COVID-19’s impact on Windsor law students
The University of Windsor Faculty of Law has pushed back construction for the renovation of the Ron W. Ianni law building by around six months, with construction now projected to begin no later than January 2021.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the campus has suspended its construction sites. Even so, Dean of Law Christopher Waters is staying optimistic about the Transforming Windsor Law building project, stating that “it is encouraging to look forward to our new space despite current challenges.”
The revised plan includes a two-stage relocation strategy. First, the Law Library will move to the Leddy Library by this summer. Second, the rest of the law school will move to temporary quarters by the end of the Fall 2020 term.
Waters calls the delay “manageable and relatively brief in the grand scheme of things.” He also brings up possible benefits, such as more time to pack and more space in the Law Library, which may potentially be utilized in the implementation of physical distancing protocols. There will also be no disruption to the academic calendar.
In another update, Laverne Jacobs, associate dean for research and graduate studies, announced the launch of the COVID-19 Expanded Research Assistant Program for Summer 2020. To help students impacted by the public health crisis, the law school is offering additional research assistant positions to first-year and second-year JD students.
Accepted applicants will provide research assistance to faculty members or to research centres or institutes at the law school, for a maximum of 35 hours per week in the summer.