Moving Forward: Plans for Fall 2020

Meeting Students Where They Are


August 26, 2020 – The following limited campus usage updates were communicated to our faculty, staff, and student body as the fall semester began. Please see our new student resources page for quick links and information on accessing resources remotely and continue to check your email for further details. You can also read the August American University announcement here.

AUWCL Campus Updates:

  • Capital Hall is currently closed.

  • Both the Yuma and Warren buildings are open to faculty and staff (though everyone is encouraged to work from home). Hours are M-F, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., and S-S, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • The Yuma lobby is currently open to students for printer access, via  WCL ID card entry, 24 hours a day. This space is only accessible off of Yuma street.

  • Study spaces in Yuma and Warren are open to students by reservation only. Students, log in to reserve space here. Hours are M-F, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., and S-S, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms is required for any community member with a physical presence on campus. The daily self-screening can be completed via the AU Forward portal.

UPDATE: AUWCL Fall 2020 Plans

July 30, 2020 American University President Burwell announced earlier today that all AU instruction will be remote this fall. AU reached this difficult decision for several reasons, including the recent increases in COVID-19 cases in the region and nationally, the DC government’s related decision to require anyone arriving from a list of 27 COVID hotspots to self-isolate for two weeks, and the ongoing challenge of obtaining timely virus test results.

In light of the President’s message, we write to announce that all law school courses will be delivered remotely for the fall semester, our community’s access to campus will be scheduled and very limited, and plans for in-person instruction for select 1L courses are therefore suspended.

We are very disappointed about this news, and we are sure you are as well. We deeply regret that these further developments in the COVID-19 pandemic prevent us from using the campus even in the limited, innovative way we had planned. However, we remain committed to providing the highest quality legal education and to building a welcoming, vibrant community for all our students, faculty, and staff. We look forward to being back on campus together as soon as we safely can.

Read the full message from Deans Dinerstein, Carle, Leiter, Campe, Jaffe, and Chernicoff

Resources for Fall 2020

Key AUWCL Contacts