Health and Safety

 

Keeping our community safE

Your health and safety is of the utmost priority for our WMU-Cooley students, faculty and staff. All decisions by the WMU-Cooley COVID-19 Task Force are being made with that focus in mind. If you ever need to talk to someone about your physical or mental health, we are here to help. Students, please contact your campus assistant dean. Faculty and staff, contact the Human Resources Office at [email protected].  

May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. Here are helpful resources for you or a loved one that might make all the difference. Everyone, please stay strong, safe, and healthy.


CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Legislation passed by Congress to establish the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants to students and institutions. We have provided a frequently asked questions guide as well as our CARES Act report below.


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WMU-Cooley Update (Monday, May 11, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.) 

 

WMU-Cooley remains committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for employees. For this reason, non-faculty staff members who can perform the functions of their job remotely will continue to do so through August 16, 2020, or until advised otherwise. All supervisors will review and document each non-faculty staff member's ability to work remotely, or for the necessity to work on-site.
 

WMU-Cooley Update (Monday, April 27, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.) 

All WMU-Cooley Law School campuses will be closed through at least May 15, 2020. Employees will continue to work remotely.  
 

WMU-Cooley Update (Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.) 

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order for Michigan citizens through April 30, 2020. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order last week that also extends through April 30, 2020. The law school facilities will remain closed through April 30, 2020. Employees will continue to work remotely until the end of the month. Thank you for supporting our students during this remote work and learning period.  
 

​WMU-Cooley To Continue Online Classes Until May 24, 2020 (Friday, March 27, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.) 

The COVID-19 virus continues to affect our lives in unanticipated ways. To provide as much clarity to our students, faculty and staff as possible, the law school is taking proactive steps. For these reasons, regardless of whether governmental restrictions may be lifted in the meantime, WMU-Cooley is committing to operate in remote status through May 24, 2020 (Week 3 of the SpringTrinity term). WMU-Cooley's COVID-19 Task Force will review regularly any decision to extend the remote status period, and will provide at least three weeks notice for when students will return to campus. All decisions are being made with health and safety as our first priority.
 

Coronavirus Update (Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.) 

For the health and safety of the faculty, staff, and students of our Florida community, WMU-Cooley Law School will be closing the Tampa Bay Campus at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020, with employees working from home through Monday, April 13, 2020.
 

Amended Grading and Final Exam Guidelines (Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.) 

WMU-Cooley continues to express its utmost concern for the safety and welfare of its students, faculty, and staff and the successful completion of the current academic semester. In doing so the Law School has adopted amended grading and final exam administration guidelines for the Hilary (current) 2020 semester only.  Students, faculty, and staff can access the detailed guidelines on the WMU-Cooley internal portal.
 

Coronavirus Update (Monday, March 23, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.) 

Michigan’s Governor, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, has issued an order to “stay at home,” effective March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. This order is a requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life to help suppress the spread of COVID-19.  Effective, Tuesday, March 23, 2020, all Michigan employees will begin to work remotely. Florida employees should prepare to work remotely, with a closure coming later in the week. This order is a requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life to help suppress the spread of COVID-19. There are a few exceptions to the order, workers who are necessary to allow the businesses to maintain equipment, ensure security, process transactions (including payroll and benefits), or facilitate the ability of other workers to work remotely may leave their homes for work.

Coronavirus Update (Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.)

To help protect those employees who must be present to do their job, WMU-Cooley has asked all employees who are able to work remotely to do so. The building remains open for those whose duties require them to be on site. 

Coronavirus Update (Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.)

WMU-Cooley Law School Graduation Ceremonies Announcement - Concern for the health and safety of members of the WMU-Cooley community and their loved ones continues to guide the decisions made by the law school’s leaders. Over the past several days, our Federal, State, and local governments have issued rules and guidelines to direct behavior and activity. By now everyone is aware that these guidelines limit the size of gatherings. Additionally, health officials are indicating the virus’ impact may potentially continue into the late spring and summer months. These developments regrettably dictate the necessity to POSTPONE the law school’s April (Florida) and May (Michigan) 2020 graduation ceremonies. These ceremonies are being postponed, but not cancelled. Members of the upcoming class will have a graduation ceremony at a later date. Graduates, their families, and friends will be given enough time to plan to attend. The ability to make travel plans, prepare for the bar exam, and availability of venue will be considerations for choosing new graduation dates. Be assured the degrees for graduates will be conferred as normal by action of WMU-Cooley’s Board of Directors upon certification of completion of the degree in early May 2020. All bar certifications, verifications for employment, and other school services will be delivered at the usual time of the semester. Please direct any questions or comments about graduation to [email protected].

Coronavirus Update (Friday, March 13, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.)

  • BUILDINGS:WMU-Cooley buildings are open to faculty and staff only until further notice.
  • CLASSES: Classes will remain online until Sunday, April 12, 2020 - the last day of classes.
  • EXAMS: If the virus if under control, it's possible the law school may have exams live and on campus, starting April 13, 2020. A final decision about exams will be made no later than Friday, March 27, 2020. Exams will happen as scheduled, even if they occur online.
     

Coronavirus Update (Friday, March 13, 2020 - 9 a.m.)

WMU-Cooley Law School has suspended all in-person classes for March 13, 2020. Starting Saturday, March 14, 2020, all classes will be online until further notice.

Coronavirus Update (Wednesday, March 11, 2020)

WMU-Cooley Law School has formed a Coronavirus, COVID-19 Task Force that is formulating policies to address the health and safety of students, staff and faculty during this health crisis.

Beginning immediately, all weekend classes will be held online until further notice. Officials will continually be evaluating the need to prepare to offer ALL classes online, if it becomes necessary. 

Those who are ill should stay home. Policies are being established that will permit students to attend class remotely, if necessary, so that their education will be uninterrupted. We continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines.

Please see the information below from the CDC as it relates to Coronavirus and preventative measures to mitigate the spread of this and other viruses.

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