I am writing in response to The Gonzaga Bulletin’s story regarding the Law School and COVID-19 protocols published on Sept. 29, 2021. It’s important to clear up any misunderstandings about the assistance and support the Law School provides to our students in the event they have personal, medical or academic challenges.
First, it is our hope that all of our students feel comfortable coming to me, to Dean Jacob Rooksby, to Associate Dean Kim Pearson or to any other faculty member in the event that they are facing a situation they need help with.
In my role as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, I help identify and advocate for the resources students need, both on and off campus. This often includes Health & Counseling Services, Disability Access or other community resources.
If a student’s needs are academic in nature, it is our practice to collaborate internally with faculty and our deans to arrive at the best solution, whether that means extensions or accommodations. This includes working with students on attendance matters that may be related to COVID-19 or other unforeseeable difficulties.
Our mission is to provide an excellent legal education informed by our humanistic, Jesuit, and Catholic traditions and values. That means respecting and caring for our students and fostering their growth.
For students who have made it known to us that they are experiencing difficulties, we will continue checking in on how they are doing and we do occasionally make adjustments to the support plan as new issues arise.
Let me close by making it absolutely clear that the Law School does not take a “one-size-fits-all” approach when it comes to our students. We want to provide each and every student with the focused, individualized attention they need and deserve. And we do our very best to make sure that whatever plan or process we create with the student does not contribute to additional stress for the student.
I urge any Law School Student to come to me or a trusted faculty member. We want to do all we can to ensure you succeed.