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Last Modified: This page was last updated on September 10th, 2021 at 2:59 p.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 | Mitigation EffortsFall 2021 Frequently Asked QuestionsDean's Announcement Regarding Fall 2021 Semester OpeningAdditional 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].

Mitigation Efforts

As the university continues to monitor the pandemic and CDC recommendations, we will report any needed changes to our mitigation efforts. The following is a list of the current mitigation efforts in place on Widener’s campuses.

  • Masking requirements
    • Everyone is required to wear face coverings or masks in all indoor spaces on campus. Masks are not required in outdoor spaces. Masks may be removed when you are actively eating or drinking, you are in your residence hall room, or if you are in a private office or classroom alone.
  • Visitor requirements
    • Visitors are welcome on campus and must be hosted by a student, faculty, or staff member. All visitors are required to follow Widener’s masking policy. 
  • Distancing requirements 
    • No distancing requirements are currently in place.  
  • Capacity requirements 
    • No capacity requirements are currently in place.

All students, faculty, and staff must be in compliance with the university’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. More information on the policy is available on our website

If you still need to upload a completed vaccination record, please visit https://widener.medicatconnect.com/home.aspx and sign in with your Widener credentials. To upload your completed vaccination record, click upload and select the appropriate file.  If you encounter difficulty, please email a photo of your vaccine card to [email protected]

Please remember that everyone should continue to follow good hand hygiene and stay at home if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of illness.


Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

 

Will Fall 2021 classes be held in-person on campus?

Yes, Delaware Law School is excited to welcome its faculty, staff, and students back to campus for in-person classes and activities for the Fall 2021 semester.

Will there be a remote learning option available for students who do not wish to return to in-person classes or to be vaccinated?

No. We are not offering an online option for our courses as we did in the prior academic year. As an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school, Delaware Law School must abide by ABA requirements, which generally limit remote learning options.  Requests for accommodations associated with in-person learning, as with other accommodations, will be handled by Widener University's Office of Student Accessibility Services in conjunction with the University’s Health Services Office. 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?

Yes, all faculty, staff and students must adhere to the University Vaccination Policy that requires all to be fully vaccinated by August 2, 2021. Please refer to University President Julie Wollman’s Letter regarding vaccination requirements (pdf).

How will the COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Work?

Beginning August 2, 2021 all students, as well as all full- and part-time faculty and staff coming to campus for any reason, at any time, must be compliant with Widener University’s COVID-19 vaccination policy in order to access Delaware Law facilities or participate in in-person campus activities. Members of the Widener-Delaware Law School community must upload their completed vaccination records to access campus, events, and facilities. Anyone who has not completed this requirement, or has not received an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine, will not have these privileges.

How do I upload my vaccine record?

Visit https://widener.medicatconnect.com/home.aspx and sign in with your Widener credentials that you created for your myWidener account. Then, click upload and select the appropriate file.

Will the University and Delaware Law School allow exemptions from the vaccine policy?

Exceptions to the vaccination policy will be considered only for documented medical conditions. Questions regarding student medical exemptions can be directed to Student Health Services at (610) 499-1183. Students enrolled at the Delaware campus in fully online degree programs and individuals participating in online-only continuing education programs who will not be on campus in person for any reason will not be required to adhere to the policy, but are still strongly encouraged to become vaccinated.

What happens if I fail to comply with the vaccine policy?

Anyone who fails to comply with the policy will be denied access to our campus for any reason and will be withdrawn from classes.

Will masks and distancing be required on campus?

Delaware Law School will be following CDC guidance on mask use. Because there is currently a substantial level of virus transmission in New Castle County, effectively immediately and until further notice, everyone on the Delaware Law campus will be required to wear a mask indoors. When alone in an office, or in a space with no other people nearby, or when dining, staff and faculty members may remove their masks. Students may remove their masks in their residence hall rooms and while dining.

​What should I do if I have Covid symptoms or test positive for Covid?

If you have Covid-related symptoms or test positive for Covid, you should immediately notify Student Health Services on main campus at 610-499-1183. They will provide you with instructions related to testing, quarantining, and when you may return to classes.

Do not attend classes if you are feeling ill.  You should submit a Dean's Action Request form to Associate Dean Eakin or the Registrar at your earliest opportunity to seek excused absences for the classes you miss.  Your professors will be notified to excuse the absences and record the classes if feasible.

Please contact Associate Dean Eakin at [email protected] if you have any additional questions or concerns.

What happens if a fellow student tests positive for COVID-19?

In the event a fellow student or campus community member tests positive, the Delaware Law School will work with the University’s Student Health Services Office to evaluate and implement appropriate mitigation and contact tracing efforts.

What if I have additional questions?

For a more complete list of University requirements, policies, updates and frequently asked questions please visit the University’s Coronavirus web page at widener.edu/coronavirus. Additional questions may also be sent to [email protected].


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


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:

09/10/21 at 2:59 p.m. Changed wording of question related to Covid testing/symptoms
09/10/21 at 10:59 a.m. Added question to FAQ about reporting positive COVID test
08/18/21 at 2:03 p.m. Added section about mitigation efforts
08/02/21 at 1:55 p.m. Updated FAQ question on masking requirements
06/08/21 at 9:38 a.m. Extensive updates to Fall 2021 FAQ section
06/07/21 at 1:57 p.m. Removed old information
06/07/21 at 11:26 a.m. Updated version of President Wollman's vaccination requirement letter
06/04/21 at 12:15 p.m. Added President Wollman's announcement about vaccination requirement to FAQs
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