Photograph: Students in a classroom.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Dean Lowry's August 9, 2021 Update (Washburn University mask requirement; suggestions about fall event planning).
  • Washburn University COVID-19 Steering Committee August 6, 2021 Update (Covid-19, masks, vaccines).
  • Dean Lowry's August 2, 2021 Update (current Covid policies at Washburn, assistance with Covid testing and vaccines).
  • Dean Francis' August 2, 2021 Update (ABA variance, course recordings).
  • Effective immediately (i.e., June 3, 2021), students attending classes in person will not be required to wear masks or social distance, per new CDC and university guidelines. Of course, you may wear a mask if you wish. We continue to ask any students who have symptoms of illness or who otherwise might be vulnerable to transmission to attend remotely during the period in which they might put others at risk. [Please see August 6, 2021 update regarding masks.]
  • ABA variance on distance education for Fall 2021. The law school has a variance from the ABA Standards on distance education for the Fall 2021 semester. The variance means that distance education credits accumulated by students due to the pandemic will not count against the 30 credit maximum allowed for JD students. The variance allows students who are concerned about contracting Covid-19 to participate in classes remotely. The variance also allows students who have a symptom of Covid-19 to participate in classes remotely for the duration of their symptoms or until their medical provider instructs that it is safe to return to the classroom. The variance does not allow students to participate remotely as a matter of convenience. Because Washburn does not require students or employees to show proof of vaccination before coming on campus, students participating in classes in-person may be exposed to unvaccinated persons.
  • Dean Francis' July 12, 2021 Update (course modes for summer, intersession, and fall 2021 classes, distance education credits, and the ABA variance).
  • Dean Lowry's June 3, 2021 Update
    (ABA fall 2021 distance education variance; seeking feedback about student's exam experience).

For assistance with Zoom go to:, select "Technology Support Links," then click the link below "Zoom Training." Register for access to Zoom if you have not done so already. Test your equipment (Zoom works on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones) and internet access (cable, wifi, cellular data plans). Contact Professor Thomas Sneed at with equipment/internet concerns.