Emergency Alerts & Campus Closings
The decision to close the campus, including the law school, is made by the IUPUI central administration. Emergency alerts and notifications are sent out by the administration via the IU-Notify JagAlert system. All students, faculty and staff should sign up for JagAlerts through Onestart. (See https://kb.iu.edu/data/avvp.html for more information.) Please note: The Law School is required to close if the campus closes.
Should an emergency situation arise, in addition to the alert system, more information will be available online at the IUPUI emergency preapredness site:
In the event of an emergency requiring building evacuation, such as a fire, please be familiar with the school's policy...
H1N1 and the Law School Attendance Policy
Students, faculty, and staff should monitor updates posted to the IUPUI H1N1 Emergency Preparedness page found here: http://www.iupui.edu/~prepared/h1n1/. These updates include whether campus remains open in the event of an emergency.
Law School specific information is available in the following student affairs document:
In the instance of an H1N1pandemic:
The Center for Disease Control (CDC), health officials and universities are recommending that schools not enforce attendance policies that would cause ill students to attend classes and, thereby, further spread the disease. In light of this, the law school deems any absence due to suspected flu or fever symptoms excused. Specifically, if you have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.78 degrees Celsius) or above, you should not come to class and should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. This standard mirrors the standard established by the IUPUI Health Services Office.
In the event a student becomes ill and misses class(es), email communication between the ill student and his or her professor will be essential to managing the situation and ensuring the student stays apprised of material covered in class. In particular, ill students should proactively communicate by email with their professors at the earliest opportunity from the point a student realizes he or she is ill and unable to attend class(es). This will ensure the professor does not count said absences against the student and is notified about the student’s status.
Should an ill student miss several classes in a row, the professor is strongly encouraged to electronically distribute class materials (e.g., class lecture notes) to the ill student until further notice.
Any absence due to illness will not count toward the law school’s 10% absence policy. This modification of the current policy would mean that professors would not penalize students or cause them to be dropped from a class where their absences are due to illness. Please see the Student Handbook for more information about the law school’s attendance policy.
Even with a modification to the attendance policy, students are expected to adhere to the law school’s Honor Code and the University Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct at all times. This includes the expectation that students act with integrity as it relates to reporting one’s absence(s) to professors. The Honor Code and University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct are available via the Student Handbook.
Professors will not require doctor’s excuses, as health officials have expressed concern that doing so would both add to a feared overtaxing of medical providers and deter students from staying home when ill.
This adjustment to the attendance policy applied to the fall 2009 semester only. This policy could be invoked again, if the pandemic danger recurs.