Law Building Closure
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 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.
Law Library Services
The Paul Martin Law Library has gone virtual. There is no physical access to the Law Library at this time. 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.
The 4500+ books that form this collection have been moved to the Leddy Library and will be available for contactless pick-up and digital delivery starting September 8, 2020. Sign in to OMNI to request these services.
Reference Services are available 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday to Friday via email (email@example.com) and LiveChat. Student Reference Associates are available 4:00 - 9:00 pm Monday to Thursday; and on the weekends 10:00 am - 4:00 pm through LiveChat.
Please visit the Law Library website to locate resources, chat with library staff, and to request materials.
Impact on 2020-2021 Academic Year
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 which 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.
Preparations for a Safe Return to Campus
The University of Windsor is actively transitioning from our response to the pandemic to planning for a phased approach to return to our campus operations. As we emerge from this first wave of the pandemic, the following approaches will guide our planning:
- Our top priority is to provide a safe environment for our staff, faculty and students.
- Our return to campus will be gradual, deliberate and guided by prevailing public health advice and provincial restrictions.
- We will establish a phased approach that will guide our framework and planning.
- We will prioritize critical research associated with COVID-19 and resume other research as approved by public health authorities.
- Staff and faculty will receive considerable advanced notice of their resumption to work plan and the associated protocols.
- We are committed to advancing the mission of our university while providing an exceptional student experience.
- We will adapt our program delivery in alternative and innovative methods so as to engage our students and support their learning journey.
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 COVID-19 website.
If you have additional questions specific to the Faculty of Law, please contact:
- Admissions inquiries - Assistant Dean Katia Benoit: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Academic inquiries (JD Programs) - Associate Dean Beverly Jacobs: Beverly.Jacobs@uwindsor.ca
- Academic inquiries (LLM Program) - Associate Dean Laverne Jacobs: email@example.com
- Student service inquiries - Assistant Dean Francine Herlehy: firstname.lastname@example.org
- All other inquiries - General Office: email@example.com