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Last Modified: This page was last updated on May 4th, 2021 at 10:58 a.m.


Widener University Delaware Law School is continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation. This page offers updates and resources to assist law school students, faculty, and staff. This page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.


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COVID-19 Positive Cases By Campus | Fall 2021 Frequently Asked QuestionsDean's Announcement Regarding Fall 2021 Semester Opening | May 2021 Commencement Plans | Dean's Announcement Regarding Spring 2021 SemesterAdditional Resource Links | Change Log


Widener University COVID-19 Positive Cases by Campus

Positive COVID-19 Cases by Campus

Widener University's General Coronavirus Webpage

The information available in the above reflects weekly and monthly data on the number of individuals who have reported positive test results for COVID-19 within 14 days of being present on one of our campuses. All students and staff must report symptoms and positive test results to Student Health Services at 610-499-1183 or [email protected].


Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

Will Fall 2021 Classes Be Held on Campus or Remotely?

Delaware Law School looks forward to welcoming students back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. Appropriate health and safety precautions will be in place to allow for in-person classes to resume.Students are encouraged to check back with this website during the coming weeks and months as we continue to refine our policies and procedures in response to changing public health guidelines.

Will There Be Remote Learning Options?

As an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school, Delaware Law School must abide by ABA requirements, which generally limit remote learning options. Delaware Law therefore plans to return to an in-person environment for the 2021-22 academic year.

Will students be allowed to attend remotely if they have a medical condition that prevents them from being able to attend in person?

Students who cannot attend due to qualifying medical reasons will be permitted medical exemptions. As with other accommodations, requests for such exemptions will be handled by Widener University's Office of Student Accessibility Services. Students with questions about the process for requesting such an exemption may contact Delaware Law Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, Alice Eakin, or the University’s Office of Student Accessibility Services.

Will Students Be Required to Receive a COVID-19 Vaccination?

Delaware Law School encourages everyone who is able to get a vaccination to do so. Currently, Widener University is not mandating vaccinations, but this is subject to change. Please check back in the coming weeks and months for updates. 

Will Students Be Required to Wear a Mask?

Following CDC and Delaware Department of Health recommendations, masks will be required on campus. This policy will remain in place until health guidelines are changed.

Will Students Be Able to Host In-person Events?

While adherence to all relevant health and safety protocols will be enforced for events and gatherings, we anticipate allowing such events as feasible.

What If a Fellow Student Tests Positive for COVID-19?

In the event that a fellow student tests positive for COVID-19, the faculty and administration will work with the University’s Student Health Services office to evaluate and implement appropriate mitigation and contact tracing efforts. 


Dean's Announcement to Students - Reopening Announcement for the Fall 2021 Semester

Dear Students,

I am writing to update you on our fall re-opening plans.  At this point we do anticipate re-opening the campus for in-person classes in the fall 2021 semester, following all appropriate health and safety protocols.  We will provide more details soon.  However, to assist you in your planning, I wanted you to know now that we do anticipate opening for in-person classes on campus.

Sincerely,

Dean Smolla


Announcement Regarding May 2021 Commencement Plans

Delaware Law School is proud to announce a commencement plan that allows 2020 and 2021 graduates to celebrate this special occasion.

We will host socially distanced, live-streamed, mini ceremonies throughout the day on May 14, 2021, with two guests per graduate.  Graduates will cross a platform with their name announced and have their photo taken in their regalia.  The May 2021 graduates will also receive their diploma.  Ceremony times will be assigned.

We look forward to honoring and recognizing the achievements of our 2020 and 2021 graduates this spring while maintaining safety as our top priority.


Dean's Letter to Students - Reopening Announcement for the Spring 2021 Semester

Read the full spring reopening letter (pdf)

Dear Members of the Law School Community:

I write to announce that the Widener Delaware Law School will continue to conduct its academic program in the spring 2021 semester in the remote format under which we have been operating in the fall.

We have reached this difficult decision after carefully weighing all the competing considerations.  Most significantly, the health and safety protocols appropriately required in contending with the COVID-19 pandemic would have severely limited the Law School’s ability to offer in-person classes.  Many law school courses have enrollments greater than 25, the maximum safe capacity for even our largest classroom spaces, so that even as to the small number of courses that could be in-person, most students would attend class in-person for only one session a week.  All professors would be required to wear masks while teaching.  Additionally, all students and faculty would be required to wear masks and socially distance at all times, outdoors and indoors, on the campus, and be tested for COVID every four days.  Against this backdrop, we reached the difficult judgment that intellectually and socially, this model of education would be inferior to our current fall experience with remote learning.

We will continue to monitor pandemic conditions and the recommendation of health officials and experts.  If conditions were to change substantially as the spring semester progresses, easing restrictions, we remain open to permitting more voluntary on-campus classes and activities.

Please note that you should monitor communications from the Delaware Dean’s Office specific to the Delaware Campus.  Announcements targeted at the Widener undergraduate programs in Chester do not always apply to the Delaware Campus.  For example, the University has postponed the start date for undergraduates by two weeks and eliminated the spring break for undergraduates, so as to put in place a two-week quarantine after the holidays before undergraduate classes commence.  In contrast, Delaware Law School is adhering to its original start date of January 6, 2021, and we will continue with our planned Spring Break, in the first week of March.


Additional Resource Links

Widener University Coronavirus Information Page

Delaware Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Information


Change Log:

05/04/21 at 10:58 a.m. Additions and Adjustments to Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions
04/23/21 at 2:36 p.m. Added Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions
04/23/21 at 1:01 p.m. Reformatted page
04/23/21 at 12:42 p.m. Removed old information and restructured page
02/26/21 at 4:42 p.m. Added announcement regarding May 2021 Commencement Ceremony
02/26/21 at 1:20 p.m. Added Dean's announcement regarding Fall 2021 reopening plans
10/23/20 at 12:52 p.m. Added Dean's announcement regarding Spring 2021 reopening plans
08/17/20 at 6:05 p.m. Added link to Widener University's Positive COVID-19 cases by campus
07/28/20 at 1:51 p.m. Added Dean's Letter to Students - Revised Plan on Opening for the Fall 2020 Semester
06/22/20 at 9:45 a.m. Added Dean's Fall 2020 Announcement and Guidance
05/29/20 at 3:30 p.m. Added information about CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
05/12/20 at 4:58 p.m. Added section about Coronavirus Pandemic Student Service and Practicum Course Program.
04/06/20 at 5:17 p.m. Added Information about commencement and Dean's Message regarding commencement.
03/23/20 at 10:10 a.m. Added information about the mail room closure under Law School and University Operations.
03/23/20 at 10:08 a.m. Updated information about Governor Carney's decision to close non-essential businesses under Housing and Campus Life.
03/20/20 at 3:08 p.m. Added additional information and links for library services under Law School and University Operations.
03/20/20 at 12:29 p.m. Added notification regarding complete closure of Pennsylvania campuses to non-life-sustaining personnel under Law School and University Operations.
03/19/20 at 10:48 a.m. Added section about the updated Spring 2020 Grading Policy.
03/17/20 at 2:02 p.m. Added information about TAP program under Academics.
03/17/20 at 12:55 p.m. Added clarification about TAP program to the FAQ question about ITAP.
03/17/20 at 12:38 p.m. Made adjustments to faculty and staff procedures under Law School and University Operations.
03/16/20 at 12:50 p.m. Added additional ITS information about remote access under Law School and University Operations.
03/13/20 at 4:05 p.m. Added Spring 2020 Phone Directory as well as Admissions Office info to Law School and University Operations.
03/13/20 at 2:33 p.m. Added information about ITAP cancellation
03/13/20 at 2:12 p.m. Added additional information for faculty and staff under Law School and University Operations.
03/13/20 at 2:08 p.m. Added page navigation.
03/13/20 at 10:46 a.m. Updated with counseling information.
03/13/20 at 9:30 a.m. Updated with message from Dean Smolla to students