COL Frequently Asked Questions

Graduation

Has commencement been postponed?

Yes, commencement has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 19, 2020. Graduation Brunch will be held on Thursday, December 17, and the Honors and Awards Celebration will be on Friday, December 18. The graduating classes included in the events will be December 2019, May/August 2020, and December 2020. Given the special circumstances, the December 2020 finishers will have the unique opportunity to walk in and participate in this graduation ceremony.

The December 2020 Honors and Awards and Graduation ceremonies will replicate exactly the same tradition we typically deliver each spring, including recognitions, speeches, photography, etc. As a special note, both President Wendy Libby and President Chris Roellke will attend the graduation ceremony on December 19, 2020.

As for the original May 16 date, even though we cannot be together as planned, we didn’t want to let that day slip by unrecognized. We will have a virtual Graduation Celebration to commemorate that day with a special website to honor students and their accomplishments. It will feature video messages from President Libby, President Roellke, and Dean Alexandre, as well as much more, so students should watch their email for more details.

When will I receive my regalia?

Regalia and cords are not available for delivery this summer. However, we will maintain records to determine those who have not ordered and establish a process for them to do so. Cords will be delivered as part of the regalia. We will have more information as we get closer to the December 19, 2020, graduation date.

How are students supposed to get their pro bono hours and community service work completed?

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has uniquely altered the Spring 2020 pro bono and community service work normally performed by students. Please view the Emergency Pro Bono Policies and Procedures for the COVID-19 Pandemic for more details.

Has the COL addressed the issues related to graduating honors in the context of COVID-19?

Yes the COL has passed the Emergency Grading Policy. The policy amends the standard for graduating honors.

What is going to happen to the honors award ceremony at graduation?

The Honors and Awards Celebration will be on Friday, December 18, 2020, and will replicate exactly the same tradition we typically deliver each spring, including recognitions, speeches, photography, etc. Students will receive Honors and Awards plaques in the mail in June 2020.

How and when will I get my diploma, Honors and Awards plaques, etc.?

Students will receive a copy of the formal Graduation and Honors and Awards brochures, Honors and Awards plaques, and diplomas in the mail in June.

Grades/Bar/Exams

When will the February Bar Exam results be released, and how will we be sworn in?

The February Bar Exam results were released on April 13, 2020, and are available on the Florida Supreme Court’s website

New Bar members can take their attorney oaths remotely using two-way video conferencing. The requirement is that the person administering the oath can positively identify the person taking the oath. Electronic oaths of admission must be submitted via email to oath@floridabarexam.com so they can be processed and submitted to the court and The Florida Bar. The video conferencing oath option is extended through the end of May. 

Will the July Bar Exam be administered as planned? Has the deadline to apply changed?

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has extended the deadline for filing to take the July Bar Exam from May 1 to May 15. At this point, the July Bar Exam is still scheduled to take place July 28-29 according to both the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

What is the new grading policy for the spring 2020 semester?

The College of Law passed the Emergency Grading Policies and Procedures for the COVID-19 Pandemic. This policy requires that all J.D. students and resident LL.M. students be graded using a pass/fail scale, unless the course was completed by March 13. Students in the online LL.M. and online Master of Laws programs will be graded as normal.

View the Emergency Grading Policies and Procedures for the COVID-19 Pandemic for more details. 

How is College of Law advocating for our students taking the FL Bar?

Dean Alexandre and the deans from Florida’s 11 other law schools have sent a letter to the Supreme Court of Florida and the Board of Bar Examiners advocating that students be admitted to practice as soon as possible. They have submitted a variety of options for considerations, as well as offered our law school premises for administration of the bar exam within CDC guidelines. Please see the complete letter for the detailed arguments urging that students be allowed to practice as early as possible this summer. 

How will bar prep programs be accommodating a potentially delayed exam?

Academic Support and & Bar Prep is still open and ready to help with all your advising needs. They will accommodate your meeting preference — whether they are phone meetings, email meetings, or video meetings. To schedule an appointment, email asp@law.stetson.edu or BarPrep@law.stetson.edu with your available days and times. They can also provide the latest information about other bar prep programs. The Academic Support & Bar Prep team is fully prepared and equipped to support bar prep services if COVID-19 were to continue.

How will exams be administered and monitored?

The College of Law is revising its approach to final course assessments. It will maintain original timeline for exams, which is scheduled for April 30 through May 9. All final assessments will be administered remotely.

Faculty members are communicating revised final assessment plans for each course to the dean's office, and then to students following approval of the plan from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Associate Dean Bent and the Registrar’s Office will release the modified College of Law’s final exam schedule for all scheduled classes for the spring semester as soon as possible.

What happens if I have technical issues during my exam?

Our IT and Registrar teams are well-prepared to handle any problems you may have. ExamSoft also provides 24/7 support. If you have any questions or want to troubleshoot, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with IT. Please also continue to update the Registrar’s office of any issue you may be experiencing.

Housing/Fees

Is housing open, and whom do I contact?

Yes, housing is still open. Our Assistant Director, Tracy Rich, is still working. Please continue to work with Tracy Rich with any of your housing questions. You can reach her at housing@law.stetson.edu, rich@law.stetson.edu, 727-562-7886 or 727-580-8983. 

If I am going to be away for more than 24 hours and live on campus, do I need to fill out a form?

Yes, the Notice of Absence resident form will need to be completed. 

Who do I contact for work orders after hours?

Please contact Public Safety at 727-343-1262. 

Will I receive my security deposit back?

Housing Security deposits will be reimbursed to 3Ls who desire to move out because of coronavirus. For 1L and 2Ls, security deposits will be handled in the normal way by rolling over to the next year. If you would like to move out due to the Coronavirus, you must notify housing immediately and let them know what arrangements you plan to make. The deadline for making these arrangements was Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

For graduating 3Ls who want to take advantage of Bar Stay, we will extend the Bar Stay move out deadline to August 2, regardless of whether the July Bar takes place or is delayed. See the 10:27 p.m., April 1, 2020 Important Message from Dean Alexandre here

Will I get my activities fee and printing benefit refunded?

All J.D. and International LL.M. students will be refunded a prorated percentage of the activity fee and printing benefit you may not have been able to use. Additionally, the Business Office will refund any graduating 3L who has a balance on their print accounts from funds that they personally contributed this semester. Please contact the Business Office at 727-562-7805 if you believe you are eligible for this refund.

What will happen to 3Ls who live in student housing if the bar exam is delayed?

We are providing Bar Stay in student housing. For graduating 3Ls who want to take advantage of Bar Stay, we will extend the move-out deadline to August 2 regardless of whether the July Bar takes place or is delayed.  

Dining Services

When is the café open?

The café is open with limited offerings from 8​:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. ​Limited Breakfast is offered on a to-go basis.

How do I order food?

Please call 727-562-7753 to place your order.

Additional Questions

Will the library be reopening for bar prep?

No, the library is not reopening for bar prep at this time. We are following health guidelines and working on plans to return to physical operations safely. We will update the community about the plans by the end of June.

Will the gym be reopening soon?

No, the gym is not reopening at this time. We are following health guidelines and working on plans to return to physical operations safely. We will update the community about the plans by the end of June.

What time is the Business Office open for students?

The business office is open Monday-Friday between the hours of 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Most questions can be answered anytime via email or by phone at businessoffice@law.stetson.edu or 727-562-7805. 

What information can you provide on fall 2020 and spring 2021?

We are planning to fully continue operating in the fall 2020. There are no plans to delay the start of fall classes. We are prepared to start classes in the fall either on campus or online based on the guidelines provided by the CDC, federal and state authorities.