Events on the Oval Affecting Law School Classes and Operations

In the past month, the University administration has scheduled three events on the Oval that have disrupted the Law School’s program of legal education by affecting access to the building and parking and, in one case, requiring the relocation of Law School classes to another building on campus and the closing of the Law Library during regular hours.  Each event has also taken scarce administrative, staff, and faculty time away from educational functions to work on informing the Law School community of these events and planning and implementing adaptive responses.

 

We know that many of you are frustrated by these circumstances, particularly when there has been very little advanced notice.  We too are frustrated.  In every instance, the Law School was given no choice in the matter.  The decisions were made unilaterally by the University administration.  The University administration has endeavored to assist the Law School to minimize or adapt to these disruptions, but we are aware that disruption has nonetheless occurred.  We are concerned that academically disruptive events on the Oval may become normal.  We are aware that these events serve value for the University and its mission, but that there are concerns that they could increasingly undermine the education for which students are paying tuition and our capacity to meet ABA-mandated classroom hours.

From:  Tony Arnold, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Faculty Development; Kathy Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life: David Ensign, Director of the Law Library; and Vickie Tencer, Business Manager