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Coronavirus Information and Updates for the Widener Law Commonwealth Community

Widener University and Widener Law Commonwealth are actively monitoring the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Law school information and updates about developments with the illness, Widener Law Commonwealth’s response to it, or any impact on law school classes or operations will be available here. Additionally, links will be provided to Widener University's coronavirus webpage and communications.

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June 2021
The information on this page is current as of the time of its posting. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of issues and guidance surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the information provided below is subject to change and this page will continue to be updated. Please check back regularly. 

WHEN WILL WE RETURN TO IN-PERSON CLASSES?

We are excited to welcome you back to campus for in-person classes for the fall 2021 semester.

WILL I BE REQUIRED TO GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE IN ORDER TO RETURN TO CAMPUS?

On June 2, President Wollman announced that the University is requiring all faculty, staff, and students who will be on our campuses to become fully vaccinated by August 2. This policy applies across all campuses, including Widener Law Commonwealth. Over 500 institutions of higher education have issued similar vaccine mandates in order to safely resume campus learning and extracurricular activities in the fall. 

WILL MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING BE REQUIRED ON-CAMPUS?

Because all members of our community will be vaccinated, we anticipate a return to normal campus operations in the fall which means there will no longer be any mask or social distancing requirements. However, if you would like to continue to wear a mask you may do so.

HOW SHOULD I LET THE SCHOOL KNOW THAT I AM VACCINATED?

You must upload a copy of your vaccination card to Student Health Services. Visit  https://widener.medicatconnect.com/home.aspx and sign in using your Widener credentials. Then, click upload and select the appropriate file. We recommend that you do this as soon as possible.

WILL THE LAW SCHOOL BE OFFERING AN ON-CAMPUS VACCINATION CLINIC?

After exploring the possibility of an on-campus clinic, we learned that vaccinations are widely available in our region. Thus, an on-campus clinic is not needed. If you are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, please check the Rite Aid and CVS websites. In addition, Penn State Health and UPMC have reported that they have open availability for vaccine appointments for individuals who register on their websites. 

WHAT IF I HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION THAT IMPACTS MY ABILITY TO GET THE VACCINE?

Widener will recognize documented medical exemptions. Please contact Student Health Services at (610) 499-1183 as soon as possible so they can evaluate your unique situation. Medical exemptions can only be granted through Student Health Services

WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE AN UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITION BUT JUST DO NOT WANT TO GET THE VACCINE?

The University has determined that personal, philosophical, and religious objections to the COVID-19 vaccine requirements will not be recognized. If you do not plan to obtain the vaccine pursuant to the University’s mandate, please contact Dean Teplitz so that she can determine whether there is a path for you to continue your education at the law school.

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WIDENER UNIVERSITY’S COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY?

A list of frequently asked questions is available on MyWidener and at www.widener.edu/coronavirus. You may also direct questions to [email protected].

WILL THERE BE A REMOTE OPTION AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT WISH TO RETURN TO IN-PERSON CLASSES OR GET THE VACCINE?

If you are unable to return to campus for health reasons, you may apply for a medical accommodation through the University’s Student Accessibility Services office. If your approved accommodation requires remote participation, we will make that option available to you. Students who are granted a medical exemption from the vaccine requirement will still be required to participate in-person but may need to take mitigation measures if deemed necessary by Student Health Services.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM NOT COMPLIANT WITH THE VACCINATION POLICY?

Students, staff, and faculty who are not vaccinated or have not received an exemption will not be permitted on-campus.

WILL CLASSES CONTINUE TO BE RECORDED IN THE FALL?

Professors have the authority to decide whether to record their classes. It is unlikely that classes will be recorded as a matter of course. However, if you have an approved accommodation through the University’s Student Accessibility Services office that requires class recording, we will make that available to you unless the professor determines that class recordings alter the essential elements of the course or lessens the rigor.

WHY CAN’T ALL STUDENTS HAVE THE OPTION OF CHOOSING TO PARTICIPATE REMOTELY?

Our law school is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and must comply with its standards. Because we are not an online Juris Doctor program, we cannot offer a fully remote legal education program. 

WILL WE BE PERMITTED TO HOST IN-PERSON STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS?

Widener’s vaccine policy will allow us to transition to more “normal” operations both in the classroom and with extracurricular activities this fall. We expect robust in-person student programming to be offered in the fall.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF A STUDENT IN MY CLASS CONTRACTS COVID?

If you or a classmate contracts COVID, we will work with you and the University’s Student Health Services office to determine what mitigation and contact tracing efforts are needed. This is how we have effectively managed similar situations this semester with our Civil Law Clinic, which has been operating in person without the need for closures.

Positive COVID-19 Cases by Campus

The information on this Widener University webpage reflects weekly and monthly data on the number of individuals who have reported positive test results for COVID-19. All students and staff must report symptoms and positive test results to Student Health Services at 610.499.1183 or [email protected]

Spring 2021 Update

November 6, 2020: Widener University Commonwealth Law School Interim Dean Michael Hussey provides updates to students on the Spring 2021 semester.

Fall 2020 Update

July 28, 2020: Widener University Commonwealth Law School Interim Dean Michael Hussey provides updates to students on the Fall 2020 semester.

Selected Email Updates from Dean Teplitz

Review selected past email updates from Dean Teplitz.

Health & Safety Plan for PA Dept of Education

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires Pennsylvania postsecondary education institutions to publish a “Health and Safety Plan” before resuming in-person operations. Widener's plan will be communicated to students, faculty, and staff and is available online as well. See Widener's Health and Safety Plan.

Contact Information

Registrar:  [email protected] or Teams Chat:  CWREG
Financial Aid: [email protected] or Teams Chat:  CWFINAID
Career Development:  [email protected] or Teams Chat:  ELMANDRELL
Law Library:  [email protected]
Media Services:  [email protected]
ITS Help Desk:  [email protected]
Dean of Students:  [email protected] or Teams Chat:  RBTEPLITZ
Campus Safety:  717.541.1911

University Communications

All Widener University (main campus) communications are available at widener.edu/coronavirus. We encourage all members of the Widener community, including faculty and staff, to monitor widener.edu/coronavirus for important updates that may pertain to them. 

Additional Resources

Links are also available at widener.edu/coronavirus.

Last Modified: This page was last updated on June 15, 2021 at 9:33 AM

CONTACT INFORMATION

Randi Teplitz
Assistant Dean of Students
Phone: 
717.541.3952
Email: 
[email protected]

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