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On February 5, 2024, the law school received a report that the temperature on the 4th floor of the library was unreasonably hot. Facilities determined that there is a software issue with an air handler that services the library. They are working with the controls vendor and expect the issue to be resolved by the end of the day.

On November 21, 2023, the law school received a request that students be permitted to make full day study room reservations. Full-day study rooms were permitted during COVID because of the policy that rooms needed to be cleaned between users. Because that protocol is no longer in place, and given the extremely high demand for rooms, the prior room reservation system has been reinstated. During low usage times, students are welcome to ask for their reservation to be extended if no one else has booked the room. Please also note that study rooms are generally intended for group study. Students studying alone who need quiet can utilize the abundant study carrels on the 3rd floor.

On November 8, 2023, the law school received a report from a "distracted hungry student just trying to get by" requesting that the cafeteria remain open later in order to accommodate students enrolled in evening classes. We are currently in the process of transitioning to a new food service vendor and are working to implement hours that will better meet student needs. Hang in there "distracted hungry student," we hear you.

On November 9, 2023, the law school received a report of students not adhering to the noise restrictions in the library. Library staff were made aware of the complaint. All students are reminded to keep noise to a minimum in quiet/study sections of the library so that everyone in our community can study effectively, particularly as we move into the end of the semester and reading period/exams. To report a problem during the hours when the library service desk is staffed, students may chat with a librarian via the chat icon on the library's website which is located in the lower right corner of the screen.

On October 5, 2023, a student reported that the entire building felt too hot. Facilities surveyed the building, reporting that the average temperature is approximately 70 degrees and all HVAC systems are operating properly.

On September 26, 2023 the law school received a report of students not adhering to the noise restrictions in the library. Library staff were made aware of the complaint. All students are reminded to keep noise to a minimum in quiet/study sections of the library so that everyone in our community can study effectively. To report a problem during the hours when the library service desk is staffed, students may chat with a librarian via the chat icon on the library's website which is located in the lower right corner of the screen.

On September 18, 2023 the Law School received an inquiry about COVID-19 guidelines. We remain vigilant about the impact of COVID-19 and continue to prioritize our students' health. Information about current law school policies regarding COVID-19 can be found here. Any changes to those policies will be clearly communicated to our student body.

On September 18, 2023 the law school received two reports that the temperature in certain areas of the building were too hot. HVAC technicians had been working on regulating the temperature in the building in the week prior to these reports and work was completed on the heating system on September 19, 2023.

On September 15, 2023 the law school received a request to make remote and weekend counselling services available to students. Seton Hall has partnered with UWill to provide students with free immediate access to teletherapy and wellness programming. Students with an urgent need to speak with a counselor may also choose to contact the SHU 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Hotline at 973-275-Help (4357). This service is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

On September 6, 2023 the law school received a report that the hours of the cafeteria as posted on the Seton Hall Law website were incorrect. Those hours have been updated.

On September 5, 2023 the law school received an inquiry about the status of the elevator repairs in the building. We have been working diligently to have the inoperable elevator in the lobby replaced and the remaining elevators repaired to ensure that they are reliable. Due to circumstances out of our control, including supply chain and approval delays, this work was not completed over the summer as initially planned. Instead, we currently anticipate that this work will begin in December and will be scheduled to cause as little disruption to our community as possible. We appreciate your patience.

On September 5, 2023 the law school received a report that water dispensers in the building were not providing hot water. A non-functional dispenser on the first floor was replaced. All other dispensers are working. Students are advised that water dispensers have one quart to one-half gallon capacity for hot water and if someone else has depleted the reservoir, the unit will need time to reheat additional water.

On September 5, 2023 a student reported that the clock in Room 372 was not working. The clock has been reset and is operating properly.

On January 23, 2023 the law school received a complaint about the lack of elevator service in the building. The University will be doing repair and replacement work of the law school elevators beginning summer 23. Because the work is disruptive it is not feasible to begin work until then when fewer people are in the building and there are no classes during the day.

On September 14, 2022 we received a complaint about the mask mandate in some classes. These mandates exist due to a disability accommodation in those classes. The administration apologizes for any frustration that students feel because they are required to wear masks in some classes. The situation has been reviewed and discussed by a committee that includes law school professors, administration and the disability support professionals. These classes will continue to have a mask mandate.

On September 2, 2022 we received a report that Room 373 smells like mildew. On 09/07/22 the air filters were changed and the temperature was adjusted.

On August 30, 2022 a complaint was received stating that students in Criminal Procedure were not following the mask mandate in place for that class. A reminder to the class was given. The student that was mentioned in the complaint by name was contacted by the Associate Dean.

A complaint was received on August 23, 2022 regarding mask mandates in certain classes. In the class mentioned in the complaint and a few other courses, the mandate is in place due to a necessary accommodation, approved by the Office of Disability Support Services. We ask for your support in carrying out these accommodations. Additionally, we would like to remind students that faculty may require masks in their classes, and they should comply with these faculty requirements as well.

On August 23, 2022 a report was made that it was "too hot in the building. Specifically classrooms 373 & 270 & study rooms on the 3rd floor in the library". We have addressed the HVAC issues, especially in Rooms 373 & 270, with the facility manager.

On June 3, 2022 a report was made that a Criminal Law professor had drafted an improper or unfair exam. The matter was investigated. The professor posted sample answers to old exam questions on BlackBoard. The answers were available to everyone in the class. The professor was transparent and open about this and encouraged students to use those questions to study. One of these questions was used on the final exam. No student or group of students ever discussed this question with the professor nor did the professor answer any questions about this sample question/answer. There is no prohibition against re-using exam questions. There is no prohibition against re-using an exam question to which sample answers were available.

On April 25, 2022 we received three complaints of students using a model answer for Professor Franzese’s Property course for exam prep. We investigated the matter and did not see that this was possible. We discussed the complaints with Professor Franzese. Professor Franzese does not ever distribute model answers. Additionally It would be impossible for a student to print out an answer from a prior exam done in Exam Soft or Examplify. Professor Carmella does provide students with sample “good” answers and it is possible students had been given these answers and were using them to study. This would not be a violation of any kind. Barring additional information or students appearing in person to discuss this matter, nothing further can be done.

An anonymous report of possible plagiarism on the Lawyering assignment due March 5, 2022 was made on March 2, 2022. The allegation was investigated and there was no evidence of wrongdoing.