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Caruso School of Law COVID-19 Updates

The Caruso School of Law is implementing plans to address COVID-19 for the fall 2021 semester in coordination with the Pepperdine Restoration Plan. Additional information will be shared by the school as it becomes available.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  Courses

What classes will be offered in fall 2021?

The current fall course schedule is here.

Will all classes be offered on campus?

Fall 2021 courses will be offered on campus for the entire semester, with the exception of a small number of upper division courses which are  planned to be offered online and are identified on the fall course schedule with a location of "ONLINE."

How do I access links to my online classes?

  • Courses (powered by Sakai) will be how you access Zoom links, so please become familiar with this platform. You access this service using the same credentials you use for your WaveNet and Email access.
  • Some courses offered through Straus (but not all) will be taught through Pepperdine's online program platform 2PEP. Students who are enrolled in classes that will utilize 2PEP will receive instructions regarding how to access that platform one week before the class begins.

Can I share a Zoom session link with others?

Treat the Zoom session as a private event and share the Zoom meeting link only with the intended participants. Participants should not share the link publicly or with others who do not need to be in the meeting. Participants are also advised to not post the meeting link in social public forums. Faculty are encouraged to post the meeting link in their institutional learning management system for students to access.

What do I need to know about participating in classes via Zoom?

Please review these policies related to Online Student Etiquette.

Will class attendance be taken?

Yes, attendance will be taken. For online classes, "attendance" means being online for the duration of the class meeting. Failure to Zoom in for the entire duration of class counts as an absence for the course. Watching a recording in lieu of attending an online class by zoom counts as an absence for the course. Please refer to section 5.11 of the Academic Policy for more information.

What if I need to quarantine?

If a student misses more than the allowed time due to illness or, in on-campus courses, due to quarantining or isolating for COVID-related reasons, please contact the Deans' Suite who can make reasonable arrangements to access the course.

Will professors hold office hours?

Yes, each professor will be asked to have office hours.


How will fall 2021 final examinations be taken?

  • Most fall 2021 final exams will be administered on campus. We are continuously working on programs and policies to ensure the integrity of final examinations.
  • Here is the current fall 2021 final examination schedule.

 

What books do I need for my fall 2021 courses?

You can access course book lists from the Pepperdine bookstore website. You can buy new and used books from many different sources.

What should students with accommodations do?

Students with accommodations should contact the Office of Student Accessibility.

  Academics

How will courses be graded this academic year?

All courses will be governed by the relevant Academic Policy. That means the grading policies (including the mandatory curve) outlined in the Academic Policy applies to all classes. Letter grades subject to the curve will be given for all graded courses. Consistent with Section 6.31(E) of the Academic Policy, you may be able to retroactively opt to pass/fail up to two elective courses.

Are there any changes to school policies or requirements?

What academic advising resources are available?

  • Review this document for numerous academic resources that can help you plan your academic schedule.
  • Here is the recording from the July 2020 zoom Q&A academic advising session.

How is the law school prepared to provide the best technology and pedagogy to support course modalities?

Our faculty and staff are being trained on technology and pedagogy throughout the year. Teaching assistants will assist with online classroom management. Our faculty have been provided upgraded technology as well.

How does the law school prepare its students for taking online courses?

  • Training videos and documentation are provided for students.
  • For training on how to use iClickers, please watch this video.
  • Students can access additional resources for online training here.
     

Can I take a leave of absence for a semester or academic year?

Yes. Some of you, for any number of reasons, may decide that a semester or year off from law school is in your best interest. Contact Dean Goodno who can help you with the process.

I am an international student, who should I contact about housing, visas, etc?

International students should contact the Office of International Student Services to seek further guidance.

How do I stay informed?

  • Continually monitor your emails for law school and University communications.
  • Live and archived viewing for each of these special briefings are available on the President's Briefing website.
  • The University will continue to keep the community informed on COVID-19 developments as new information becomes available. The latest updates can be found on the University's COVID-19 website and Emergency Information Page.
  Technology

Do I have to do anything special to use Pepperdine's Zoom?

  • Yes. If you are a current Pepperdine University student, faculty, staff member, you are eligible for a Pepperdine Zoom account. You must sign up through pepperdine.zoom.us and use the SSO (single sign-on) option. If you are prompted for a "domain" enter Pepperdine.
  • With a Pepperdine Zoom Pro account you will have more features for your own meetings/study groups, etc. and your functional time limit for an online session goes from 40 minutes to 24 hours. You will have access to the same features your professors have when you use this account including breakout rooms, and when hosting your own sessions you will have the ability to manage participant video and audio participation.
  • Students, please remember that you will need to access any class Zoom meetings through Courses.

If I have technical difficulty logging into class, what do I do?

  • Test your computer with Zoom before class. Check out the audio and video settings.
  • If you have problems, the first thing to do is to completely shut down your computer and restart. Most computer problems are corrected with this remedy.
  • Before you begin your Zoom session, we strongly recommend that you shut down and turn off any and all extraneous applications, especially those using the camera, the microphone, or the speakers. Turn off Facebook and other social media apps. The only thing you should have running is your Chrome browser with minimal tabs open (two or three). Avoid news sites, sites with video, other things that require more bandwidth while using Zoom.
  • We recommend that you use a Google Suite app (especially Google Docs) for taking notes as it takes very little computer power to run and backs up automatically to the cloud.
  • If your troubleshooting attempts above do not yield results, please see this comprehensive support site from Zoom.
  • Note: you may find it valuable to acquire a USB headset for your Zoom classes. That will remove some variables with your computer's audio (mic and speakers).
  • Tech Support:
    • Please contact University Technology Support directly at 310.506.4357.
    • Secondarily, contact LawTech at support@law.pepperdine.edu with technical questions.
    • If you do not have a computer or way to connect to Zoom via the internet, please contact Dean Goodno.

What if I have a bad internet connection? How should I join classes by Zoom? Can I call in?

You must use the Zoom app and connect via the Internet. See our guide for students here. We strongly recommend that students use a computer with a reliable internet connection for connecting to their Zoom class sessions. Telephone dial-in will not work for attending classes remotely. It is possible to connect using cell phone data to "tether" the phone's internet connection to a laptop or desktop computer. Check with your mobile phone provider for details on this feature. Learn more by reading this Android tether article or iPhone tether article.

More Zoom resources?

Please continue to check the LawTech.pepperdine.edu website for additional information and resources. Search for "Zoom" in the upper right corner search box. The support team will continue to add materials as needed.


What if I anticipate that I will have technical and/or internet needs during the spring semester?

If needs arise please contact Dean Goodno.

  Student Life

Can student groups still meet?

Student groups are important to the Pepperdine Caruso community! We hope that you will continue to hold meetings and take advantage of the flexibility that comes with meeting online. All students have access to Zoom and can create meeting links. If you need assistance in setting up these online meetings, please contact Jamie Domke.

Can student groups still hold events?

  • Student groups are encouraged to hold events on Zoom so that they can have events at optimal times and maximize attendance. The events team will be approving no more than THREE online events per day. The full events policy is available here and you can submit an events request form here.
  • The events team has put together a Tips and Tricks document to help you with your online events! Please review it as you plan your events. If you need assistance in setting up online events, please contact Lauren Holm.

Will the law school administrative offices be open and available?

Administrative offices are open online. All of the staff remain available to meet with and support you by email and Zoom.

How does going online impact student health insurance?

  • Remote instruction may change students' need for Student Health Insurance. Please remember, all students enrolled in Malibu programs that would typically be on ground will receive and be billed for Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) unless they complete the waiver process, indicating they have other insurance.
  • Students covered under a US-based health insurance plan need to log onto the AHP Dashboard to waive this option if they do not plan to enroll in SHIP the Student Health Insurance Program. If you signed a waiver in the fall, you do not need to submit one for the spring.
  • The requirement for student health insurance does not apply to international students studying exclusively online in their home country.
  • If you have questions about this, please call the Student Health Center 310-506-4316.
  Career Development Office

Is the Career Development Office (CDO) open and available to students?

  • Yes. The CDO is open and operating in-person, on the law school campus! All planned fall programming is moving forward, including our 1L Mock Interview Program, the Fall Legal Interview Program, as well as various practice area and career planning and strategy workshops. Additionally, your team of CDO counselors are all committed to continuing to provide their students with high-level, individualized career counseling and assistance. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time. We are all here to help.
  • For more information about the Career Development Office, click here.
  Support
We know these are challenging times that may cause stress and uncertainty. Here are some resources to help:
  Experiential Learning

I am enrolled in the externship course. Am I required to work at my placement in person?

Externs will work at their field placements consistent with their field placements' policies and protocols for safety and health. If any extern cannot attend their field placement or externship for good faith reasons of their health, risk to themselves or their families, or disruptions at their placements, we will work with them creatively to identify alternatives and options, seeking to avoid changing units for which they have registered and protecting the best practices and governing standards for externships.

I am enrolled in a clinic course. Will I be required to meet with clients in person?

For clinical practice, we will pursue tech solutions and practical steps to avoid in-person exposure where practices permit it. When practice requires meeting with clients, attending court, or other in person work, we will use best practice to protect student safety. We will require masks and distancing, will be diligent in cleaning spaces, and will reduce time in person as much as we can to sustain a professionally responsible practice.