Preparations for a Safe Return to Campus
As we turn our focus to the Fall 2021 semester to maximize opportunities for on-campus experiences, the University’s top priority continues to remain the health and safety of all of our students, faculty and staff. Robust safety plans and protocols have been in place since the beginning of the pandemic and continue to be enhanced as part of our COVID-19 response. Our approach to planning has been for a safe and measured return to campus life and community, while also remaining flexible, so that we may be responsive to evolving public health guidance.
With the return of students, faculty and staff this Fall, a range of health measures will continue to be in place in September, ensuring the health and safety of the UWindsor community. Please review the actions the University is taking below, including:
- Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty, staff and visitors who attend campus.
- Non-medical masks or face coverings are required on-campus when entering all campus buildings and common spaces.
- Enhanced cleaning will continue daily across campus.
- Those coming to campus will be asked to complete the daily self-assessment questionnaire through the Safe Lancer App.
- The University promotes the importance of hand-washing and hygiene protocols.
Impact on 2021-2022 Academic Year
On March 26, 2021, Dean Christopher Waters updated students about Windsor Law plans for Fall 2021. Focusing on the health and safety of all stakeholders, the former Dean's message outlines a balanced approach to teaching and learning for the upcoming term announcing limited options for some in-person, hybrid and online courses.
On June 2, 2021, Acting Dean Beverly Jacobs provided an update to students about Windsor Law plans for Fall 2021. The Acting Dean's message outlines fall plans and courses that will be available for in-person/hyflex delivery in Fall 2021. The planning for Winter 2022 is still ongoing and we await further details from the central administration about these plans.
On July 13, 2021, Dean Reem Bahdi provided an update to upper-year students about Windsor Law plans for Winter 2022. The Dean's message outlines preliminary winter plans for upper-year classes to be delivered in-person, subject to further instructions from the University of Windsor and public health officials.
On August 9, 2021, Dean Reem Bahdi provided an update to incoming students about Windsor Law plans for Winter 2022. The Dean's message states that subject to the direction of the University of Windsor’s central administration and public health agencies, all first-year classes will be delivered in person during the winter term.
On August 20, 2021, Dean Reem Bahdi provided an update to all students regarding accommodations and other Frequently Asked Questions. The Dean's message can be viewed here.
On September 28, 2021, Acting Associate Dean (Academic) Wissam Aoun provided an update to all students about Windsor Law plans for Winter 2022. The Acting Associate Dean's message states that with the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the public health situation, it is necessary at this time to begin planning for a greater online offering of courses for the Winter 2022 term.
With the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and in support of both federal and provincial initiatives to help mitigate the spread of the virus, the University of Windsor continues to do its part in this regard, with the health and safety of our community at the forefront. The University of Windsor Senate unanimously approved an Emergency Academic Plan on Friday, March 13, 2020.
As the University of Windsor transitioned to an essential services model, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Ron W. Ianni Faculty of Law building will be closed until further notice. All staff will remain available to assist remotely during this period. You can find staff members' contact information in the staff directory. Please note, you are encouraged to email as staff members will not have regular access to voicemail.
In addition to our COVID-19 response, the Ron W. Ianni Faculty of Law building was decommissioned over the fall 2020 semester as we move to temporary quarters during Windsor Law's building transformation. For more information on the building project, please visit the Transforming Windsor Law website.
During the transformation of the Ron W. Ianni Law building, the Law Library will exist as a capsule collection, located in a separate space on the ground floor of Leddy West. Access will be via the main Leddy doors.
Bookable study spaces are also available to Law students. The Law Library has 11 bookable study spaces, one of which has a computer, and one that is a fully accessible workstation. Note that there are 9 additional study spaces in Leddy West basement for student use. These additional spaces are available to any students on a first-come, first-served basis. To book a Study Space, please visit the Law Library website.
FALL 2021 - Remote Service Hours
LiveChat service hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Alternate contact for Reference Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
Circulation Service hours:
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Please visit the Law Library website to locate resources, chat with library staff, and to request materials.
On May 15, 2020, University of Windsor President Robert Gordon updated the University of Windsor campus community on Fall plans, indicating that Fall courses will be offered primarily online. This was true for the law school as well, and our commitment to delivering a people-centred and community-engaged approach to legal education has been followed in our academic planning.
As part of that planning, we have established a law school working group that includes student, faculty and staff representatives. Windsor Law's Academic Planning Working Group has put together Fall and Winter FAQ webpages to provide additional clarity on the academic year as it relates to the Faculty of Law.
On September 17, 2020, University of Windsor President Robert Gordon updated the University of Windsor campus community on Winter 2021 plans, indicating that the majority of courses (including law courses) will continue to be offered through online delivery, with face-to-face offerings being provided where in-person interaction is integral to meeting program learning outcomes. This is essentially a continuation of our current approach, but with the possibility that additional co-curricular face-to-face activities will be mounted as COVID-19 conditions permit.
Courses that must be offered in-person will be determined soon while focusing on the following priorities:
- Courses where face-to-face interaction is required for graduation or accreditation;
- Opportunities for first-year students to have on-campus experiences;
- Face-to-face experiences for identified international student cohorts;
- Laboratory sections;
- Research courses that require access to laboratories for data collection and analysis;
- Studio courses that require access to specific equipment and spaces;
- Required practicums, internships, and work experience that primarily take place off-campus;
- Co-curricular programming that enables experiential opportunities for students; and
- Faculty-specific priorities.
On March 23, 2020 following consultation with Faculty Council, Windsor Law moved to a mandatory Pass-Fail designation. Faculty Council is the academic policy-making body for the law school and comprises faculty members and strong student representation. In light of COVID-19 developments, this policy will apply to all full-year and Winter term courses for the 2019-2020 year. For the current academic year, our grading policy has returned to normal.
We will continue to provide additional information on a regular basis and encourage the campus community to continue to visit the University of Windsor's Return to Campus website.
If you have additional questions specific to the Faculty of Law, please contact:
- Admissions inquiries - Assistant Dean Katia Benoit: email@example.com
- Academic inquiries (JD Programs) - Associate Dean Beverly Jacobs: Beverly.Jacobs@uwindsor.ca
- Academic inquiries (Dual JD Program) - Director Katharine Fisher: Katharine.Fisher@uwindsor.ca
- Academic inquiries (LLM Program) - Associate Dean Paul Ocheje: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student service inquiries - Assistant Dean Francine Herlehy: email@example.com
- All other inquiries - General Office: firstname.lastname@example.org