are doing a traditional “paper check” from an old-fashioned check book, it must be included with the application;
    • The notary requirements for the bar application documents is not being waived at this time; however, the Office will accept the applications as timely, with the supplemental character questionnaire and the applicant affidavit, signed by the applicant with the understanding that an applicant will not be approved to sit for an exam or be admitted without supplementing their application with the notarized documents. To be clear, the notary requirement is not waived, but we will allow it to be supplemented later;
    • We will address other concerns on a case-by-case basis based upon a particular applicant’s situation.

    Things are changing daily. We, like you, are anxiously waiting recommendations from the NCBE and the CBAA related to the July Bar Examination. The recommendations will affect our deadlines and other decisions we make. I know that making a quick recommendation is a priority for them and hope to hear something prior to our extended deadline of April 15th. I will let everyone know once I have further information.

    Also, we have limited staff in the Office for the next few weeks answering phones, etc. but we are reviewing and responding to emails timely. The best way for an applicant to get a question answered is by emailing: baradmissions@sc.ohio.gov. We will be putting an update on the website tomorrow.

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    FINANCIAL AID
    How will my financial aid for Spring 2020 be affected by the University’s decision to move courses online?

    Institutional funds (merit scholarships, endowed scholarships, and tuition matching) as well federal funds (loans) are not affected by the University’s decision to move online. BACK TO TOP

    Are my VA benefits affected by the University’s move to online courses?
    VA benefits are not affected by the University’s decision to move online. Veterans Affairs worked with Congress to preserve GI Bill benefits for those of you impacted by COVID-19 during this difficult time. The Senate and House passed S.3503. This was signed by the President, which will give VA the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. BACK TO TOP

    The new law allows VA to pay education benefits regardless of the fact that your program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, you will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that you received for resident training until 12/21/20, or until the school resumes normal operations of resident training. The VA is working to immediately implement the new changes. You can find more information about the law online at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3503?s=1&r=1.  BACK TO TOP

    Is there an emergency fund for those affected by COVID-19?
    The Law Dean’s Student Hardship Fund provides a one-time grant of up to $1,000 to a currently enrolled Capital University Law Student who is experiencing an unanticipated, temporary hardship resulting from an emergency or crisis situation. Funds are distributed as a grant that does not need to be repaid and may not be available in every situation. Funds are considered financial aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@law.capital.edu for more information regarding how your account may be affected by receipt of these funds. Students experiencing a COVID-19 related emergency can apply through Dean Braxton’s (mbraxton4@law.capital.edu) office. The Fund is administered by the Office of the Dean. BACK TO TOP

    Additionally, SAGE Scholars is offering up to $250 per student for emergency relief funds. Capital University is considered to be a member. As such, students may find more information and apply online at: https://www.tuitionrewards.com/index.cfm?p=emergencyfund.

    Please note that any funds received that require you to be a student would be considered financial aid and would count against your maximum annual budget. If you have already accepted the maximum in your financial aid for this year, we would have to return some loan funds in order to grant any additional funds.

    If I need to request more loan funds, how do I do that?
    Please email financialaid@law.capital.edu from your Capital email address to request additional funds. BACK TO TOP
     
    What do I do if I’ve had additional expenses due to COVID-19 and have already accepted the maximum in my financial aid?
    If you have already accepted the maximum in your financial aid, but have had additional education-related expenses (including living expenses), you may submit a letter outlining your expenses as well as receipts. We may be able to increase your budget by the additional expenses. This would allow you more room to request additional loan funds. BACK TO TOP

    When will students know about financial aid for summer courses?
    We will begin awarding financial aid for summer courses approximately two weeks after registration. BACK TO TOP