Mitchell Hamline to teach completely online in the fall

After consulting with faculty and staff, President and Dean Anthony Niedwiecki announced the decision to teach remotely this fall in an email on Friday, July 24.
The text is below:
 
Dear faculty and staff,
I shared with you on Monday my growing concern about holding some classes on campus this fall. It was clear from your feedback that many of you share those concerns. I write today to announce that we will be teaching completely online in the fall. A decision about the spring will be made later this year.
I recognize and respect that some of you strongly prefer an in-person learning environment, and I apologize for the change in direction. Why are we switching gears a couple of months after we announced we would teach partly on campus? In short: The virus spread has not moderated in the way we thought and in fact appears to be worsening, and because of our


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Georgia’s Republican governor orders cities to stop requiring masks

Enlarge / Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp during a “Wear A Mask” tour stop in Dalton, Georgia, on Thursday, July 2, 2020. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp yesterday issued an executive order that overturns local mask-wearing requirements.
Kemp’s executive order says that “any state, county, or municipal law, order, ordinance, rule, or regulation that requires persons to wear face coverings, masks, face shields, or any other Personal Protective Equipment while in places of public accommodation or on public property are suspended to the extent that they are more restrictive than this Executive Order.”
Kemp, a Republican, issued the order despite evidence that masks are an effective tool in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing masks is one of several important steps people can take to limit the spread of coronavirus, among others, such as hand-washing and social distancing. Kemp acknowledges that, as his executive order says, “all residents and visitors


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Supreme Court to hear oral arguments by teleconference due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear oral arguments postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic through telephone conference conference between May 4 and May 13.
A number of cases scheduled to be heard in March and April were postponed due to the pandemic, but now telephone conference availability of counsel has been confirmed for at least 10 cases, including McGirt v. Oklahoma, Chiafalo v. Washington, and Trump v. Vance. While hearing these cases, justices and counsel will participate remotely while a live audio feed will be available to news media. It is presently unknown how hearing oral arguments via teleconference will affect the date at which rulings are determined.
Fix the Court, a nonpartisan Supreme Court monitoring group, reports that 72 percent of Americans support remote conferencing for the Supreme Court during the ongoing pandemic. “The American public expects Supreme Court justices to use modern technology to continue doing their


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Mitchell Hamline suspends in-person classes through April 3

Update, March 12, 2020
In response to health concerns related to COVID-19, Mitchell Hamline School of Law is suspending in-person classes through April 3. There are no known cases of COVID-19 at Mitchell Hamline, but the school is taking this step to help mitigate the effects of the disease on our campus. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will make decisions for April and beyond as more information becomes available.

Students in Mitchell Hamline’s on-campus programs are currently on spring break. Instead of returning to campus for classes on Monday, March 16, those students will resume classes remotely starting on Wednesday, March 18. Though there will not be classes in the building, the building will remain open for students to use the library or other facilities. The only exception would be students who recently traveled to an area with widespread outbreaks of the disease or who are showing signs


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Edtech startups prepare to become ‘not just a teaching tool but a necessity’

As Stanford, Princeton, Columbia and others shutter classrooms to limit the coronavirus outbreak, college educators around the country are clambering to move their classes online. 
At the same time, tech companies that enable remote learning are finding a surge in usage and signups. Zoom Video Communications, a videoconferencing company, has been crushing it in the stock market, and Duolingo, a language teaching app, has had 100% user growth in the past month in China, citing school closures as one factor. 
But Kristin Lynn Sainani, an associate professor of epidemiology and population health at Stanford, has a fair warning to those making the shift: Scrappiness has its setbacks. 
“[The transition to online] is not going to be well-planned when you’re doing it to get your class done tomorrow,” said Sainani, who has been teaching online classes since 2013. “At this point, professors are going to scramble to do the best they can.”
As the outbreak


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