Since the COVID-19 pandemic reached Tennessee, the twin goals of Nashville School of Law have been to keep its students, faculty, and staff safe and to keep our doors open. Before classes began in August 2020, the School announced it would allow students and faculty to choose to attend classes – except for skills-based classes – either in person or remotely. The School also announced this policy would apply to all classes offered through December 17, 2020 and that the policy would be reviewed before classes resumed in January.
Results of the midyear administration of the Tennessee Bar Exam, which was pushed back to October, were released on December 9. The following NSL alumni passed the admissions assessment.
If you are participating in a class via Zoom, you are expected to participate to the same extent as any in-person attendee. To that end, the following is required of remote learners:
1. The video on your computer must be turned on for the entire class period with a live shot of you facing the camera with your face clearly visible in the video.
2. You must be prepared to unmute your audio when you are called upon by the professor to answer a question or for any other purpose.
3. You must use your full name as your Zoom screen name. You may not use nicknames, telephone numbers, or other designations unless you have the School’s written approval.
4. You may step away from the video for a brief period to use the restroom, just as you can if you were attending class in person. However, the video must remain on when you step away.
5. The School will be monitoring your compliance with these requirements. Failure to adhere to them will result in your being marked absent from the class.
6. Links to the Zoom session for each class will be posted on TWEN under ‟Weblinks.” Most class sessions are set up as recurring meetings, and the link will be the same from week to week.
7. Your audio should remain muted during the class unless the professor instructs you otherwise.
8. If you are in the NSL building but participating in a class being taught remotely, you must participate using your own device with headphones. You can go to any place in the building where you can socially distance – a classroom, the library, etc.
9. Your professors will provide you instructions about how they desire to communicate for questions, etc. This may include using Zoom’s chat function, designating a student to field questions on chat, or using the ‟raise a hand” feature on Zoom.
10. Recordings of classes offered on Zoom will be available for students to review and download. They should be posted approximately one week following the class and will be available for up to two weeks. Do not contact the School regarding when a Zoom session will be posted unless a week has passed since the class.
11. If you have selected in-person learning for a class that for any reason is being taught remotely, you may switch your attendance to remote for these class sessions without notifying the School.
Other questions about the School’s procedures during the pandemic? Check out the School’s COVID Resources Page.