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COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus

As communications become available, we will post relevant updates for the Drake Law community here. You may also reference the University's informational webpage.

LibGuides are now available for reference by Drake Law faculty and students:

Faculty LibGuide - https://libguides.law.drake.edu/COVID/faculty

Student LibGuide - https://libguides.law.drake.edu/COVID/students

Updates from Drake Law School

Message from the Dean - March 26, 2020

Emergency fund 

The Drake Law Women organization will use its Emergency Loan Fund to provide grants of up to $500 to assist students who have extraordinary expenses due to the pandemic.  The Law School will support the fund with an alumni crowdfunding campaign to replenish those expenditures. We really appreciate the DLW stepping up to relieve some of the stress of this situation.  Students should apply to Terri Howard at Theresa.howard@drake.edu using the attached form.  Please submit electronically and signatures may be electronic as well.  Note that the information requested has been narrowed and the process expedited to get funds to students as quickly as possible in this situation.  Checks will be mailed to those students who qualify. 

3L Iowa Bar Application Deadline and Notary Requirement: The application must be postmarked by the post office no later than April 1.  No fingerprint needed.  Starting Friday, Carole can be in the office between 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for notary service but please e-mail her in advance so we can reduce traffic in the CDO.  If you see someone in the office ahead of you, please wait in the hall.  Kris Magill will be in the Deans’ Suite from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Friday morning, March 27th.  Please email her if you plan to meet her and again wait in the hall, if you see someone in the office ahead of you.  And you also can email Heather Storms in the library to see if she might be available if you need help outside those hours. 

Questions for Virtual Student Town Hall – Friday, March 27th @ 10 a.m. 

The invitation for the Virtual Student Town Hall meeting went out on Monday, March 23rd.  Please send your questions to Sara Hughes by the end of TODAY, Thursday, March 26th.  Questions submitted will be anonymous. 

Commencement – Caps & Gowns 

With yesterday’s announcement from President Martin, we want to let you know that the bookstore has confirmed money will be refunded to those that had previously paid for caps and gowns. 

Drake Law Library Materials 

No need to worry about Drake Law Library overdue notices. Please see the enclosure indicating that due dates have been extended until the end of summer.  

Remember that you can still reach a reference librarian with any research questions. Use your Drake email account to email a request for reference assistance. Librarians will respond during business hours.  

COVID Information Compilation for Students 

For a constantly updated collection of all the information you need to know about Law School operations during this situation, please consult https://libguides.law.drake.edu/COVID/students

 

Message from the Dean - March 25, 2020

Semester Plan/Grading Policy 

Today, President Martin announced that the University will be having remote learning for the remainder of the semester. I understand this may come as a great disappointment for you, as it is for us, given the many things we had hoped to do this semester together.  However, we have been preparing for this situation and we are confident that our professors should be able to deliver their courses successfully.  They should be communicating with you soon about any changes required to syllabi as a result of this announcement. We will continue to work with issues presented by internships, clinics, and other experiential courses and will work with any students who have special challenges in this environment. 

Provost Mattison’s message today indicated that undergraduates will be able to elect to take their courses on a Credit/No Credit basis due to this crisis.  The law school, along with several other programs, was not included in that policy.  Our faculty will discuss grading policy in light of the unique challenges facing us this semester at its meeting tomorrow.  We will communicate more information following the faculty’s discussion and will address any questions at the student town hall on Friday. 

Questions for Virtual Student Town Hall – Friday, March 27th @ 10 a.m. 

The invitation for the Virtual Student Town Hall meeting went out on Monday, March 23rd.  Please send your questions to Sara Hughes by the end of the day on Thursday, March 26th.  Questions submitted will be anonymous. 

Changes to Summer Schedule – Additional Classes 

We are planning additions to the course offerings for Summer 2020 in light of the necessary cancellation of our Summer in France program this year. The additional courses pending faculty approval include: 

  • May Interim: Global Issues in Criminal Law, 1 credit with Professor Yee; 
  • Regular Session: Negotiations, 2 credits with Professor Charlow; and 
  • August Interim: a second section of Trial Advocacy, 3 credits with Deb Scorpiniti. 

Registration Dates have Changed 

To allow students additional time to plan for summer and fall, registration for summer and fall 2020 will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. for students that have earned 45 credits or more and Friday, April 24 from 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. for students that have earned less than 45 credits. 

Deadline to Drop Courses with a “W” Extended 

In response to COVID 19, the deadline to drop a course with a “W” deadline has been extended until April 17, 2020.   If you wish to drop a course, please email Dean Lee-Schneider and Lori Richman. 

National Online Trial Advocacy Competition 

Are you disappointed that you weren’t able to participate in a mock trial competition this spring?  Wishing you had tried out for a mock trial team or hoping that you will be selected for a mock trial team?  Just want something fun to do while taking classes online?  Attached is an email about an online opening argument mock trial competition that you can enter without cost.  As you can see from the email and the competition information, competitors must create a video of a short opening statement for the competition case and send that video to the competition organizers by April 3.   That’s it.  Judges will select the winning video for a $500 prize.   Save that video because you can also use it to try-out for Drake’s own mock trial or arbitration teams (National Mock Trial, American Association of Justice Mock Trial, of ABA Arbitration).   You will be able to try out for one of our teams without competing, but the coaches will accept your video if you do enter the online competition.   The competition needs an estimate of the approximate number of students from Drake who will be entering as soon as possible, so please email me, laurie.dore@drake.edu, to let me know if you plan to enter.    

For those interested in applying for one of our Moot Court teams, look for an email in the near future for information about virtual FYOA finals.  Team applications will be available in the coming weeks.    

COVID Information Compilation for Students 

For a constantly updated collection of all the information you need to know about Law School operations during this situation, please consult https://libguides.law.drake.edu/COVID/students

Message from the Dean - March 24, 2020

Contact CDO with questions or concerns (or just to say hello!) 

Remember that the Des Moines legal market can be different than the national trend, sometimes in a good way as it turns out with the impact of COVID-19. CDO is seeing interviews continue this spring and offers still being made for summer. If you have any questions or concerns about your summer plans, please reach out to Carole or Katie. 

The same is true regarding fall OCI and recruitment. Changes that may be occurring nationally may not necessarily impact us here at Drake. Some schools may be postponing fall OCIs while others may stay on track. Please know that we will monitor the hiring climate and continue to provide our students with the best employment options available. 

Questions for Virtual Student Town Hall – Friday, March 27th @ 10 a.m. 
The invitation for the Virtual Student Town Hall meeting went out yesterday afternoon. Please send your questions to Sara Hughes
 by the end of the day on Thursday, March 26. Questions submitted will be anonymous. 

Student Assistance Program (Counseling) through Employee and Family Resources (EFR)   

This is a challenging time for all of us. Please take advantage of mental health resources available to you. Lars Peterson, our on-site counselor, will offer telehealth sessions starting this Thursday, March 26, 2020. Students can set up telehealth sessions by calling 515-471-2357 or by emailing DrakeLawScheduling@efr.org. Students can reach also a masters-level clinician through the hotline, 24 hours a day/7 days a week by calling 515-244-6090.  

Successful podcast viewing 

Having trouble listening to or watching a lecture? Please note that headphones or earbuds are recommended. Chrome and Firefox are the preferred browsers so if you are having trouble with video or audio quality, try a different browser. Quality also may be better on a different device. If you are having trouble accessing a podcast, contact Debbie Booth. If you are experiencing significant issues, reach out to Dean Edwards or Drake Information Technology Services (ITS).

For a constantly updated collection of all the information you need to know about Law School operations during this situation, please consult https://libguides.law.drake.edu/COVID/students.

Message from the Dean - March 23, 2020

Welcome to our first day of remote learning! We really appreciate the spirit of cooperation the entire Drake Law community has shown as we work through this extraordinary situation together. Please let your professor know of any issues you are having accessing course lectures or sessions, and please let the dean’s office know of any other problems you are having. We are ready to help! 

CORRECTION: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra may work on Chrome in addition to Firefox. We recommend that you try switching browsers if you are having issues with audio or video features. 

REMINDER – Notary Services  
If you need to have your Bar Application and/or Student Registration notarized and are unable to find a notary, Heather Storms in the library may be able to assist on a limited basis if the campus is open. Please email her to make an appointment to meet the April 1 deadline. Clinic legal assistants and other law school administrative assistants will not be able to notarize bar applications during the remote teaching period. 

Virtual Student Town Hall – Friday, March 27th @ 10 a.m. 
The invitation for the Virtual Student Town Hall meeting will go out later today, using a link in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Please send your questions to 
Sara Hughes by the end of the day on Thursday, March 26th.  

Student Assistance Program (Counseling) through Employee and Family Resources (EFR)
On-site counseling will be suspended until on-site classes resume. Telemedicine options are expected to roll out later this week. Students can reach a masters-level clinician 24 hours a day/7 days a week by calling 515-244-6090. Students can also set up sessions with an EFR counselor at an EFR office by calling 515-471-2357. 

COVID Information Compilation for Students 

For a constantly updated collection of all information you need to know about Law School operations during this situation, please consult https://libguides.law.drake.edu/COVID/students. 

Message from the Dean - March 21, 2020

Update for Students

CORRECTION:  Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra may work on Chrome in addition to Firefox.We recommend that you try switching browsers if you are having issues with audio or video features.

Strategies for Online Learning Over the last week, I have heard from students sharing their concerns about online learning.  They are concerned about mastering the technology, staying focused, learning the material without speaking with their professor face-to-face. We hear your concerns and are here to help you through this unprecedented situation. Here are a few strategies to get you started. 

Strategy #1: Introduce yourself to the Technology. Spend some time in Blackboard before Monday’s classes.  Read each Professor’s memo about course delivery carefully and ask questions if you have any. Specifically, here are a few tips to master the technology: 

  • Use headphones.The use of headphones will improve sound quality, decrease background noises for you and the other participants of the course or meeting.
  • Mute your mic. Many courses will be asynchronous and synchronous courses will likely be muted by your professor. However, we expect that many interactions will be via online meeting platforms.In those cases, muting your mic will decrease background noises for others. 
  • Download videos when possible. This is particularly helpful if your internet is unreliable.  Once downloaded, a video is more likely to play without interruption. One student shared this tip: “I am home with my partner and kids and we are all using the internet. I’m going to download videos in the middle of the night so I can watch them during the day when they are all on the internet.”
  • If you are experiencing technological challenges, please reach out to Dean Lee Schneider.

Strategy #2: Check your email, TWEN, and Blackboard regularly. Check your email at least twice a day. Professors may also provide last minute instructions, so it may be helpful to check just before class. Read every email coming from Drake, Drake Law, and your professors.    

Will your classes be synchronous, held at the same time online as they were regularly scheduled in the classroom, or will they be asynchronous, where material will be posted online for you to complete on your own schedule? Are there classes that will have to be made up because they were suspended during a transition period? If so, when and how will those classes take place? 

Strategy #3: Plan Your Days.  Just because you are studying at home rather than at the law school doesn’t mean that you throw away your study schedule. To stay on track with what you need to learn and accomplish over the upcoming weeks, you must develop a study plan. But this isn’t something new. You already know how to do this. Things to consider when building a study plan: 

  • Hygiene: Shower, brush your teeth, put on the sort of clothes you would wear to class. You are more likely to feel like yourself if you start your day the same way as a normal day
  • Class time
  • Study time
  • Time to reach out to your Professor to ask questions
  • Exercise time
  • Food preparation
  • Plenty of breaks. Online learning can sometimes be more self-directed and may be tiring. 
  • Time outdoors

Strategy #4: Stay Engaged with Your Professors. Your professors are still among your most important resources in law school, and it’s important that you stay engaged with them. Come prepared to view or participate in classes. Fully participate in classes, discussions, and assignments. Prioritize weekly review.  Consider using phone calls or conferencing technologies to interact with faculty. While email may be easy, you are eliminating an opportunity for contact and to engage in a deeper way with your professor and the material.  

Strategy #5: Stay Engaged with Your Classmates. Your classmates can be your greatest resources and support system during law school, and remote learning has the potential to isolate you if you don’t take active steps to stay engaged. Continue to reach out and use your peer resources. 

Brainstorms ways to stay engaged with your friends or study group. Use conferencing technology to have study sessions. Use shared folders or google docs to collaborate on practice questions as allowed by course policies.   

Support each other, encourage each other, and as you find strategies that help you study effectively in the online environment, share those strategies with others. 

Strategy #6: Prioritize your mental health. This is a challenging and stressful time for all of us. Take the time you need to process all that is happening around us. Stay active, meditate, do activities that bring you joy and sleep. Avoid things that may make you more stressed an anxious like social media, junk food, or alcohol. 

If you have concerns or just need to talk, please reach out to Dean Lee Schneider at 515-271-2948 or erin.schneider@drake.edu

Portions of this messaged used with permission of Susan Landrum, Law School Success, 6 Strategies for Successful Online Learning, www.lawschoolacademicsuccess.com.  

Message from the Dean - March 20, 2020

Access for Viewing Class Recordings

Rooms will be available in Opperman and Cartwright Halls for viewing class recordings for those students who do not have access to the internet and need to rely on the campus network. Access to the law buildings will be available with your Drake ID (except between midnight and 6 a.m.). However, you are asked to engage in social distancing. Cartwright classrooms 201, 202, and 203 will be open in the evenings and on weekends at 8 a.m. as will Kern Commons unless circumstances change. Computers are also available in the library for students who need them. Disinfectant and wipes are at the Information Desk so you can clean before and after you use those computers or other areas. Note: Campus buildings are now locked 24/7. Be sure you have our Drake ID with you.

If you need access to the internet from your location, please remember that your eduroam account allows you to access the Wi-Fi on many campuses across the country. For a complete list of locations, please see https://www.incommon.org/eduroam/eduroam-u-s-connectors/.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
If you are having issues in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, you will need to access it using the Firefox browser. It doesn’t always work in Chrome.

Virtual Student Town Hall – Friday, March 27th @ 10 a.m.
We are trying to put together a virtual town hall meeting with the students for next week. Please watch for an invitation to this meeting, which will include the access link. It will be recorded and shared with students, if you aren’t able to attend at that time.

COVID Information Compilation for Students

For a constantly updated collection of all the information you need to know about Law School operations during this situation, please consult https://libguides.law.drake.edu/COVID/students.

Message from the Dean - March 19, 2020

Accessing Class Videos
If your professor is using classroom Panopto capture to record lectures, follow these instructions:

  1. Open MyDrake
  2. Open Blackboard ​(Found under "Commonly Used Apps" at the top of the screen)
  3. Click on your Course Name ​under "My Courses"
  4. Click on Panopto Video link (left side of your window)
  5. Watch video

To assist Law School students (and faculty) with access to Panopto Videos, the following Knowledge Base article is now available.

https://drake.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/2025/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=101950

Notes:

  • The podcast should be available shortly after the class time scheduled.
  • Previously recorded class sessions are also available this way.
  • If you have trouble finding or accessing, contact:
                Debbie Booth, booth@drake.edu or
                Terri Howard, theresa.howard@drake.edu

Online Access to Study Aids Expanded

Many of you have used the Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library this past year through the library subscription.  The library has been able to secure additional subscriptions during the suspension of on-site classes.  These include:

 

West Academic Assessment

West Academic Assessment includes over 5,000 multiple-choice self-assessment questions for many of the courses you are taking.  This tool is designed to enrich the learning experience and help in your understanding of core concepts of your class.  A video overview is at https://www.dropbox.com/s/lkew83hr417d88y/WAA%20Functionality.mp4?dl=0.  Go to http://westacademicassessment.com/ and register with your Drake email address.   An information sheet is enclosed with this email. 

 

West Online Study Aids

West Academic Study Aids offers you easy online access to hundreds of study aids, treatises, and audio lectures. Go to https://subscription.westacademic.com/ to access all the titles.  Audio lectures are at https://subscription.westacademic.com/Search?seriesFilter=47

 

For additional information on study aids go to http://libguides.law.drake.edu/studyaids.

 

Library is Still Accessible

Although the library is not staffed at present, you still can access the building as you always have with your Drake I.D. (except between midnight and 6 a.m.).  However, students should not congregate and must keep social distances.  If you need to retrieve items from your carrel (or locker in Cartwright) you may do so.  Please note that access to Opperman and Cartwright could change at some point as additional buildings on campus are being closed and access is limited to 7:30-4:30 weekdays.

If you need library help, you can use your Drake email account to send an email a request for reference assistance. Librarians can then respond during business hours.

Access to other campus buildings
The following building access changes will go into effect on Friday, March 20, 2020:

  • Students will be able to access all academic buildings with their Drake ID cards 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on weekdays only. Faculty and staff access to academic buildings remains unchanged. 
  • Cowles Library remains closed in response to the Governor’s statewide orders.
  • Law Library remains closed to the public in response to the Governor’s statewide orders.
  • Administration buildings including Old Main, Cole Hall, and the Kinne Center, will not be accessible except by appointment.
  • All Athletic facilities are closed.  

Additionally, the Olmsted Center will be accessible for dining services food pickup and Starbucks carryout on Sunday, March 22, 4–7:30 p.m. From that point and until further notice, Olmsted will be open for those services 7 a.m.­–7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.–7:30 p.m. on weekends.

With the exception of the Olmsted Center, every building to which you have access during the above times will require entrance via your Drake ID card. 

 

Please continue to check the University’s COVID-19 website and the law school’s website for updates.

Message from the Dean - March 18, 2020

Attendance Policy

As we move to online education, we will be suspending the formal attendance policy for the remainder of the term. Each professor is developing his or her own plan for lecture viewing and class participation and will be taking note of students that are not fully participating so that we can reach out and offer support. If you have questions about how each of your professors is handling participation and attendance related grading, please reach out to them directly. 

If you fall ill and are unable to participate in coursework, please notify Dean Lee Schneider via email. We will NOT require documentation of your illness from your medical professional, so please follow the CDC recommendations regarding clinic visits. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

Dean Lee Schneider will work directly with individual students who indicated in the survey that they may have technological barriers to online learning. If you have not yet filled out the survey, please do so ASAP.

Bar Application Update

The Office of Professional Regulation is no longer accepting applications for the July 2020 bar exam in-person.  The deadline is still April 1 and the applications need to be mailed and postmarked (or UPS/FedEx equivalent) by April 1. Additionally, the fingerprint requirement for the July 2020 bar exam has been waived. Please check the website for any additional updates. The link is: https://www.iowacourts.gov/opr/attorneys/admissions/. If you have any additional questions, please contact Dan Saar at the Office of Professional Regulation at dan.saar@iowacourts.gov.

ITS help

ITS is asking that requests for assistance go through service.drake.edu/its or from the ITS Support button on myDrake. If you are unable to use the portal call 515-271-3001 and ITS staff will input the request on your behalf. Based on volume, ITS may need to simply enter information and respond to the issue when resources are available.

Meetings

We are advising students to avoid any kind of in-person meeting, either with faculty or staff or with other students, unless it’s unavoidable. We are advising faculty/staff to do the same. So, if you can hold a law journal meeting by Zoom, or have a conference with a professor by telephone, you should do that during this crisis.

Notary Service

If you need to have your Bar Application and/or Student Registration notarized and are unable to find a notary, Heather Storms in the library may be able to assist on a limited basis. Please email her to make an appointment to meet the April 1st deadline.

Panopto

If your professor is using classroom Panopto capture to record lectures, you should be able to find those lectures either in the Course folder through Blackboard on the MyDrake page or through the podcast link on the law school website. The podcast should be available shortly after the class time scheduled. If you have any trouble finding or accessing those, please contact Debbie Booth, debra.booth@drake.edu. If she is not available, contact Terri Howard, theresa.howard@drake.edu.  

In Blackboard, you will click on your course name and then look for the Panopto Video link on the left side of your window.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • Mail will be delivered to the law school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As staff is able to stop by the law school, it will be distributed in the mailboxes in the Gorsche Suite (Room 128).
  • Facilities are taking this opportunity to deep clean the carpets in the law school.

Message from the Dean - March 17, 2020

CDO staff is available remotely

CDO will continue to work with students and employers remotely.  Students can send e-mails or schedule appointments within Symplicity as they normally would and staff can assist via phone, web conference, or e-mail.  Consider downloading the Microsoft Teams app to make web conferencing even easier and check out the online resources available on the CDO Student Resources page as well. As always, we are glad to review your resumes and cover letters and can do interview prep as well. 

 

Student Assistance Program (Counseling) through Employee and Family Resources (EFR) 

On-site counseling will be suspended until on-site classes resume.  Students can reach a masters-level clinician 24 hours a day/7 days a week by calling 515-244-6090.  Students can also set up sessions with an EFR counselor at an EFR office by calling 515-471-2357. 

 

Resources for Students 
A new section has been added to the Drake Law website for Coronavirus updates that contains resources that will be helpful to you as we transition to online learning.  Currently, information about access your books online is located there for West Academic/Foundation, Carolina Academic Press and Wolters Kluwer/Aspen. 

 

Please also remember, additional online study aid collections will be listed at http://libguides.law.drake.edu/studyaids, as they become available. 

 

 

Law Library

 

 The Law Library will be closed after 5 p.m. today (March 17) through April 4.

 

 NO CHANGE IN:

 

  • Card access will still be available as now (except midnight to 6 a.m.).
  • Building hours remain as they are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

 

 

Message from the Dean - March 16, 2020

Building access

The University sent out a message today indicating that campus buildings would be open only from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Please remember to bring your student ID should you have a need to access law school buildings after these hours.

Electronic access to textbooks

If you do not have access to a required textbook for your class, many publishers are providing electronic access, including:

West Academic/Foundation

- Students should setup a West Academic account before they call in, this can be done at: https://eproducts.westacademic.com/

- Then, students can call 877.888.1330 (ext.4) to setup their eBook. Students can use their Online Study Aids account when they call in if they have one (it's the same as a West Academic account). This offer is limited to students who don't have access to their print title.

- West Academic would like to emphasize that this offer is only for required textbooks.

 Carolina Academic Press

"Our standard procedure will be to work one-on-one with professors to distribute time-limited ebook access to their students (the access codes will expire on June 1).“

If you need access to a Carolina Academic Press title, contact Dean Edwards: john.edwards@drake.edu.

 Wolters Kluwer/Aspen

The collection of titles required for Drake classes will be available on Vital Source. Once this is set up your Drake email address will allow you access (hopefully by the end of the week). Please keep in mind that you also have access to  the Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library.

As additional online study aid collections become available they will be listed at: http://libguides.law.drake.edu/studyaids.

LR&W TA Positions for 2020-21

Apply on the Legal Research TWEN page by April 8. (Three TAs will be graduating.)

Cancelled events through April 10 include:

  • All Supreme Court Week events (March 25-28)
  • Real Estate CLE and Reception (March 27)
  • Constitutional Law Distinguished Lecture (April 2)
  • Equity and Inclusion Week events (April 6-10)

Please continue to check regularly for emails from your professors, Career Development, and other campus communications.

 

Message from the Dean - March 13, 2020

As you know, all classes are moving online from March 23-April 3. We will all endeavor to make your educational experience the best it can be under the circumstances. Here are today’s announcements:

Course Delivery

  • Your professor will communicate with you in by TWEN or by email regarding the plan to deliver course content for the two-week period.
  • The main options will include Panopto recording of lectures and Blackboard synchronous delivery.
    • For Panopto, the lectures should be available for your viewing shortly after class, or, if the professor records it in advance, at an alternate (likely earlier) time. 
    • For Blackboard, you will need to access the class through the Blackboard app at the designated time for class. The Blackboard app is available through drake.edu. Your courses should appear automatically and the “room” for the class lecture will also be listed. Currently, many courses will not appear to be available until they are unlocked by the professor.
    • Consider where you will be viewing the courses. For Blackboard, you will need a computer with microphone and camera (headphones recommended), AND you will need adequate internet speed/bandwidth. We are told, for example, that Starbucks wifi will not be sufficient for full Blackboard participation. You may need to go to a library and may come to campus if that is your best option.  If you need a tutorial on Blackboard, please see: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra
  • Some professors may also use TEAMS for video conferencing during this period. The TEAMS app is also available on drake.edu. It is easy to use, basically like Skype.

Textbooks
Most of the law textbook companies are making electronic versions of their books available online. We will have more complete information with links early next week. However, you should plan to take your books with you.

Registration and Course Advising
As of now, we are still anticipating Summer and Fall 2020 registration to be held on April 16 and 17.  Dean Lee Schneider will be creating and disseminating videos for 1L students over the next two weeks explaining graduation requirements and providing additional information about registration. Dean Lee Schneider and faculty advisors will be available after Spring Break to provide advising via phone, email, or video conferencing platforms. Individual Advising sessions with faculty can be arranged by phone or other similar means, before the registration period starts.

Cancelled events through April 3 include:

  • All Supreme Court Week events (March 25-28)
  • Constitutional Law Distinguished Lecture (April 2)
  • Equity and Inclusion Week events (April 6-10)

A reminder to complete this survey by March 16 on your distance learning capabilities. It will help us make sure you are able to access the course content.

Please continue to check regularly for emails from your professors, Career Development, or other campus communications. And remember to check the Coronavirus links for Drake University and on our website too.

Message from the Dean - March 12, 2020

Dear students, 

Please read the below for important information regarding the next three weeks. We appreciate the patience and flexibility of the entire Drake Law community as we adjust for developments in the coronavirus situation.  

Courses: Online Instruction 

  • Courses will be online until on-campus instruction can resume. Faculty will communicate with you via email or TWEN about the format of their class. Please check email and TWEN frequently to ensure you have the most up-to-date information. Courses will either be “live” through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or “delayed” through Panopto. Blackboard Guides (including Panopto) are found here. 
  • You will need reliable internet and a web-enabled device to access course content. All students, please complete this Qualtrics survey by Monday, March 16 to allow us to assess student capabilities.  
  • If you do not have what is needed to access your courses, you may come to campus to use technology resources at the law school and law library.  
  • NOTE: Clinic courses and internships will continue as usual unless otherwise advised. For other experiential courses, we are working with individual instructors to determine the plan for the semester. Students will receive further guidance from the Clinic.  

 Coming to Campus 

  • Students should avoid coming to campus unless necessary, such as for Clinic obligations, technology access, make-up exams, or library research.  
  • Faculty and staff will be available via email, telephone, or video conference.  
  • Before you leave for spring break and the period following, be sure to consider anything you will need for online course instruction. 

 Library 

  • The library will be open to Drake Law students with an ID from 6 a.m. to midnight. Staffing will be limited to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Many of the library’s resources can be accessed online. 
  • Before you leave for spring break and the period following, collect any items you will need from your carrel or student offices.  

 Housing and dining 

  • As Provost Mattison indicated, students are encouraged to remain off campus following spring break. However, Drake West Village and Old Main Apartments will operate as usual. Property management will communicate with residents directly.  
  • Dining services on campus will remain open.  

 Summer in France  

  • Unfortunately, we are cancelling the Summer in France program this year pursuant to University policy, due to the CDC Level 3 advisory regarding travel to Europe. 
  • A revised summer course schedule will be posted soon if you are interested in other class options. 
  • Impacted students now interested in seeking summer employment should contact the Career Development Office for assistance.  

Student Assistance Program (Counseling) through Employee and Family Resources (EFR) 

  • On-site counseling will be suspended until on-site course instruction resumes. 
  • Students can reach masters-level clinicians 24/7 by calling 515-244-6090. Students can also set-up sessions with an EFR counselor at an EFR office by calling 515-471-2357.  

Career Development Office Programming 
The spring recruitment process will continue, with some slight changes. 

  • OCI interviews scheduled for the week of March 23 will be at the employer site, or virtually through Skype or Microsoft Teams. Students selected for interviews will receive information from the CDO directly.  
  • As of now, interviews scheduled for April 6 or later will still occur on campus.  
  • The CDO is adopting a no-handshake protocol for the remainder of the spring recruiting process. Participating students and employers will both be notified.  
  • Speed Networking, which was scheduled for April 2, will be postponed. More information to come.  
  • Career counseling through the CDO will continue to be available via phone or Microsoft Teams. Students can use Symplicity to schedule appointments or contact the CDO directly.  

 Supreme Court Celebration Week 

  • All events have been canceled and will be rescheduled. The Supreme Court Day Celebration Banquet, however, is canceled and will not be rescheduled.  
  • Stay tuned for new dates for student award ceremonies, the Law Review/Ag Law Journal dinners, and the moot court luncheon 


Resources for Students

Carolina Academic Press

The standard procedure for Carolina Academic Press will be to work one-on-one with professors to distribute temporary e-book access for their students. Access codes will expire June 1, 2020. If you need access to a Carolina Academic Press title, please contact Dean Edwards

West Academic/Foundation

Students should first set-up a West Academic account at: https://eproducts.westacademic.com/

Once the account is set-up, call 877-888-1330 (extension 4) to set-up their e-Book. Students can use their Online Study Aids account when they call in if they have one (it's the same as a West Academic account).

West Academic would like to emphasize that this offer is limited to students that don't have access to their print title and is only for required textbooks. 

Wolters Kluwer/Aspen

Wolters Kluwer is working in partnership with VitalSource. For more information regarding the VitalSource Helps Program, read the full press release.

VitalSource Helps Access Instructions:

  1. To get started, visit vitalsource.com and log-in or create a Bookshelf account with your institution-provided email address. 
  2. Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account
  3. Once you create an account with an institution-provided email address, log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. This tab provides access to the freely available e-textbooks.

For a complete list of VitalSource frequently asked questions regarding access to the VitalSource Helps Program, please visit their site to learn more.

Please note that at this time, student downloads are limited to 7 titles and trial access will expire on Monday, May 25, 2020.

*Students also have access to the Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library.

Information Technology Services

For support, visit https://www.drake.edu/its/.

Other

As additional online study aid collections are available, they will be listed at: http://libguides.law.drake.edu/studyaids

 
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