March 18, 2020
I hope all are well, have established a home office and a place to stay healthy but also connected remotely with friends and family. Like all things, we will get better at this as we adjust to this new normal.
As of close of business today, all law school personnel should be working remotely. Those of you who have diligently been on site as essential workers, will no longer be required to come into the law school. Thank you so much for your service. It has truly been essential to our ability to function going forward. The law school will remain card swipe access on Thursday but on Friday, March 20, you will no longer be able to get into the law school. Therefore, please be sure to get whatever you need to do your job out of the law school by close of business Thursday. I know some of you were counting on using the law school to teach. My understanding is that internet companies and the University are working to ensure that you will have internet access. All of this is on the University website Keep Teaching.
More emails will follow with information about mail access, administrators “on-call” should you have particular problems or needs, and my own urgent need for you to help in recruiting our incoming class by making personal calls. I will ask for volunteers and then get you a list of students to call with some information about them. I will also send updates on University decisions and, since facts change so quickly, any number of other things. I hope to have Webex “office hours” pretty regularly so you can maintain contact with me. More on that later.
This has been a difficult decision, but it is based on what I believe is the best public health information and guidance. I am hopeful that if we can contain the virus, we will be able to get back to normal sooner with fewer infections and fatalities.
All the best,
Jane H. Aiken
Dean, Wake Forest School of Law
P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109