COVID-19 Response Update
To learn more about the Law School's policies and procedures visit COVID-19 Information.
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This webpage is for the Brooklyn Law School community to stay up-to-date with the latest information and guidelines, and the steps being taken to ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Requests for Student Support Fund/Federal Cares Act are Now Available

The Brooklyn Law School Student Support Fund is intended to help students who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships as a result of COVID-19. It is funded by our generous donors and the U.S Department of Education. Current students may be eligible for up to $1000, or more for those who are facing extraordinary challenges.

The first round of applications will be accepted March 10 through April 10. Per Federal Regulations, Brooklyn Law School must award these funds by giving priority to students with extreme need. This determination will be based on a student’s current FAFSA and other financial aid data. Those with extreme need will be awarded first, and while other students will likely qualify for a grant, the approval of these grants will occur after funds have been awarded to the neediest students.

The funds are to help students cover expenses such as the following:

  • Basic needs such as access to food and shelter
  • Medical expenses that are not covered by health insurance
  • Housing displacement due to unsafe or unhealthy conditions
  • Emergency travel to care for immediate family members
  • Computer-related expenses due to online learning
  • You may use the funds to pay an outstanding law school balance only if you explicitly request this in writing to the Director of Financial Aid: nancy.zahzam@brooklaw.edu

All requests will be reviewed by Financial Aid, and applicants will be contacted if more information is needed.

For more information, and for the application, please visit BLS Connect.

Reminder Regarding COVID-19 Testing Requirements

To access to the BLS campus during Spring 2021, all students, faculty, staff, and non-BLS Feil Hall residents must submit: (1) the COVID Commitment Form, and (2) upload the results of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test to the COVID-19 Test Result Form on the BLS Connect Portal. The test results must be from a PCR test conducted within 14 days of the submission. Once test results have been processed and ID cards have been reactivated, individuals must complete the form on the Covid Screening App prior to accessing campus.

Current faculty and staff who do not submit the COVID Commitment Form and the results of a negative COVID test, will not be allowed access to 250 Joralemon Street, 111 Livingston Street, Feil Hall, and the Clinton Residences. The identification cards of current and incoming students who do not comply will not be allowed entry to the BLS academic buildings and to reserve seats in the library and student lounge for study. In addition, students will not be able to attend in-person class sessions.

Please note that "access" does not mean that students, faculty, and staff are invited to enter the premises on a daily basis. The Law School's buildings are otherwise currently closed except to faculty who are teaching or who have provided prior notice to security, students taking classes on campus this spring, students and faculty using the library for research or study (with seat reservation), essential employees, and 2020 graduates studying for the February bar exam.

If you have any questions, please contact covidcoordinator@brooklaw.edu.

Required Positive COVID-19 Test Reporting

4/9/21: Two students who live on campus in Feil Hall have tested positive for COVID-19. The students are now in quarantine. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

4/6/21: One student who lives on campus in Feil Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. That student is now in quarantine. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

4/1/21: One staff member who was working at 250 Joralemon St. on March 31, April 1 and April 2 has tested positive for COVID-19. That staff member is now in quarantine. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

3/31/20: One student who lives on campus in Feil Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. That student is now in quarantine. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

3/29/20: One student who was in class at 250 Joralemon St. on March 24, 2021 has tested positive for COVID-19. The class members have been notified. That student is now in quarantine. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

3/18/20: One student who lives on campus in Feil Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. That student is now in quarantine. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

2/26/20: One student who lives on campus in Feil Hall and attends a class at the Law School has tested positive for COVID-19. That student is now in quarantine. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

1/28/21: One student who lives on campus in Feil Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. That student is now in quarantine. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

1/12/21: One staff member who was working at 250 Joralemon St. on Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 has tested positive for COVID-19. That staff member is now in quarantine. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

1/12/21: One staff member who was working at 250 Joralemon St. on Jan. 6, Jan. 7, and Jan. 8 has tested positive for COVID-19. That staff member is now in quarantine. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

1/7/21: One student who lives on campus in Feil Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. That student has left Feil Hall and is now in quarantine elsewhere. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

12/3/20: One student who lives on campus in Feil Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. That student is now in quarantine, as is another student known to have been in contact with that student. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

11/9/2020: A student who lives on campus in Feil Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. That student is now in quarantine, as are two other students known to have been in contact with that student. The New York City Department of Health has been notified and the case is being handled in accordance with the Law School’s reopening plan.

9/24/2020: One student tested positive. The student is taking all classes remotely, lives off campus, and is elsewhere.

New York State Travel Advisory

As you make plans to travel, please factor into your plans New York State’s Travel Advisory which allows out-of-state travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 10-day travel quarantine requirement. These guidelines, which became effective Dec. 26, 2020, are as follows:

For travelers who were in any State (except those contiguous to New York as stated in the travel advisory) for more than 24 hours:

  1. The traveler must complete the “Welcome to New York Traveler Health Form.” This can be completed online at https://forms.ny.gov/s3/Welcome-to-New-York-State-Traveler-Health-Form.
  2. The traveler from another State must obtain a negative COVID test within three days of departing from that State to travel to New York.
  3. The traveler must quarantine for three days upon arriving in New York.
  4. On the fourth day of the quarantine, the traveler must obtain another negative COVID test before exiting the four-day quarantine. If the test is positive, the traveler must complete a 14-day quarantine. If it is negative, the traveler may exit the 4-day quarantine.
  5. For traveling members of the BLS Community, both negative COVID test results must be presented to the COVID Coordinator at the end of the quarantine. The COVID test results should be uploaded to the COVID-19 Test Result Form. The quarantine must continue until the traveler is able to submit a negative PCR test result. Failure to provide negative test results will result in the deactivation of the identification card and denial of access to the Law School’s academic buildings.
  6. Feil residents must inform Fortune Attardo of their travel plans so that the Law School can manage compliance with the State’s requirements and more importantly, ensure a safe residential environment.

 

For travelers who were in another State for less than 24 hours:

  1. The traveler must complete the “Welcome to New York Traveler Health Form” upon entering New York and take a PCR COVID test within 4 days after their arrival in New York.
  2. The negative test result must be uploaded to the COVID-19 Test Result Form or the identification card will be deactivated.

 

The revised travel advisory does not affect or any of the other conditions under which a 14-day quarantine is required: (1) testing positive for COVID; or (2) in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID.

Guests of BLS student residents who are travelling from outside the tri-state area, must follow the NY State Guidelines above. The guest cannot be on the BLS campus until after they have quarantined and submitted a negative PCR COVID test. The quarantine is not allowed to take place in a BLS residence.

These guidelines are subject to change by NYS State. If you are traveling outside of NY State it is your responsibility to check the latest requirements. Visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact the COVID Coordinator at covidcoordinator@brooklaw.edu or Stephanie Vullo at stephanie.vullo@brooklaw.edu.

Message from Dean Cahill on the Spring 2021 Semester

Important information about the Law School’s continuing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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Give to the Student Support Fund

The Student Support Fund will help our students meet the unexpected new challenges, both personal and educational, that many have experienced from the sudden, severe, and ongoing changes around us by providing:

  • Assistance for partial or total loss of income
  • Resources for remote learning
  • Support for childcare issues or health concerns
  • Physical or mental health support for themselves or their loved ones
  • Significant disruption in living arrangements
  • Other unforeseen emergencies

 

Three Important Ways to Slow the Spread

  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.
  • Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.