Dear Students,

Mostly, I am writing to thank you for your responsibility, care, and community-mindedness. I appreciate the immense work it has taken to study under the strictures of a pandemic. I see the great efforts that people in our community have been making to preserve our health and our ability to study in-person.

I thought it would also be a good idea to remind you of important protocols regarding measures we all must take to avoid the spread of COVID-19:

FEELING SICK
  • If you feel sick, stay home. If you have a class in person and you’re feeling up to it, Zoom in synchronously and let the professor know. If you’re not up to it, you can view the class recording at another time. If you are unwell for more than two days in a row, please let me know too.
  • If you think you have symptoms and it might be COVID-19, obviously, stay home. Please call the Health Center or virtually visit  IU Health. Here is the link to arrange a virtual visit 24/7. You can also download the free IU Health Virtual Visits app (Google Play or iTunes) or enroll on your computer.

POTENTIAL CLOSE CONTACT
  • If you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, please fill out this form. You will be contacted by IU Twistle and need to quarantine for 14 days. Please let your in-person professors and me know. When you are in quarantine, Zoom in synchronously to class. 
  • NOTE: A close contact means being within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes. It doesn’t matter if masks were worn. If you are unsure whether you had a close contact of the COVID kind, please feel free to reach out to me and I can help you resolve the issue.
  • At the end of your quarantine period, you will be prompted through the IU Twistle app to contact the IU Health virtual hub to verify your information and, if appropriate, provide a release notification. This is the only way you will be medically cleared to end your quarantine period. Even a negative COVID-19 test before your 14-day quarantine period is complete does NOT allow you to end the quarantine early. 

PHONE CALL FROM IU
If you receive a phone call from IU, it may be information that you were a close contact of someone who has COVID-19. Please follow the directions they will give you.

IF YOU GET COVID
  • If you have COVID-19, please fill out this form. You will have to isolate. You will be contacted by IU Twistle. Although your health status is private, please let your in-person professors and me know of your absence. When you are in isolation, please Zoom in synchronously to class if you are able. If you receive a COVID-19 positive test result, please be sure IU knows. If your test was performed at an outside lab (not through IU Health or through another IU-organized testing site), please fill out this form.
  • Please cooperate with the contact tracer.
  • At the end of your isolation period, you will be prompted through the IU Twistle app to contact the IU Health virtual hub. The nurse you speak with will verify your information and, if appropriate, will send you a release notification. This is the only way you will be medically cleared to end your isolation period. 
MITIGATION TESTING
If you receive an email request to do a mitigation test, please schedule a test as soon as possible. New populations are selected weekly, so it is important that you complete your test during the week you are selected. 
 
ERR ON THE SIDE OF SAFETY
If you only have close contacts with people in your household, you are much less likely to need to quarantine. Many people are asymptomatic, so you cannot judge by how you feel or how anyone else feels whether someone in a group has COVID-19. You will never go wrong if you treat everyone outside of your household as if they have an asymptomatic case of COVID-19. 

GETTING THE SUPPORT YOU NEED
This semester has been challenging for many. Please take care of yourselves, making sure you are getting enough good food, sleep, and exercise. Remember that we have many ways to help if you are feeling stress or anxiety. Of course Director Beck, katbeck@indiana.edu, and I, aorenste@indiana.edu, are always happy to talk to you. Also, JLAP, 317-833-0370 is a wonderful, confidential resource that is specifically geared to law students. 

We have made it this far into the semester. Bravo and thanks.

Dean Orenstein

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