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Coronavirus Media Advisory - Transition to Online Instruction

March 13, 2020 - BOISE, ID — Concordia University School of Law will be transitioning to online class instruction starting Monday, March 16, in response to the public health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, Interim Dean Latonia Haney Keith announced on Friday.

Like so many campuses nationwide, Haney Keith said the decision to cancel in-person classes has been made with the best interests of students, faculty, staff and the overall public health in mind. For now, students are being notified that the decision to provide online only instruction will continue through April 9.

“I recognize this will be an adjustment for our students, faculty and staff, but we felt it was the appropriate decision in light of the public health guidance, University & American Bar Association guidance, and our desire to control the spread of COVID-19,” Haney Keith said. “We will be working with students to ensure that they have access to online instruction and can avoid any impediments to ongoing instruction.”

The law school building will be closed to external access starting March 16. Most library services will continue to be available digitally and student study groups will continue to be available online. All meetings, events and gatherings that were scheduled at the law school will be postponed, canceled or transitioned to an online platform.

The transition is being made in accordance with the relevant ABA standards, which permit up to one-third of a course’s delivery to be made in a distance education format, Haney Keith said.

For more information about this decision, the law school has set up an informational page on its website: https://law.cu-portland.edu/covid-19-information

ABOUT CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho is currently part of Concordia University, a private, nonprofit, Lutheran, liberal arts university, based in Portland, OR. On Feb. 20, 2020, Concordia University, St. Paul announced that is was taking ownership of Concordia University School of Law subject to acquiescence by the ABA. Concordia University, St. Paul, founded in 1892, is a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university, one of seven affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Concordia University School of Law and the George R. White Law Library opened to the inaugural class of students in the Fall of 2012, obtained provisional accreditation in the Summer of 2015, and was fully approved by the ABA in February 2019. Concordia Law was recognized by preLaw magazine in 2017 and 2018 as “Best Value Law School,” and was recognized by the same publication in 2019 for its excellent employment outcomes (Best Law Schools: Employment).