Updated 7/31/2020 at 10:30 AM
PLEASE NOTE: Gonzaga University’s official webpage for updates related to COVID-19 and campus operations is located at gonzaga.edu/zagon.
The information below is specific to Law School operations and does not necessarily encompass all university operations or guidelines. Please continue to check the ZagOn webpage, your email and Morning Mail for updates.
Answers to Faculty, Staff & Student Questions
Dean Rooksby will hold weekly Q&A sessions with students regarding the changing situation due to COVID-19. Please drop in with your questions every other Tuesday from 12:00-1:00pm PDT.
For a full list of FAQs for Fall 2020, please see our Return to Campus Update
Academic Affairs & Course Information
We will be back in the Law School building for student instruction for the Fall term, with the first day of classes starting on Monday, August 24, and with in-person instruction ending on November 20, right before the Thanksgiving break.
Our plan continues to be to offer the majority of our courses in a face-to-face, in-person environment in the Law School, with many upper-level courses being offered online as indicated in the course schedule.
We believe that a legal education is most robust and dynamic in a face-to-face, in-person setting with the instructor, when possible. To that end, we have worked hard to alter the schedule and classrooms to allow students to still have this experience to the extent practicable.
Additional details are provided in the Fall 2020 Return to Campus Update
July 31, 2020 - Letter from Dean Rooksby to Incoming and Returning Students
Zag Law Emergency Fund
We understand many students may be experiencing exceptional hardships as a result of the stay-at-home orders and shifts to distance learning. Gonzaga Law has established the Zag Law Emergency Fund to help. For full details, visit the Zag Law Emergency Fund page.
The C.E.A.L. Division
The C.E.A.L. Division will continue to be fully operational. Academic and Bar exam coaching will be available online via Zoom or by phone. There are a host of other resources that the C.E.A.L. Division may be able to connect you with, so please feel free to contact our office if you are experiencing academic or personal difficulties. We are especially concerned about medical, shelter, or food insecurity issues at this time, so please let us know if you need support. To contact us, please email email@example.com.
Center for Professional Development
The Center for Professional Development continues to provide all student services through remote access during regular business hours. Please email or call our staff directly. Counseling appointments with Asst. Dean Powers or Asst. Director Ritter can be made via ZagLAW and conducted over the phone or via Zoom, as requested. We can do mock interviews the same way. When scheduling your phone or Zoom appointment, please include the phone number that we can reach you at. Please send any documents you need reviewed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law School Building
Access to the building will be limited to enrolled students coming in to study or attend courses, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All Law School offices will be open and staff personnel will be in-person in the building, unless a work accommodation has been made for them to work remotely.
The Chastek Law Library will be open to law students only, with limited exceptions, during normal hours
Other Campus Services
Campus dining facilities will be open, as well as most other services on campus, although all facilities will have social distancing protocols in place.
Please refer to the ZagOn website at www.gonzaga.edu/zagon for more detailed information regarding other campus services.
Events & Activities
No outside events or speakers will be allowed in the building during this time without prior approval from the Office of the Dean. To request approval for an event, please contact the Office of the Dean at email@example.com.
Health, Wellness & Prevention
We continue to encourage our community to take appropriate health and safety measures, including frequently washing hands, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and limiting travel.
Pursuant to the Governor’s order, everyone on the Gonzaga campus is required to wear a cloth face covering, except if they are alone in a private work or study space or in their own private residence. Students will be provided with a cloth face covering.
Additional campus health and safety information can be found on the ZagOn website.
Spring 2020 Information Archive
Spring Academic Affairs UpdateApril 1, 2020 - A letter from Dean Rooksby to students regarding academic policies
Q&A DocumentsMarch 27, 2020 - Second Edition
March 17, 2020 - First Edition
A Message from the Dean
May 21, 2020 - Letter from the Washington State Supreme Court Order for Temporarily Modifying Washington’s Admission and Practice Rule
May 13, 2020 - Response Letter from Washington State Supreme Court
April 28, 2020 - Letter to the Washington State Supreme Court
- A full guide of online learning resources, assembled by Professor Patrick Charles, can be found here
- For faculty, Dean Camesha Little has provided guidance on considering disabilities in course planning. You can read her letter here
- The National Jurist website has a comprehensive guide for law students transitioning to online education. Read the guide here
- You can also visit the Law School Academic Support Blog for online learning tips.