Dear Returning Students,

We hope you are well.  We appreciate your patience and compassion as your professors, the Law School, and the university work together to plan a safe environment and to make fall 2020 a great learning experience. This email addresses five matters: (1) the Student Commitment Form; (2) new testing protocols; (3) the county-wide mask requirement; (4) a reminder about the Law School's academic calendar; and (5) a reminder about the Dean's Town Hall meeting.

Student Commitment Form
To protect the health and safety of our campus community, all students must complete the Student Commitment Form. (Faculty and staff are required to complete a similar form.) To view and complete the form, for which you will have to log in via, please visit this page.

COVID-19 Testing / Safety Protocol for Bloomington Campus—Major Change as of 7/17
  • In a departure from previous communication, pre-arrival testing will not be required of almost all our law students. Pre-arrival testing within 10 days of arrival on campus is only required for students living in residential halls, Greek houses or IU campus apartments. Therefore, unless you are living in one these designated IU housing types, you do not need to have a test before returning to campus.
  • Pre-arrival testing is, however, still strongly recommended, even if you don't live on campus.
  • To find a testing spot near you:
    • Out-of-state students should check this site for more information.
    • In Indiana, call the Indiana State Department of Health at 888-634-1116, or register online to locate a free testing site. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, testing is available in Indiana at select drug stores and retailers.
    • More information is available from the university's FAQ page.
  • For at least 14 days before arriving on campus, all IU students should follow all critical COVID-19 behavioral guidelines, including:
    • Wearing a mask;
    • Physical distancing;
    • Avoiding large events.
  • The university expects to test students upon arrival on campus, but we have no details as of this writing.
  • Students arriving from a country outside the U.S. will need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in the U.S. All self-quarantined students should plan to have a COVID-19 test on or after day four of the self-quarantine period. If the test is negative, the student may stop the self-quarantine even if it has not yet been 14 days.
  • If you’re an international student and are already in the U.S., follow the same process as domestic students.
Masks Required Throughout Monroe County and on Campus as of 7/17
Monroe County, where Bloomington is situated, requires that all individuals wear a face shield, face covering, or mask when indoors at places other than their home or car. Such mask must also be worn outdoors when maintaining physical distance of six feet is not possible. As you know, IU requires a cloth mask while on the Bloomington campus. All students and employees of IU will receive two cloth masks, but it would be a good idea to have a few spare ones of your own to bring to Bloomington. 

Academic Calendar
Please ignore the academic calendar and dates sent to you by the central university administration. We operated on a different schedule. Our first day of classes in Monday, August 17. Here is the Law School's academic calendar.

Town Hall
Dean Parrish will be holding a Town Hall meeting for all returning students, faculty, and staff on July 21, 2020 at 5:30 EDT. You can join the meeting via this link. Dean Parrish will present the most up-to-date information and answer questions, time permitting. Feel free to send him questions in advance at and put "Questions for Town Meeting" in the subject line.

Aviva Orenstein

cc: Law School faculty and staff
Maurer School of Law
Baier Hall, 211 South Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-7001