Updated 2/23/2021 at 9:30 AM with information regarding Spring Break.
PLEASE NOTE: The information below is specific to Law School operations and does not necessarily encompass all university operations or guidelines. Continue to check the ZagOn webpage, your email, and Morning Mail for updates.
Academic Affairs & Course Information
Spring 2021 Semester & Spring Break
The Spring Semester will began Monday, January 4, 2021 and Spring Break will be observed March 8-12, 2021. The full academic calendar can be found here.
Despite a reduction in cases locally and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC, the State of Washington, the Spokane Health Department, and Gonzaga University continue to discourage non-essential travel during this time to reduce transmission of the virus. The University is asking all those who travel to consider getting tested 1 to 3 days prior to travel, in order to affirm that they are not currently COVID-19 positive. Those who test positive should not travel.
To support a safe return to campus, as well as lower the risk of transmitting COVID-19 between individuals, we ask that you either:
(a) be willing to certify that you did not travel outside of Washington state during Spring Break before returning to face-to-face classes, or
(b) participate in classes remotely for two weeks after your return to Spokane if you opt to travel outside of Washington state for Spring Break.
Questions regarding spring break protocol can be directed to Dr. Susan Lee, Interim Assistant Dean of Students.
Clockify Attendance Tracker
Clockify is an app that tracks attendance and your location during class (face-to-face, remote-synchronous, or remote-a synchronous). In the event a potential COVID case is reported, Clockify can generate a report that is sent to the COVID-19 Action Response Team to aid in faster contact tracing. We are asking all students to track their time daily. A full tutorial for how to use Clockify can be found here: https://libguides.law.gonzaga.edu/clockify/clockifyhowto
Sept. 1, 2020 - Clockify FAQs
Student Arrival & Return to Campus Guide
The Graduate and Law Student Arrival and Return to Gonzaga Guide details the principles, expectations, and responsibilities of all students. Please review the Spring 2021 guidelines.
The C.E.A.L. Division
The C.E.A.L. Division continues 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 let us know if you need support. To contact us, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Law School Building
Access to the building will be limited to faculty, staff and enrolled students coming in to study or attend courses, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note, these hours will vary on holidays.
The Chastek Law Library will be open to law students only during normal hours and remains closed to the public. Hours mirror that of the Law School building.
Other Campus Services
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Law student have access to on-campus testing. If you think you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 and would like to get tested, you can make an appointment to do so at Gonzaga University Health & Counseling Services. Please call 509-313-4066 before your visit the office. More information about testing is available here.
This fall, the majority of our courses are 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.
Sept. 1, 2020 - FAQs regarding Law School COVID-19 protocol
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
- 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.