Last updated 2/9/21

Frequently asked questions regarding plans regarding the Law School's COVID-19 plans for students. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

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General

How can students share feedback and concerns? 

Students have a number of ways to share their feedback and concerns.

For general feedback and concerns, students can fill out the COVID-19 feedback form which is routed to the SBA and Law School administrators, or email the SBA directly at sbamail@law.wisc.edu. Please note that concerns regarding individual student intentional or repeated non-compliance with health and safety requirements are being handled centrally by the University, and should be reported via the Badger Pledge for Students.

Other comments may be directed to:

Health & Safety

What happens if I get sick? What happens if someone in my family or household gets sick? Updated

Follow UW-Madison's Testing Protocol for Positive Tests if you get sick or test positive.

Please also contact Emily Kite and let her know about your situation, so she can provide resources and support as needed. 

Because of federal data privacy laws, Dean Kite cannot notify your faculty or fellow students of your positive diagnosis. Notify your instructor in the event that you are unable to complete their coursework as planned.

Will face coverings be required?

Face coverings are required in the Law School. For more information about requirements throughout campus, view the UW-Madison COVID Response FAQs.

The Law School sent each student a mask. If you didn't receive a mask, you can pick up PPE at the Law School Copy Shop.

What safety measures will be in place for in-person classes?

The Law School will be following the UW-Madison Testing Protocol using the Safer Badgers app. Law Students are considered professional students.

As in all public spaces at the UW, individuals in Law School classrooms are asked to maintain at least 6 feet of space from others. We request that students arrive on campus with their own face coverings which must be worn in classrooms; the university will provide additional masks as backup.

Cleaning supplies will be available in each classroom, and students should wipe down desks and chairs before using them. Each classroom will also have hand sanitizer stations.

Will regular COVID testing be available? Updated

Campus will offer testing at 14 sites for students and employees. Read more about UW-Madison's COVID testing and the new Safer Badgers app.

Academics

How should students handle their classes if they become ill?

Students should be in regular contact with their instructors, as always, and should notify them in the event that they are unable to complete their coursework as planned. The instructor will work with the student to provide alternative ways to complete the work.

How will grading work?

Regular letter grading will apply. Review UW Law School Grading System »

Are there any resources for students facing emergency economic hardship?

Students facing emergency economic hardship should contact the UW Office of Student Financial Aid and the Law School’s Admissions and Financial Aid Office, as emergency support may be available.

If a previously in-person class will now be fully or partially remote, is there space at the Law School I can use to participate remotely?

Students may use open classrooms to stream their courses, while following the same safety protocols as they would for in-person classes: wearing a mask, wiping down your space with the provided disinfecting wipes, and maintaining physical distancing.

There is also designated space in the library for remote participation in classes, which can be using the Law Library Seat Reservations system.

Building & Facilities

Who can be in the Law School building? What is the purpose of the Law School lanyards?

The Law School is generally limited to UW Law students and employees.

Please wear your Gargoyle lanyard if you will be returning to the Law Building. If you have not received a lanyard, you may pick one up at the Law Library Circulation Desk.

Will the main office be staffed? Updated

The Main Office reception desk will not be consistently staffed. For assistance, email Adam Bushcott and Myra Sun with the subject "Main Office Question."

Email Adam & Myra

Will lockers be available throughout the semester?

No. In order to adhere to campus physical distancing guidelines, the locker area will be closed.

Will food and drink be allowed in the building?

Food and drink are not allowed in any common areas, such as the library, classrooms and atrium.

A designated space has been created on the 3rd floor for law students who wish to eat and drink in the building. Because additional distancing is required when eating and drinking, it was not possible to create eating areas for the general public while still prioritizing classroom teaching and study areas.

Some campus locations will be open for dining, including Memorial Union, Union South, Badger Markets, and several other cafe and deli locations around campus.

What cleaning processes are in place?

The building is cleaned each Sunday through Thursday night in active classrooms, designated study classrooms, classrooms and common spaces. Restrooms are cleaned, disinfected and restocked. Thorough attention is given to high touch areas like door handles, elevator controls and handrails. Trash and recycling are removed from classrooms and common areas.

Additionally, Monday through Friday some heavily used areas of the building are cleaned midday. These include door handles (external, classroom, bathroom), door accessibility hardware and drinking fountains.

Each classroom has a supply of Oxivir wipes (a hospital-grade disinfectant) that students can use to clean tables and desks. The library also has a stand of wipes near the circulation desk for cleaning study areas prior to use. Hand sanitizer stations are located on 5th floor of the library in the copy center and by the reference desk.

What campus services will be available?

Reference the UW-Madison's COVID-19 Response: Campus Operations for up-to-date information on what campus services are available and which campus buildings are open.

For information about the UW Law Library, visit the UW Law Library’s COVID-19 resource page.

How do I access the building given the current construction and the new testing protocols? Updated

Beginning Monday, February 8, evidence of a negative Covid-19 test will be required to enter the Law Building. The entrances off of Lathrop Drive and Bascom Hill (third floor) will be open and staffed by a wellness monitor.

  1. Bascom Hall: If heading down Bascom Hill, you may enter the Law School from the Bascom Hill entrance. However, you cannot come up the hill to enter. Bascom Hill from Park Street east of our building is not accessible and neither is Lathrop Drive. 
  2. Lathrop Drive: From University Avenue near the street lights at Brooks Street, the sidewalk and steps between Barnard and Lathrop Halls are open and can be used to enter by the Boerner Plaza doors on the 3rd floor. This is the path taken by those who park in Lot 7/Grainger. The accessible parking spaces behind the Law School near Lathrop can still be accessed from Charter Street.

map of law building surrounding area showing the two entrance options

The EJI entrance is not accessible for entry, but can be used as an emergency exit.

Law Library

Will the Law Library be open?

Yes, the Law Library will be open to law students and staff. View Law Building & Law Library Hours for up-to-date information on when the Library will be open.

Will the library be available for studying purposes? How can I reserve a seat?

Yes, the Law Library will be open to law students for studying. For more information, please consult:

On-Campus Recruiting & In Person Events

Will recruiting events be in person?

No, recruiting events will be virtual. OCPD’s January On-Campus Interview Program will be entirely virtual. Additionally, the Midwest California Georgia Consortium, to which we belong, will be a virtual event. More details and logistical information will be shared as soon as we have it.

Will student organizations be permitted to host meetings and events on and off campus this fall?

We are following the University's event policies:

What options are available for events and room reservations?

Currently, we are not accepting room reservations for events and meetings in the Law Building.

Courses & Schedules

Check back regularly for up-to-date information about the course schedule and delivery methods.

Semester Schedule

Where do I find the course schedule and course delivery methods?

The delivery method of your course can be found in the location column of the course schedule. Visit Courses & Schedules for this semester's schedule and up-to-date course descriptions.

What is the plan for Spring break? New

There will be no Spring Recess this year, however there will not be any classes on Friday, April 2.

Course Delivery & Materials

What software and equipment will I need for remote classes?

In general, laptops come ready for fall instruction with built-in webcams and microphones, however, it is recommended that you pick up a headset.  Many headphones (airPods, etc) have headset capability, so first check to see if your favorite headphones already have a microphone.

Software needed for classes (see Learning Remotely for how to access and use necessary software):

  • Microsoft Teams
  • Office 365
  • Chrome
  • Zoom
  • Honorlock may be required for some classes

Equipment needed for remote classes:

  • Computer with webcam
  • Headset microphone (especially in public areas)

Where can I get more information about troubleshooting technical issues?

Guides for software and equipment:

If you're still running into issues, contact help@law.wisc.edu.

How do I get my course packs or other printed materials for my courses?

Law’s Copy Shop will be open for printed materials. Up-to-date hours will be available on Law School COVID-19 Updates.

All course packs will also be available electronically on the course’s canvas page.

In order to support safe practices:

  • All materials must be pre-purchased online (no payments will be accepted at the door)
  • Allow a 24-hour turnaround time
  • All materials will be transferred via a table at the entrance to the Copy Shop (Room 2115) for pick-up, so that we can maintain a safe distance of 6 feet.
  • All course materials will also be available online via the course Canvas page

What does synchronous and asynchronous mean?

Synchronous means content is delivered in real time, the same way in-person courses work, and students all receive the content at the same time. Regular attendance is required. A synchronous course appears on the course schedule with the indication “remotely delivered: synchronously” along with a scheduled meeting day/time.   

Asynchronous means remote instruction is not delivered in real time, and students can decide when they view recorded presentations or other content. Students will be expected to follow their instructors’ requirements regarding checking in for regular and substantive interaction about the course content. An asynchronous course appears on the course schedule with the indication “remotely delivered: asynchronously” and will not have a scheduled meeting day/time.

What are the different course delivery modes and what do they mean?

Delivery Mode Description Remote?
Remotely: Synchronous Course that has a meeting time listed, will meet synchronously online (i.e., students will log in during the particular scheduled time). Yes
Remotely: Asynchronous Course has no meeting time listed. Generally, students view recorded lectures on their own and then otherwise engage with the instructor on some regular basis. Yes
In-Person A standard in-person course will have a meeting time listed and a meeting location (e.g., a classroom or other space). No

Will every Law School course be available remotely?

The Law School is offering both in-person and remote classes to meet the varying needs of the student body. Not every course will have a remote option.

Should I contact the course instructor if I have a question about how a course will be delivered?

Your instructor will contact you regarding your course delivery method and where to find course materials. If you have not received this information, reach out to your instructor directly.

What are the attendance requirements?

While, as always, regular attendance is required, students who feel ill with symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness should stay home. They should communicate that absence to their faculty pursuant to the faculty’s attendance policies. If an emergency arises that might lead to a long-term absence, please contact Assistant Dean Emily Kite for assistance.

For in-person courses and remote courses that are synchronously delivered (i.e. have a scheduled day/time for students to log-in for class sessions), regular attendance is required. For those in-person courses with alternate attendance due to classroom capacity/physical distancing, students are expected to attend in person on the attendance schedule as determined by the instructor.

For courses that are asynchronously delivered (i.e. no scheduled class session times; students view recorded course content remotely) students must view all online course content and follow the instructor’s additional requirements regarding checking in for regular and substantive engagement.

Student Needs

Will there be space available in the Law School for students who need to access remotely delivered courses?

Students may use open classrooms to stream their courses, while following the same safety protocols as they would for in-person classes: wearing a mask, wiping down your space with the provided disinfecting wipes, and maintaining physical distancing.

There is also designated space in the library for remote participation in classes, which can be using the Law Library Seat Reservations system.

How do I stay on track to graduate on time and meet Diploma Privilege requirements? Updated

Please contact Amy Arntsen, the Law School Registrar, for a degree audit that indicates your graduation & Diploma Privilege progress.

If you have questions about your schedule or need academic advising, please contact Lauren Devine, the Law School Academic Advisor.

Exams

 

General

Will there be any in-person exams?

All final exams will be administered remotely.

How will final exams be administered?

There are two types of remote final exams this semester:

  • Take-home exam, administered through the Exam4 website.
  • Online proctored exam, administered through Canvas as a quiz. Honorlock may or may not be enabled depending on your instructor’s preferences. The proctored exam schedule will indicate whether Honorlock is enabled for a particular exam. 

Some courses may use both types of exams.

Take-Home Exams

How do take-home exams work?

Follow these steps for take-home exams:

  1. Download the exam using your exam number from the Exam4 website.
  2. Use your preferred word processor to prepare your responses.
  3. Upload your responses back to the Exam4 website.

View more information in the detailed Take Home Instructions.

When will take-home exams be administered?

Take-home exams are either:

  • Scheduled on a specific date, or
  • Taken any time during the exam period

View the take-home exam schedule to determine when to complete your take-home exam. All times are listed in Central Time.

If your exam is assigned for a specific date:

  • It will be available for download from the Exam4 website from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the assigned date.
  • The clock will begin to run as soon as you have accessed your exam. You must submit (upload) your response back to the Exam4 website by the end your allotted time (set by your instructor) or by 11:59 p.m. on that day, whichever comes first.
  • Plan your start time accordingly so that you have your full time. For example, if you have an 8-hour take-home exam and you start it at 6 p.m., it will still be due at 11:59 p.m., even though you have not used the full 8 hours.

If your exam may be taken any time during the exam period:

  • It will be available for download from the Exam4 website from 12:01 a.m. on the first day of exams to 11:59 p.m. on the last day of exams.
  • The clock will begin to run as soon as you have accessed your exam. You must submit (upload) your response back to the Exam4 website by the end of your allotted time (set by your instructor) or by 11:59 p.m. on the last day of exams, whichever comes first.
  • Plan your start time accordingly so that you have your full time. For example, if you have an 8-hour take-home exam, and you start it at 6 p.m., it will still be due at 11:59 p.m., even though you have not used the full 8 hours.

Where do I find my exam number?

Law students can use their NetID to access their exam number online.

Non-law students taking a law course only: use your 10-digit student ID# as your exam number.

Do I need to download the Exam4 software for final exams?

No, you do not need to download the Exam4 software this semester for final exams.

Online Proctored Exams

How do Canvas quizzes work?

To take a Canvas quiz, you'll need to visit your course's Canvas site.

Canvas has detailed instructions about How to Take a Canvas Quiz.

Honorlock provides instructions on Launching Honorlock for Canvas quizzes.

Practice Canvas quizzes with or without Honorlock enabled -- depending on your instructor's preference -- will be available in Canvas and we will email students when they are ready.

When are Canvas quizzes?

Canvas quizzes are either:

  • Scheduled on a specific date, or
  • Taken any time during the exam period

View the proctored exam schedule to determine when to take your Canvas quiz. All times are listed in Central Time.

If your exam is assigned on a specific date:

  • The quiz will be available in Canvas from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the assigned date.
  • After starting the quiz, you will have the amount of time to complete it as set by your instructor or until 11:59 p.m., whichever comes first, by which time you must submit your quiz.
  • Plan your start time accordingly so that you have your full time. For example, if you have a 2-hour quiz and you start it at 11 p.m., it will still be due at 11:59 p.m., even though you have not used the full 2 hours.

If your exam may be taken any time during the exam period:

  • The quiz will be available in Canvas from 12:01 a.m. on the first day of exams to 11:59 p.m on the last day of exams.
  • After starting the quiz, you will have the amount of time to complete it as set by your instructor or until 11:59 p.m. on the last day of exams, whichever comes first, by which time you must submit your quiz.
  • Plan your start time accordingly so that you have your full time. For example, if you have a 2-hour quiz and you start it on on the last day of exams at 11 p.m., it will still be due at 11:59 p.m., even though you have not used the full 2 hours.

What is Honorlock, and how does it work?

Honorlock is an automated proctoring service that can be enabled in Canvas quizzes.

Honorlock uses your computer’s webcam and microphone along with a browser extension in Google Chrome to monitor activity during an exam. Honorlock will flag your exam if you violate the Student Guidelines for the exam.

What are the Student Guidelines for Honorlock?

The Student Guidelines are the proctoring specifications for a particular test, such as whether notes are allowed, whether other websites may be visited during the exam, etc.

These guidelines will vary by course. The Law School Student & Academic Affairs team will work with each instructor using Honorlock to create the applicable Student Guidelines.

The Student Guidelines ultimately determine which behaviors Honorlock will flag as potential academic misconduct. For example, if the Student Guidelines indicate that notes are not allowed and Honorlock detects that you are consulting your notes during the exam, Honorlock will flag your exam. As another example, all Student Guidelines will require that you work independently, thus Honorlock will flag your exam if it detects that you are communicating with another person.

As an example, view the Sample Student Guidelines for Honorlock from a previous UW Law School course.

Honorlock Technical Requirements

What equipment do I need to use Honorlock?

You will need:

  • Working webcam
  • Microphone
  • Laptop or desktop computer

Either an integrated or external USB webcam will work.

What are the system and software requirements for Honorlock? Is my computer compatible?

You will find minimum system requirements for your computer on Honorlock's website. You can check your system’s compatibility on Honorlock’s support website using the “Simple Single-Click Test”.

Honorlock only works with Google Chrome, so you will need to download and install Google Chrome on your computer if it's not already installed on your computer.

You will also need to download the Honorlock extension for Chrome. You will be prompted to download it when you attempt to take a Canvas quiz with Honorlock enabled. You may uninstall it as soon as you have submitted your quiz.

What if I don't have a working microphone and/or webcam?

The Law School Help Desk has a limited number of webcams with integrated microphones available for check out. Reach out to help@law.wisc.edu if you need to borrow one. We recommend that you reach out to at least two weeks before your first exam.

Additionally, several libraries on campus have laptops available for two-week loans:

Can Honorlock be used internationally?

Because Honorlock requires the use of a Google Chrome browser, some international students may need to use a VPN while taking their exam.

UW–Madison recommends and provides a VPN for all staff and students with a NetID, which can be downloaded by following the directions in this WiscVPN Overview KnowledgeBase. Students are not required to use the UW–Madison VPN, but it is considered more reliable than others.

A stable internet connection is needed for all exams using online proctoring, regardless of location.

Using Honorlock

What will happen if Honorlock flags my exam?

If your exam gets flagged, a member of the Law School Student & Academic Affairs team will review your Honorlock recording.

If the flag is determined to be innocuous, no further action will be taken, and you will not be notified.

If the flag reveals potential academic misconduct, your submission will be referred to the associate dean of academic affairs for further investigation. You will be notified if it is determined after further investigation that there is a concern that academic misconduct might have occurred.

How do I start an exam that uses Honorlock?

The exam will be administered as a Canvas quiz on your course’s Canvas site.

Visit Honorlock's Launching Proctoring for your Exam for step-by-step instructions about starting a Canvas quiz with Honorlock enabled.

Where can I take a practice quiz using Honorlock?

A practice quiz with Honorlock enabled will be available in your Canvas course prior to final exams beginning.

What if I have technical difficulties while using Honorlock?

If you have technical difficulties with Honorlock, start a live chat with the Honorlock support team.

If you are in the middle of an exam with Honorlock enabled, you will see a small bubble in the bottom right corner of your browser where you can start a live chat. The live chat is available 24/7.

If you have other technical difficulties, contact the Law School Help Desk at help@law.wisc.edu or 608-262-5242.

If you lose time due to technical issues, keep track of any time lost and contact Lauren Devine while your exam is still in progress at lauren.devine@wisc.edu or 608-262-8564. Waiting until after you have completed the exam, and especially waiting until after a grade has been reported, greatly limits the Law School’s options to assist with the issue. 

Can I wear a mask during the exam if I take an Honorlock exam in a public place, such as the Law School?

Yes, you may wear a mask during an Honorlock exam as long as your eyes are visible.

Privacy Concerns

Will I be required to do a 360-room scan or show a government- or school-issued ID?

The Law School has recommended that instructors do not enable these features, though it is in your instructor’s discretion to enable them.

Will my instructor watch my Honorlock recording? What about blind grading?

Instructors are not permitted to watch students’ Honorlock recordings, unless the associate dean of academic affairs determines after further investigation that academic misconduct might have occurred and consultation with the instructor is necessary.

All final exams in Canvas will have anonymous grading enabled to preserve blind grading.

Can I opt out of Honorlock?

If an instructor chooses to use Honorlock in the course, you will be required to use it for that course.

Where can I learn more about Honorlock? What about my privacy & data?

You will find more information about Honorlock at UW-Madison on the UW-Madison Instructional Continuity website, which includes FAQs about Honorlock that address important issues such as student privacy and data.

NOTE: Some FAQs on UW-Madison Instructional Continuity website may conflict with information contained in the Law School’s FAQs. In the event of a conflict, you should rely on the Law School's FAQs.

You will find more information about Honorlock on Honorlock’s website, including:

Contacts

Didn't find the answer to your question? Here's who to contact:

For more contacts and resources, view the COVID-19 Contacts & Resources for Students.

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