Dear WCL Community

As President Burwell announced this afternoon, American University and the Washington College of Law will begin the Spring 2022 semester remotely. All classes will begin online on Monday, January 10, and will continue online through January 30. In-person instruction is set to resume on Monday, January 31.

We will follow up by Tuesday, January 4 with further information about logistics for January’s three-week period of remote instruction. We are writing now to tell you that:

  • all WCL classes will be taught online through January 30;
  • all WCL faculty and staff office hours will take place online through January 30;
  • all WCL campus events scheduled in January must be held online or postponed; and
  • no visitors or guests will be allowed on the WCL campus until after January.

When we write again next week, we hope to address the following issues:

  • Support for online teaching and student learning;
  • IT support for remote work;
  • Faculty/staff access to the building to retrieve materials needed for remote work;
  • Student access to electronic casebooks and other reading materials;
  • Student access to library study spaces and classrooms;
  • Comprehensive vaccination/booster, COVID testing, and contact-tracing protocols for anyone coming to campus;
  • Sanitization protocols for bathrooms and common spaces; and
  • Availability of food services on campus.

We know that many WCL community members undoubtedly have numerous questions, and we will try to anticipate and answer as many as we can. If you have a concern that is not included in the above list, please email academic@wcl.american.edu to make sure that we give due consideration to all relevant issues.

Thank you in advance for your patience and resilience. This has been a difficult time for all of us, and we realize that many in our community have felt the impact of this pandemic and its recent resurgence in deep and personal ways. However, we are confident that we can pull together to overcome this latest challenge.

With gratitude,

Roger A. Fairfax, Jr., Dean
Amanda Leiter, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs
Robert Campe, Associate Dean of Finance & Administration
Ann Chernicoff, Senior Assistant Dean